Yesterday, a 145 players forked over $5,000 to take part in Event #10 Seven Card Stud. That created a prize pool of $681,500 that is slated to be distributed to the top 16, with a healthy $190,826 reserved for first.
It seemed as if every table was stacked as the tournament drew some of the best in the game. Thanks to a kind structure, action was slow at first, but things started to pick up by the end of the night. After eight levels, 54 players had hit the rail, which means 91 will be returning to action today.
Among them are last year’s champion, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier; last year’s runner-up, Steve Landfish; 2007 and 2009 winners Chris Reslock and Freddie Ellis, recent 2012 bracelet winners Andy Bloch and Cory Zeidman; and Jason Mercier, who will be doubling it up by playing this event and Event #9 $1,500 NLHE Re-Entry.
Of course those are just a few of the big names left in the field. As you can see below, a multitude of other pros dominate the top ten chip counts:
Top 10 Stack at the Start of Day 2
Day 2 is set to kick off at 2 p.m. PST, which is about an hour from now. The plan is to play ten levels, which ought to bring us close to the money. Join us then as we bring you all the action and eliminations from Event #10 Seven Card Stud, live at the Rio.