The Best Of WSOP Main Event Day 1 Highlights!

With a record number of players jumping into day 1c yesterday it rounded off three action-packed starting flights to the Main Event, amazing stories and bad beats galore as the worlds best mix it with thousands of amateurs and journeymen pros to chase the ultimate prize in poker…

By: Andrew Burnett

 

 

If day 1a started with a huge bang – defending champion Scott Blumstein busting out early and having to fend off haters on Twitter…

 

 

…and day 1b saw the most horrible exit imaginable for Max Steinberg, his pocket aces losing out to pocket kings on the very first hand of the championship

 

 

…then day 1c had its own share of high drama, Vanessa Selbst the one to suffer when her bluff was somehow picked off in an unusual spot, ending her hopes of Main Event glory…

 

 

It hasn’t all been about big hands, although we should certainly add Daniel Negreanu’s cooler exit to the early mishaps, Kid Poker having a horrible WSOP so far this year, splitting with his long-time girlfriend and failing to make much of an impression at the tables, and then there was last night…

 

 

Before his bust out, however, there was time to have a laugh with old rival Phil Hellmuth, the Poker Brat appearing in his new guise as Thor

 

 

Finnish legend Patrik Antonius had a very smooth day at the tables, finishing up among the leaders and ‘going for the final table’ according to fellow Scandinavian legend Gus Hansen on Instagram…

 

 

William Kassouf, the loud-mouthed Englishman who was ‘voted’ most annoying player on the 2+2 forum this week was a welcome sight for many fans of the game according to the man himself…

 

 

…and made it comfortably through to day two despite one Twitter howl of protest…

 

 

There was more noise to be found from the better-known poker players, although Joey Ingram’s Main Event really wasn’t expected to end up with him like this…although what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, Joey!

 

 

Liv Boeree was another of the stars in action, the English rose finding something more interesting than hand histories to tweet about…

 

 

Chris Moneymaker was another of those to suffer the vagaries of poker variance last night, the 2003 Main Event champ widely hailed as starting the poker boom opening the 3rd starting flight of this year’s event…

 

 

…but sadly for his fans he bust out fairly early, another bad beat story of which there will be literally thousands before we find a winner!

 

 

So, three days of huge excitement to get the 2018 Main Event off and running, with plenty more to come as the biggest field since 2006 fights for gold bracelet glory.

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