With the affordable buy in the sheer size of these $1k fields at the World Series of Poker dictate that one won't usually see a ton of top pros at the same table right from the get go.
Yet the luck of the draw always eludes a few players and they end up beginning the day at a tougher table than most.
This is Mike Sowers' story. Just a few days removed from his runner-up finish in the $1,500 Six-Handed event he's sat at Red 78 just a few seats over from inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champ Annette Obrestad. The loose-aggressive style of these two should ensure we see some chips fly over their today.
But there appears to be one table in Brasilia even tougher, with no less than two-time bracelet winner Erick Lindgren, one-time bracelet winner Steve Gross and Thayer Rasmussen, who has 18 WSOP cashes for better than $200,000 in his career, all sat together.