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WSOP Daily Report: $50K Poker Players’ Championship Kicks Off

Get your popcorn ready, it’s show time in Las Vegas! Yes, we know that Vegas and show times are, in fact, synonymous, especially if the World Series of Poker is running. But in every WSOP there are only a handful of events that really get the poker community’s attention.

One of them is, of course, the Main Event, the prestigious $10,000 No Limit Hold’Em Championship. Another one is the million-dollar buy-in BIG ONE for ONE DROP. But both of those tournaments test players’ skills at only one game: the ‘Cadillac’ of Poker, NLHE.

What if we want to know who is the best all-around poker player in the world? Poker is not just about NLHE, it’s also about Omaha, Stud, Razz, and Draw. And since 2006, the organizers have decided to create a unique event specially reserved for the high rollers that mixes all of those games. That is how the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship was born.

It all started as a H.O.R.S.E competition, but now it’s all about 8-Game: Limit Hold’Em, Omaha Hi-Low, Razz, Stud, Stud Hi-Low, NLHE, Pot Limit Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw.

The first ever Poker Players’ Championship attracted 143 entrants with David “Chip” Reese emerging victorious. Eight years later, 85 of the best poker pros in the world gathered at the start, with late registration still going on.

And after Day 1, 80 survived including chip leader Matt Glantz (photo), who has made the final table twice in this event. Others like Melissa Burr, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, and Andy Bloch have their eyes set on the record books. If she enters the money zone, Burr will become the first lady ever to cash in this tourney. Mizrachi is the only player who won the 50K competition twice, while Bloch is looking for a record fifth cash in the event.

Of course, the legends made sure that they don’t pass up this opportunity and are still in the hunt, including the man with the most gold bracelets, Phil Hellmuth, nine-time WSOP winner Phil Ivey, and two-time WSOP Player of the Year, Daniel Negreanu.

And we can’t move on without mentioning the new generation that made a living out of playing online poker. We’re talking about the nosebleeds players Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion, Alexander “Alexonmoon” Luneau, Ola “Odd_Oddsen” Amundsgaard, Brian Hastings, and also Chun Lei “samrostan” Zhou.

But who were the five eliminated? One of them was Vanessa Selbst, who tried to bluff Glantz out of the pot on a #ks#8s#js#10s NLHE board. The next to fall was WSOP Europe Main Event runner-up Sergii Baranov, who failed to complete his draws in a PLO hand. Dan Shak, Michael Glick, and Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond complete the elimination board of Day 1.

Day 2 will start later today at 2 P.M. Pacific Time and according to PokerNews Live Reporting, we might see even more legends at the tables like Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson and all-time biggest online cash loser Gus Hansen.

Be sure to check PokerUpdate tomorrow to find out if the rumors are confirmed.

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Florian Gheorghe