The starting flights of the first 2014 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event have now been played and poker veteran Scott Epstein is the player on the top of the chip ladder.
Epstein finished the first day of play with 198,500 chips to his name, which is slightly ahead of Stephen Graner who will enter Day 2 with a stack of 190,500. Both players will have their fair share of competition over the rest of the event, however, as a total of 154 players made the cut to Day 2.
Those players were the survivors of a field of 475 who took the felt on three of the starting flights. As is normally the case in major poker events, the final starting flight proved to be the most popular day with 246 players turning out for their chance at poker glory.
The current chip leader is no stranger to poker. Epstein has gotten in the money at the WSOP a whopping 21 times in the last 10 years, three of those being final table finishes. The Las Vegas player has also played in numerous Deep Stack Extravaganza events over the years as well as a WPT event in 2008 where he won $105,525, his biggest live tournament cash prize to date.
That will be his second biggest prize should he be able to retain his lead and win the event since $148,694 will go to the winner of the Main Event. The six-figure sum is part of a total prize pool of $691,600 for this tournament.
Other notable poker players who made it to the second day of play include two-time WSOP runner-up Dan O’Brien and WPT and WSOP veteran Joe Serock. O’Brien had a great start to the event and he will go into Day 2 with 145,200 chips, which is the eighth largest stack in the tournament.
Serock, on the other hand, finished the starting flights with a stack of 57,200. Although he will be considered a short stack when play resumes, Serock’s experience and past prowess in major live tournaments means he cannot be counted out as a threat this early in the game.
Day 2 of the first 2014 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event is set to get underway later today at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas. As always, PokerUpdate will keep readers posted on the event’s major news as it progresses over the next few days.