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Yesterday’s Event 18, $2,000 Limit Hold’em tournament at the World Series of Poker could have aptly been considered a “freezeout” event, not only because of the format of the game, but rather for the bitter temperatures that players encountered due to a malfunctioning air conditioner in the White Section of the Rio Casino’s Pavilion Room.
In all, 476 runners turned out for Day 1 of this chilly event, which is offering 45 payouts and a total prize pool of $866,320. Top prize will be $203,607, and every player at the final table will pocket at least $16,174 when the tournament concludes on Friday.
109 players survived both the cold and the poker action to advance to today’s Day 2 round. One player commented that the event looked like Lambeau Field at a Green Bay Packers’ football game due to the large number of blankets, sweatshirts and coats that seemed to defy the fact that the Las Vegas desert was just outside the door.
Of the players still in action, Josh Henegger and Daniel Makowsky are the chip leaders, while Event 12, $1,500 Limit Hold’em winner Matt Matros is still very much in contention. Phil Ivey was registered to play, but opted to set his sights on winning the $10,000 2-7 Championship, meaning that he didn’t appear and blinded out early in the event.
Many expect both the room temperature and the poker action to heat up today, as players try to both make the money and position themselves for a run at the final table. After yesterday’s deep freeze, players will surely be looking towards a hot day at the tables in Event 18.