The Main Event: The Last Day 1
July 7, 2021

The fourth Day 1 of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event- Day 1d, was the biggest and longest starting day so far, and it ended with the day's chip leader holding a stack bigger than anyone else's as well.

Amateur player Troy Weber, finished the day with over 320,000 more chips than he started with, easily making him the overall chip leader of Event #57.  Troy's two closest competitors, Tyson Marks (196,500) and Stephen Costello (192,000), were also from the packed Day 1d, which seems to lend credence to the argument that just like in rebuy events- where many players aim to be sitting at the table with the most chips available, when picking starting days, it may make sense to pick the day with the most potential chips in play as well.

Troy will certainly be a force when he begins his Day 2, but he will not be the only one, other Day 1d survivors already with formidable stacks, according to live reports from, include Carter King (170,000), Eugene Katchalov (133,725), J.C. Tran (139,975), Josh Arieh (135,700) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (127,475).

Some Day 1d players that did significantly worse (in that they are already out) include Steve Sung, Jeff Madsen, Ivan Demidov, David Williams, Dario Minieri, Phil Galfond, TV's Ray Romano and Professional Wrestler Torrie Wilson.

Not all of yesterday's celebrity players shared the fate of Ray and Torrie, some that are still alive with chips to play include Marlon Wayans, Lou Diamond Phillips and Lakers Champion Jordan Farmar, who will return for Day 2 where he may run into some of poker's top celebrities that also survived like Jennifer Harman, David Benyamine, Vanessa Rousso and PokerRoad's Phil Ivey.

For further details on Day 1d of Event #57- The Main Event, visit

Story by Mark Anderson

Sweet Tweets* from Day 1d.

Never played with as many clowns on 1 table before. I feel like ashton kuther is gonna jump out from under the table. Punked
-Eugene Todd

Dear santa, please do not break this table....ever.
-Esther Taylor

I don't remember it being this hard to win a hand in previous years! 13500 chips
-Daniel Alaei

Headed to the wynn for dinner break. A little sushi and hope fully some poison. Wow so fustrating today.
-Eugene Todd

another kinda' good news break! i was down to 6,400 during that last level, but managed to finish up at 13k, great all things considered :-)
-R Williamson III

Does anyone have a sure fire way of changing ur energy? Like a chant or thought or something?
-Shannon Elizabeth

shoulda gone to sleep after level 2. havent won a pot in 6 hours
-Eric Froehlich

Grinding like a dog today. Don't wanna go out. Last level of the day I have 14k. Will be happy to have my starting stack back
-Eugene Todd

Moved tables...playing with old friend Kirk Morrison now...cheers matey!
-Kristy Gazes

*A sampling of Twitter posts from Event #57, courtesy of the
PokerRoad Nation.

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