(Way) Outside the WSOP – Main Event Day 1a

by , Jul 5, 2010 | 6:40 am

UPDATE: Day 1 of the Main Event will play 60 minutes of level 5. The 90-minute dinner break will take place at the end of level 3.

The World Series of Poker, to most people who don’t follow poker, finally gets underway this afternoon with day 1a of the $10,000 No-Limit Holdem World Championship, better described as the Main Event. A field of 6,500 players are expected to show up at the Rio in Las Vegas, seating themselves at tables in the Amazon and Pavilion rooms, hoping their two chips and a chair will turn into something much larger over the next 12 days when the last 9 players return in November to play down to a winner.

The main concern for this year’s Main Event will be if Thursday’s day 1d, which had the highest number of pre-registered players, may mean some players could be shut out. Throw in the schedule (four two-hour levels scheduled for each day 1), and it’s possible not enough players will be eliminated on days 1a and 1b to accommodate the much larger fields expected for days 1c and 1d.

While the Main Event gets underway today with updates at PokerNews and wsop.com, or follow Pauly’s live blog. There’s still two more bracelets to be awarded today along with the rest of Sunday’s action.

Alaei wins 10k PLO

The final table of the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship concluded with Daniel Alaei defeating Miguel Proulx heads-up to win $780,599, along with his third career WSOP bracelet. Proulx, winner of the $2,500 PLO event earlier this WSOP, collects $482,265 for the runner-up finish. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report coming soon at wsop.com.

Huck Seed, TOC winner

The final day of the WSOP Tournament of Champions concluded with 1996 Main Event winner Huck Seed defeating Howard Lederer heads-up, winning $500,000. Lederer adds $250,000 to his results, with Johnny Chan earning $100,000 for third. Full results at wsop.com.

1k, 2.5k final tables today

The final two preliminary bracelet events will be awarded this afternoon, both with a start time scheduled for 3pm, but the Main Event may throw a hitch in those plans. Follow the updates at PokerNews or wsop.com. First, here’s the final table for the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem:

Seat 1: Henrik Tollefsen – 1,878,000
Seat 2: Paul Kerr – 784,000
Seat 3: Marcel Vonk – 2,253,000
Seat 4: Dustin Dorrance-Bowman – 794,000
Seat 5: Mehul Chaudhari – 789,000
Seat 6: Espen Moen – 443,000
Seat 7: Nathan Jessen – 990,000
Seat 8: Matthew Lupton – 973,000
Seat 9: David Peters – 2,653,000

Here’s the final table for the $2,500 No-Limit Holdem:

Seat 1: Mike Wattel – 365,000
Seat 2: Salvatore Bonavena – 4,505,000
Seat 3: Ali Alawadhi – 670,000
Seat 4: Joseph Curcio – 1,205,000
Seat 5: Tomer Berda – 3,410,000
Seat 6: Bryan Porter – 740,000
Seat 7: Alfonso Amendola – 910,000
Seat 8: Hungcheng Hung – 740,000
Seat 9: Vladimir Kochelaevskiy – 2,025,000

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