WSOPE TODAY: Sept 21; Rossiter last Aussie standing in opening event

Highlights from day 1 of the 2012 WSOP Europe (September 22)

It was a bright spring day on the French Riviera for the opening day of the 2012 WSOP Europe with a field of 277 players taking their seats at the Le Croisette Casino Barrière for the €2700 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event.

As has been the case in recent years, more and more Aussies are making their way to Cannes each year in pursuit of WSOP glory. Indeed, the starting list for this event included Jeff Lisandro, Leo Boxell, Tino Lechich, Jeff Rossiter and reigning Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel. Many of the biggest names in the game were also out in force.

After a first day comprising eight levels, the field of 277 had been slashed to 50 with 24 set to take home a slice of the €544,800 prizepool. Atop the chip count on 140,225 was Israeli player Matan Krakow, who reached the final table of this event last year before placing fourth.

Big names KOed on day one included Phil Ivey, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Vanessa Selbst while Brandon Cantu, David “ODB” Baker, Phil Hellmuth, McLean Karr, Roberto Romanello and John Tabatabai will all return for day two, along with Aussie Jeff Rossiter (who lies 12th overall).

WSOP Europe event 1: €2700 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em end of day one chip count (top 10)

Matan Krakow (Israel) 140,225
Brandon Cantu (USA) 114,500
David Baker (USA) 101,350
Jennifer Tilly (USA) 90,425
Christophe Julien (France) 73,650
Ruben Velasco (UK) 61,650
Imed Ben Mahmoud (France) 61,000
Freddy Darakjian (France) 59,425
Yann Migeon (France) 58,000
Xavier Capacci (France) 56,250

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla,

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