After another huge day at the felt,1,915 entries went into the books, meaning that over Day 1a and Day 1b, we’ve had 3,250 players sit down for $10,000 in the tournament that could change their lives.

We’ve already seen huge drama on Day 1a in the PokerGO coverage, but Day 1b did not disappoint either. In fact we had to cram all the action into not one but two round-ups, with Part A of the action right here and Part B available for replay here.

When the dust settled on the day’s action, it was British mixed game specialist Adam Owen who had racked up the chip lead, with a massive 351,800 chips. He was followed in the chipcounts by some big names, but no bigger stacks than the 330,200 that 2019 bracelet winner already Asi Moshe bagged up.

Here are the Top 10 Chipcounts at the End of Day 1b:

Position Player Chips
1 Adam Owen 351,800
2 Asi Moshe 330,200
3 Tyler Gaston 329,200
4 Allen Kessler 301,800
5 Brandon Fraizer 298,400
6 Galen Hall 295,700
7 Yue Du 236,300
8 Carsten Hansen 235,300
9 Sarah Herzali 222,200
10 Yuri Dzivielevski 221,900


Galen Hall on his way to a terrific day at the WSOP Main Event felt

Plenty of former WSOP Main Event champions played well and chipped up during Day 1, but none more so than 2013 winner Ryan Riess, who bagged up 89,300 at the felt. 2004 Champion Greg Raymer bagged up 73,100. Joe Hachem wrapped with 61,300, a modest improvement on his 60,000 starting stack, but a Day 2 seat nonetheless, while others dropped a little. Greg Merson, who bought Kevin ‘Racks’ Roster into the Main Event, totalled just 25,000, while Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson will be taking through 36,100.

Roster himself ended the day with 153,000 and told us about his experience of his first and last WSOP Main Event.

Fireworks were there for all to see both inside and outside the Rio on July 4th at the 2019 Main Event

A former bracelet winner who will be thankful to be in the seat draw for Day 2 was Scott Seiver, who was at risk with pocket queens to Jiyoung Kim’s pocket aces early on, Seiver spiking a queen to double up, which he played up to a stack of 70,000 at the close of play, Kim finishing the action with just 20,800 chips.

Who’ll become the latest player to win a WSOP gold bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker? You can watch the WSOP Main Event action unfold on ESPN throughout, and check out additional coverage on PokerGO.



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