Large Crowd Marks WSOP Texas Hold’em Event 8Tweet Share
Texas Hold’em once again demonstrated its overwhelming popularity at the World Series of Poker as 2,341 players turned out to get into Event 8, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. This big crowd generated a prize pool of $3,160,350 that will be paid out to the top 243 finishers.
Recent Poker Players Champion Michael Mizrachi led a notable group of players including Humberto Brenes, Boris Becker, Lex Veldhuis, Joseph Cada, Brandon Cantu, Liv Boeree, Annette Obrestad, Allen Cunningham, Tom Dwan, John Juanda, Erick Lindgren and Erik Seidel who played and were sent to the rail in the day’s action.
Yesterday was the first day of the event which will culminate with the crowning of a champion on Friday, June 4th. Only 277 players remain after Wednesday’s action saw 2,064 players sent to the rail. Josh Schlein is leading the way, sitting behind an impressive 127,300 chips. Including Schlein, the current top five are:
- Josh Schlein – 127,300
- Hugo Perez – 109,300
- Tim Milliron – 106,900
- Sam Trickett – 102,800
- Scott Vener – 101,000
Some of the better-known players with strong chip stacks are: Jean-Robert Bellande (89,200 for 13th place), Phil Hellmuth (84,700 in 18th place) and Danny Wong. (77,600 sitting in 22nd place)
The top 25 finishers from Wednesday are all within approximately 50,000 of each other, meaning that no dominant player has yet emerged. Today’s levels will certainly shrink the number of remaining players and create some separation among the leaders of this exciting event.