Another thousand player field got to their seat in this year’s first Limit Holdem Event of the World Series of Poker. Ninety-nine players will split the $1.45 million prize pool, with first prize winning $335,289 and a coveted WSOP bracelet.
Several players were entered in two tournaments simultaneously, with Day 2 of the PLHE Event starting two hours after the Limit Event. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was one of these players, starting in the 3s at the opposite end of the tournament room from where the Pot Limit event would be played. The strategy for this situation is to accumulate enough chips quickly to handle your stack being blinded away while you play in the other tournament. Ferguson was involved in an incredible pot with Robin Pollock from Wichita. The pot eventually reached $1k with $25/50 limits in the first level. The board read Ad-2h-7h-7d-Qc when it was all over, and Ferguson’s pocket aces were taken down by Pollock’s quad seven’s. Ferguson was gracious as he saw the cards, and what an experience in the first hour for Pollock.
Several players were at the felt with their last chips only to stave off elimination. Phil Gordon was all-in for his last $700 and quadrupled up when his Ad-5d flopped an ace and held off kings. Kathy Liebert was down to $3k in chips late in the evening only to dust herself off and rebuild her stack, quad tens helped her build a nice foundation heading into Day 2. Todd Brunson was down. Phil Ivey played some big pots with some big hands. Over the span of twenty minutes, he doubled up with kings, gave it back with queens, and then doubled up again with kings.
Vanessa Rousso made the final table of the World Poker Tour Championship earlier this year. Her strong performance is showing she’s not a one-hit wonder. She cashed in her first WSOP Event, out in 80th place.
Joe Cassidy had a strong and steady day, staying fairly quiet as he methodically took the chip lead in the late evening hours. No one should have been surprised, as he’s cashed three times in World Series Limit events in the last two years with one final table. He held the chip lead for much of the day and is still in good shape in the top twenty. Ahead of him is Phil Ivey, sitting in 7th place in chips. Will he get to the final table for a chance at his sixth WSOP bracelet? Tune in to PokerWorks to find out.