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Day 1c of the 2024 WSOP Main Event Sees A Further 2,501 Players Take Their Seats

06 Jul 2024
Jonathan Raab 06 Jul 2024
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  • 2,501 players enter Day 1c of WSOP Main Event
  • Robert Pardo bags chip lead with 440,000
  • Eight Main Event Champs Entered Day 1c
  • Eight Main Event Chamsp Survived Day 1c
Former WSOP Main Event Champion Jamie Gold (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The 2024 WSOP Main Event Continued, with 2,501 more players taking their seats on Day 1c

The third starting day of the Main Event of the 55th Annual World Series of Poker is now over, with 1900 of the flight’s 2,501 entrants progressing to Day 2 of the $10,000 tournament.

Top Ten Chip Leaders from Day 1c

The chip leader from Day 1c is Robert Pardo, who has a healthy stack of 440,000. Zyad Qasem lies in second place with 390,300.

RankPlayerChip CountCountry
1Robert Pardo441,000United States
2Zyad Qasem390,300United States
3Leonard Herrmann306,000Germany
4Ardit Kurshumi297,400United States
5Colin Beveridge295,500United States
6Mo Nuwwarah273,300United States
7David Simon269,800United States
8Manuel Pochat255,200Argentina
9Royce Cohen254,500United States
10Patrice Brandt254,400Germany

Busted and Dusted

Sadly, for those who like uncomfortable intimidating table presences, Martin Kabrhel’s Main Event life didn’t make it to the end of the day. The Czech player once dubbed “the most hated man in poker” played fast and loose and paid the price, taking an early bath in the biggest event of the year.

Another less than loved “player” who turned up for the Main Event was Dan “the Influenza” Bilzarian, who didn’t last long, playing only two significant hands before hitting the rail.

While there may be no love lost for the elimination of these two clowns, there might be for some of the other unfortunate souls, whose days ended in a walk of shame. They included:

  • Shaun Deeb
  • Shannon Shore
  • Aditya Agarwal
  • Mike Brady
  • Chris Moorman
  • Nacho Barbera
  • Trevor Reardon
  • Maria Lampropoulos
  • Gus Hansen
  • Joao Simao
  • Kevin O’Donnell

Eight Former Main Event Champions Through

Eight former WSOP Main Event champions entered on Day 1c and all of them made it through to the end of the day, although only one managed to bag a stack over 100k. The rest of the Grateful Eight are all still hovering around their starting stack of 60,000, some a little more, others a little less.

The player bagging the biggest stack of the former champs was Jamie Gold.

  • Jamie Gold (111,100)
  • Joe Hachem (72,000)
  • Phil Hellmuth (66,700)
  • Chris Moneymaker (64,300)
  • Robert Varkonyi (58,000)
  • Scott Blumstein (53,800)
  • Damian Salas (50,800)
  • Johnny Chan (45,000)

Other Notables Into Day 2

Plenty of other notable players safely progressed into the second day of the tournament. These included: 

  • Justin Bonomo (174,100)
  • Christopher Brewer (156,800)
  • Adrian Mateos (143,100)
  • Isaac Haxton (124,900)
  • Mike Matusow (121,500)
  • Andrew Lichtenberger (108,900)
  • Dominik Nitsche (89,900)
  • Steve Zolotov (86,600)
  • Robert Mizrachi (74,100)
  • Andrew Kelsall (69,800)
  • Todd Brunson (48,900)
  • Jeremy Ausmus (46,400)
  • Daniel Negreanu (37,900)
  • Nacho Barbera (31,900)

Brits Bagging Stacks

It’s been a great year for Brits at the WSOP, with no fewer than seven British players winning bracelets. Six of these have been won live and one online, the best ever haul for players from the UK, with still over 20 bracelet events left to be concluded.

There were lots of British players in Day 1c of the  WSOP Main Event, the best stacked of which is Robert Bickley on just over 200k, with Alistair Hill just a little the other side of that milestone.

Robert Wells, who has already won a bracelet this year has also progrfessed into Day 2.

These are just some of the British players who made it to the end of Day 1c:

  • Robert Bickley (206,600)
  • Alistair Hill (197,000)
  • Jon Clark (187,300)
  • Tan Le (167,000)
  • Ying Wong (162,000)
  • Gordon Huntly (147,500)
  • Robert Wells (113,600)
  • Jack Salter (107,400)
  • Carlo Citrone (93,600)
  • Niall Farrell (91,000)
  • Alex Goulder (81,600)
  • John Kabbaj (80,300)
  • Richard Gryko (72,000)
  • Jay Harwood (68,000)

Lower Turnout Than 2023 Looks To Be On The Cards

It looks very much like this year will not be another record breaker as all three starting days have fielded fewer players than their 2023 counterparts. 

Here’s the year-on-year comparison for the first three starting days.

Starting Day20232024Difference
Day 1a1039916-123
Day 1b1118831-287
Day 1c30802501-579
Day 1d4,100??
Day 2706??

If the number of entries is going to beat last year, there would need to be a further 5,795 entries to break the 2023 record. It seems unlikely that it could happen this year.

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