Lock this one away, ladies and gents – Day 1 of WSOP Event #25 is in the books!
It was a step back in time for many of the 606 players who ponied up the $1,500 for today’s event, with plenty of WSOP bracelet winners, including Men Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Scotty Nguyen, Mel Judah, David Slansky and Tom Schneider.
However, there were just as many from the online generation to have taken their seats today, including reigning WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, Jon Turner and Sean Nguyen. The old school did manage to teach the young’uns a thing or two and at the end of the night, we've got ourselves a two-way tie for the chip lead, with Cyndy Violette and Hevan Novick each holding 43,400! They're followed closely by Michael Sigel (41,500), Tom Dwan (35,500), Norman Chad (35,400), 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela (32,100) and Mike Sexton (27,100).
In all, 172 players will be returning tomorrow, but those who won’t be joining us include Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu and Chad Brown, as well as David Benyamine, Allen “The Chainsaw” Kessler, Todd Brunson, Ted Forrest, Bill Chen and Huck Seed.
Be sure to join us here at PokerNews once again when we resume our coverage of this event from 3pm PST (GMT -7). Until then, it’s goodnight from the Rio!