Joseph Ressler On Top After WSOP Event #26 Day 1

Joseph HesslerMaryland’s Joseph Ressler ended Day 1 of event #26 as chip leader after the field was cut down from 589 to 138 survivors at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Ressler was joined by Mississippi’s Galen Kester (111,000) as the only players to make it above the 100,000-chip mark in the $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Poker tournament following the exit of 451 players.

Today’s starters will certainly be eyeing up the $361,797 top cash from the $1,607,970 prize pool, as well as a gold bracelet, in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, while the money bubble should burst during Day 2.

Matt Perrins Still in Contention

Other notable names with healthy stacks include Britain’s Matt Perrins (sixth on 85,600) and Chicago’s Thomas Chambers (ninth on 80,100), while the likes of Robert Williamson III (94th on 24,200), Guillaume Darcourt (13th on 75,500), Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero (19th on 61,300), Tex Barch (28th on 57,300), Donnacha O’Dea (40th on 49,200), John Racener (47th on 45,900) and Chance Kornuth (33rd on 52,700), will also returning for Day 2.

Additionally, 2011 champ Sam Stein is also in contention to defend his title after bagging up 48,300 chips, while eight-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey – who didn’t play even one hand as he progressed to the top of the $5,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better event #24 – was blinded off to hold just 700 chips.

Jason Mercier Crashes Out

But it wasn’t a good day for pros such as Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, David Williams, Huck Seed, Josh Arieh, Lex Veldhuis and Daniel Negreanu as they all crashed out early.

Two-time bracelet winner Mercier was particularly unlucky to hit the rail when eliminated by Scott Clements, however, as he got all his chips in on a flop of 10♠ 9♠ 2 while holding A♠ A 8 4♠ for an overpair and spade flush draw. He must have been shocked to see Clements table A 9♣ 9 7♠ for a full house after the 2 turn and 10 river.

WSOP 2012 Event #26 Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Ressler (USA) – 122,100

2. Galen Kester (USA) – 111,000

3. Isaac Hagerling (USA) – 95,500

4. Vadzim Kursevich (Belarus) – 92,400

5. Viacheslav Igin (Russia) – 90,300

6. Matthew Perrins (UK) – 85,600

7. Ryan Franklin (USA) – 82,700

8. Quentin Lae (France) – 80,700

9. Tom Chambers (USA) – 80,100

10. Justin Conley (USA) – 78,300