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2019 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Dias: 1c
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Prize Pool
Informações sobre o nível
2,000,000 / 4,000,000

2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1c Breaks Single-Day Attendance Record

Nível 5 : 300/600, 600 ante
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald

Day 1c of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship is notoriously the most hectic day of the summer at the World Series of Poker, but the 2019 edition might very well go down as the craziest single day in WSOP history.

The single-day attendance record for the WSOP Main Event was broken on Friday with almost 5,000 players registering for the Day 1c flight. That number brings the total attendance for the 2019 Main Event over the 8,000 mark, making it the second-highest ever. With late registration still available until the start of the Day 2 flights (Saturday and Sunday), there’s still a chance that this year’s tournament could break the all-time record for Main Event entries. The current record of 8,773 players has stood since the 2006 Main Event.

As single day attendance hit an all-time high, so did the level of strangeness during a day unlike anything ever seen at the Main Event. A pair of player disqualifications, an earthquake panic that shook the Rio, and Phil Ivey’s elimination within the first hour all marked a day that will live on in poker lore for years to come.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey's 2019 WSOP Main Event lasted less than an hour

With the wild flight complete, it was James Henson (316,100), Mike “Timex” McDonald (306,300), Joshua Ray (304,200), Robert Kokoska (285,500) and Mamouni Mohamed (284,000) that ended the day among the names at the top of the chip counts.

Other top performers for the flight included WSOP bracelet winners Adam Friedman (263,100), Timur Margolin (197,400), Calvin Anderson (178,100), Joey Couden (170,300) and Josh Arieh (169,500), who’s coming off a runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. As the Main Event progresses to the first of three Day 2 flights Saturday, it’s Bryan Campanello (417,500) with the overall chip lead from all of the Day 1 flights combined.

The tone for this wild day was set in the first hour of play, beginning with 10-time bracelet winner Ivey busting out before the clock had even struck 1 p.m. Ivey found himself in a three-way, three-bet pot, making an all-in reraise on the flop with the nut flush draw against Jeffrey Chang’s top two pair. The spade Ivey was looking for never came, and the poker legend was one of the first eliminations of the day.

Not One But Two Disqualifications!

Minutes later, at the table of 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen, Georgii Belianin was disqualified from the tournament. Belianin was shown the door after reaching out and scooping up the chip stack of the player next to him, to the shock and amazement of everyone else in the vicinity. WSOP Vice President Jack Effel escorted Belianin out of the Rio after the unexplainable actions.

Belianin’s exit, however, wouldn’t even end up as the strangest player disqualification of the day. That dubious honor went to a player in the opening minutes of Level 2. This player went all-in blind preflop, turning over Q3 offsuit before anyone else had acted yet behind him. He then proceeded to turn around, drop his pants and moon everyone else at the table, then take off his shoes and throw them, hitting the player in seat one.

The man was immediately disqualified and led to the exits, resurfacing again later in the day on a video that made the rounds on social media. In that piece, the same man was seen dancing on a craps table at Luxor, once again dropping his pants.

The next few levels of the day went on at a level of relative normalcy until a significant earthquake shook the halls of the Rio for the second time in two days.

With the chandeliers and other fixtures of the Rio Convention Center swaying noticeably, many players stood up and left their respective playing areas mid-hand as the 7.1 magnitude quake rolled for several seconds. The tremor caused enough of panic that WSOP officials immediately put the field on dinner break, 40 minutes ahead of schedule, during Level 4.

Joe McKeehan
Joe McKeehen was among the former WSOP Main Event champions who Got Day 1c underway

In between moments of insanity, plenty of poker was played. Former Main Event champions in the Day 1c field included McKeehen, John Cynn (2018), Jamie Gold (2006), Robert Varkonyi (2002) and Joe Cada (2009), who got the festivities started with a quick speech and a “Shuffle Up and Deal” at the beginning of play.

The players that survived Day 1c advance to Day 2c, which restarts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 7. Other notable players on that list include Garrett Adelstein (216,700), Leon Tsoukernik (167,200), Matt Affleck (166,800), Sam Greenwood (126,400), and Ali Imsirovic (102,500).

First up, however, is Day 2ab, which brings back all of the survivors from Day 1a and 1b in a combined field. That restart commences at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. Both of the Day 2 flights will play through five two-hour levels, and the players that make it through the Day 2 flights will all come back for Day 3 on Monday, July 8 at noon.

Stay tuned and follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team as the 2019 Main Event continues to unfold.

Tags: Adam FriedmanAli ImsirovicBryan CampanelloCalvin AndersonGarrett AdelsteinJames HensonJamie GoldJoe CadaJoey CoudenJohn CynnJosh AriehJoshua RayLeon TsoukernikMamouni MohamedMatt AffleckRobert KokoskaRobert VarkonyiSam GreenwoodTimur Margolin

Rutwind Eliminated by Mohamed

Nível 5 : 300/600, 600 ante
Alexandra Rutwind
Alexandra Rutwind

On one of the last hands of the night, Alexandra Rutwind was all in from the big blind for about 8,000 with {a-Spades}{6-Diamonds} against Mamouni Mohamed on the button with {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}.

