WSOP 2011 – $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Day 1 completed

WSOP 2011 – $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Day 1 completed

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

A huge field of 606 players signed up for the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better event yesterday, proving that poker players will give any game a shot if the buy in is less than a couple of grand. That field has been reduced to just 172 after a day of play with Cyndy Violette taking the chip lead – alphabetically, at least.

Her 43,400 stack is not enough to give her the outright lead; Hevan Novick also bagged up 43,400 by the end of play and the two sit above the rest of the pack with the woman on top. Also notably in the top ten is Tom “durrrr” Dwan with over 35,000 in chips and WSOP co-annnouncer Norman Chad who bagged up 33,400 by the end of Day 1.

Unsurprisingly, Jason Mercier also made it through with an above-average stack of 23,600. The PokerStars Pro has made it deep – bubbling three times and cashing three more – in six events so far in the 2011 World Series of Poker and is long overdue a second bracelet. He is joined by fellow PokerStars patches Alex Kravchenko, Noah Boeken, Barry Greenstein, Jonathan Duhamel and Victor Ramdin for Day 2.

Just under a third of the remaining field will make the money with payouts starting at $3,051 for 56th place and the eight-handed final table paying out $17,417 all the way up to $200,459 and the bracelet.

Tags: WSOP 2011, event #25: $1, 500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better, Tom Dwan, Cyndy Violette, Jason Mercier, Norman Chad