The World Series Of Poker Europe finally got underway today with Event 1 getting the tournament off to a nice start. There were eight levels in total played on Day 1 of this event with a total of 227 players taking part.
The action went at an extremely fast pace the entire afternoon and which meant that by the end of the day we only had around a quarter of those players left in the event. The player who was on top of all of them was Matan Krakow who managed to amass 140,225 in chips.
Krakow seems to like this event; he actually made the final table last year and eventually finished in fourth for a payout of €65,068. He seems determined to do even better this year and he couldn’t have had much of a better start.
During the day we had plenty of big name players who came and then went, with the biggest being Phil Ivey. Ivey who is in most people’s opinion the best all round poker player on the planet got all the way to the final level on Day 1 before falling. It happened when he check raised to go all-in on the flop of 7c-6c-6d against Christophe Julien. His opponent called holding the Ac-Kh which had Ivey completely dominated with an Ad-2c. To make things worse for Ivey was that the turn card immediately came out the Ks to end his event with the Ah following on the river.
He wasn’t the only big name to be knocked out day 1 either; we also had Michael Mizrachi, Vanessa Selbst, Tristan Wade, Dominik Nitsche and Timothy Adams hitting the rail early.
Mizrachi tried to get lucky with the 8h-7h and run into two players with pockets. Adams got himself into a coin flip situation with his pocket tens only to lose out against Ah-Ks. Each of these two eliminations had all of the chips put in the middle pre-flop.
Who Goes Into Day 2
Of the players making it into the next day’s worth of poker action we had names such as Brandon Cantu and actress/poker player Jennifer Tilly. Cantu made a late run to surge up the leaderboard whilst Tilly started off on fire.
Greg Merson was probably the biggest name to make it through to Day 2 though, however he has a lot of work to do as he will start as a small stack.
Day 2 should be interesting; especially with regards to seeing what players are going to be taking part. So if you need full and proper updates on this event, you can count on us to bring them to you.