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WSOP -- Day 1D of the Main Event

The Size of the Field is 6,494 and the First-Place Prize is $8.546,435


Day 1D at the 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event drew the largest field of the four day-one flights on the schedule. Here is the daily attendance breakdown:

Day 1A: 1,116
Day 1B: 873
Day 1C: 1,696
Day 1D: 2,809

The amount of players who waited until the last day that they could enter the tournament loaded the Rio to capacity, and the day was quickly declared a sellout. There were still hundreds of players waiting to register at that time, and many were turned away, among them Patrik Antonius and Mickey Appleman. For more on the story of main-event players getting turned away because capacity was reached, read the news story that was released on earlier today.

The official number of entrants, the total prize pool, and the first-place prize were announced this evening. Here are the official payout numbers:

NOTE: The field for the 2008 main event was 6,844 players

Number of Entries: 6,494
Total Prize Pool: $61,043,600
First-Place Prize: $8,546,435
Places Paid: 648

Each player who makes the final table — which will be contested November 7-10 — will become a millionaire, and every player who cashes will walk away with at least $21,365. Be sure to check out the full payout structure for a complete list. The payout for this year’s main event has also helped the WSOP cross an important historical milestone. The WSOP now has more than $1 billion in prize money on record in the 40-year history of the event.

Notable eliminations on day 1D included: Dario Minieri, Lyle Berman, Michael Binger, Roy Winston, Jeff Madsen, Phil Galfond, 2008 November Nine finalists Scott Montgomery and Ivan Demidov, David Williams, John Salley, Ray Romano, Steve Sung, Scott Clements, Scott Freeman, Scott Fischman, former world champion Huck Seed, and Grant Hinkle. Grant’s brother Blair fared much better during day 1D, lurking near the top of the chip counts for most of the day. He ended up with 116,000 at the end of play. Other consistent challengers on day 1D included Dutch Boyd (135,000) and Carter King (170,000).

Another player who led the field for most of the day was Troy Weber. He paced the field with more than 200,000 after the dinner break, but it wasn’t until the end of the night when he really pulled away. A pot held 15,000 when the flop hit the table JSpade Suit 8Heart Suit 3Heart Suit. Weber checked, and the player immediately to his left bet 7,000. Weber made the call, and the turn fell 8Diamond Suit. Weber checked again, and his opponent bet 11,000. Weber then check-raised to 30,000. His opponent reraised all in for 55,375, and Weber made the call after thinking it over for a few moments. Weber turned over 10Spade Suit 8Spade Suit after his opponent quickly flipped up pocket queens, and the 9Diamond Suit fell on the river. Weber grew his stack to a massive 340,000 after the hand.

Bertrand Grospellier

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts for day 1D when play came to a close:

1. Troy Weber — 353,000
2. Carter King — 170,000
3. Josh Arieh — 136,500
4. Dutch Boyd — 135,000
5. Jon Kalmar — 130,000
6. Prahlad Friedman — 130,000
7. Bertrand Grospellier — 120,000
8. Marc Karam — 118,000
9. Blair Hinkle — 116,805
10. J.C. Tran — 113,000

Other notable players who had strong showings on their first day of play included Phil Ivey (67,000) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (120,000). ElkY has been one of the most consistent players in tournament poker for the past couple of months, but his chip stack today was anything but stable. He watched it fall well below the average before he made his comeback to finish out the day. Also making a late, strong push on day 1D were David Benyamine (100,000), J.C. Tran (113,000), and Josh Arieh (136,500).

Glen Chorny

Along with the usual shenanigans that are on display when thousands of people crowd the floor at the Rio, the usual odd hands found there way into the mix, as well, and in one case, Glen Chorny was able to win a pot without even making a call. Chorny limped in for 300, and action was folded around to a player in the cutoff, who raised to 800. Both blinds folded, and the dealer took the cutoff’s hand and mixed the cards together, leaving Chorny with his hand. Clearly not realizing Chorny had limped in, the dealer started moving the pot over to the cutoff. When everyone realized what she was doing, she stopped, and a floor person was called over. About five minutes later, after much debating and recounting of the mistake, the floor staff ruled that Chorny won the pot since he was the only one left with a live hand after the dealer mixed the raiser’s hand in with the deck. Chorny offered to just take back his 300 and let the cutoff take his raise back and the rest of the pot, but he was awarded the pot, which included the 800 raise from the cutoff.

The approximately 1,900 players who survived day 1D won’t return until day 2B on Wednesday, July 8. The 1,478 players who survived days 1A and 1B will return at noon PDT tomorrow for day 2A action at the Rio. Be sure to tune in to to follow all of the live action from Las Vegas.