2012 World Series of Poker

Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
Days: 1

Gironda, Reed, Akkari, Chan at the Top through Day 1

Level 8 : 500-1,000, 0 ante
Andre Akkari is among the leaders to conclude Day 1 of Event 40
Andre Akkari is among the leaders to conclude Day 1 of Event 40

A starting field of 302 players came out to compete for the bracelet today in Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six Handed. And come tomorrow, about one in three of those who began the event will be returning for Day 2.

Among the 101 players bagging up chips at the end of the day, Vincent Gironda, Michael Reed, Andre Akkari, and Terrence Chan looked to be the ones stowing away the most of them, all hovering around the 50k-60k chip range. Additionally, Chad Brown, John Hennigan, Scott Seiver, and many other top pros are primed to return on Friday to above average stacks.

Speaking of stacks, it was a fairly stacked field all around today. Among the familiar faces who failed to make it through the eight one-hour levels were Carlos Mortensen, Andy Bloch, Michael Mizrachi, Annie Duke, Matt Hawrilenko, J.C. Tran, Shaun Deeb, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey.

The Brazilian Akkari led for much of the early evening, with Gironda, Reed, and Chan both making late charges. Also within shouting distance is Brian Meinders who hopes to earn a second LHE bracelet after having won the Event 25: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 PM local time with the plan being to play 10 one-hour levels. Join us then as we continue to follow who among the remaining group will survive into the top 36 and the cash and have a shot at the bracelet and $182,088 first prize.

Tags: Andre AkkariMichael ReedTerrence ChanVincent Gironda