Day 1 of Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed at the 2018 World Series of Poker attracted 707 entries with just 123 moving on to Day 2 on Wednesday, July 11.
When registration closed after the eighth level, the prize pool was totted up with $954,450 on the line. The top 107 places will get paid with anyone who makes the money guaranteed at least $2,240. Awaiting the eventual champion is, of course, a shiny, new WSOP gold bracelet and a top prize worth $197,461.
After ten 60-minute levels, the Day 1 chip lead belonged to Jordan Polk. Polk bagged 148,500 to end Day 1 at the top of the counts. The closest player chasing him down was WSOP bracelet winner, Peter Eichhardt with 127,800. Ryan Leng (116,300), Jon Turner (98,100), and Terrence Schehen (90,700) round out the top stacks.
The day did not go as well for some others with the likes of Eli Elezra, Shaun Deeb, Mustapha Kanit, Mike Sexton, Bryce Yockey, Max Silver, David Prociak, Mike Leah, and Kristen Bicknell all busting long before registration closed.
A bunch of notables decided to register last minute just as registration came to a close. Justin Bonomo, Jack Salter, Ben Yu, Anthony Zinno, Darryll Fish, Chris Ferguson, Justin Liberto, and Rainer Kempe all entered as Level 9 began. Only Liberto (47,500) and Kempe (25,300) tossed chips in a bag,
Other notables moving on to Day 2 include 2018 Event #30 champion, Ryan Bambrick (62,100), Christina McAlpin (54,400),Joe Hachem (41,000), Michael Mizrachi (30,000), Daniel Negreanu (22,800), Eric Baldwin (19,900), and Brian Hastings (17,700)
The remaining players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Wednesday afternoon for Day 2 action with cards getting back in the air at 2pm. The blinds will kick off at 500/1,000. Another ten levels are on the agenda with the event expected to play down to a winner on Thursday.
Stay tuned to the blog as PokerNews will be on the floor providing live coverage until the last card comes off the deck and the WSOP's latest champion is crowned.