Another heavy day of participation in the Main Event on Tuesday. Dan Matsuzuki and Tim Andrew win bracelets in other events. Find these stories and more in the July 4th edition of the Hit and Run.

The Latest from the WSOP Main Event

On Tuesday, Day 1b of the Main Event drew strong numbers again with 2,381 entries joining the tournament, a 10% increase from the same day last year. Smain Mamouni held the most chips from the Day 1b flight while Alex Foxen, Johnny Chan, Scott Davies, Michael Mizrachi, Shaun Deeb, John Hesp and Chris Ferguson were among the bigger names who survived the flight.

Some of the notable names not as fortunate during the day were Jamie Gold, Greg Raymer, Kenny Hallaert, Doug Polk and Jason Somerville.

Day 1a participation from Monday was up 16% over last year making the total for the first two flights of the WSOP is 3,306. With participation up nearly 12% over last year from the first two flights, 2018 could be setting up for one of the largest Main Event fields in history. A total of 4,262 players entered Day 1c in 2017.

Day 1c began action at 11 AM PT with thousands of players expected to join the action on Wednesday.

Recent Results

– Dan Matsuzuki won his first WSOP bracelet on Wednesday morning when he took down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $364,387. Matsuzuki outlasted 141 entries over three days, including denying Scott Bohlman of his second bracelet at this year’s WSOP. Bohlman still won a $225,210 prize for second place, while Ken Aldridge ($154,648) and Chris Vitch ($108,739) also will take home large prizes.

– Tim Andrew won the $365 Pot Limit Omaha Giant on Tuesday after outlasting 3,250 entries over 3 Days to his his first WSOP bracelet and $116,015. Michael Mizrachi, who drew buzz for his deep run in the event, finished in 5th for $30,461.

Other Ongoing Action

– The $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed completed a third day with just three players remaining – chip leader Galen Hall, Niels Herregodts and Eduards Kudrjavcevs. They will pick things up at 2 PM PT as they play for a $888,888 first place prize.

Watch the WSOP

Poker fans can check out Main Event action on ESPN2 from 5:30 to 9 PM PT. Afterwards, tune in to PokerGo (premium subscription required) from 9:30 to 11:35 PM PT.

Quick Hitters

– Think being dealt pocket Aces during the first hand of the WSOP is lucky? Unfortunately, it wasn’t for Max Steinberg who was dealt AA vs KK on his first hand. With a K on the flop, Steinberg couldn’t get away with it and saw an early exit.

In other oddities from the WSOP Main Event, Jason Mercier gets blinded out while sitting out for a cash game at the Big Game.

– Pokerfuse takes a look at regulatory developments in key markets including Germany, Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom.

– In his latest piece for Part Time Poker, David Huber goes over some frequently asked questions pertaining to the United Kingdom gambling regulations as well as the topic of “influencer marketing” in the country.

– Phil Galfond chronicles his run in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship last month in his latest vlog post.