James Mitchell Leads WSOPE Main Event Heading Into Day 2Published on September 25th, 2010 1:34 am EST
1. Day 1 of WSOPE Main Event Is a Wrap.
A total of 346 players turned out for the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe main event, creating a prize pool of approximately $5.5 million USD.
Many of poker's top names, including Phil Ivey, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Daniel Negreanu, elected to play in this year's main event. Ivey and Negreanu both managed to survive the first day of play, while "durrrr" was sent to the rail.
195 of the 346 players who entered the event after still alive after the first day of play.
Some of the recognizable names that managed to do well on Day 1 included:
Jennifer Tilly, 109k
Eli Elezra, 107k
Antonio Esfandiari, 105k
Phil Ivey, 94k
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, 92k
Allen Cunningham, 85k
James Mitchell has the tournament's largest stack heading into Day 2 on Saturday, as he managed to finish Day 1b with nearly 180k in chips. John Dolan, who is a member of the 2010 "November Nine", finished with around 174k.
Two other members of the "2010 November Nine" also made Day 2 - Filippo Candio and John Racener.
Day 2 will get underway on Saturday afternoon (local time), and will combine the surviving players from Day's 1A and 1B.
The eventual winner of this event will take home a little over 830k pounds, while the runner-up will receive 513,049 GBP. The top 36 spots will pay out a minimum of 21,106 GBP.
2. Gus Hansen/Jim Collopy Match Delayed - Again.
The final match of the best-of-3 finals in the 10k NLHE Heads-Up event was delayed once again on Friday, as both Gus Hansen and Jim Collopy wanted to play on Day 1B of the main event.
The match was initially delayed early Friday morning after Jim Collopy came from behind to tie the best-of-3 finals. The second match came to an end after 3 am local time, and tournament organizers elected to finish the tournament at a later time.
With Day 1B of the main event getting underway on Friday, the final heads-up match between Hansen and Collopy wasn't able to be squeezed into the schedule.
According to World Series of Poker officials, the final match could be possibly be delayed until November when the final table of the World Series of Poker main event gets underway. This will all depend on when Hansen and Collopy bust from the WSOPE main event - if they both bust relatively early, then the final match will likely take place over the next few days.
Source: WSOP.com - James Mitchell Holds Early Chip Lead in WSOP Europe Championship
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