By Simon Young

Word has spread that 1,297 players sat down to play Day 1A of the Main Event. It is likely more than that will play in the later Day 1 flights – certainly the last, Day 1D – so we could be heading for over 6,000 runners in total, not far off last year’s turnout.

As we head into the last level today, 766 of the starters remain in their seats. While happy to still be there, they know this tournament is a marathon, not a sprint. No one wins the WSOP Main Event on Day 1, but plenty go home knowing they won’t even be back for Day 2.


Still plenty of action during the final level of the day 

Several PartyPoker players remain in the hunt in the final hours tonight. John Webley from the UK has been unable to build and remains on about 15,000. He wanted to double his 20,000 starting stack to 40,000 by the end of the day, but just being in the seat draw for Day 2 is no easy task and would be commendable if he achieves it in this, his first big shot in Vegas.

While Germany’s Richard Goerner has been steady all day – 23,000 at the last count – countryman Klaus Milanitsch and Sweden’s Vartan Ohannesian have had more of a rollercoaster ride. Both look set to reach the end of play today.

Klaus had gone down to about 8,000 in chips earlier in the day, losing twice with A-J, but then built back up and over to more than 25,000. He’s settled back a bit right now, but looks comfortable on a table that now includes Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke, who finished second in the Aussie Millions to Gus Hanson last year for an $800,000 pay day. Incidentally, Gobboboy writes on his website how he started his career playing on PartyPoker with a $300 bankroll!

Vartan Ohannesian was up to 40,000 after level two, but was spotted not long after with perhaps 13,000 to his name. Happily, as we moved into the final level, he seemed to have moved back up again to 20,000. At least his day hasn’t been dull.

Big names have been falling regularly. Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot was an early casualty, while Roland de Wolfe, Gavin Smith and Tuan Lam, who finished runner-up last year, were among those heading before they would have wished.

Tomorrow will bring another raft of players, fresh-faced and ready to begin their Day 1 adventures. There will be more PartyPoker players to meet and follow as they try to join our players who will hopefully make it through from today.

We’ll get you some chip counts overnight.


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