Day 1 of Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better is in the books, and Nikolai Yakoveko and Raymond Davis are among the chip leaders.
The day got off to a slow start, but once the late registrants started to pour in, the field and prize pool grew. When the dust settled, the official number of entrants was 967, and after ten levels of play, only 220 remain.
With no 5 p.m. event at the WSOP today, a plethora of notables played, including Andrey Zaichenko, Owais Ahmed, Mike Leah, Allen Kessler, David Benyamine, Eric Baldwin, Phil Ivey and Xuan Liu. All of those players busted however, induing Ivey, who was unable to get anything going. He did flop the nuts in a three-way all in pot however. With the board reading , Ivey and two opponents capped the action, and the rest of the money went in when the turned. Ivey’s was a lock to win the high unless the board paired, and it didn’t when the fell on the river. Unfortunately, Ivey fell as well to the hands of Mike Matusow.
Matusow and tablemate Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier made it to Day 2. Matusow is somewhat short with around 12,000 chips, but he’s still confident.
“I have five big bets and I feel great,” he said during the tenth level of play.
Other survivors include Daniel Negreanu, who quietly built a 45,000-chip stack, Dan Shak, Amnon Filippi, Men Nguyen, Ryan Lenaghan, Chris Klodnicki, Todd Brunson, and Jeff Madsen.
Davis grinded all day to build his 57,200-chip stack, but during the final level he received an 8,000-chip gift. On a board of , an opponent capped the action, and when the fell on the river, he stuck his last bet in. Davis called with , and his opponent showed before exiting.
We’re nearly 100 spots from the money, and play will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time. Make sure you return to PokerNews for all of your up-to-the-minute updates.
Good Night from Vegas!