2014 WSOP Kicks-off with Mixed Max and Employees Event

June 5, 2014

The 2014 World Series of Poker which is officially underway kicked off quite ostentatiously. At the approach of the first shuffle-up, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart posed a question to the packed crowd at the Brasila room – “Do you guys like money?” The question was followed by an air-powered cannon blast that spurted off ten thousand dollars in $1 bills on the players present. The first event, $500 Casino Employees Event began around noon, followed by the $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em which began later in the afternoon. The first day saw poker dealer Corey Emery emerge as the chip leader with 164,900 for the Employees event, while Vanessa Selbst who started with a starting stack of 75,000 lead the Mixed Max event with 562,800 chips.

$ 25000 No Limit Hold’em

The second event of the 2014 WSOP is the most expensive buy-in of the series after the
$1,000,000 Big One for Drop and $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship. Scheduled for four days; the first three days will play nine-handed, six-handed and four-handed respectively. Day 4 will be a heads-up tournament between the four remainder players. Among the four players, the player with the big stack will face the short stack, while the two middle stacks will square off. The two winners will face each other in the battle for the bracelet.

Day 1 of the Mixed-Max scored a total of 131 entrants, and had some of top pros in the game, with a total prize pool amounting to a hefty $3,111,250. The day’s end saw Vanessa Selbst leading the way bagging 562,800 chips. Others leading the chip count were Brian Rast (557,400), Michael Mizrachi (399,300), Jason Mo (327,600) and Fabrice Touil (87,700).

Defending WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu, determined to win his seventh WSOP bracelet began his campaign for a seventh WSOP bracelet The habitually late arriving Phill Hellmuth, who arrived a couple of minutes before registration closed, lasted only for half the day although with some eventful moments. Among those who were eliminated also included Phil Galfond, Greg Merson, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mohsin Charania, Chino Rheem, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Cada, and Jean-Robert Bellande.

Connor Drinan took a massive chip-lead against Fabrice Touil, but after a good fight Drinan eventually won and kept his seat. Selbst who initially thought it to be a slow day won a crucial game against Jennifer Tilly and was happy to start off Day1 with the chip-lead. Michael Mizrachi, Brian Rast, Dan Cates, Ivey, Justin Bonomo, JC Tran and John Juanda built healthy stacks. They will return for Day 2 to fight for the lead in a six-handed play.

$ 500 Casino Employees Event

The WSOP held on to the recent tradition of starting with the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, this year as well. The event, strictly restricted to casino employees only, drew a slightly fewer entrants when compared to last year. A total of 876 entrants registered to vie for the prized gold bracelet when compared to last year’s 898. This year’s entrants drew a total prize pool of $384,200 to be divided among the top 90 and the winner walking away with a cool $82,835. The day’s end saw Corey Emery from California topping the chip leader board bagging 164,900 chips. Others leading the chip count were Jay Graunstadt(125,000), Aaron Henderson (115,700), Peter Alba(105,000) and Daveil Luttbeg (87,700).

Day 1 of the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em saw last year’s champion Chad Holloway fight hard to defend his title before being brought down by Sergio Trevino. Mike Connors was eliminated by his opponent Jay Graunstadt’s who flopped a king-high against the pocket aces. Emery took the lead on one of the last hands of the day. He won a sizable pot off his opponent holding pocket jacks against his own nine-high straight.

Day 1 ends well

Day 1 of the 2014 World Series of Poker saw some new faces join the hunt for the golden bracelet and a host of familiar names like Vanessa Selbst along with the other top pros who began their campaign to defend their title. At the end of the day, Event # 1, $ 500 Casino Employees Event had 90 players with $82,835 while Event#2 saw 60 players remain at the end of the day who will play with six handed tables on Day 2.