Action in WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE] got underway Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. eastern time and when registration closed there were almost 1,200 entries on the board which put $1.185 million into the prize pool. Day 1 action was scheduled to last 9 hours, and when the dust cleared, just 55 players were left with chips for Day 2 action.
A total of 143 players got paid, which means that players who busted near the end of Day 1 took home money, and all players coming into Day 2 are guaranteed at least $1,907 in prizes when they bust. Day 1 ended at Level 24, and they'll pick up the action on Day 2 from where they left off, playing 20 minute levels until one player has all the chips.
At the end of day 1, Jorge "jorginho88" Abreu led the way, bagging a stack of 8,122,159, almost 3 million chips more than the next closest player, Daniel "Darsolation" Smyth with just over 5.5 million. Rounding out the top four are Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy and Aliaksei "ale6ka" Boika with just over and just under 5 million chips respectively.
Action on Day 2 kicks off at 1:05 p.m. eastern time today, so stay tuned here for news on the exciting hands as they play down to a new WCOOP champion.