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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, July 02, 2018 to Saturday, July 14, 2018

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $74,015,600
  • Entries: 7,874
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:20 AM Local Time
Notable Faces to Start the Day
Jeremy Wien50,00050,000
Sam Phillips50,00050,000
Scott Cole50,00050,000
Tom Hall50,00050,000
Brandon Meyers50,00050,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:20 AM Local Time
Early Arrivals in Amazon Gold

Scott Seiver

The seats are filling up fast in the Gold section of the Amazon room. There are already plenty of familiar faces in the Day 1b field including Scott Seiver and 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson.

Seiver is fresh off a WSOP victory in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship last week earning $296,222 and his second WSOP bracelet.

Noah Schwartz50,000
Scott Seiver50,000
Greg Merson50,000
Roman Valerstein50,000
Harrison Gimbel50,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:19 AM Local Time
Kosakowski Catches a Bluff, Busts a Player

Gary Kosakowski was stacking up a bunch of chips and another player was leaving the tournament area, Kosakowski was kind enough to relate what had happened.

"He decided to bluff. The other player limped in for 150, I raised to 600 and he called. The flop came     and we both checked. The turn was the  . He bet 500, I raised to 1,700 and he called. The river was the  . He checked, I bet 2,100, he jammed with    and I called with    for the set."

Gary Kosakowski100,000-500
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:18 AM Local Time
First Names Amazon Orange
Gregor Prizmic Martini50,000
JC Tran50,000
Max Silver50,000
Jasper Meijer van Putten50,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:12 AM Local Time
Max Steinberg Eliminated in His First Hand of the 2018 Main Event

Max Steinberg (photo from earlier this WSOP)

When we arrived, the board was already out and the player that had just lost was already gone from the tournament area. We later found out it was 2012 bracelet winner and 2015 November Niner Max Steinberg who was the one to go bust.

According to Steinberg's twitter, Michael Rack opened under the gun for 375. Steinberg three-bet to 1,200 under the gun plus two and both blinds called. Rack four-bet to 45,000 and Steinberg moved all in for 50,000. The blinds folded, Rack called.

Max Steinberg:   
Michael Rack:   

The board ran out       to give Rack a set of kings and the first bust-out of the day a mere five minutes into the tournament. Steinberg out as the first player on Day 1b of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Michael Rack100,225100,225
Max Steinberg00
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:09 AM Local Time
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:07 AM Local Time
John Hesp Gets Cards in the Air for Day 1b

John Hesp

The player instructions took place right before the start including the information about today's dinner break 30 minutes remaining in level four, and the microphone was then handed over to WSOP tournament director Jack Effel.

"Alright everyone, good afternoon, welcome to the 2018 WSOP Main Event, how is everyone doing?" Effel started his speech.

"Who is ready to play the greatest poker tournament of the planet?" One player shouted back "I am", getting through the loud applause, while many players took our their phones to record the room and take pictures at their tables before the kickoff.

That being said, the "experience of your life" is about to start and the one player that "brought the fun back to the tables" was the one and only John Hesp, who did the official "shuffle up and deal."

Hesp was not only very popular at the tables last year, but also in the days heading into the Main Event: "It is so nice that so many people walked up to take a picture with me," the jovial Brit said before the famous words got Day 1b underway.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:05 AM Local Time
Level 1 started
Level: 1
Blinds: 75/150
Ante: 0
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 8:00 AM Local Time
Welcome to Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event

2018 WSOP Main Event Bracelet

It's almost time for Day 1b of the biggest and most important poker tournament of the year: the World Series of Poker Main Event. Yesterday's Day 1a saw 925 players sign up for the $10,000 buy-in event, 659 players survived the day.

Timothy Lau from the United States built his 50,000 starting stack into 338,700. At 11 a.m. today, players start with 50,000 in chips again with levels again 120 minutes long throughout.

After every level, players have a 20-minute break. The dinner break, 60 minutes long, takes place after Level 2, which should be around 3:25 p.m.

Late registration for Day 1b of the 2017 WSOP Main Event closes around 6:00 p.m. If you're too late, there's always tomorrow (Day 1c). Day 1b wraps up around 11:20 p.m. There's a 20-minute break after each level. There's a 60-minute dinner break at 7:35 p.m. (90 minutes into level 4).

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
1120 minutes75150-
2120 minutes150300-
3120 minutes15030025
4120 minutes20040050
5120 minutes25050075

Players to survive today return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Thursday, July 5, 2018, to play another five levels on Day 2ab.

Today's action starts at 11 a.m. PokerNews will be there the entire day with live updates from around the convention center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

When and Where to Watch

Once again, PokerGO and ESPN have teamed up to bring you a live stream of all the action. Here's the schedule for the Main Event with times in Pacific Time (local Vegas time). This schedule is subject to change.

DateMain EventSlot 1Start timeEnd timeSlot 2Start timeEnd timeSlot 3Start timeEnd time
July 3Day 1bESPN04:00 p.m.08:00 p.m.PokerGO09:00 p.m.11:35 p.m.---
July 4Day 1cESPN205:30 p.m.09:00 p.m.PokerGO09:30 p.m.11:35 p.m.---
July 5Day 2abESPN05:00 p.m.08:00 p.m.PokerGO08:00 p.m.11:35 p.m.---
July 6Day 2cESPN205:30 p.m.09:00 p.m.PokerGO09:00 p.m.11:35 p.m.---
July 7Day 3ESPN203:00 p.m.06:30 p.m.PokerGO06:30 p.m.08:30 p.m.---
July 8Day 4ESPN11:30 a.m.03:00 p.m.PokerGO03:00 p.m.06:15 p.m.---
July 9Day 5PokerGO05:00 p.m.06:00 p.m.ESPN206:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.PokerGO11:00 p.m.11:35 p.m.
July 10Day 6PokerGO11:30 a.m.03:50 p.m.ESPN05:00 p.m.08:00 p.m.PokerGO08:00 p.m.11:35 p.m.
July 11Day 7PokerGO11:30 a.m.09:00 p.m.ESPN209:00 p.m.TBD---
July 12Final TableESPN/PokerGO06:00 p.m.TBD------
July 13Final TableESPN/PokerGO06:00 p.m.TBD------
July 14Final TableESPN/PokerGO06:00 p.m.TBD------
Main Event Bracelet
Main Event Bracelet