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Saturday, May 31, 2008 | Francis Lee

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The 39th annual World Series of Poker started in Las Vegas yesterday, with the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship being the 1st of 55 events, that will run until the end of June. We will be reporting on all the action, of all 55 events finishing off with the World Series $10,000 main event. The most prestigious tournament in world poker, the event every poker player dreams of winning. There are only a of couple opportunities left to win a seat to this event through the free rolls on offer at Poker Tournament Watch. Check our free rolls listing page for full details.

Event 1 $10,000 PL Hold’em World Championship - Day 1

The battle for the first WSOP bracelet kicked off with the $10,000 Pot Limit Championship event. 352 players started out this event creating a total prize pool of $3,308,800, with the first placed prize set at $794,112. This tournament being one of the big ones in the series, attracted a small but elite field with most of the best poker players around in attendance. There was a great atmosphere in the Amazon card room, before poker great Doyle Brunson announced the customary “shuffle up and deal” to start proceedings.

One of the first player to head for the rail after just 20 minutes of play was James “mig.com” Mackey. Mackey hit trip Sixes on the Flop holding :6d :8s but lost out as he was eliminated by his opponent holding :ks :6s

As play continued more and more of the big names dropped out early on with Barry Greenstein, T.J Cloutier and J.C Tran being the most notable. Greenstein went out against Shawn Keller holding :ad :kc Keller with pocket Tens hit a set on the Flop showing :10c :4h :6d leaving Greenstein with a mountain to climb.

As the day drew to a close Eli Elezra stormed into the chip lead on around $300,000, eliminating quite a few players along the way. He was closely followed by Amit Makhija and Nenad Medic on the $250,000 mark. A few big names went out just before the end of the day, including Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel and Alex Kravchenko. Of the 352 players who started, out only 70 survived into day two. The second days play will reduce the field to just Nine players to fight out the final table looking for the first WSOP bracelet of 2008.

Top 10 Chip Leaders at the end of Day 1

  • 1st Eli Elezra $302,900
  • 2nd Amit Makhija $251,100
  • 3rd Nenad Medic $240,200
  • 4th Patrik Antonius $236,300
  • 5th Justin Newton $233,000
  • 6th Mike Sowers $216,700
  • 7th Anthony Licastro $211,000
  • 8th Nikolay Evdadkov $206,200
  • 9th David Bach $204,100
  • 10th Vivek Rajkumar $194,000



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