Day 1 of Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball is in the books. The first day of the 16th event of the 2014 World Series of Poker drew 348 entries. Of the 348 that registered on Day 1, only 54 survived.
After ten 60-minute levels on Day 1, leading the pack was Mike Leah with 91,800. Other top stacks include Brian Tate (90,000) and Captain Tom Franklin (70,000).
If he were to win, this would be Leah’s first WSOP bracelet. Earlier this year Leah won back-to-back WSOP circuit rings on the same day at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Leah has 21 career WSOP cashes totalling $302,00.
In previous years, the lowest buy-in triple draw events were $2,500. The lower buy-in allowed more recreational and amateur players to try their luck in one of poker’s more popular variants. Last year’s event only drew 282 players creating a prize pool of $641,550. Eli Elezra won that bracelet and a first-place prize of $173,236.
This year’s prize pool totalled $469,800 with the champion earning $124,510. Just 36 players will make the money and a min-casher will take home $2,767. This event is sure to grow in popularity.
There are two ladies standing; Ronit Chamani and Kathy Dever. Joining them on Day 2 will be Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Layne Flack, Andrey Zaichenko, Daniel Idema, Todd Brunson, Bill Chen, and Dan Smith
There will be no repeat champion this year, Eli Elezra busted late in the day. Some other notable players unsuccessful in surviving Day 1 include Daniel Negreanu, who jumped into the mix moments after finishing runner-up in the $10K 2-7 Single Draw Championship, Phil Ivey, Calvin Anderson, Ami Barer, David Williams, Dylan Linde, Joe Serock, Antonio Esfandiari, George Danzer, Shaun Sheikhan, Fabrice Soulier, Phil Galfond, and recent bracelet winner Justin Bonomo.
Play will resume tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Amazon room where we will look to play down to a final table or another 10 levels. Be sure to follow along PokerNews as we bring you all of Day 2’s big hands and bust outs.