After eight levels of play, Day 1 of Event #44, $2,500 Seven Card Razz is complete and quite an interesting day it was. The start of play was delayed by one hour due to a large amount of entrants into Event #43, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em that also started today and took over most of the Pavillion room. Our field started with 363 players, a mere two less than last year, and by the end, around 166 remain. The chip leader appears to be George Lewis who bagged 44,300 at day’s end.
Besides the chip leader, big stacks include Christopher George (40,200), Hoyt Corkins (34,700), George Lind III (34,000) and Chau Giang (32,400). We don’t know if there will be a new champion in this event yet as Frank Kassela, last year’s winner, still remains. Other notables that survived the day were Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (USA), Chad Brown (USA) and Victor Ramdin (USA), as well as Tom Dwan, Erik Seidel, John Monnette and poker media member Tim Fiorvanti.
Some players that weren’t lucky enough to make it to day two were PokerNews’ own Mickey Doft, Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein (USA), Betrand Grospellier (France), Daniel Negreanu (Canada) and Pat Pezzin (Canada), along with Jeff Lisandro, Todd Brunson, David Chiu and David Benyamine.
Due to today’s late start, play will only resume at 4 p.m. PST tomorrow and nine levels instead of the regular ten will be played. We hope to see you back then as we anticipate that the players will make the money on their way to the WSOP gold bracelet and the $210,615 that goes with it which you certainly don’t want to miss.