Uruguayan Fabrizio Gonzalez leads the $10,000 Omaha hi-low split-8 or better event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) after day one in Las Vegas.
A healthy 202 entries were registered at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, but, incredibly, that was only cut down by 24 to 178 survivors by close of play last night as everyone chases the top prize of $465,216.
However, this event has attracted a truly stellar line-up, with the likes of Eric Buchman, Freddy Deeb and Alessio Isaia in the top 10.
Also still in with a chance of success are big-name pros Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Shaun Deeb, Eugene Katchalov, Erick Lindgren, John ‘World’ Hennigan, Frank Kassela, Daniel Alaei, Todd Brunson, David Benyamine, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Chris Bjorin and Mike Matusow.
Additionally, 2011 bracelet winners Harrison Wilder ($1,500 limit hold’em) and Allen Bari ($5,000 no-limit hold’em) survived the first day.
But only two players ended the opening day with six-figure chip counts as second-placed Buchman, with 108,800, joined Gonzalez. Canadian Guillaume Rivet isn’t too far back in third place with 95,900 chips, however.
Top 10 chip leaders after day one of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event:
1. Fabrizio Gonzalez (Uruguay) – 117,300
2. Eric Buchman (USA) – 108,800
3. Guillaume Rivet (Canada) – 95,900
4. Christopher George (USA) – 93,200
5. Mikhail Smirnov (Russia) – 86,500
6. Richard Ashby (UK) – 85,000
7. Marco Johnson (USA) – 83,100
8. Freddy Deeb (Lebanon) – 82,800
9. Alessio Isaia (Italy) – 77,000
10. Damjan Radanov (USA) – 77,000