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World Series of Poker -- Day 1B of Event No. 3 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Second Day 1 Sees Drastic Drop in Registration

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Tim PhanMaybe it’s the economy. Or the fact that there are five more $1,000 events at this year’s World Series of Poker.

Whatever the reason is, there was a noticeable decline in entrants on Day 1B of event no. 3, the $1,000 no-limit hold’em event.

While Day 1A saw 2,601 players take their seats in hopes of winning a gold bracelet, only 1,744 players registered to take their shot on Day 1B. This made the total field for the event 4,345, which was far below the expectations of many.

Even though the number of players was down, there were still plenty of notables in the sea of faces in the Rio’s Pavilion Room. Some notable survivors include Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Tim Phan, Jon “FatalError” Aguiar, Isaac Baron, Lee Markholt, Terrance Chan, and Jordan Morgan

Of the notables, Tim Phan (pictured above right), has one of the bigger stacks in the room with around 50,000. Jon Aguiar and Isaac Baron are also hovering around the 40,000 mark.

Right now, the unofficial chip leader is Braxton Dunaway, who has around 125,000.

Last year’s champion, Steve Sung, was among the day’s many casualties and his bid for a repeat title came up well short. Other notable casualties included Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, Layne Flack, Jason Mercier, Jeff Shulman, Sorel Mizzi, Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth, J.C. Tran, Antonio Esfandiari, Greg Raymer, and Gavin Griffin.

The decline in players, coupled with the furious pace of bustouts throughout the day, led to a ripple of chatter throughout the tables about the prospects of making the money on first day of the scheduled four-day event.

With the top 441 finishers in the event getting paid, the chatter started around the dinner break, when the tournament clock read that there were 543 players remaining. There was some confusion among the players as to whether or not the 543 included the 276 that survived Day 1A or if it was just the remaining players from the Day 1B field.

A few of the floor supervisors mentioned that if the money bubble was reached they would stop play for the day, even if they didn’t play the scheduled 10 levels. This furthered the rumors of the debacle that could ensue if both day ones did not play the same number of levels. Once it was cleared up that the tournament board only displayed the players remaining in the Day 1B field it was evident that the money bubble would not burst on Day 1B and the problem was avoided.

Unofficially, 205 players were able to survive 10 grueling levels of play. All of the players who survived the day will come back Monday at 2:30 p.m. and combine with the 275 survivors of Day 1A to battle it out for the $625,872 first prize.