Earthquakes and Former Champs Hit the Headlines at WSOP Main Event

The second starting flight of this years Main Event got underway with Daniel Negreanu opening proceedings – and his shuffle up and deal was followed by reports of potentially record-breaking numbers and… earth-shattering activity!

By: Andrew Burnett

California, it transpired, had been hit by a 6.9 earthquake, and it reached all the way to Nevada - three-time world darts champion Michael van Gerwen among those to feel the tremors!

They may or may not have been connected, but Faraz Jaka managed to post an unusual ‘table break’ during his day 1b adventure…

…while the fan’s all-time amateur favourite, Englishman John Hesp, was among the almost two thousand who ponied up their $10k to play…

It was a good day for the former Main Event champs in the lineup, 2005 winner Joe Hachem making it through along with his brother Daniel, while Chris Jesus Ferguson (2000) Greg Fossilman Raymer (2004) Greg Merson (2012) and Ryan Riess (2013) all joined him in day two.

Among those to miss out were Dan Shak and Steven van Zadelhoff, the latter’s colourful exit, or perhaps entrance, captured in horrific technicolor for all eternity!

Hesp’s tilt at the title didn’t last very long this time, exiting in the 3rd level, but the colourful Englishman still managed some typical smiles for his fans along the way…

Day 1c kicks off this afternoon, with another three starting flights over the weekend, and Rob Yong offering everyone a chance at glory next year if they can guess the final numbers…but remember, 9479 has already been taken by yours truly!


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