Diaz leads WSOPE Main Event
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Just 24 players are still dreaming of Main Event glory at the World Series of Poker Europe after a busy day in Paris yesterday.
Leading the charge for the €1m first prize are Adrian Diaz(1,066,000) and Danny Steinberg(1,009,000) who were the only players to crack the million chip mark. Diaz is best know for winning the Estrellas Poker Tour event in Madrid in January and boosted his bankroll by over £32,000 after a pair of third place finishes in side events at the recent EPT London. Steinberg is no stranger to WSOPE glory either, making the final table in the 2010 Main Event.
There's plenty of class on show amongst the final two dozen including Dominik Nitsche (768,000), Fabrice Soulier (756,000), UKIPT London winner Sergio Aido (721,000), Benny Spindler (331,000) and Jeremy Ausmus(320,000). Mark Teltscher heads the UK challenge and returns with 424,000.
One man who won't be back today, in the Main Event at least, is Daniel Negreanu who was the last man out yesterday. The Canadian's 25th place finish continued an amazing run in WSOP events held outside the USA. Kid Poker has now cashed in four WSOPE Main Events in addition to his victory in the maiden World Series of Poker in Australia.
Other notables to make the money included Yann Dion (38th), Todd Terry (35th) and Sam Holden (26th).
Play resumes at noon today local time with blinds at 4,000/8,000 and will continue until the final table of eight has been reached.
The Chip leaders in the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event are as follows:
1. Adrian Diaz – 1,066,000
2. Danny Steinberg – 1,009,000
3. Ivan Tikhov – 809,000
4. Dominik Nitsche – 768,000
5. Fabrice Soulier – 756,000
6. Sergio Aido – 721,000
7. Ognjen Sekularac – 677,000
8. Andrei Konopelko – 585,000
9. Jerome Huge – 549,000
10. Mark Teltscher – 474,000
Mizzi heads €25k Super High Roller
As expected, the big names were out in force for the opening day of the €25,000 High Roller event and after six levels of opening day action it was Sorel Mizzi who found himself in front. The Canadian closed with 268,800 putting him just ahead of Scott Seiver (248,200) and Antonio Esfandiari (209,000).
All told, 75 players took to the tables on Day 1 with 62 still in contention for the bracelet. Amongst that number are the likes of Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier and JC Tran who will return in the top 10 in the chip counts when play resumes this lunchtime.
Registration remains open for the first five levels today. It looks like it could be a long day today with play set to continue until the field has been wtittled down to a final table of eight.
The €25,000 High Roller Chip Leaders are as follows:
1. Sorel Mizzi – 268,800
2. Scott Seiver – 248,200
3. Antonio Esfandiari – 209,000
4. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 188,200
5. Phil Ivey – 182,800
6. Erik Seidel – 165,500
7. Jason Mercier – 163,500
8. JC Tran – 159,500
9. Ole Schemion – 158,800
10. Joni Joukhimainen – 140,400