The World Series of Poker is finally here and in true traditional style they have kicked things off with the Employees event, which of course is forbidden for the professional players to enter. Those professional players did not have to wait too long for their own piece of action however as the very next event was the 4-day $25k Mix Match.
Take a look at our rundown of what happened in both events on Day 1 of the WSOP:
Event #1 $500 Casino Employees NLHE Day 1
876 players/casino employees turned up to take part in this traditional event, a field that would be worthy among some of the more prestigious events at the series. Just 51 of those finished the day however and it was poker dealer Corey Emery that was the chip leader.
A stack of 164,900 had him ahead of Jay Graunstadt in 125,000 in second place and Aaron Henderson sitting in third with 115,700.
As for the names being eliminated, last year’s champion Chad Holloway was the biggest of them. He was busted during level five of the event.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Corey Emery – 164,900
2nd) Jay Graunstadt – 125,000
3rd) Aaron Henderson – 115,700
4th) Peter Alba – 105,000
5th) David Luttbeg – 87,700
6th) Sergio Trevino – 87,400
7th) Cory Rodvik – 85,000
8th) Cameron Tullis – 83,200
9th) Ray Kluever – 75,000
10th) Brian Wong – 72,500
Event #2 $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE Day 1 – Selbst Leads
The event that the players were interested in was the other to get underway and it brought in a total of 131 players who were happy to part with the $25k buy-in. There were many big names as you can imagine but it was the world’s best female player in PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst who led come the end of the day.
The double bracelet winner bagged up 562,800 chips to just about edge it ahead of Brian Rast on 557,400 and will now be leading the 65 survivors into Day 2 later today.
Others to progress included Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ιvey, so the strength of the field will tell you that this is far from over yet. Notable eliminations such as Mohsin Charania, Marvin Rettenmeier and Dan Smith will now be planning their next events after busting out on Day 1.
End day 1 of WSOP $25k Mix Max 61,300. Started with 75k, lost half the field so far. Feel great about my play on the day.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 28, 2014
I had top set in a 3b pot in the 25k it wasn’t good on the flop PLO tomorrow
— Mohsin Charania (@chicagocards1) May 28, 2014
The Current Top Ten
1st) Vanessa Selbst – 562,800
2nd) Brian Rast – 557,400
3rd) Michael Mizrachi – 399,300
4th) Jason Mo – 380,000
5th) Fabrice Touil – 327,600
6th) Dan Cates – 317,500
7th) JC Tran – 290,000
8th) Ravi Raghavan – 275,000
9th) Stephen Chidwick – 270,600
10th) John Juanda – 264,800