WSOP Six-handed Limit poker draws pro-heavy field

Daniel Alaei

Harrah's introduced a brand new event to the 2009 WSOP yesterday.

The tournament in question was Event 14 $2,500 Limit Poker/Six-handed and it drew a respectable 367 entrants in its first run.

The field was deep with professional poker players and at the start of Day 2 big-name card players like Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Andre Akkari and Matt Glantz were all still in the running.

The event already has plenty of fans, including respected cash game player Daniel Alaei, who entered the day with 26,400 chips.

"I think all short-handed events are a lot of fun to play because you don't have to sit around and wait for good cards to play," he said. "If you wait for good cards you are going to get eaten up. I wish they would add more six-handed events."

Alaei very nearly skipped the event to play the popular $5,000 No-Limit event that started at noon Saturday, but he's already glad he didn't.

"I don't play a lot of Limit poker," he said. "Limit Hold'em events have the most variance out of any tournament. It's ridiculous how fast it is because everybody is opening and everybody is 3-betting. There are a lot of show-downs.

"If you make a hand you are going to get a lot of chips and if you lose hands you are going to lose chips."

It's a marked difference from the cash games that Alaei is used to playing.

"It definitely doesn't resemble a cash game because your tournament life is worth so much," he said. "Even the shorter stacks in this event can turn into big ones quickly."

Event 14 is the first of four Limit events that will be held at the 2009 WSOP.

Although Limit poker isn't nearly as popular as its No-Limit cousin, some of the most historic bracelet wins have occurred in poker variant, including Negreanu's fourth bracelet last year.

Three of Hellmuth's record-breaking 11 bracelets were also earned in Limit poker.

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