The four flights of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1 came to a close on Thursday and as the dust settled, Team Party Poker emerged almost unscathed as the tournament moves on to Day 2.
Leading the way for Team Party Poker is one of its newest members, Tyron Krost.  The Aussie did not have a very successful WSOP leading up to the Main Event, cashing just once for $6,763, but through a small ball strategy, he grew his stack from 30,000 to 86,575 chips on Day 1B.
Perhaps surprisingly, the lovely Kara Scott has the second largest chip stack of the remaining members of Team Party Poker, sitting pretty with 68,625 chips.  Starting at table 327 in the Amazon Room’s orange section on Day 1D, Scott posted Twitter messages throughout Thursday, keeping her fans updated on her progress.  At one point, she called herself a “cardrack,” although a couple of her big hands lost her chips.  Her Q-Q ran into K-K at one point, although she kept her damage to a minimum, and she had to fold K-K on an Ace-high flop (her opponent showed her A-K, so it was a great fold). 
Dragan Galic also had an excellent Day 1A, finishing with double his starting chip stack, and Giovanni Safina finished Day 1B with 48,375.  Still alive, but with short stacks are Bodo Sbrzensny with 14,675 chips and the “Ambassador of Poker,” Mike Sexton, with 12,500.  According to the Party Poker blog, Felipe Ramos also made it through Day 1A, but we were unable to find his name on the chip count list.  If he did, in fact, advance past Day 1, that means that all of the members of Team PartyPoker who played in the Main Event survived the first day.
Noticeably absent from the Main Event is Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, who, as reported here last month, decided to leave the WSOP, citing fatigue and disappointing results.  He left open the possibility of playing in the Main Event, but made no promises.  On July 6th, he posted on his blog:
“The WSOP main event started without me and I’m sure they aren’t missing me at all and it’s probably more amplified from my side since I’m really glad I am where I am. I am doing great. I’ve been watching the soccer world cup. I love watching the game and the competition. I have been spending time with my kids and really enjoying being out of poker for awhile – just taking it easy and relaxing. I won’t be playing poker until the WSOP Europe comes up and other EPT events in Europe.”
In other news, with the 2,391 players registering on Day 1D, the total number of players at the Main Event this year is 7,319, making it the second largest Main Event in history.  The largest was in 2006, just before the anti-online poker legislation hit the United States.  That year saw 8,773 runners as Jamie Gold defeated Paul Wasicka, winning $12 million.
After Harrah’s takes its cut, the total prizepool for the Main Event is $68,798,600, with 747 players getting paid.  Here is the breakdown of what the members of the November Nine will get paid:
1. $8,944,138
2. $5,545,855
3. $4,129,979
4. $3,092,497
5. $2,332,960
6. $1,772,939
7. $1,356,708
8. $1,045,738
9. $811,823
The nearly $9 million first prize is the third largest grand prize in WSOP history, behind the $12 million that Gold won in 2006 and Peter Eastgate’s $9.1 million haul in 2008.  Despite having more players this year than in 2008, the 2010 first prize is slightly smaller because WSOP officials made the decision last year to pay those making the bottom rungs of the money ladder more than they were paid in 2008.  Therefore, some money was taken away from those at the top of the list.
Day 2 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event will kick off on Friday and will span two days.  The survivors from Days 1A and 1C will combine on Friday for Day 2A, while the survivors from Days 1B and 1D will meet on Saturday for Day 2B.

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