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{j-Spades}, giviing Mohamed a pair of tens to eliminate Rutwind.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Mamouni Mohamed us
Mamouni Mohamed
284,000 14,000
Alexandra Rutwind ca
Alexandra Rutwind

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Mohamed Spikes Quads on River Against Rutwind

Nível 5 : 300/600, 600 ante
Mamouni Mohamed
Mamouni Mohamed

Chun Law opened to 1,500 from under the gun and Alexandra Rutwind three-bet next to act to 4,000.

Action folded to Mamouni Mohamed in the big blind, and he called. Law four-bet to 12,500, and both Rutwind and Mohamed called.

The {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop checked through to reveal the {j-Diamonds} on the turn. Mohamed and Law checked, and Rutwind bet 15,000.

Mohamed and Law called, and when the river landed the {10-Hearts}, Mohamed bet out 50,000.

Law deliberated for over three minutes before folding. Rutwind then dived into her own think-tank.

"You're just never bluffing here," Rutwind stated.

"Sorry guys," she added.

Another minute went by, and Rutwind stated, "If this is a bluff, it's a good one."

Rutwind folded, and Mohamed tabled his {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

"Turn, my hand over, I folded ace-king," Rutwind asked the dealer.

As Mohamed scoops in the pot, he moves into contention with the chip leaders.

Alexandra Rutwind
Alexandra Rutwind
Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Mamouni Mohamed us
Mamouni Mohamed
255,000 135,000
Chun Law us
Chun Law
70,000 70,000
Alexandra Rutwind ca
Alexandra Rutwind
18,500 18,500

Tags: Alexandra RutwindChun LawMamouni Mohamed

Dotson Traps with Kings

Nível 4 : 300/500, 500 ante
Chris Dotson
Chris Dotson

Oddschecker competition winner Chris Dotson has just taken a big pot at the expense of Maria Lampropulos. Arriving at the table with play on the flop, Dotson later explained to PokerNews how the previous action had unfolded. It began with a preflop open, which Lampropulos three-bet in position, before Dotson smooth-called in the blinds and the initial raiser folded.

On the {10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop, both players checked and they saw a {3-Diamonds} turn. Dotson check-called an 8,000 bet and the dealer put a {j-Hearts} on the river. Dotson decided to lead at this point, making it 12,000 to get to showdown and Lampropulos went in to the tank for a couple of minutes before putting the chips in.

Dotson turned over {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} and Lampropulos double-checked her cards before sending them into the muck. She is down to half of starting stack now, while Dotson gets a boost.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Chris Dotson us
Chris Dotson
71,000 23,000
Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
28,000 -30,000

Tags: Chris DotsonMaria LampropulosOddschecker

Earthquake Break

Nível 4 : 300/500, 500 ante
Felipe Ramos
Felipe Ramos

A nearby 7.1 magnitude earthquake was felt in the Rio, creating somewhat of a panic in the halls of the convention center. Officials have decided to send the players on dinner break early as a safety precaution.

Play resumes at 10 p.m.

Highlights from the first part of Level 4 included:

Ramos' Main Event Ends in the Gutter

Nível 4 : 300/500, 500 ante
Felipe Ramos (earlier this summer)
Felipe Ramos (earlier this summer)

The by now infamous abandoned bowling alley at the Rio has claimed a second high-profile victim on Day 1c of the 2019 Main Event. After Phil Ivey struck out in the early stages, it was Brazilian star Felipe Ramos who had to part ways from the same room during the third level of the day.

"I lost two big hands during the first level of the day," Ramos told PokerNews. "Old gentleman to my left, very friendly, super nice guy, makes it 1,000, one player calls, I call {6-}{6-} from the big blind. Flop comes {k-}{10-}{6-} with two hearts. I check, he bets 3,000, other guy calls, I check-raise to 10,500, he calls, and then the other guy raises to 30,000!

I tank for five minutes and fold, other gentleman goes all in with {a-}{a-} and the third guy had {10-}{10-}," Ramos explained how he got away relatively unscathed after flopping set under set.

Ramos then picked up {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} on the button and raised to 500. An opponent made it 1,300 from the small blind and he called to see an all-heart {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop appear. Ramos' opponent bet 2,300, Ramos raised to 6,000 and his opponent instantly shoved all in.

"I tank forever but I cannot fold this hand, even when it's Day 1 of the Main. I call and he shows the dream!" Ramon excitingly said about his opponent's {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}, making him a 97% favorite to win the hand. However, the turn and river ran out {8-} and {q-} to improve his opponent to an unlikely boat and Ramos was left with 13,100 in level 1.

Short stacked, he continued for two more levels before losing his final chips with {a-}{q-} to {10-}{10-} and busted out of the Main Event early.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos

Tags: Felipe Ramos

Cynn Finally Gaining Traction

Nível 3 : 200/400, 400 ante
John Cynn
John Cynn

Defending champion John Cynn's day has been anything but smooth, dipping to a low point of about 10,000. However, a pot late Level 3 has pushed Cynn above 20,000.

The flop read {q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and action checked to the player on the button who bet 1,700. Cynn check-called from the small blind and the player in the hijack check-folded.

