At the end of Day 1 of the H.O.R.S.E. Event, five of the top ten on the leaderboard were U.S. Americans including the chipleader going into Day 2, Kirk Morrison, with 55,900 in chips. Jennifer Harman, one of four women who started the event and one of three who were still in at the start of day two (apocalypse anyone? and don’t they have good shopping in London?), began today in fourth position with 38,100.
Atlanta’s Yuval Bronshtein, who was the chipleader at one point on day one, began today in 9th with 31,100. Word we got from Yuval was that near the end of the day he got into a 4-player, 30k pot in Stud Hi-Lo which he led with trip aces until the river when David Williams hit a flush.
Despite losing the hand and the chance to start today at the top of the chip count, Yuval is optimistic. “I really like my chances. I am playing to win this tournament, and I don’t really care that much about the money either, so anything short of a bracelet is a bust for me.”
Also of note, a few Brits are doing well on their home turf including Gary Jones (41,900) and Marc Goodwin (32,000).
Russia’s Alex Kravchenko, who captured a WSOP bracelet this summer as well as a 4th place finish in the Main Event, is in the thick of things with 33,600 in chips, despite no one knowing he was playing the event until the end of the day.
With it just afer 4:00 pm in London, play has been under way for two hours today and last we checked there were under 40 players remaining. Already eliminated today were FOWCP Mel Judah, Erik Seidel, Eli Elezra, Christopher Niesert, Gus Hansen and some other foreigners. Barbara Lewis, a woman, has also been eliminated.
For a recap of Day One, be sure to read Owen Laukkanen’s wrap up over at PokerListings.com.
For a recap of why Zac Efron (who?) is dating Vanessa Hudgens (described by one entity as looking like a “young asianish hooker”) go here.