2023 WSOP: Pakinai Lisawad, Lester Edoc, Weiran Pu, Vincent Li among top ten of Main Event Day 1C


The largest crowd yet at the 54th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship aka WSOP Main Event with Day 1C filling up two huge ballrooms of the Horseshoe Casino Las Vegas and a large portion of Paris Las Vegas

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As always, delivering the opening words was WSOP Vice President, Jack Effel, who introduced the 2022 champion Espen Jorstad for a short speech and the customary call.

“A lot of people have been asking me what is my main tip for the Main Event, and to me it is just patience. The structure of this tournament is so good, there’s so much room for play. Last year, I bagged 30% of starting stack after Day 1, I bagged 17,000, and then spun it up on Day 2. So don’t give up. Have patience. Take your time. Good luck to everyone! Shuffle up and deal!”

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Espen Jorstad

With that Day 1C got underway. By the end of the scheduled five two-hour levels, over 3,000 players had signed up, the largest Day 1C in history, and roughly 700 were dusted. Topping the counts was bracelet holder Christopher Brammer while the highest ranking player from Asia was China’s Quan Qiu in 12th with a stack of 293 bb.

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Lester Edoc – Photo by pokerGO

Not too far behind were Thailand’s Pakinai Lisawad, Filipino Lester Edoc, and recently minted Chinese player Weiran Pu. Edoc is one of 12 players that advanced who availed of the Somuchpoker Survivor promo.

Further down the rung were Malaysian high rollers Wai Kiat Lee and Chin Wei Lim with 179 bb and 101 bb, Manila Super Series Main Event champion William Ysmael with 178 bb, and bracelet holders Nikita Luther (119 bb), Jinho Hong (86 bb), Sung Joo Hyun (36 bb), and Danny Tang (15 bb).

Masato Yokasawa – Photo by WSOP / Pokernews

Unlike the past two starting days where the Chinese dominated the Day 2 qualifiers, this flight was ruled by Japan with 32 players making the cut. Yuya Kita topped the pack with 191 bb. Other notables were Masato Yokasawa (126 bb) and Tamon Nakamura (66 bb).

Here’s the number of Asia qualifiers from Day 1C:

Japan – 32 players
China – 27 players
Korea – 12 players
India – 10 players
Hong Kong – 8 players
Philippines – 7 players
Taiwan – 4 players
Macao – 3 players
Malaysia -3 players
Singapore – 3 players
Thailand – 3 players
Vietnam – 3 players

Top 10 from Asia – end of Day 1C

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 Quan Qui Chinese 234,000 293
2 Pakinai Lisawad Thailand 219,800 275
3 Lester Edoc Philippines 218,300 273
4 Xiaohu Liu China 163,600 205
5 Weiran Pu China 159,700 200
6 Qiaonan Liu China 157,200 197
7 Ankit Wadhawan India 157,000 196
8 Anil Adani India 154,700 193
9 Yuya Kita Japan 152,700 191
10 Vincent Li Hong Kong 151,000 189

Day 2 chip counts from Asia and Pacific

[Update] Somuchpoker Survivor promo into Day 2 (end of Day 1C)

Lester Edoc 218,300
Vincent Li 151,000
Loic Muller 148,900
Abhishek Paul 146,700
William Ysmael 142,600
Cezar Quiambao 120,900
Anton Lu 101,600
Kyle Magbanua 101,100
Trent Fechter 93,300
Aroha Ngata 59,400
William Wong 54,600
Feng Ji 52,500
Katsuhito Kawai 21,900

Somuchpoker Survivor Promo

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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