Toronto – Toronto Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick stayed the course and survived some rough breaks to advance to Day 2B of the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, Nevada with a Chip Count of 19,625.
Dawick saw his chip stack climb as high as nearly 52,000 before a couple of bad beats near the end of the day leaving him more than 10,000 chips shy of his starting stack of 30,000.
“It’s a grind,” said Dawick on Saturday afternoon from his hotel room in Las Vegas. “The key is not to let a bad beat tilt you out, you have to stay focused.”
Just over 500 players from the starting Day 1B field of 985 will advance to Day 2B which will see the cards fly on Tuesday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.
“I’m happy to get through Day 1, that’s always the first step,” explained Dawick. “I don’t have the chip stack I want, but I’m happy.”
The smaller chip stack has the Rock Owner and President facing some adjustments to his play going forward.
“It’s going to force me to pickup an early double and get to 40,000 chips,” said Dawick. “The blinds are small enough that I’m still in the game. One hand, I can double up, and I’m right there in the mix. I’ll go in on Tuesday with the mindset to play the whole day and battle.”
Day 1C gets underway Saturday while Day 1D goes on Sunday to wrap up the opening four days of play. Tuesday’s Day 2B will bring together the survivors of Day 1B and Day 1D in the $10,000 buy-in tournament.
You can follow Dawick’s every move through the field at the World Series of Poker Main Event by following him on twitter @JDawick.