WSOP daily wrap for May 30
Having narrowly missed a WSOP bracelet in 2012, Brendon Rubie has picked up where he left off in his first bracelet event for the 2013 WSOP. Rubie, who was runner-up in the $2500 NLHE Four-handed event last year for more than $240,000, finished day one of the $5000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-handed 33rd in chips.
However, the only Aussie to progress from day one has started day two strongly and now holds a spot in the top 10. Tom Marchese had led the star-studded field into day two with a stack of 153,975 while Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps (pictured with thanks to wsop.com) also survived day one.
Meanwhile the traditional series opening Casino Employees event is into the money with Michael Trivett heading the chip count with 55 of the 898 players still in contention.
Event 1: $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em (898 players, 90 players paid, 55 players remain, prizepool USD $404,100) top 10 after day 1
1 Michael Trivett (USA) 133,900
2 Sean Small (USA) 103,700
3 Chad Holloway (USA) 99,400
4 Wyatt Gibson (USA) 96,900
5 Kevin Weathers (USA) 91,300
6 Troy Wilcoxon (USA) 86,700
7 John Harris (USA) 84,400
8 John Podobnik (Canada) 74,800
9 Robert Jones (USA) 74,700
10 Steven Karr (USA) 73,300
Event 2: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-handed (481 players, 56 players paid, 194 players remain, prizepool USD $2,260,700) top 10 after day 1
1 Tom Marchese (USA) 153,975
2 Scott Baumstein (USA) 111,100
3 David Sands (USA) 110,875
4 Mikko Jaatinen (Finland) 95,825
5 Stephen Bokor (USA) 95,325
6 Darryll Fish (USA) 93,000
7 Fabrice Touil (France) 92,575
8 Jamie Armstrong (USA) 87,850
9 Bryan Piccioli (USA) 85,900
10 Anthony Gargano (USA) 83,575
• Ambrosha Harrell became the first player to win one of the 36 complimentary seats as part of a $700,000 promotion celebrating the launch of Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s new WSOP.com online poker site.
At the Rio to play in the opening Casino Employees Championship, Harrell is freerolling Event 3, the $1000 buy-in NLHE re-entry tournament (which started today) just for signing up and opening an account on the new site. Each day, there will be a drawing awarding a seat into the following day’s noon event.
• Additional reporting, WSOP.com