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The second starting flight of the biggest-ever online tournament, Event #77: $5,000 No Limit Hold ’em Main Event of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online series, played out on GGPoker and Natural8 on Tuesday. A player pool of 114 runners joined the action on Day 1B, but only 25 made it across to Day 2.
Boasting of a mind-boggling $25 Million prize pool guarantee, the Main Event will host 23 starting flights, two of which are now in the books. The tourney allows players to fire a maximum of three bullets. Once all the multiple Day 1s are completed, Day 2 will begin on August 30 and play until the field dwindles down to the final 40. The event will ultimately play down to a champion on September 5.
Day 1B culminated after 15 levels of play, and China’s Xuming “scplayer” Qi (cover image) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader with a stack of 620,372. A former APPT Macau Poker Cup champion, Qi is ranked 27th on China’s All-Time Money Lists with $887,444 in total live earnings. He has previously scored thrice in the ongoing series and presently has $94,445 in WSOP cashes.
Just behind Qi was American high roller Dan Smith, who bagged 421,653 in chips. A veteran pro, Smith, sits on top of Nevada’s All-Time Money List and is ranked fourth on the US All-Time Money List, with more than $36 Million in live tournament winnings! Smith has only scored once in this ongoing series, a 163rd place finish in Event #51: $400 PLO for $980. Before that, his last big score had come in the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London, where he had finished third in the £1,050,000 No Limit Hold ’em – Triton Million for Charity for £7.2 Million.
Other noteworthy names who were seen carrying their stack forward to Day 2 were Stefan Burakov (339,041), Simon Higgins (304,491), Laurynas Levinskas (220,587), Sung Joo “ArtePokerTV” Hyun (141,789), Sergi Reixach (132,074) and Steven van Zadelhoff (93,853).
No Indian featured on the Day 1B survivors list.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B
1. Xuming “scplayer” Qi – 620,372
2. Dan Smith – 421,653
3. Daniel “Tourmination” Petersen – 384,569
4. Luigi “shadinho94” Shehadeh – 362,238
5. Stefan Burakov – 339,041
6. Jon “JPC123” Clark – 329,361
7. VitinhoLeao – 308,882
8. Simon Higgins – 304,491
9. 72neverloose – 264,443
10. Laurynas Levinskas – 220,587
Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP.com and PokerNews.com
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