The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is now 37 days past its fall schedule, and the event everyone has been waiting for, Event #67: $10,000 NLHE Main Event Championship, is well underway. On Friday, the Main Event got done with the second of its six starting flights, with 845 players enduring the five two-hour levels of play and 600 of them carrying stacks to Day 2ABD.
Las Vegas local Steve Foutty (287,000) topped the advancing group, followed by Matthew Taylor (279,500) and Maxime Canevet (277,000). However, unlike Day 1A, no Indian featured among the day-end survivors as most players from the Indian group are expected to join the weekend flights.
When there’s the WSOP, there has to be some drama. Day 1A of the Main Event was rocked by a bomb scare that forced the venue to shut down for some time. As police searched the area, they were looking for a “suspicious item” in a suspect’s vehicle parked at the Rio Convention Center.
Even though significantly less dramatic, the Day 1B field size has bolstered hopes for a massive Main Event turnout. Looking at the possibility of better-than-expected participation in the Main Event, Little One for One Drop & $1,500 PLO Bounty, the organizers called off Day 1A of Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights altogether. The brand flashed the same across its social media channels.
Due to the high demand expected between the Main Event, Little One for One Drop, and the $1,500 PLO Bounty, Flight A of the $888 Crazy Eights has been canceled. All other flights will run as scheduled.
— WSOP (@WSOP) November 6, 2021
Coming back to the Main Event, several notables made it through from Day 1B. Some of them who bagged big stacks include Bart Lybaert (189,000), Stephen Chidwick (124,900), and Kevin Gerhart (112,400). The likes of Maria Konnikova (62,200), Chance Kornuth (62,200), Mike Matusow (56,500), Craig Varnell (51,800), Sam Soverel (45,100), Chad Eveslage (28,500), Cary Katz (21,200), and Justin Bonomo (18,900) also made it through to Day 2ABD.
Both Bonomo and Varnell had a swingy ride but were able to survive through.
Even though most of the starting field made it across the first hurdle, several prominent poker pros saw their Main Event dreams come crashing down on Friday. These included two-time WSOP Main Event champion Johnny Chan, Ryan Depaulo, John Racener, Brian Rast, Nick Schulman, and Shaun Deeb.
The 600 Day 1B survivors get an extended break as they are required to return for Day 2ABD on November 9 at 11 AM (local time) alongside the Day 1A and Day 1D qualifiers.
Day 1C starts at 11 AM (local time) on Saturday, November 6.
The Main Event is THE BIGGEST tournament of the annual WSOP edition, and you can follow the action LIVE on PokerGO all the way through November 17, when a new world champion will be crowned.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B
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