Hart Leads Big Event Main Event After Day 1B

The Big EventWith the concurrent Sunday Millions online tournament taking place over the weekend, it was to be expected that the field for Day 1b of The Big Event would be smaller. Still, however, there were 154 players who came and signed up at the Bike to play, rounding out the total field for the event at 417 players.

When the action get underway, after eight levels of play, there were less than 100 players who survived the day’s play. Amateur Shawn Hart was at the top of the leaderboard with 151,900 in chips.

The field on Day 1b included some of the top poker pros in the world, including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Scott Clements, Men Nguyen, John Hennigan, Kathy Liebert, Hasan Habib, Daniel Alaei, Carter Phillips, Jason Young, November Niner John Dolan, Matt Affleck, who were all looking to go deeper in the event.

Negreanu had a particularly good day on the felt. It didn’t take long before Negreanu had built up his stack to 40,000, which got another hefty boost when his A-K beat Eddy Sabat’s A-Q. A short while later, he boosted up to 70,000 after making qaud fours. When the tables were broken up during the last levels the evening, Negreanu was on the same table with Liebert, Hennigan, and Pilgrim. At this table, Negreanu got pocket kings against his opponent’s big slick which was no match. With that hand, Negreanu increased his stack to 111,500 chips.

Clements actually took part in the Sunday Millions 5th Anniversary online tournament. Although he didn’t cash online, he was in no danger of getting eliminated on Day 1b of The Big Event, finishing the day with 78,800 chips.

The 2010 NAPT Los Angeles final table was well-represented on Day 1b. The Main Event Champion Joe Tehan was in action along with fifth-place finisher Ray Henson. Both players survived the first day with a good amount of chips to play with.

The remaining field on Day 1b will be chasing the overall chip leader Chris DeMaci who played on the first day. DeMaci finished his opening day with over 200,000 chips on Saturday and will be setting the pace when play commences on Day 2. With players from both fields returning to the felt on Monday, there will be around 225 players with a scheduled start at noon PST.