WSOPE: Six-Max Action Kicks it Off

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey was among those who busted the WSOPE's £2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event Tuesday.

The 2010 WSOPE kicked off Monday with a sellout field filling London’s Empire Casino for the £2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event.

A total of 244 players got in on the action with alternates filling seats of those not long for the bracelet at a fairly rapid pace throughout the first two levels.

Despite the field being filled with some of the best players on the planet, including 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, 2010 November Niners Michael Mizrachi and John Racener and legends like Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda and Phil Ivey, most hit the road as they played down to a rather slim 31 players through 10 60-minute levels.

2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro bullied his way into the chip lead late, but found some tough competition from Brits Chris Moorman, Javed Abrahams and Swedish legend Chris Bjorin as play closed.

In the end, Canadian Andrew Pantling grabbed the chip lead with Bjorin and Tai Tran right in tow.

Names like Liv Boeree, Praz Bansi, Bryn Kenney, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Phil Laak also remain in contention.

With 244 players filling the cozy confines of the Empire, a £610,000 prize-pool was created. Twenty-four places will be paid with £170,802 reserved for first.

They will play down to the final six Wednesday before Thursday’s final table coincides with the start of the 2010 WSOPE’s second event, a $5k Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.

To follow all the action from the 2010 World Series of Poker, tune in to PokerListings' WSOPE Live Updates.

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