2019 WSOP Day 36: Main Event Begins

2019 WSOP Day 36: Main Event Begins

It was the day of the summer that thousands of poker players anticipated all year – the first day of the WSOP Main Event. The first of three starting days got underway with 2018 Main Event champion John Cynn giving the “shuffle up and deal” command.

On Wednesday, July 3, this is an overview of all tournaments that played out at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Event 64:  $888 Crazy Eights NLHE – Final

Total entries:  10,185

Prize pool:  $7,720,210

Players paid:  1,223

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Rick Alvarado (USA) – $888,888

2nd place:  Mark Radoja (Canada) – $548,888

3rd place:  Thomas Drivas (USA) – $409,888

4th place:  Vivian Saliba (Brazil) – $308,888

5th place:  Aleksandras Rusinovas (Lithuania) – $233,888

6th place:  Patrick Clarke (Ireland) – $177,888

7th place:  Vlad Darie (Hungary) – $136,888

8th place:  Mario Hofler (USA) – $105,888

Event 69:  $1K NLHE Mini Main Event – Final

Total entries:  5,521

Prize pool:  $4,968,900

Players paid:  829

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Jeremy Saderne (France) – $628,654

2nd place:  Lulu Taylor (USA) – $388,284

3rd place:  Andrews Korn (Argentina) – $287,219

4th place:  Yi Ma (Hong Kong) – $214,047

5th place:  Koji Takagi (Japan) – $160,715

6th place:  Stefan Widmer (Switzerland) – $121,586

7th place:  Philip Gildea (Ireland) – $92,686

8th place:  Ben Alloggio (USA) – $71,199

9th place:  James Stewart (USA) – $55,118

Event 70:  $5K NLHE Six-Handed – Day 3 of 4

Total entries:  814

Prize pool:  $3,785,100

Players paid:  123

Minimum payout:  $7,393

Winner payout:  $757,078

Day 3 players remaining:  6

Final table chip counts:

Joao Vieira (Portugal) – 7,635,000 chips

Jamie O’Connor (UK) – 5,190,000 chips

Olivier Busquet (USA) – 4,050,000 chips

Joe Cada (USA) – 3,105,000 chips

Pierre Calamusa (France) – 2,700,000 chips

Barry Hutter (USA) – 1,265,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  12noon

Event 71:  $500 NLHE Salute to Warriors – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  1,723

Prize pool:   $723,660

Players paid:  259

Minimum payout:  $699

Winner payout:  $121,161

Day 2 players remaining:  8

Final table chip counts:

Taylor Carroll (USA) – 13 million chips

Susan Faber (USA) – 8.4 million chips

Dean Yoon (USA) – 6 million chips

Chris Canan (USA) – 5.6. million chips

Kulwant Singh (USA) – 3.3 million chips

Uriah Grossglauser (USA) – 2.2 million chips

Jose Annaloro (Venezuela) – 1.9 million chips

Jordan Knackstedt (Canada) – 1.7 million chips

Final table payouts thus far:

9th place:  Taehyung Kim (Korea) – $9,486

Day 3 starting time:  Friday at 12noon

Event 72:  $10K LHE Championship – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  118

Prize pool:  $1,109,200

Players paid:  18

Minimum payout:  $15,128

Winner payout:  $306,622

Day 2 players remaining:  15

Chip leader:  Mike Lancaster (USA) – 1,201,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  2pm

Event 73:  $10K NLHE Main Event – Day 1A

Total entries:  TBD

Prize pool:  TBD

Players paid:  TBD

Minimum payout:  TBD

Winner payout:  TBD

Day 1A players remaining:  960

Day 1A chip leader:  Bryan Campanello (USA) – 417,500 chips

Day 1B starting time:  12noon

Day 1C starting time:  Friday at 12noon

Day 2A/B starting time:  Saturday at 11am

Event 74:  $3,200 Online NLHE High Roller – Final

Total entries:  593

Prize pool:  $1,802,720

Players paid:  72

Minimum payout:  $6,310

Final table payouts:

1st place:  George “DrOctagon” Adams – $411,560.97

2nd place:  Nabil “TheBrownbear” Mohamed Abdien Cardoso – $253,642.70

3rd place:  Vladimir “Stuey_Haxton” Alexandrov – $173,241.39

4th place:  Calvin “Projector52” Anderson – $120,421.69

5th place:  Michael “VinnyV” Vanier – $85,448.92

6th place:  Norbert “Balkan500” Szecsi – $61,653.02

7th place:  Lior “Morningowl” Orel – $45,428.54

8th place:  Harsukhpaul “MjMafia” Sangha – $34,071.40

Notable Information

The $888 Crazy Eights NLHE tournament wrapped yesterday with an exciting final table and Rick Alvarado in the winner’s circle. After seven entries to the tournament, he made it work and walked away with his first WSOP bracelet and $888,888 in cash. “I’m stoked,” he said. “It’s quite unbelievable. I’m thrilled. This is my biggest cash.”

Alvarado was able to do it with his mom on the rail, alongside some friends. He originally told her not to make the flight from California when he was a shorter stack, but when he doubled up at the final table, she booked a flight and made it just in time for the final hands. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said of his mom’s presence. “Everything just worked out today.”

Meanwhile, the $1K Mini Main Event was playing out with a culturally-diverse final table. And ultimately, out of 5,521 players, Frenchman Jeremy Saderne triumphed to win more than $628K.

“All of my friends were here,” he said. “It was incredible. I have never seen that before. It was better than in the Marseille stadium, and I am very thankful. I just want to say thank you to all of my friends; they gave me a lot of power and energy. They were incredible.”


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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