The GGPoker edition of the WSOP Main Event continues this weekend with Day 1B and Day 1C shuffling up and dealing at 6:00 p.m. GMT on December 5 and December 6 respectively.
Day 1A drew in a 246 strong crowd and only 62 of those starters managed to punch their Day 2 tickets. It is game over for another year for the 184 players who dusted off their stacks on the first of three starting flights because this $10,000 buy-in tournament is a freezeout.
This means we say goodbye to such luminaries as GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz, Andras Nemeth, Guillaume Nolet, recent Super MILLION$ champion Koray Aldemir, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, and Ami Barer who was the final elimination of Day 1A.
Day 2, which commences on December 7 and sees the 62 Day 1A survivors combine with the players who progress from this weekend’s flights. We already know we’ll see Julian “VWgunther” Menhardt in action because he finished Day 1A with 534,490 chips and the title of chip leader.
Preben Stokkan (446,677), Sosia “Aunty_Ninja” Jiang (390,312), Laurynas Levinskas (389,628), Anatoly Filatov (232,102), Daniel Dvoress (200,905), Artur Martirosian (135,162), and George Wolff (117,733) will join Menhardt and co. On Day 2.
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Who Has Been Missing From Action So Far?
We’ve already pointed out some of the stars who won’t be in action on Day 1B or 1C after they busted out during the first flight. Now it’s time to predict some of the elite players who could enter either of the remaining pair of flights.
Dzmitry Urbanovich is already registered for Day 1B alongside Super MILLION$ regular David Miscikowski. Spain’s Javier Gomez is another name to look out for in PokerNews’ live updates.
Peter Chen has exchanged $10,000 for 60,000 chips on the WSOP Main Event Day 1C. Chen has got in there nice and early and we fully expect this flight to be the busier of the two remaining, simply because Sundays are the busiest day in the online poker world.
There were some notable absentees from the Day 1A field and from the players registered for either Day 1B or 1C.
Swedish legend Niklas Astedt hasn’t bought in yet. Astedt rarely plays live poker so perhaps playing the final table of the WSOP Main Event in the live arena has put him off entering? That and having to fly to Las Vegas for the $1 million heads-up clash with the WSOP.com Main Event champion. Taxation is an issue for Swedes who travel out of Europe to play poker.
Timothy Adams and David Peters are two other high stakes specialists yet to fire their $10,000 bullet. Both superstars are regulars in GGPoker’s biggest buy-in tournaments and it would be extremely surprising if neither of them bought in this weekend. Peters is the more likely of the pair to do so because Adams is Canadian and there are tax issues for him, as explained by Daniel Dvoress in a PokerNews exclusive interview earlier in the year.
Other household names who we hope buy into this weekend’s WSOP Main Event flights include David Kitai, Mike Watson, Stephen Chidwick, Michael Addamo, Joao Vieira, and Bert Stevens who has a superb record in high stakes MTTs of late.
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