Eleven WSOP Main Event Champs Survive to Day 2, Many Stars Still Alive

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The champion of the biggest World Series of Poker Main Event in it’s 54-year history could be someone who already done it as 11 former champs have found a bag into the second day.

Espen Jorstad
The 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad is in contention to repeat. (Image: Twitter/PokerGo)

Stars through to Day 2

Many former WSOP Main Event champions and insanely good poker professionals made it through their Day 1s.

On Monday, those include four former champs: Joe Cada (2009), Martin Jacobson (2014), Damian Salas (2020) and Jamie Gold, who kicked-off the Main Event 17 years with “shuffle up and deal” after winning the largest one ever in 2006. 

Some of the more notable players who survived this day were Doug Polk, who has one of the biggest stacks, Poker Hall of Famers John Hennigan and Billy Baxter, six-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, Bin Weng, Martin Jacobsen, Kyna England.

Top 10 Day 1A leaders

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Yehuda Dayan Israel 389,900 487
2 Shota Nakanishi Japan 360,100 450
3 Hai-Chi Ho China 297,400 372
4 Doug Polk United States 281,900 352
5 Neville Costa Brazil 275,000 344
6 Samuel Gagnon Canada 271,000 339
7 Todd Collins United States 250,400 313
8 Rick Mechammil United States 247,600 310
9 Christine Do Canada 237,300 297
10 Anirban Das Italy 236,900 296

Notables from Tuesday’s Day 1B is four-time bracelet winner Julien Martini and Patrik Antonius, who both finished their first days top 10 in chips.

Former Main Event champs Greg Raymer (2004) and Johnny Chan (1987 and 1988) made it through. Other proven bangers include super high roller Chris Brewer, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro, and running hot-as-as Las Vegas asphalt Isaac Haxton.

Top 10 Day 1B leaders

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Jean-Pierre van der Spuy South Africa 287,000 359
2 Julien Martini France 286,000 358
3 Yuze Ding United States 284,500 356
4 Gar Cheung United States 281,500 352
5 Andrew Graham United States 277,700 347
6 Scott Numoto United States 268,200 335
7 Patrik Antonius Finland 263,500 329
8 Jevon Lam United States 243,000 304
9 Robert Lofaso United States 233,500 292
10 Anatoly Filatov Russia 231,000 289
Another group of former Main Event champs bagged chips on Day 1C yesterday: Joe McKeehen(2015), Tom McEvoy (1993), Scott Blumstein (2017), Espen Jorstad (2022), and Ryan Riess (2013).

Chris Brammer, solid tournament player with more than $2 million in winnings, led this field.

Top 10 Day 1B leaders

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Christopher Brammer United Kingdom 386,100 483
2 Michael Banducci United States 292,600 366
3 Lawrence Chang United States 280,900 351
4 Roman Valerstein United States 273,300 342
5 Michael Pinto Netherlands 266,600 333
6 Daniel Kirsch Canada 252,800 316
7 DID NOT REPORT 11 United States 248,100 310
8 Adrian Buckley United States 245,000 306
9 Patrick Beuter United States 244,200 305
10 Keith Cummins Ireland 244,000 305

To the rail

Those who found themselves wandering punch-drunk after being knocked out on the first day of the Main Event include many big names. Here’s just a few of them:

Venessa Selbst, Erik Seidel, Kevin Martin, Mario Ho, and Darren Elias all joined 2021 Main Event champ Koray Adelmir on the sidelines.

They at least got to play a little poker during their flights, unlike Mikolaj Zawadzki, who was eliminated the very first hand of his flight today.

Jamie Smith quickly became the day’s chip leader after his set of queens held against Zawadzki’s set of eights. Both players hit on the flop.

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