Big Names Play in WSOP 2-7 Draw Lowball ChampionshipTweet Share
A small but elite field of poker players started day one of Event 19, 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship yesterday. One hundred and one name players began the quest for $949,400 in prize money; this represents $294,321 for first place, and a World Series of Poker bracelet for repeatedly coming up with the worst hand. The $10,000 Deuce-Seven Lowball event is considered one of the more prestigious bracelets at the WSOP.
Well known entrants to Event 19 include Billy Baxter, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Jeff Lisandro, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Carlos Mortensen, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Mueller, Tom Schneider, and Huck Seed. Team PokerStars Pros is well represented at the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship event, with Chad Brown, Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, and Vanessa Rousso joining Negreanu to represent the online card room.
In a game where you win when you don’t get the cards, 27 players including Lederer, Ivey, and Chan went to the exit before the end of day one. Homan Houshiar ended the day with 116,100 chips by taking the chip lead from Tommy Vedes late in the day.
Toward the end of the first day Justin “Boosted J” Smith and Dario Alioto were eliminated on the same hand. Andy Black was up to 58,000 chips an hour before play was called and J.C. Tran and Phil Tom were eliminated around the same time. Today’s play resumes at 3 pm Las Vegas time with seventy-four players still looking for the worst of hands in order to come out on top with the prize money and a bracelet.