Day one of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) of 2011 in Las Vegas saw the field cut down from the starting 1,440 to just 160 survivors.
For everyone at the nine-player tables, the aim was to make it into day two in what in essentially a sit ’n’ go as all players will begin with the same 45,000 chips when they return to chase the $369,371 from a prize pool of $1,944,000, although all the survivors are now guaranteed at least $4,998.
Many big-name pros made the second day by winning their table, including Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grosspellier, Filippo Candio, Greg Raymer, Eric Baldwin, Scott Seiver, Frank Kassela, Victor Ramdin, Josh Brikis, Lex Veldhuis, Nam Le and Daniel Negreanu.
However, we also lost the likes of Eli Elezra, defending champ Steven Kelly, David Williams, Justin Bonomo, Barry Greenstein, Tom Dwan and Greg Mueller early on the opening day at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino.
Additionally, Sam Simon, David Benyamine, Allen Cunningham, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Alaei, Matt Jarvis and Humberto Brenes did make it to heads-up play but then lost out.
Tonight sees 16 10-handed tables running, with players from second to 10th assured of $4,998, while the 16 winners are guaranteed at least $13,238. Those 16 will return for day three to battle it out to the ultimate winner.
The last match-up saw Mark Weil secure the final spot for this evening. The significant hand came after Weil trapped his heads-up opponent by limping in with 9c-9s, before calling an all-in as his opponent showed Ac-9d.
The board ran 4d-10d-6d-Kh-6s for Weil to dodge his opponent’s flush draw and take a massive chip lead.
It was all over at the next hand as Weil, with 10h-6c, and his opponent, who had Kc-3s, got the money in before the flop.
The board was kind to Weil as it showed 6s-Qc-9s-2c-6d to hand him trip sixes and a seat at this evening’s tables.