2010 WSOPE Main Event Day 1 Recap - Shulman Still in Hunt as Michell Leads
After two weeks of action, the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Europe is finally upon us.
Players from around the world put down the £10,350 buy-in to take their shot at the last bracelet event of 2011. Barry Shulman is the defending champiion and was on hand to attempt a defense of his title.
The Main Event had two starting days with Day 1a kicking off on Thursday. Annette Obrestad, winner of the inaugural WSOP-E Main Event, kicked off the day with the customary "shuffle up and deal" call. Among the Day 1a participants were Michael Mizrachi, Chad Brown, Andy Bloch, Allen Kessler, Erik Seidel, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, and Faraz Jaka.
Phil Hellmuth made his customary grand entrance into the event on Day 1a. He entrance this year was, wait for it, a Lady Gaga themed entrance. Thank goodness that we weren't subjected to Phil actually dressing up as Lady Gaga. Instead, he was escorted in by 11 Lady Gaga look-alikes with one of them singing the words to "poker face."
And of course, there was a lot of poker played. 137 players started the day, but by the end of the day, only 78 remained. Hellmuth's poker face didn't do so well as he was among those eliminated during Day 1a play. Michael Mizrachi, Andy Bloch, and Vanessa Selbst were among others that failed to make Day 2. By the end of Day 1a, Nicolas Levi was the chip leader with 153,850. Faraz Jaka, Leo Margets, and Nick Shulman were among the top 10 in chips.
Day 1b was kicked off by 2009 WSOP-E Main Event winner Barry Shulman giving the "shuffle up and deal call." Among the players that came out on Day 1b were Jeff Madsen, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Vanessa Rousso, Barry Greenstein, Freddy Deeb, Patrik Antonius, Liv Boeree, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, and Matt Stout.
209 players turned out for Day 1b and by the end of the day, only 122 advanced to Day 2. Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Vanessa Rousso, Men Nguyen, Chino Rheem, David Benyamine, Eric Mizrachi and Sandra Naujoks all hit the rail in Day 1b play. The prize pool was announced during Day 1b play. 36 players will receive a payday in this event with first taking home a top prize of £830,401 along with the championship bracelet.
Barry Shulman is still alive to defend his title, moving on to day two with just over 86,000 in chips. James Mitchell led Day 1b runners with 178,850 and will start Day 2 as the overall chip leader. Jennifer Tilly, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Carlos Mortensen, and Phil Laak were all in the top 10 of Day 1b chip counts. Remember that Laak won his first bracelet in Event #1 earlier in this series. So far, there has never been a multi-bracelet winner in the WSOP Europe's history.
Day 2 action will resume Saturday at Noon London Time. We will be back to bring you a recap of the action from the WSOP Europe Main Event.