Huge Numbers for $1.5k Omaha Hi-Lo

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

If the first days of the 2011 WSOP are any indication, it doesn’t appear online poker’s Black Friday will have the effect many players thought.

The third event of the 2011 WSOP, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, drew 925 players which made it the biggest Omaha Hi-Lo tournament ever played. 

The only Omaha Hi-Lo event that even comes close is last year’s WSOP Omaha Hi-Lo event that attracted 818 players. 

This year’s field of 925 players combined to create a prizepool worth $1.2 million. First place will walk away with $262k.

The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event has grown exponentially over the last few years and if you look back to 2007, there were only 690 players.

Despite the relatively low buy in there were plenty of big name poker pros looking to score an early bracelet including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jeffrey Lisandro, Max Pescatori, Jason Mercier and numerous others.

Phil Hellmuth, who chose to skip the $25k Heads-Up Championship, also made his first appearance of the 2011 WSOP.

Hellmuth has been a free agent since he severed ties earlier this year with UB Poker and was patch-less at the table.

It’s been a solid start for WSOP organizers as the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship Event, which is currently in its second day, broke records as the richest Heads-Up tournament ever held. 

Despite some positive numbers for early events, the WSOP has yet to run one of its hugely popular $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em events with the first one scheduled to take place this Saturday.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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