Habib leads after Day 1 of $50k H.O.R.S.E.

Hasan Habib
Hasan Habib made hay on Friday at the World Series of Poker.

The WSOP's $50k H.O.R.S.E. Event saw 95 players turn up to duke it out for the Series' de facto players' championship.

Though it can't compete with the Main Event in terms of size, the large buy-in and H.O.R.S.E. format ensures it is densely-stocked with the best poker players on the planet.

Though this remained the case today, the smallish turnout of just 95 suggested a drop-off in its popularity with the addition of the 40th anniversary $40k No Limit Hold'em to the schedule, lack of T.V. cameras and sheer number of $10k buy-in events all mooted as possible reasons for the paucity of numbers.

Check out Geoff Fisk's examination of the tournament's low registration here.

Nonetheless the likes of celebrated luminaries such as Doyle Brunson, Andy Bloch and Jennifer Harman amongst many others were never going to miss this one, and a hard day of riveting H.O.R.S.E. action played out at the felt.

The 150k starting stacks ensured the field would suffer few casualties on the first of five scheduled days, but after six levels of play five entrants had been eliminated.

Among the first to bust were David Singer, Dan Shak and Alexander Kostritsyn.

By the time the chips were bagged and tagged, Hasan Habib led the field with a massive 387,000 in chips.

Brandon Cantu
Cantu's dishing out all manner of pwn.

This was particularly impressive given Habib missed the early stages after playing out the final table of the $2.5k Mixed Hold'em event.

For more information about this final table, as well as a round-up of the other action at the WSOP today, read on.

Event 47 - $2.5k Mixed Hold'em

The $2.5k Mixed Hold'em event played out to a finish today with a number of notable players looking to get their hands on the bracelet.

By the finish however, it was lesser-known Canadian Bahador Ahmadi who had snatched the glory ahead of the likes of Barry Greenstein, Ylon Schwartz and the aforementioned Hasan Habib.

Ahmadi took $278,804 for besting the 527 player field.

Event 48 - $1.5k Pot-Limit Omaha-8

87 players resumed the $1.5k PLO-8 with Phil Hellmuth in the mix for his 12th bracelet.

From forty players out though, it looked like one man had his name on the title.

Brandon Cantu amassed an incredible mountain of chips, dwarfing his nearest competitors and when they return to play out for the $228,867 first prize tomorrow, he will be the man to beat with almost one third of the chips in play and nine competitors still in the hunt.

Humberto Brenes
Eeez lilke shooting fish in eee barrell!

Action resumes at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Event 50 - $1.5k Limit Hold'em Shootout

572 players peeled off $1,500 to take their shot at this shootout bracelet.

Just one round of tables was played, but it was enough to see all those fortunate enough to defeat their tables safely into the cash.

Numbered in their midst are serial WSOP casher Humberto Brenes, former EPT winner Andreas Hoivold and double-bracelet winner Brock Parker.

Day 2 will see the final 64 players return to play down to a final table starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Check out the PokerListings 2009 WSOP section for more coverage from the Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas.

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