The final flight of the record-breaking Event #3: The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em saw over 8,000 entrants take part in a tournament that put even the capacious conference centre at the Rio to the test. Late registrants patiently waited to fill the gaps left by those busted from the sell-out Day 1d and eventually everyone keen for a shot at a WSOP bracelet and a piece of a truly phenomenal prize pool had their chance to play. With the final numbers still being tallied, it is definitely safe to say that this sell-out final Day 1 puts the total number of entrants well over 25,000.
Tonight’s chip leader is Andrei Khosh, who bagged a huge 970,000 chips, in front of other notables such as Kevin O’Donnell (773,000), Rick Trigg (663,000), Max Brown (496,000) and James Dempsey (350,000). With thousands of players’ chips to log, full counts have been announced as available later this morning. Other players making a bid for the unique Big 50 title who fell before the final whistle were John Phan, Maria Konnikova, Blair Hinkle and a valiantly double late-registering Maria Ho.
The next step for today’s chip-baggers on the way to claiming the $1,000,000 guaranteed first prize is to conquer Day 2d, beginning at 10:00 on Tuesday, June 4. Tomorrow we’ll be covering Day 2c, also beginning at 10:00.
Players have begun the bagging process after the completion of play on Day 1d of the record breaking Big 50 event.
The clock is paused as hundreds of tables complete their last seven hands of Day 1d. A recap of the day will follow, with full counts and player numbers confirmed once the mammoth bagging process is complete.
Though Day 1d of the Big 50 has seemed to stay the same mammoth size over 13 50-minute levels, there is ample proof that players have been and gone in the stack of Andrei Khosh. He has nearly 800,000 in chips, which would put him in the ballpark of prior start days' leaders with half an hour of play left to go.
Several of these players started out strongly in the first half of the day, but how have they fared in the second?
Players are now on a 15 minute break, the last of the night. After the break, they will return to play level 13 before bagging for the night.
From early position a player moved all in for his remaining 45,000 and was met with a call by Yohan Rascar in the big blind.
Rascar was behind with the vs his opponent's . But the flop for fortuitous for Rascar as it came . The turn was the and the on the river put the stranglehold on the hand to give Rascar a chunk of chips from his eliminated opponent.