The one thing we’ve heard repeatedly about the 2013 World Series of Poker: It’s starting to feel like the good ol’ days again.
Maybe it’s because the pall of Why’s-It-Gotta-Be-Black Friday as lifted. Maybe it’s because online poker is actually legal (and being played) in the United States (well, one of them) again. Maybe the so-called “economy” has rebounded enough where people aren’t sweating $1,500 buy-ins any more. Maybe it’s because people have finally forgiven Falcon Henne.
Could be all of the above.
Regardless, it’s starting to feel like Happy Days are Here Again. The Entities have been out of town but will be back at the Rio tomorrow looking for a new batch of GOTRs.
Here’s the latest:
:: Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees Event) – Poker News writer Chad Holloway manages to copy off the work of David Lukaszewski, Carl Nessel, Chris Gros, Andrew Cohen, and Hoai Pham by winning the Casino Employees event. He banks $84,915 for the win.
:: Event #2 ($5,000 NLH 8-Max) – Down to a very “Internet pro” final table. Trevor Pope leads with over half the chips in play with 3,420,000. David Vamplew and Jared Hamby (looks like Lizzy Harrison has the MP) are tied for second with 629,000. Dan Kelly (625,000) and Brandon Meyers (595,000) also remain. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #3 ($1,000 NLH Re-Entry) – A total of 3,164 entries were bought, creating a first place prize of $491,360. A total of 38 remain. Seth Berger is the overall chip leader with 994,000. Other notables in the field include Scott Seiver (163,000) and no one else. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #4 ($1,500 NLH Six-Handed) – A field of 1,069 whittled down to 117. Joe Cada, coming off his HPT Soaring Eagle final table, continues his run good, ending the day second overall in chips. Jon Turner and recently crowned WPT Player of the Year Matt Salsberg also remain. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #5 ($2,500 Omaha/7CS 8oB) – The first “pro’s pro” event took place Friday, drawing 374 entrants. A total of 162 made it through Day 1, with Matthew Ashton as the chip leader (57,800). Eli Elezra (38,700), Men “The Master” Nguyen (35,200), Max Pescatori (33,000), and Mike Matusow (29,200) are among the notable big stacks. Get full chip counts here.
Today is the launch of the Millionaire Maker event. It’ll be a good read on the overall health of the poker economy. Stay tuned…