WSOP 2011 - $1.5k Omaha 8 attracts record field for Day 1

WSOP 2011 - $1.5k Omaha 8 attracts record field for Day 1

Thursday, 2 June 2011

So far, so good at the WSOP 2011. Despite Black Friday the opening $25,000 event managed to garner a $3m prize pool and the first affordable open event, the $1,500 Omaha 8, received a record turnout – 107 more players than registered in 2010.

In total, 925 players put up the $1,500 to enter what is arguably poker’s most boring format – full ring, split pot, Limit betting action. Despite this some recognisable names have managed to chip up to a ridiculous extent from their 4,500 starting stacks with both Jimmy Fricke and Barry Greenstein holding over 45,000 and PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes sneaking into the top chip counts with 44,000.

Of the 925 entrants, 210 remain in contention with 90 of those guaranteed a little less than $3,000 for cashing. The big money is at the final table though with $20,000 minimum for the final nine and a first place prize of $262,283 – and the bracelet.

The top five chip counts heading into Day 2 are as follows:

1.Guillaume Rivet – 71,200
2.Andy Seth – 61,700
3.Rich Monroe – 60,000
4.Cary Falk – 56,000
5.Mike Rahmn – 54,000

Tags: WSOP 2011, Omaha 8, Barry Greenstein, Jimmy Fricke, Humberto Brenes