The turn was the {3-Clubs} and both remaining players checked.

The river was the {7-Spades}, Cynn bet 4,200 and his opponent called.

Cynn tabled {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}, his opponent mucked and Cynn collected the pot.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
John Cynn us
John Cynn
21,000 9,900
Defending Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: John Cynn

Rheem Shoves the River and Shows a Bluff

Nível 3 : 200/400, 400 ante
Chino Rheem (pictured in an earlier event)
Chino Rheem (pictured in an earlier event)

Picking up the action after a flop of {k-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Hearts} with about 6,000 in the pot, Chino Rheem checked from the under the gun and the player in the hijack bet 2,500. Rheem called.

The turn was the {a-Hearts}, Rheem checked, his opponent bet 5,000, Rheem check-raised to 16,800 and his opponent called.

The river was the {8-Diamonds}, Rheem shoved for effectively 66,000 and his opponent tanked for a while.

"Will you show if I call?" asked Rheem's opponent.

"I'll absolutely show if you call. I'll show if you fold, too, but you'll owe me a show," said Rheem.

After a few moments, Rheem's opponent open folded {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}.

"I put you on ace-king," Rheem said as he showed {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. "Felt like I could get you off of it."

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
121,000 26,200

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Dickerson Eliminates Opponent to Contest for Chiplead

Nível 3 : 200/400, 400 ante
Geramy Dickerson
Geramy Dickerson

Geramy Dickerson is sat with one of, most likely the biggest stack in the field to date. In an incredible run, Dickerson has amassed more than four times what he started the day with, and players are not long into Level 3.

He eliminated an opponent just now after they got it all in on the turn with {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} on the board. When the cards were turned over, Dickerson needed to hit, holding a two-way draw with {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} against his opponent's set of {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. The {q-Clubs} river made Broadway for Dickerson and a big pile of chips went his way, whilst his opponent exited early.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Geramy Dickerson us
Geramy Dickerson
249,000 249,000

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Oddschecker Competition Winner Chris Dotson Living His Poker Dream

Nível 2 : 200/300, 300 ante
Chris Dotson
Chris Dotson

Earlier this summer, 35-year-old Chris Dotson, a boiler operator from New Jersey, won a competition hosted by PokerNews’ sister company, Oddschecker. Today, he’ll live his poker dream of playing in poker’s premier event.

Dotson flew cross country last night and immediately headed to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to register. While there, he got to meet 2003 WSOP champ Chris Moneymaker and was interviewed by Joey Ingram on PokerNews social media channels. It’s been a whirlwind experience even before he fired the tournament, and believe it or not it almost didn’t happen.

“I saw a tweet from PokerNews mentioning the giveaway, clicked through the article and decided not to bother,” Dotson revealed. “Then a couple of hours later I saw the tweet again, figured what the heck, and filled out the giveaway. I’m sure glad I changed my mind.”

Chris Dotson meeting Chris Moneymaker at the 2019 WSOP

A World of Experience

Dotson grew up with two younger brothers, sons of a father in the Air Force. As such, they moved a lot and lived in locales such as Hawaii, Japan, and New Zealand.

“I moved back to the USA from New Zealand, and the family continued on to Australia, where my mom and youngest brother are still living,” said Dotson. “The old man is retired now, working as a contractor for the Air Force up in Alaska.”

"I guess I first learned to play poker while living in New Zealand, but never really played much until moving back to New Jersey."

For Dotson, he entered the workforce straight out of high school and is on a career trajectory to become an operating engineer. As for his love of poker, the seed was planted half a world away from the bright lights of Las Vegas.

“I guess I first learned to play poker while living in New Zealand, but never really played much until moving back to New Jersey,” said Dotson, who also revealed he’s a big fan of video games, board games, and escape rooms. “I then started playing tournaments in my local poker league and would play a bit online. That’s when I started taking things more seriously and progressed to taking trips to Atlantic City to play in the local casinos.”

Eyes on Vegas

Dotson first visited Las Vegas for the WSOP back in the mid-2000s, though back then it was just as a fan and to meet friends from the Full Contact Poker (FCP) forums. It wasn’t until 2014 that he fired a trio of bracelet events, all no-limit hold’em at the $1,000, $1,500, and $2,500 price points. Until today, those marked the biggest buy-ins he’s ever played.

“I’ve never played the Main Event,” he said. “It has always been a dream. This will be my first time, I’m so excited.”

Joey Ingram and Chris Doston

When asked about his proudest poker accomplishment to date, Dotson thought for a bit before answering.

“Not really sure what my proudest accomplishment would be,” he said. “I would probably say finishing runner-up in the poker league end-of-year finals, but no one remembers second place.”

Dotson often roots for the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Heat, and Team USA, and when it comes to poker he has some favorites.

“This is a hard question to answer, I certainly have a bunch of players I could pick as a favorite,” he responded when asked about his favorite poker player. “Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, but if I had to choose one it would probably be John Racener.”

Interestingly, Racener is also in action on Day 1c meaning there's a chance Dotson will get to square off against his favorite poker pro.

Tags: Chris DotsonOddschecker