The Pro’s Are At It

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the pros of poker are at it

The World Series of Poker kicked off with the 1,500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold Em tournament last week. This was a very limited tournament and it is now time to start off the “real” World Series of Poker events. The official Event #2 is a $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament that is open to everyone over the age of 21 and with the money to spare.

This event is held at the famous Rio Casino, the same place where the WSOP main event will take place later on this year. The tournament has a very small buy-in if you measure it with some other WSOP events, meaning that there will be a lot more entrants than usual.

A total of 2,101 players managed to get the money for the buy-in and join in on day one. Even though it was a fairly big starting field the tournament wasn’t split in to two days. The first day saw all 2,101 players fit in to the Brasilia Room at the Rio and they were all looking to advance to the smaller, and more impressive, Amazon Room when day two starts.

With so many players the total prize pot is over $2.8 million and there will be 216 players in the money when the tournament finishes. When day 1 rounded off there were 239 players left, meaning that Day 2 will most likely start off very slow as players want to stay in to make the money. The bubble is expected to burst within the first 2-3 hours if play follows normal patterns but it might turn out to be a wild shootout where players get eliminated left, right and center from the first minute of day 2.

The winner of the event will take home over $500,000 and after the end of day one it was Sadan Turker who had the chip lead. The Englishman had made some great plays, even though he doesn’t really have that much experience in playing live tournaments. He has a single cash in the WSOP from last year but it was a very good one at that. He finished second in the 1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em event last year so he knows how it feels to be out in front.

His 158,100 chips are just 2,200 more than second placed Eli Elezra. The highly experienced high-stakes professional also had a great start to the day and jumped out in front fairly quickly. He has followed Turker step by step throughout the first day and he has a great striking position when the tournament is closing in on its latter stages.

Whilst this event is in full force, there are two other WSOP Events that will kick off before it finishes. Event #3 on the calendar is the $3,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold ‘Em/Pot Limit Omaha tournament that will most likely attract some of the best poker players in the world with a sizeable amount of money for the winner. After that there will be the #4 event, a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Eight or Better event.

Event #3 is a new one on the calendar and it mixes up two of the favourite Poker types played by High Stakes Poker players at the minute. This is one of the main reasons why it is predicted to have one of the strongest starting fields of the season. However, there is a 512 player limit on the event so that it won’t take forever to finish. Whilst they get under way, we wait for the thrilling round-up of event #2.