The first of two starting flights of the Colossus attracted 4,217 entrants to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Some 632 of those starters made it into the money places, and only 484 players were left at the end of Day 1a.
The Day 1a chip leader is none other than Hiep Tran who crammed 1,308,000 chips into his overnight bag.Eight other players finished their flight with seven-figure stacks, including Hogyun Kang (1,297,000), bracelet winner Vincas Tamasauskas (1,241,000), Martin Ryan (1,178,000), and Charbel Kanterjian (1,118,000).
Jeff Platt (582,000), fresh from a fourth-place finish in the $1,000 Double Stack event, looks set for another deep run. Platt finished with an above-average stack.
Plenty of well-known players are among the Day 1a survivors. They include former WSOP champions Thi Truong (737,000), Kevin Song (689,000), Barbara Enright (411,000), Chris Wallace (309,000), Gary Benson (241,000), Pete Chen (231,000), and former Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi (175,000).
End of Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Hiep Tran||United States||1,308,000|
|2||Hogyun Kang||South Korea||1,297,000|
|4||Martin Ryan||United States||1,178,000|
|7||Joseph Malebranche||United States||1,098,000|
|9||Michael Marder||United States||1,018,000|
|10||Ivan Barnes||United States||900,000|
Saturday's Day 1b kicks off at 10 a.m. giving players another chance to make it through to Day 2. Another bumper crowd is expected, so stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the live updates from this huge tournament.