$10k Mixed event attracts cream of WSOP crop

Jimmy Fricke
Jimmy Fricke likes his edge in PLO and NLHE in the $10k Mixed Championship

The winner of the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event will have to be considered one of the best all-around players in poker.

The event uses a format where eight game variations are played at each level. The levels start with a mixed round of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em and Omaha Eights or Better.

The next mixed round includes Razz, Stud and Stud 8, and the final mixed round of each level involves the big bet games, No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha.

With eight different games in the mix, some pros admit that their skill level in some games is higher than in others.

"This one here is a really interesting one," said Gavin Smith. "This one puts a lot of weight on big bet games.

"No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha are a lot more dangerous than all the Limit games. I think you have to be a lot more careful when you're playing the big bet games."

Gavin Smith
Likes the Big Gamers!

Smith spent some of Day 1 near the chip lead, but a tough run toward the end of the night left him short-stacked for Day 2.

"Al the guys that play the Big Game will have an advantage because they play these games all the time," Smith said. "The guys that you expect to go deep will probably be the guys that are going deep."

David Oppenheim enters Day 2 of the event with the chip lead, followed closely by Daniel Negreanu and Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke.

Negreanu told PokerListings he feels the mixed-game format suits him well. Despite entering late because of his participation in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship, he quickly worked his way up the leader board on Day 1.

"I came in 43rd in ($10,000 Seven Card Stud) so I started late, but I still was able to do really well," he said. "I'm more than comfortable, feel good, ready to kick ass.

Daniel Negreanu
All out of gum!

"I play these games all the time. That's what I used to do for a living when I played poker for a living. So I feel more than comfortable playing all those games. I feel like a big favorite usually."

Fricke was all business at his table in the minutes before the start of Day 2.

"I feel like I have an edge in some of the games," he said. "I've played the same mix on PokerStars for the last couple of months.

"I feel like there are a lot of people that are strong in two or three games, and then the rest of them they're kind of just working their way through."

"PLO is my strongest game by far. No Limit I have a big edge. People have different skill sets, and I feel like I match up well against the field."

Lots of big names remain in the field, including Scotty Nguyen, Jennifer Harman, Jeff Lisandro, Allen Cunningham, Doyle Brunson, Todd Brunson, Erick Lindgren and Huck Seed.

The event is scheduled to play to the Final Table tonight before crowning a champion Saturday.

Check out the live updates for details.

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