WSOP history was made yet again today. 918 players anted up to min-bet and chop their way through the next few days. Last year only 833 players showed up for this same event. Today's event is officially the largest WSOP Omaha H/L tournament in history. Yay!
Many of the familiar faces that sat out the $40k made their first appearances today. Jon "PearlJammed" Turner, Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi, and John Phan, just to name a few, showed up to play. Along with the fresh faces were many that are practically 2009 WSOP veterans.
Nearly everyone that had already busted out of Event #2 decided to come in. Mike Matusow decided to play as well even though he still had chips in the big one.
Presumably the plan was to spend the day bouncing back and forth amassing giant chip stacks in each and being the first person to ever be chip leader in simultaneous World Series events. Unfortunately even the best laid plans go astray and Matusow busted out of both tournaments in no time.
Following Matusow's lead, Jeff Madsen, Daniel Negreanu, Kristy Gazes, and Barry Greenstein all ran out of chips prematurely.
Max Pescatori, John Juanda, and PL.com's pick to win it all, Scott Clements.
All told, 197 players survived the first ten levels of Omaha 8 action, with 2008 champion Thang Luu finishing up the day as provisional chip leader.
Can Thang do his thang on the way to a repeat of last year's performance? Tune in to PokerListings.com's WSOP section to find out.