2011 WSOP Day 1 Recap: Juanda Advances
After months of anticipation, the 2011 World Series of Poker got underway with no shortage of controversy, including a Phil Ivey "boycott" and a physical confrontation between James Bord and John Juanda.
Tuesday was the first day of bracelet events with both the $500 Employee's Event and the $25,000 Heads-Up World Championship kicking off.
Ivey Suing Tiltware, Sitting Out WSOP
The evening event was the $25,000 Heads-Up World Championship.
While the field had a 256-player cap, the field only saw 128 players put up the $25k buy-in. Sixteen players will receive a payday and first place will receive $851,192.
This is the largest first-place prize for a heads-up event in WSOP history.
Many of poker's big names were in this field, including Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Erik Seidel, Dan "jungleman12" Cates, and Daniel Negreanu
One player conspicuously absent from the event was Phil Ivey. It was later revealed via Ivey's Facebook page and his website that he was sitting out of the WSOP and suing Full Tilt Poker in order to facilitate the return of player funds.
While the poker world pondered the ramifications of the Ivey decision, two rounds were played and the field shrunk to 32.
Among those making round three included John Juanda, Isaac Haxton, Jake Cody, Tom Dwan, and Gus Hansen.
Juanda, Bord Square Off
More drama occurred during the Heads-Up Championship as WSOP Europe Main Event winner James Bord decided to try and call out Full Tilt Pro John Juanda.
After accusing him of being both a thief and a cheat, the then physically threatened Juanda. Security was called and the two men were escorted elsewhere to resolve their issues.
Only one new event will kick off on Wednesday with the $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better event.
The first final table should be set by the end of Day 2 in the Employees Event and the Heads-Up Championship is scheduled to play to the sweet 16.
Casino Employees Event
The $500 Employee's Event is probably the least covered event by the media at the WSOP. However, the bracelet counts the same as all the others and several big names turned out.
Jean Robert-Bellande was in the field as well as tournament directors Matt Savage and Jack McClelland.
The 6th-place finisher in the 1995 WSOP Main Event, Chuck Thompson, was also in attendance.
Out of the notables in the field, only Thompson would make the money and advance to day 2.
At the end of the day, Jordan Dhooghe sat on top of the leaderboard with 129,800 in chips. He will return along with 76 other players as they make their march towards the bracelet.
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