Day 1 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Chance tournament is in the books and the starting field of 1,340 players has been whittled down to 165. The action on the felt was fast and furious right from the start, as many of today’s participants opted to utilize their two $1,500 chip “rebuy lammers” right from the start to bully opponents into submission.
Peter Hernandez is our chip leader with 124,700. Hernandez used a combination of great calls and good luck to climb to the top of the leaderboard. J.C. Tran has amassed a stack of over 110,000 and will be looking to capture his third WSOP bracelet when play resumes. Englishman Steve Watts, playing in the WSOP on the advice of his friend Sam Trickett, has also made the most of his three chances by building his stack to 99,500.
Former WSOP Main Event winners were spotted all across the Pavilion Room early in the day, as Jaime Gold, Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scotty Nguyen each attempted to run the gauntlet and add more hardware to their collections. Unfortunately for the aforementioned group, glory was not in the cards today as the former champions fell one by one.
Carlos Mortensen (57,100) is the last Main Event champ left standing after ten levels of play today and will look to make his move during tomorrow’s Day 2 action.
Other notable names to bust during Day 1 of the WSOP’s 12th bracelet event include Tom Dwan, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Annette Obrestad, Gavin Griffin, Jason Mercier, TJ Cloutier, and Chad Brown.
Notable big stacks to keep an eye on tomorrow include Ted Forrest (54,500), Issac Haxton (47,200) and Bruce Chen (40,900).
Day 2 of the tournament will begin tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. PST in the Amazon Room and the players will be looking to break through the money bubble. Follow PokerNews for the latest updates as the players duke it out to decide who will cash and who will go home empty handed.