WSOP Main Event day 1b sees both Sergio Aido & Toby Joyce survive


The second Day 1 flight of the 2020 WSOP Hybrid Main Event saw 171 entries overall, with just 42 players emerging from five tables at the close of play.

With the chip leader of the day ending up being Slovenian player Blaz Zerjav (639,394 chips), there were plenty of high profile bust-outs as well as some poker superstars who did make the overnight counts.

Overall, since play began on Day 1a, we’ve now seen 417 players put up (or qualify for) the entry fee of $10,300, over 100 players now have a Day 2 seat for the WSOP Main Event.

Tonight (Sunday) now sees the busiest Day 1 flight to come, so expect an even fuller round-up tomorrow night on Calvin Ayre(and of course the action on GGPoker).

With other big stacks such as Rodrigo Valente (592,043) and Amir Dvir (538,003) bagging up more chips than Day 1a’s chip leader Julian Menhardt, it was a day for new names to thrive, with other more well-known players such as Nicolas Chouity, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Jens Kyllonen, Robin Ylitalo, Gleb Tremzin, Anton Morgenstern, Niall Farrell, Niklas Astedt, Adrian Mateos, Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin all going to the virtual rail.

Plenty of big names made the cut, however, with Artem Vezhenkov (511,114), Javier Gomez (427,190) and Qibing Wang (392,108) all slotting into the Day 2 seat draw. Former WSOP bracelet winner, Swedish player Simon Lofberg made Day with a very playable stack of 323,563 chips.

Another big-name player to make it through to Day 2 was Irish Toby Joyce, with 243,195 chips in his bag for Day 2. He wasn’t the only poker luminary to get through to Day 2 with Thomas Boivin (295,681), Sergio Aido (270,355), Luigi Shehadeh (256,730), Diego Zeiter (245,830), Alexandre Reard (216,609), Anton Wigg (210,608), Ivan Deyra (148,142), Simon Mattsson (131,241), and Alex Difelice (114,802).

Sergio Aido in particular is one of poker’s finest and is capable of some outstanding plays, including this amazing fold in the $250,000 Triton Poker Super High Roller Cash Game back in 2018 s analysed by Alec Torelli here:

With some top players already through to Day 2, it promises to be a hugely exciting final Day 1c flight, and a WSOP Main Event in general as play progresses to the final at King’s Casino in Rozvadov.

WSOP Hybrid Main Event Day 1b Chipcounts:

Position Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1st Blaz Zerjav Slovenia 639,394 128
2nd Rodrigo Valente Brazil 592,043 118
3rd Amir Dvir Israel 538,003 108
4th Artem Vezhenkov Russia 511,114 102
5th ‘crackers614’ Canada 488,965 98
6th ‘pleasehurtme’ Ukraine 427,584 86
7th Javier Gomez Spain 427,190 85
8th Qibing Wang China 392,108 78
9th Diego Falcone Brazil 341,782 68
10th David Cowling Canada 337,990 68

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