Saturday, December 10, 2016
The first nine levels are in the books and the players are taking a 60-minute dinner break to indulge in the free buffet. The field is up to 337 entries and there are 223 players remaining on the break. Barry Hutter is pacing the field on the break with 86,000 in chips, but former Live at the Bike commentator Nichoel Jurgens isn't too far off of his pace with 74,000 in chips. WPT Champion Mohsin Charania is also near the top of the counts with 70,000 and is tied with Will Berry and ring-winner Krzysztof Stybaniwiecz, who also head to break with 70,000. Cards will be back in the around 7:15 p.m. and the blinds will be 400/800 with a 100 ante.
Posted at 6:40 PM
Players are back from their second break of the day and blinds are 200/400 with a 50 ante and the tournament is quickly filling up with some top-notch poker talent. With late registration open for the entire day, there are already 299 entries in the field, which has already eclipsed last year's 235 entries for all of Day 1A. WSOP Bracelet winners Cord Garcia, David "ODB" Baker, Layne Flack, Tuan Le, Mike Leah, Barry Hutter, and Jared Jaffee, Tyler Patterson, Mike Leah, Ben Keeline, Anthony Spinella, Cord Garcia, and Carlos Mortensen are all in the field. Along with WPT champions Sean Jazayeri, Pat Lyons, Jordan Cristos, and Matt Salsberg. Top pros Chris Demaci, Nipun Java, Jesse Yaginuma, Eric Blair, Alex Foxen, Daniel Strelitz, Joe Serock, Matt Stout, Aaron Massey, and eight-time ring winner Valentin Vornicu have all taken their seat in the Day 1A field. Last year, Vornicu bested a field of 641 to win $197,110 in this event, and the field is on pace to smash those numbers to have a huge first place prize to go with the Circuit ring and the seat into the Global Casino Championship.
Posted at 5:06 PM