Barry Greenstein Early Chipleader of First Open EventPublished on May 30th, 2013 1:29 am EST
The 2013 World Series of Poker officially kicked off earlier today with the start of Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em) at 12 pm local time.
Five hours later, the first open event of the series, Event #2 (No Limit Hold'em / Eight Handed, $5,000 buy-in), got underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
This year's World Series of Poker will feature a total of 62 bracelet events. The main event, which is the biggest live tournament in poker, will kick off on July 6th, 2013.
As mentioned, Event #2 got underway at 5 pm local time in Las Vegas. The tournament, which will run over the next four days, features many of the top poker players in the world, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Ivey.
"Team Pokerstars Pro" Barry Greenstein has gotten off to a strong start, as he has the chip lead with a couple of hours left of play on Day 1. Greenstein, who currently has roughly 67,000 in chips, is trailed by Mark Burford (46,000), Kevin Eyster (42,000) and Markus Gonsalves (38,100).
Registration for Event #2 just closed, so the payouts should be available soon.
Over in Event #1, Hieu Le, Michael Trivett and Brian Weissenburger are the current chip leaders with Day 1 about to draw to a close. The winner of Event #1 will take home a payday of $84,915, while the runner-up will receive $52,318.
One tournament will get underway tomorrow, and that will be Event #3 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em). There are two start times for this tournament, as those who bust #3A (start time of 11 am) can buy in again for #3B (5 pm start time on the same day).
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