The big one is finally here with the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event seeing Day 1a of its action played out yesterday. The event has been highly anticipated with many of the world’s best players wanting to emulate the success of Phil Hellmuth who won the event last year.
There were 171 players that bought into the event in order to try and navigate their way through six levels that were ninety minutes long.
Come the end of the day the player that topped the chip counts was Paul Kuzmich after he built up a solid stack of 145,825 to have him just edging it over the 142,150 of Martin Hanowski. They both lead a top ten that includes the likes of Scott Clements, Shannon Shorr and Sorel Mizzi.
Ended day one of WSOPE with 90k. Day off (maybe Train to Online), then day 2 monday.
— Scott Clements (@BigRiskky) October 19, 2013
Bagged 87,800 in #WSOPE Main Event. Day off tomorrow so traveling up to Brussels, Belgium to play online (not possible in France).
— Shannon Shorr (@ShannonShorr) October 19, 2013
Others who progressed into Day 2 were Sam Holden, Jeff Rossiter, Dan O’Brien and Ana Marquez. Though there were some big names that were not as fortunate as Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Shak, Jason Mercier and Kevin MacPhee all floundered on Day 1a. Rettenmaier was actually the last player to be eliminated on the day so it will be very frustrating for him.
Busto. TT < AQs.
— Kevin MacPhee (@KevinMacPhee) October 19, 2013
Day 1b will see a surge of new players coming to the felt later today with many of them being notable players that are either hoping to capture their first bracelet or add another to their collection.
We already cannot wait to see who will join the 70 or so that have survived Day 1a into Day 2 on Monday.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Paul Kuzmich – 145,825
2nd) Martin Hanowski – 142,150
3rd) Jerome Huge – 118,800
4th) Scott Clements – 91,650
5th) Xavier Sitruk – 90,000
6th) Shannon Shorr – 87,500
7th) James Dempsey – 85,000
8th) Daniel Weinman – 85,000
9th) Sorel Mizzi – 82,050
10th) Philipp Gruissem – 75,000
Catch us for another report of the action tomorrow where we will be that little bit closer to finding out who the next WSOPE Main Event champion is.