The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event officially got underway yesterday when 1,336 players dropped down $10,000 in an attempt to fulfill their poker dreams. This number was the biggest Day 1a in WSOP Main Event history, up a whopping 411 players compared to last year’s first starting day.
On The Notables, we look at the biggest names that are performing well in the biggest event of the year, and nobody was more notable last night than the man who bagged a massive chip lead: Bryan Campanello.
Campanello has $857k in career tournament earnings, has been a feared online player for a long time and winner of one WSOP bracelet in the $2,500 Razz event back in 2013. Campanello put 417,500 chips in the bag to return with a staggering 521 big blinds coming into Day 2.
Here’s an overview of the 25 biggest stacks with recognizable names that you should keep an eye on as the WSOP Main Event advances into Day 2.
|2019 WSOP Main Event Day 1a Notable Report|
|Name||Chip Count||Notable accomplishment|
|Craig Chait||249,600||World class mixed game player|
|Stephen Graner||247,100||EPT Prague winner|
|Patrick Serda||216,700||WPT Montreal winner|
|Jesper Hougaard||190,000||First player to win bracelets in Vegas and Europe (2008)|
|Jared Bleznick||189,100||Mixed game specialist, 16th in 2016 Main Event|
|Daniel Strelitz||185,300||WPT LAPC and WSOP bracelet winner|
|Johnnie Moreno||184,000||Vlogger and cash game specialist|
|Jeff Lisandro||180,100||6-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2009 WSOP POY|
|Henrik Hecklen||175,200||Online star as “hhecklen” with $3.8 million live earnings|
|Anton Morgenstern||174,400||20th and 22nd in 2013 and 2015 WSOP Main Event|
|Faraz Jaka||174,100||$6.4 million career tournament earnings|
|Alex Foxen||173,200||Record holder longest continuous streak at GPI No. 1|
|William Tonking||167,100||4th in 2014 WSOP Main Event|
|Martin Kabrhel||164,500||WSOP bracelet winner with $8.1 million total earnings|
|Joey Weissman||161,600||WSOP bracelet winner with $3 million earnings|
|Marc MacDonnell||158,300||4th Irish all-time money list, $3 million earnings|
|Jack Sinclair||153,800||2018 WSOPE Main Event winner, 8th in 2017 WSOP Main Event|
|Dmitry Yurasov||152,100||2017 WSOP $10k 6-Max winner|
|Maxx Coleman||151,900||21st in 2013 Main Event|
|Justin Young||149,900||$5.4 million earnings and badass|
|Isaac Baron||146,600||WSOP bracelet winner with $6.1 million earnings|
|Fabrice Soulier||146,400||$10k H.O.R.S.E. bracelet winner, $6.3 million earnings|
|Rami Boukai||138,400||Online poker legend and 2-time WSOP bracelet winner|
|Kelly Minkin||137,100||Last woman standing in 2015 and 2018 WSOP Main Event|
|Billy Baxter||131,500||Poker Hall of Fame member and 7-time bracelet winner|