WSOP Daily: Londoner Sadan Turker heads $1,500 NL Hold'em

WSOP Daily: Londoner Sadan Turker heads $1,500 NL Hold'em

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sadan Turker is the man to beat after the opening day of the first open event of this year's WSOP. A total of 2,101 players bought into the $1,500 no limit hold'em with Londoner Turker leading the 240 survivors at the close of play.

Turker ended the day with a stack of 158,100 putting him just ahead of high stakes reg Eli Elezra on 155,900, with Ryan Snickles 142,400, Brandon Cantu 130,100 and Mike Adams 109,200 also in the six-figure stack club.

There's plenty of class on show further down the leader board too with Vanessa Selbst, Layne Flack, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth and Jason Mercier very much still in contention.

Hope for a UK bracelet don't just rest with Turker though with JP Kelly and John Eames both making it back to day two.

Event #2 also witnessed the return of Phil Ivey to the live arena. Ivey, who sat out the 2011 WSOP, didn't last long though, busted by Maria Ho early in the proceedings.

24 of the 240 returning players will walk away disappointed with only 216 making the money. The top five finishers are guaranteed a six-figure score with the winner taking home a cool $517,725.

The first bracelet was also awarded overnight with Chiab “Chip” Saechao taking the honours in the Casino Employees' event, sealing the title after his pocket tens held against Pat Baker's AQ. Saechao took $72,000 in addition to the bracelet.

Tags: WSOP 2012, Sadan Turker, Eli Elezra, JP Kelly, John Eames, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst