Phelps, Marchese Get Party Started on WSOP Day 1

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

Grinder Tom Marchese took the overall chip lead on Day 1 of the $5,000 NLHE 8-Max WSOP Event but it was Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps who stole the spotlight.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist and avid poker player made a surprise appearance during the first open event of the 2013 WSOP and made it through to Day 2 with 20,850 chips.

It marks the first time that Phelps has played a WSOP event.

Meanwhile Marchese, perhaps best known for his NAPT and WPT Super High Roller titles, grabbed the chip lead with 153,975.

Tom Marchese
Tom Marchese

As expected the first open event of the 2013 WSOP drew a substantial field with 481 players hitting the felt including big-name pros Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth.

Day 1 ended with 232 players left and Chris Moorman (77,825), Griffin Benger (57,950), Barry Greenstein (51,200) and Hellmuth (29,675) are all in the top 30.

Here’s a complete look at the top 10 chip counts from

  • 1. Tom Marchese – 153,975
  • 2. Scott Baumstein – 111,100
  • 3. David “Doc” Sands – 110,825
  • 4. Darryl Fish – 93,000
  • 5. Takashi Ogura – 81,650
  • 6. Chris Moorman – 77,825
  • 7. Gavin Griffin – 72,400
  • 8. Griffin Benger – 57,570
  • 9. David Diaz – 53,975
  • 10. David Vamplew – 53,720

Big Names Ivey, Mercier, Negreanu Fall on Day 1

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu cools off.

Day 1 of Event 2 wasn’t as kind to poker superstars Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu as they busted without even a sniff of Day 2.

Negreanu has been red-hot lately with a win in the WSOP APAC Main Event and a final table appearance at the EPT Grand Final. He also bubbled the WPT World Championship final table.

He couldn’t get anything going on his first WSOP event, however, and lost the majority of his chips with J T to pocket queens.

Some of the other notable players to bust on Day 1 included Erick Lindgren, Jonathan Duhamel, Marvin Rettenmaier and Jason Mercier.

The remaining players have plenty to play for with a $2.2 million prizepool still up for grabs with $553,906 dedicated to first-place. The cash begins with 56 players left.

Action resumes at 2 p.m. PDT.

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