Phil Hellmuth and John Phan are wading through the afternoon chaos in the Rio on this fine Tuesday at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
The start of the final table in the $3k No-Limit Hold'em event had to be delayed as Rob Hollink (893,000), Tommy Hang (578,000), Jerrod Ankenman (441,000), Andy Bloch (370,000), J.C. Tran (247,000), Cy Jassinowsky (231,000), Chris Vitch (201,000) and Brock Parker (166,000).
Although he's among the chip leaders, Scotty Nguyen has yet to show and Day 2 of the $2,500 No-Limit Six-Handed event is well under way. They'll attempt to play down to a final table by late tonight with or without you, baby.
The latest World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event also kicked off the latest in WSOP registration issues. Players were still trying to register well after the start of the event and there is apparently a good deal of confusion running around the Rio as officials try to deal with more than 2,100 entries.
The WSOP has had several significant issues with registration in the last few years but has made a dramatic improvement thus far this year. This is the first such incident reported and is likely due to the enormous number of players.
All players were put on an extended break starting at 1 p.m. while the poker peeps at the Rio took about 30 minutes to sort things out.
Players of note who are registered and playing in the event include Men "The Master" Nguyen, Jean-Robert Bellande, Allen Cunningham, Theo Tran, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Hellmuth, Josh Arieh and Beth Shak.
Both Mizrachi and Hellmuth doubled up early courtesy of sets on the flop, Mizrachi with threes and Helmuth with eights. Mizrachi was eliminated shortly afterward when his A-Q ran into Kyle Remissong's A-K.
The same event last year was won by David Stucke. He beat down 2,314 other opponents to take the $603,069 first-place purse.
The $5k World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better also starts today. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Stud Hi-Lo event will bring plenty of big names out to the felt.
Last year's champ Eli Elezra waxed a field of 235 to rake in $198,984 and more importantly his first-ever WSOP bracelet. Who is it gonna be this year?
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