2021 World Series of Poker
$5,000 Main Event

News in Brief

• Nível 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Daniel Negreanu and Igor Kurganov take in the news that Kevin Hart's out of Day 1a (possibly)

With so much happening on Day 1a of the PokerStars Championships Bahamas Main Event, we took a look at some of the biggest names in the field and how they're progressing.

Daniel Negreanu (pictured) has been building his stack steadily since sitting down amid Kevin Hart's hilarious bust-out hand. The Canadian poker legend, who is at the top of the All Time Money List for live tournament cashes, raised it up pre-flop then took down a hand with a c-bet of 1,500 into a pot of 4,000 on a flop of {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. Negreanu has around 37,000.

Ben Heath is down to 24,000 but is not concerned at all. He's online-railing his friend Charlie Carrel, who is heads-up for the $100,000 Super High Roller title against Jason Koon.

"I was following his progress, and it was going well. Then he busts out third and fourth place with {A-}{K-} against {K-}{J-} and kings in the next hand and he's heads-up."

While Heath has plenty of time to get back above average in the Main Event, French Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'Elky' Grospellier may not. He's down to just 5,500 chips at blinds of 200/400 and will need to 'Allez' very soon.

Mike 'Timex' McDonald is flying along, and that deserves a nod of appreciation given he's dominating a table stacked with ridiculous talent. McDonald just bet 1,000 in early position, garnering a call from two players, including Stephen Chidwick two seats to his left. The flop of {K-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} saw Timex make it 1,500 and he took that pot down to build his stack to just over 70,000 chips.

Tags: Ben HeathBertrand GrospellierCharlie CarrelDaniel NegreanuJason KoonKevin HartMike McDonaldStephen Chidwick