After eight levels of playing eight different games, we are through with Day 1 of Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. 489 players entered this tournament, and of that, 248 will be returning tomorrow. 48 of those players will make the money, but all of them have one thing on their minds: the first place prize of $278,144 and that shiny gold bracelet.
The overnight chip leader looks to be Abraham Mourshaki. He will be bagging 64,850 chips, and held the chip lead for the latter half of the day today. Right on his heels in second Nikolay Evdakov , who has 57,725. Other big names that are still in the hunt are Marco Traniello, Greg Mueller, Victor Ramdin, Noah Boeken, Eugene Katchalov, and fresh off their epic heads up battle just a few nights ago, both John Juanda and Phil Hellmuth.
Also in contention is defending champion Sigurd Eskeland, who bagged 18,150 chips tonight. Some of those players who weren’t fortunate enough to survive the day were Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Mike Matusow, Todd Brunson, and Pokernews’s own Remko Rinkema.
Play will continue tomorrow at 3 pm local time. The players will reach the money tomorrow, and will play a full 10 levels. Be sure to tune back into Pokernews for all the action as we will bring you blow by blow coverage of every game all day!