Truyen Nguyen's Double Knockout Propels Him Near Top of Main Event Day 1A

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Monday was the start of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

Day 1A, the first of the event’s three starting days, got cards in the air at noon and attracted 925 players, an increase from last year’s 795 Day 1A entries. At the end of the flight’s five, two-hour levels, only 659 remained with Timothy Lau leading the way.

Lau finished with the biggest stack, but was seemingly quite most of the way, finishing the day with 338,700.

Lamb flopped a set of eights, another player flopped top pair and Nguyen flopped a flush draw. All three players got the chips into the middle on the flop and Nguyen rivered a flush to knock out two players, including one of the game’s best, and finished the night near the top of the counts with 324,800.

“There was a lot of pressure at the beginning, but I made a lot of critical decisions about going all in, so that’s what counts,” said Nguyen after he bagged up his chips. “And some luck. So, the two all ins. That was the key. With the flush I was trying to draw to.”

Nguyen, who works in IT in Charlotte, just missed out on the chip lead. He bagged up the field's second-biggest stack and is joined by Chris Fraser (316,100), David Mccaw (220,400) and John Vossoughi (220,300) round out the top five stacks.

Other notables to make it through the day included Nick Jivkov, Kevin Boudreau, Daniel Fuhs, Jake Schindler, Owen Crowe, Seth Davies, Gordon Vayo, Lexy Gavin, 2005 Main Event champion Joe Hachem, Bruno Fitoussi and Matt Waxman. (Source: WSOP)