All posts by BJ Nemeth

Level 9 Begins

Level 8 comes to an end, and Level 9 begins with increased blinds of 300-600 and a 75 ante. Play continues without a break.

The tournament clock shows 666 entrants in today’s Day 1B field, creating a two-day total of 1,300. Today’s number is likely to grow a little bit more, as registration remains open until the end of the dinner break. (Dinner will be from 6:30-8:00 pm.)

The Toughest Seat in the Room

From left to right: Jason Koon, and Jason Mercier
From left to right: Jason Koon, Daniel Alaei, and Jason Mercier

This may be a large field (666 entrants and counting here on Day 1B), but there are still some tough tables with top players. But it seems that the toughest seat in the room belongs to Jason Koon.

He has four-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT winner Daniel Alaei on his immediate left, and the #1 ranked poker player in the world Jason Mercier two to his left. It doesn’t get much tougher than that.

Update: As Christian Harder correctly points out on Twitter, there is still a poor soul who has to contend with not only Alaei and Mercier on their left, but also Koon.


More Updated Chip Counts

Matt Stout – 88,000
Mike Linster – 73,000
Shawn Buchanan – 59,000
Stephen Bokor – 57,000
Mike Matusow – 44,000
Cherish Andrews – 43,000
Eugene Katchalov – 40,000
Scott Freeman – 35,000
Bobby Oboodi – 35,000
Darryll Fish – 32,000
Ylon Schwartz – 32,000
Ravi Raghavan – 31,000
Justin Young – 30,000
Joe Kuether – 29,000
Abbey Daniels – 25,000
Aaron Jones  –  23,000
Joe Serock – 23,000
Jimmy Tran – 23,000
Vitor Coelho – 21,000
David Diaz – 21,000
Jeff Blenkarn – 19,000
Barry Hutter – 19,000
Bill Mullins – 19,000
Jeff Rine – 18,000
Matt Salsberg – 15,000
Ben Hamnett – 10,000
Mukul Pahuja – 6,000