Two gamers have been disqualified from the event within the first degree, there was an earthquake that actually shook the Rio, and this all befell in one of many greatest beginning flights in WSOP primary occasion historical past.
The primary DQ of the day occurred throughout the first hour of the extent when Georgii Belianin was disqualified for taking chips from one other participant’s stack. Belianin received a small pot after which after scooping in his newly acquired chips, he reached over to his neighbor’s unattended stack and merged all the stack into his.
In line with different gamers on the desk, he didn’t communicate a lot English, was consuming and had a smile on his face as he was doing it, main some believing that this was a poor try at humor.
“I’ve performed with Georgi online and off for about ten years, and by no means had a destructive expertise. At all times attempting to have a superb time regardless of language obstacles. My intestine says it is a (dumb) joke gone unsuitable, and tbh being Russian not doing him any favors,” tweeted two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris.
Belianin was escorted out of the event space and his chips have been taken out of play.
One other participant within the discipline determined later within the degree that he needed to one-up Belianin. The unidentified participant moved all in with out his gap playing cards.
Patrick Eskandar was within the tank with pocket fives and his opponent stood up from his seat, instructed all people that he was all in blind, turned his again to the desk, and pulled his pants down, mooning the gamers at his desk and exposing his genitals to gamers on the different desk. After returning his pants to his waist, he bent down, took off his footwear, and tossed them on the supplier.
Eskandar finally referred to as together with his pair, however took a nasty beat and misplaced the pot. His opponent received the pot, however his chips have been taken out of play and he was DQ’ed.
As if the employees wasn’t worn out sufficient from having to cope with these two conditions, mom nature determined she was going to throw a wrench within the plans.
Right here is the video of the scenario from Scott Davies. Warning: This video is graphic and NSFW
— Scott Davies (@sdaviespoker) July 5, 2019
For the second day in a row, there was a large earthquake 237 miles southwest of Las Vegas in Ridgecrest, CA. Friday’s quake registered a whopping 7.1 on the Richter scale and the aftershocks from that quake shook the Rio with 40 minutes remaining in degree 4.
The ground started to shake and something that was hanging from the ceiling swayed back-and-forth. Within the Brasilia room, a chunk of glass fell from the ceiling and shattered on one of many tables. Many gamers ran from their desk and into the hallways, however no person was injured in the course of the earthquake.
The employees determined to ship the gamers on their 90-minute dinner break 40 minutes early earlier than returning to play the ultimate 160 minutes of the night time, which went incident-free.
Wes Cutshall captured the footage from his desk within the Pavilion room.
Regardless of the plethora of incidents, there was truly some poker performed. A whopping 4,879 gamers got here out for the third and closing flight of the event, making it the most important beginning flight in primary occasion historical past, surpassing final yr’s Day 1C, which turned out 4,571 gamers.
Registration is open till the beginning of Day 2, so the sector measurement and prizepool have but to be finalized, however when it does, it is going to be at the least the second-biggest primary occasion in historical past. By way of three flights, there are at the least 8,127 gamers within the discipline. With 646 extra, it might cross the 2006 primary occasion, which drew 8,773 gamers.
On the finish of the night time, there have been simply 3,664 gamers remaining, which suggests there will likely be at the least 6,047 gamers who’re nonetheless alive of their respective Day 2 discipline. Whereas the official chip counts usually are not completed but, James Henson completed the night time with 316,100 and seems to be the chip chief from Day 1C.
Different gamers who completed with large stacks embody Mike McDonald (306,300), Chris Limo (277,400), Cody Brinn (267,400) and Adam Friedman (263,100). Friedman received his third bracelet earlier this summer time and has expertise operating deep on this occasion. In 2005, he completed 43rd for $235,390.
Friedman is aware of simply in addition to anybody how lengthy of a grind that is and the way little your Day 1 chip rely issues.
“All you are able to do shouldn’t be get overly excited, not assume too exhausting,” mentioned Friedman about ending Day 1C with an enormous stack. “It is a 12-day event now? I most likely wouldn’t get excited except I’m fortunate sufficient to get to the ultimate 100 or so. Then possibly I’ll get excited. Till then, you simply acquired to remain calm and take a look at to not let something get to your head.”
Taking part in by means of an earthquake, nonetheless, is one thing that acquired Friedman a bit of excited.
“Throughout that earthquake, my head began spinning a bit of bit,” he mentioned. “That was my first earthquake that I’ve skilled.”
Not all people was fortunate sufficient to make it by means of the day. Ping Liu, Kitty Kuo, Shaun Deeb, Doug Polk, 2005 champion Jamie Gold, 2014 champion Martin Jacobson, Humberto Brenes, and Phil Ivey have been all eradicated from play on Day 1C.
Ivey’s day was particularly fast. He was eradicated in lower than an hour after he misplaced half his stack in a short time after which acquired the remainder of it into the center with the nut flush draw in opposition to Jeffrey Chang’s prime two pair. Ivey couldn’t hit a spade and was out.
The gamers who survived at the moment’s motion will return on Sunday at 11 a.m. for Day 2C, whereas the gamers who survived Day 1A and Day 1B will return on Saturday at that very same time for Day 2AB. The sector will mix on Monday for Day 3.