A total of 567 hopefuls joined the green felts on Day 1 of Event #6: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha here at the 2023 World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, and after the dust settled, only 48 remain in the hunt for WSOP gold.
The two most popular poker disciplines brought in many of the biggest and best names to create a massive $2,608,200 prize pool with the winner taking home a cool $534,499 and the prestigious bracelet.
At the end of Day 1 it was Switzerland's Fernando Habegger who bagged the top stack with an impressive 1,625,000. Ukraine's Roman Rogovskyi bagged 1,325,000 and Michael Moncek locked up 1,210,000 to round out the top three.
Habegger, who is primarily an online player, will have his eyes set on the top prize to best his previous biggest live cash of $33,973 in an Omaha event this past March. Habegger is a Pot-Limit Omaha coach and GG sponsored pro with most of his experience being in that format.
Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Michael Moncek||United States||1,210,000||48|
|4||Michael Banducci||United States||1,200,000||48|
|5||Christian Harder||United States||1,125,000||45|
|6||Zhen Cai||United States||1,090,000||44|
|7||Greg Kolo||United States||1,040,000||42|
|9||Kristen Foxen||United States||895,000||36|
|10||Tyler Brown||United States||880,000||35|
Many top pros joined the action throughout Day 1 and some who could not find any run good include bracelet winners Cliff Josephy, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, Adam Hendrix, and last years winner of this event Joao Simao.
More big names who managed to find a min-cash but couldn't make it through the full day include 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb, four-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, and none other than "Kid Poker" himself Daniel Negreanu, who busted in the last level of the day.
The final 48 players will return to action today at noon local time in the Gold section of the Horseshoe Event Center. The blinds will resume at Level 21 with 10,000/25,000 and a 25,000 big blind ante. The blind levels will increase to 40 minutes in length and there will be a 15-minute break every three levels. The plan is to play down to a winner today, but depending on pace of play, could see a Day 3 added to the schedule if needed.
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