Lula Taylor has clinched the chip lead with 2,695,000 chips at the end of Day 1 of Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event. In an incredible response to the inaugural event, 5,521 unique entries were recorded as the tournament took over the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, with players lining up to take a seat for much of the day.
Taylor pipped Liran Betito (2,625,000) to the overnight lead by a whisker, with Betito having to settle for second place in the counts. Other big stacks include Heidi Orloff (1,935,000), Alexis Urli (1,925,000) and Lazaro Hernandez (1,890,000) who will all return tomorrow to challenge for pole position. It was ultimately Taylor’s day though, a player who was as popular as she was formidable, so much so that her tablemates gave her a round of applause as she bagged up.
Nick Pupillo (1,470,000), Norson Saho (1,275,000), Martin Finger (1,070,000), Barry Greenstein (765,000), Chris Ferguson (725,000), Jeff Madsen (490,000) and David Peters (325,000), are some of the big names still in with a shot of taking home a slice of the $4,968,000 prize pool and will all have their sights set on the $628,654 first prize. Saho is one to watch after proving his ability in huge fields, finishing 6th in the Colossus event just a few days ago.
The penultimate level of the day saw 829 players make the money, with a four-way chop on the bubble securing all those remaining at least $1,499 for their efforts. With the fast structure, it was no surprise to see eliminations coming in thick and fast and the field was whittled down to 546 after the bubble in less than an hour. Some notables who couldn’t go the distance were Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Tom McEvoy, Max Pescatori, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Michael Soyza, Asi Moshe, Liv Boeree, Barny Boatman, Kenny Hallaert, Peter Costa, Joey Weissman, Konstantin Puchkov and Matt Affleck.
For all those who survived though, it will all be about tomorrow as this two-day event is scheduled to conclude. With $1,843 locked up already, the hopefuls will return tomorrow 2nd July at 12 noon local time in Pavillion White and Black.
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