Day 1 of Event #39, the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha tournament, is in the books and it was highlighted by yet another large field. While last year only 482 players entered, this year 606 forked over the money to test their PLH and PLO skills against the best in the world. Some of the talented players who were unable to make it further included Andy Black, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Eric Seidel, Galen Hall, Michael Mizrachi, Matt Affleck, Liv Boeree and Phil Laak. 2011 WSOP bracelet winners Jason Somerville and Sam Stein couldn’t make it out of Day 1 either, nor could current 2011 Player of the Year leader Phil Hellmuth.
So far, David Williams and Scott Clements have proven their skills true and have been able to break away from the pack. It seemed like Williams started the day with triple or quadruple the starting stack as he has been among the leaders for virtually the entire day. His momentum never wavered and he finished with 136,700 chips. Clements came on a little bit later but just as strong to finish with 108,700.
Williams and Clements aren’t the only ones still vying for that chance at glory though. Among the approximately 130 players left are previous 2011 WSOP final table participants Adam Junglen, Bill Chen, and Humberto Brenes. But the two players putting the most pressure on Williams and Clements are Ashkan Razavi with 115,800 and Mitch Schock with 121,600. Schock is fresh off his 12th Place finish in Event #34 and will hope to stay in contention tomorrow for back to back cashes.
Speaking of cashing, 63 players will get paid and with just over double that still left, there will be plenty of time for players to set themselves up for the money bubble. Make sure you stay tuned tomorrow to catch all the action when we resume coverage at 3 p.m. local time!