Las Vegas, Nevada – The drama and the grind of the World Series of Poker Main Event was front and centre for Toronto Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick as he began play in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday. The veteran of the WSOP survived a twelve and a half hour day and a number of ups and downs.
After watching his starting stack of 30,000 chips shrink to as low as 15,000 very late in the day, Dawick got on a run and ended up with 45,225 chips to finish Day 1B and advance to play on Day 2B. Play will resume for Dawick on Tuesday at 3pm ET.
“It was a tough day,” remarked an exhausted Dawick. “Until you sit in that chair you don’t know what that grind is like. I took a couple bad beats early on so I was battling all day. When I finally did get on a run it felt great. There were points in the day where I was struggling but I played almost mistake free poker and there are not a lot of things I would change. I feel pretty good about the way I finished, reaching my high point with about 15 minutes left in the day.”
Dawick also had another celebrity encounter at this year’s Main Event playing for over 6 hours with television actor Ray Romano of Everybody Loves Raymond fame. The celebrity experience included a bust out moment with his former TV co-star Brad Garrett.
“Just a great guy,” said Dawick when asked about Romano. “When Brad was sent to the rail in the tournament, it was quite a funny exchange. He yelled out across the poker room floor looking for Ray and Brad came over to our table. Fans at home will probably see that one on TV at some point.”
While rubbing elbows with a well known actor was something special, Dawick also had to deal with 2-time WSOP bracelet winner John Monnette sitting at his table for much of the day. Monnette has already cashed in three 2013 WSOP events.
“He was pretty quiet,” said Dawick. “I had to respect him as he was on my left. He wasn’t a loose cannon and he knows what he’s doing. I always had to be aware of him.”
Notables not moving on to Day 2B after being eliminated on Sunday include past champions Scotty Nguyen and Greg Raymer as well as UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
More coverage to come as Dawick continues to pursue poker’s most prestigious prize on Tuesday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.