The first of two starting days in Event 59, $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, of the World Series of Poker is in the books. A total of 1,740 elected to play today and only 256 remain. Tournament officials stopped play once they had reached a point where just 15% of the field remained. Leading them all is Ronald Lee after bagging up 79,325.
Chasing Lee are Dominik Nitsche (67,800), David Stefanski (65,400), Ravneet Johal (60,050), Alin Pandilica (58,500), and Bobby Pham (57,025). Notables Phil Ivey, Steve Sung, Konstantin Puchkov, Leo Margets, Claire Renaut, J.J. Liu, Roland Israelashvili, Todd Terry, and Terrence Chan remain in the field as well.
It was day where bustouts were fast and plentiful. Notables Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, David "Bakes" Baker, Barry Shulman, David Chicotsky, Erik Seidel, Olivier Busquet, Alexander Kravchenko, Fabrice Soulier, Barry Greenstein, and Tommy Vedes all gave the event a shot but did not survive the day.
Ivey’s stack never seemed to slip through out the day. He got involved in a big hand with another player that saw him chip up. He was at the turn on a board. Ivey check-raised to 7,000 and his opponent shoved on him. Ivey called and tabled . His opponent was ahead with but the river fell and Ivey nearly doubled to 45,000.
Hellmuth took to the felt today as well looking for his 92nd career WSOP cash. He was short-stacked before the dinner break and didn’t last much longer into the seventh level before he busted.
Day 1b will begin tomorrow promptly at 12:00 PM PST and the surviving players will combine for Day 2 on Friday. The Day 1b field will play the exact same amount of time that Day 1a played — that is, until 42 minutes are left in Level 9. Follow all the WSOP action live on PokerNews.com.