WSOP Main Event: Highlights From The Largest Starting Day in Main Event History

Main event bordeWhen Day 1c – the last and final starting flight – began, it was with much anticipation. Would Day 1c attract more than 3,439 players to surpass the field one year ago? When registration closed 3,768 players had ponied up the $10,000 in the hopes of becoming the new champion and collect the $10 million in first prize money. Day 1c became the largest starting day in WSOP Main Event history, and the total field of 6,683 players made this Main Event the biggest since 2011.


A lot of notable ladies had chosen to play Day 1c, among them French pro Gaëlle Baumann, who became the final table bubble girl in 2012. In other words Baumann (together with Annie Duke in 2000) is the female player who’s been closest to making it to the final table since Barbara Enright final tabled the Main Event in 1995.

In 2012 Baumann was the overall chip leader after Day 2, but this year she didn’t come off to a good start as she finished the day with 11,400 in chips:

Unfortunately the last woman standing in 2013, Australia’s Jackie Glazier, did even worse as she busted the event. Even though Glazier was “dealt more big hands this event than the total in all side events” – as she reported on Twitter – she wasn’t able to take advantage of her big hands. Down to 13k she was “feeling a little worried”.

On the final hand Glazier moved all in with on a board of and was called by Jake Powers with . Glazier was in need of one of her many outs – a jack, a ten or a club – to survive, but the was not one of them, and Glazier was out of the Main Event.

Bracelet winner Kathy Liebert and chess champion Jennifer Shahade also fell on Day 1c, as did Melanie Weisner, Lily Kiletto and Dee Dozier.


While some of the greatest players were eliminated, others were able to chip up – or survive – through the day. One of them was PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo, who won a nice pot when she flopped a set of fives against her opponent’s pair of aces. When the day concluded she advanced with 36,175 in chips.

Catherine Griffin from Chicago had a great day as she tagged and bagged nearly 100k. Filmmaker and poker player Lisa Parsons also had a fine day at the office and she will advance to Day 2 with around 85k in her stack. Other notables who made it to Day 2 include JJ Liu (59,625), Vanessa Rousso (56,550), Sarah Tolagson (52,350), Leo Margets (40k), Anna Khait (37,200k), Cherish Andrews (35,500), Allison Schultz (15,675) and Eboney Kenney (12,325k), who had a tough day:

All the surviving players of Day 1C will return on Wednesday for Day 2b. Be sure to check in again at Pokernews Women to see how your favorite player is doing.

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