The 44th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) has officially kicked off with two events having gotten under way.
Event #2, a $5,000 No Limit Hold’Em/Eight Handed tournament was the biggest event of the two that have begun. Featuring an array of household names like Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel and Joseph Cheong, the event has a total prize pool of $2,260,700 up for grabs.
One of those names ended the first day as chip leader, however. That honour has gone to 25-year-old shark Tom Marchese, who ended Day 1 with 153,975 chips to his name. Despite his relatively young age, Marchese is no stranger to the live poker table, with total winnings of around $3 million so far in his solid poker career.
Marchese is perhaps most well-known for winning last year’s WPT $100,000 Super High Roller event in Las Vegas, netting himself a cool $1,308,405 in the process. He also won the $25,000 High Roller event at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December 2012, where he won $207,405.
While he has netted more than his fair share of big money wins, the same cannot be said for WSOP Gold Bracelets. A bracelet currently remains elusive for Marchese, but that may change for the American if he is able to keep his stellar form for the next three days in this tourney.
Tom Marchese is one of just three players who currently have a stack of over 100,000 chips. Scott Baumstein is second on the chip ladder with 111,100 chips to his name, which is only slightly more than David ‘Doc’ Sands, who has a stack of 110,825 chips.
Out of the 481 players who entered the event, less than half of them were left at the end of Day 1, with 232 players making it through to the second day of the four-day long tournament.
The first day was notable for the quick exit of the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event winner Daniel Negreanu. Highly touted to go far in the tournament, Negreanu lost the majority of his poker chips in a massive pot which left him with a stack of just 900 chips.
Negreanu was not able to rebuild his stack and he was knocked out of the event soon after. Despite the earlier than expected elimination, it will likely be the first of many times the poker great shows his face throughout this year’s WSOP.
Day 1 of the two-day long $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’Em event also took place on the first day of this year’s WSOP. Michael Trivett ended the day as that event’s chip leader with a stack of 133,900.
Day 2 of the 44th annual WSOP gets underway tomorrow afternoon at the Rio Las Vegas.