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World Series of Poker Europe Event 1 -- Day 1B

Record Numbers Revealed for Poker in London on Day 1B of WSOPE


Day 1b of the first event of the WSOPE, the £1,000 + £75 no-limit hold’em event, attracted 314 players. This added to yesterday’s figure equals a total of 608 entries, meaning that the tournament is now the largest ever held in London.

There is a drastic difference in comparison to last year’s total for the same event, of 410, and the nearest to this record in London is the attendance of 596 players in the 2008 European Poker Tour final.

The lucky winner of this first event, which will be determined on Monday, will get a gold bracelet and £136,803. Sixty-two others will also get a slice of the prize pool.

Four of the seven former WSOPE bracelet holders turned out for battle on the starting days of this event, but only one survived — John Juanda. Two of the November nine also took part — Phil Ivey and James Akenhead — but they didn’t make it to day 2.

The chip leader at end of play was Stefan Hansen with 48,175 in chips. However, J.P. Kelly will stay as chip leader going into the second day with 98,825, after a stellar performance on day 1a.

Other survivors of the second starting day were Nicolas Levi, Padraig Parkinson, Markus Golser, and Chris Ferguson.

However, not everyone could continue the debut journey of the WSOPE, and bust outs were a-plenty throughout the day. A short-stacked Liv Boeree shoved with 10-2 from under the gun, and although she hit a ten on the flop, her opponent’s pocket aces made sure she hit the rail when they made their set on the turn and took away any chance of a comeback.

The recently turned 21-year-old Annette Obrestad was another casualty of the day. She shoved with A-J, only to be beaten by K-Q.

A-J was not lucky for Men Nguyen either, when down to his last 800 in chips, he shoved all in on top of a bet of 500, but the A-Q of his opponent was enough to put him out of the event.

Even aces could not fight their way through — in a raising war, Jeff Kimber found himself all in with the pocket rockets, but his opponent rivered a straight holding A-K.

Other notable busts included Phil Ivey when his A-8 was beaten by A-6 after his opponent hit two pair, and Andrew Feldman when his ASpade Suit QSpade Suit failed to hit against pocket jacks.

Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. (GMT + 1) today, as the day 1a and 1b survivors combine to make a field of 89. They will play right down to the final table, which will then battle it out on Monday.