Scott Blumstein sees an early exit during the WSOP Main Event. Mike Mizrachi makes another final table. Find these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.
The Latest from the WSOP Main Event
A total of 925 players entered the Main Event on 1a, a 16% increase over the same time last year. From the group of players that advanced during the first day, Timothy Lau holds the early lead with two additional — and much larger — flights to go.
Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Jake Schindler, Jason Lester, Brian Yoon, Ray Ramano, Kevin Pollack, Erik Seidel, Joe McKeehen and Lacey Jones are among some of the more notable players from Day 1a who will advance to Day 2.
The day was not kind to some players, putting a quick end to some bigger names including last year’s Main Event champion Scott Blumstein, Johnathan Little, Brian Rast and Qui Nguyen.
The WSOP Main Event will host three Day 1 flights with 1b starting today at and Day 1c beginning on Wednesday. The second and third flights draw many more players than the Day 1a flight. During the 2017 Main Event, 795 players entered during Day 1a, 2164 during Day 1b and 4262 during Day 1c.
What it shows is how strong mentally you have to be to play this game at the highest level… I knew the right answer but I let the moment get the best of me. I actually felt more pressure today then I did at the final table last year. Poker is just a game. Life goes on. https://t.co/mDhcIt1e70
— Scott Blumstein (@SBlum2711) July 3, 2018
There were no bracelets awarded on Monday.
Other Ongoing Action
Despite the hype, there is a lot more poker going on than just the Main Event including final tables and near final tables in three events.
– The $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed begins Day 3 on Tuesday with just 29 players remaining including 888poker sponsored pro Chris Moorman. Galen Hall will hold the chip lead when action resumes at 2 PM PT.
– Meanwhile, in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship (Event #64), Chris Vitch holds the chip lead heading into a final day with 15 players remaining. Among those still alive are Scott Bohlman, Bryce Yockey, Jerry Wong and Jesse Martin.
– The Pot Limit Omaha Giant (Event #11) will also conclude today at 2 PM PT with Srinivas Balasubramanian heading into the final day with the chip lead. Mike Mizrachi is among a group of 8 other players that will try to play catchup on Tuesday. The $365 buy-in tournament, which attracted 3250 entries, will award $116,015 to first place.
Watch the WSOP
Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event can be seen on ESPN2 from 4 to 8 PM and again from 9 to 11:35 PM on PokerGo.
Poker fans can also tune into the Poker Central Twitch channel to view the final table of the $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em 8-handed beginning at 3 PM PT.
– To coincide with the start of the 2018 WSOP Main Event, ten finalists were announced for the Poker Hall of Fame. Chris Moneymaker, Mike Matusow, David Oppenheim, Huck Seed, John Hennigan, David Chiu, Chris Bjorin and Bruno Fitoussi. In addition to finalists that have popularized for their poker play, the nominations also include tournament director Matt Savage and poker TV producer Mori Eskandani.
The winners are to be determined by the 28 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame combined with 18 members of the poker media. Winners will be announced on July 13th at the Main Event final table.
To qualify for the Poker Hall of Fame, a player must be a minimum of 40 years old, have played for high stakes and played poker against top competition. In addition, players must have demonstrated an ability to play consistently well and have stood the test of the time. Non-players must have contributed to the growth and success of poker. Martin Derbyshire from US Poker says its about time to induct a non-player.
– Daniel Negreanu is busy vlogging during this year’s WSOP and it seems to be paying off for the all-time money winner. Negreanu’s poker channel just reached 200,000 subscribers and overtook Doug Polk as the top poker vlogger.
The YouTube channel just hit 200k subscribers! New daily video released as always by noon today. Thanks for watching. https://t.co/2fzrOcpWVC
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 29, 2018
– The top five for the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard heading into the Main Event: John Hennigan (3130.76), Shaun Deeb (2769.11), Eric Baldwin (2309.06), Mike Leah (2294.28) and Julien Martini (2096.31).
– WSOP.com continues to lead United States online poker traffic, which has been given a boost from the World Series of Poker and three online bracelet events this summer.