After a full ten hours of Pot-Limit Omaha action here in Event #22, a field of 1,021 runners was decimated by the wrap draws, re-sucks, and random variance so common in this wildly popular poker variant. In the end, a rare feat for three-day WSOP events was achieved, as we reached the money on the first day of play with only 117 players surviving the onslaught.
Brandon Crawford is our chip leader, after amassing a stack of 125,400 despite failing to eliminate Tom Cipriano in a memorable bubble hand.
Joseph Cheong of 2010 "November Nine" fame also built a sizable stack by the end of Day 1, gaining momentum when he bricked on a flush draw but found a runner-runner straight to more than double up. With 52,400 chips entering play tomorrow, Cheong is in position to make yet another deep run here in a WSOP event.
The story of the day, however, was not about players earning chips. Instead, the saga of Ben Tollerene's missing chip stack captured the attention of players, reporters, and tournament officials alike, as the online super-stakes sicko returned from the dinner break to find his table broken, and his stack absconded with. Despite a brief delay while the issue was sorted out, Tollerene managed to make the money here tonight, but with only 5,300 chips entering Day 2 he will need to make things happen in a hurry.
Among the other notable names who will be returning tomorrow at 1pm PST for their shot at a WSOP bracelet are Keven Stammen (100,200), Paul Volpe (67,200), Tommy Le (67,000), Leif Force (40,000), Hoyt Corkins (36,200), Lee Watkinson (26,100), and Barry Johnston (20,300).
Keep it here with PokerNews throughout the day as we bring you continuous live coverage of Day 2, here at Event #22 of the 2013 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.
For now, we'll leave you with Lynn Gilmartin who has the highlights from all corners of the 2013 World Series of Poker today: