Only 63 players made it through the first ten levels of Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, and the remaining field returns on Wednesday, June 5, at 2 p.m. local time to continue their quest for a WSOP bracelet. The record-breaking 296-strong tournament drew many famous players and some of them bagged up big stacks last night.
Nobody has locked up anything yet, though, with the $399,600 prize pool divided between the top 45 positions. Minimum cash is worth $2,242 and the eventual bracelet winner will pocket $96,278.
So far, Steven Tabb holds the pole position, thanks to his strong finish in the final level of Day 1. Tabb has accumulated 185,400 chips and he built a decent bridge between his top stack and the rest of the field.
However, the names that follow on the leaderboard guarantee that Tabb won't take anything for granted in the next phase of the tournament. Second in chips is none other than former champion Frank Kassela who conquered the $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw two years ago.
With Michael Gathy, Jon Turner, and Shaun Deeb also in the top five, the tournament promises some fine battles on Day 2. Another player who showed his prowess yesterday was defending champ Daniel Ospina who sits in 15th place. Ospina presented himself with an aggressive style and he'll surely try to capitalize on his experience from the 2018 title-winning campaign.
The are tons of other experienced players in the remaining field, including a select few who have their posters hanging on the walls around the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. That should be a strong incentive to follow the live PokerNews updates from the tournament as the NL 2-7 Lowball Draw is down to the last nine tables. Come back at 2 p.m. to find out which players will be on their way to the final table.