Today the second Seven Card Stud event of this year's WSOP started. The event drew a total of 367 players fighting for a spot on Day 2. Amongst those we didn't see was last year's champion Eugene Katchalov who was busy playing in the $5,000 Mixed Max tournament. Katchalov won $122,909 last year in this tournament and this year our winner will go home with $126,363.
As always, a Seven Card Stud tournament started out pretty slow and it was the unfortunate Matt Hawrilenko who was the first to bust, just two hours into the event. There were plenty of interesting tables and a ton of WSOP bracelet winners among the ones competing. Big names like EPT winner Kevin MacPhee, Richard Ashby and $25,000 6-Max WSOP Champion Dan Kelly left early, but there was still plenty to look out for.
Sam Grizzle, one of the most talkative players in every poker room, made a splash today. Grizzle was seated next to last year's $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Champion Fabrice Soulier and both players did really well. Soulier seemed to be back in championship form as he racked up 28,500 chips, Grizzle ended with a bit more and will come back tomorrow with 31,600.
The chip leader going into day two is Rogerio Sousa. He managed to gather 41,000 chips and will be looking secure a spot at the final table tomorrow. Just over 100 players remain for Day 2. We will restart tomorrow at 2:00 PM local time and play 10 levels. This will hopefully be enough to reach the final table. On Saturday, we will play down to a winner.
Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the coverage. Until tomorrow, goodnight from the Rio!