Day 1 of Event 52: $2,500 10-Game Mix – Six – Handed is in the book, and Tommy is your chip leader with 74,000 chips.
A total of 421 players registered, generating a prize pool of $957,775. The top 48 players are guaranteed $4,309, the six final tablists will earn a minimum of $30,169, and the winner will take home $244,259 to go along with a shiny new WSOP gold bracelet.
Dozens of notables were in the field today, and plenty busted before the eight levels of play were finished, including Shaun Deeb, Jennifer Harman, Andy Frankenberger, Martin Staszko, Allen Bari, Chris Viox, Jonathan Aguiar, and our very own Remko Rinkema. Rinkema lost a very big Razz hand before the 30-minute dinner break, and was unable to recover, while Aguiar and Bari made it all the way to Level 8 before they bowed out. Aguiar lost a fairly large four-way Badugi pot, where a player check-raised him after the final draw. Aguiar called off most of his stack, but was forced to fold when his opponent tabled a seven-six-five Badugi.
Joining Hang at the top of the counts are Steve Chanthabouasy (54,000), Vincent van der Fluit (53,000), Bryn Kenney (40,200), and James Mackey (34,200). Kenney is looking to make his third final table of the 2012 WSOP, Mackey his second, and van der Fluit could become the first multiple bracelet winner of the 2012.
Play will resume at 3 p.m. local time tomorrow, so be sure to return for all of your up-to-the-minute updates from this and every event at the 2012 World Series of Poker!