All three players are featured in the final seven of Event 30 $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball along with Rep Porter and Andrew Lichtenberger.
In addition Cherish Andrews will take the chip lead into the second day of the most recent $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Event and Fabrice Soulier started his defense of his $10k H.O.R.S.E. title by finishing atop the chip counts (You can read more about that event in our WSOP live updates).
Ylon Schwartz and Timothy Adams also snagged bracelets in what turned out to be a very busy day of action at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Cantu Leads, Mizrachi, Lindgren Close Behind in $1,500 2-7 Lowball
Quite often it’s the more obscure tournaments that equal pro-heavy final tables and that was certainly the case in Event 30 2-7 Draw Lowball.
Yesterday two-time bracelet winner Brandon Cantu fought his way to the top of the chip counts and with 336,100 in front of him will have the best shot at winning a bracelet today.
Rep Porter is second with 223,400 while Michael Mizrachi is third with 206,800 and Erick Lindgren fourth with 185,600. Mizrachi has already had one final table this summer while Porter and Lindgren hadn't cashed prior to this event.
Andrew Lichtenberger lurks in fifth with 161,100.
The only problem with the tournament is that the payout does not exactly match the elite competition with only $101,975 going to first place.
Here are the complete final seven chip counts:
Brandon Cantu – 336,100
Rep Porter – 233,400
Michael Mizrachi – 206,800
Erick Lindgren – 185,600
Andrew Lichtenberger – 161,100
Larry Wright – 116,200
Ryan Tepen – 51,100
Cherish Andrews Annihilates $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Former HPT hostess Cherish Andrews absolutely crushed her way through the massive field of Event 31 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em on Day 1.
Andrews nearly doubled her nearest competition with a total of 225,900 chips by the end of the day.
The tournament is one of the biggest of the 2012 WSOP with 2,811 entrants and an eventual $664,130 first-place prize.
Players in Event 31 will have their work cut out for them today as the plan is to go from 331 players to a final table of nine.
On the other hand 2,500 players busted on Day 1 including Viktor Blom, David Williams, Kara Scott, Greg Raymer and Melanie Weisner.
Still alive are Soi Nguyen, Bernard Lee, Will Reynolds, Erik Cajelais, Mike “Timex” McDonald and J.C. Tran.
Here are the top 10 chip counts after Day 1:
Cherish Andrews – 225,900
Wai Cheng – 153,000
Soi Nguyen – 135,200
Robert Tepper – 114,900
Thomas Miller – 107,000
Bernard Lee – 105,600
Cesar Garcia – 103,400
Maximilian Lehmanski – 99,400
William Reynolds – 96,600
Evan Clotworthy – 92,500