Compared to last year’s 132-player tournament, this year’s $50,000 Poker Players Championship was a more modest one.
Only 85 players joined the event at this year’s World Series of Poker. But online poker websites announced that late registration will be available for another level on day 2, so there is a chance that the event will break the 100-player mark.
According to American gambling news, there were only five casualties during the first day, which started with 150,000 chips. Phil Galfond, Dan Shak and Vanessa Selbst left the game and Selbst gave the majority of her stack to Matt Glantz, who is currently in lead. At the end of the day, Glantz had 324,700 in chips.
Other notable players who made it near the top are Matthew Ashton, Michael Mizrachi, David Benyamine, Dan Heimiller and Shaun Deeb.
Five-day poker tournament
For five days in a row, players will gather around the tables set up in one of the most famous American poker rooms in Las Vegas.
The game is played eight-handed and features an eight-game rotation. It includes limit and no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, stud and stud eight-or-better, triple draw, razz and Omaha eight-or-better.
Here is what the chip count looked like at the end of the first day:
1. Matt Glantz – 324,700
2. Dylan Linde – 303,700
3. Richard Ashby – 300,000
4. Shaun Deeb – 282,600
5. Ismael Bojang – 271,400
6. Matthew Ashton – 263,800
7. Michael Mizrachi – 254,900
8. Steve Billirakis – 252,000
9. David Benyamine – 246,300
10. Dan Heimiller – 245,800