The 2014 World Series of Poker continued yesterday with the start of Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em. The tournament attracted 1,165 entries — down considerably from last year's 1,736 — but today just 209 players will return for Day 2 action.
Of those 117 will make the money and secure a minimum payday of $5,035, though everyone has their eyes firmly fixed on the gold bracelet and $536,768 firs-place prize. Barry Hutter, who has two final tables on the World Poker Tour and a sixth-place in a $1,000 WSOP event in 2013, will begin the day as chip leader with 150,500 in chips.
Rounding out the top five stacks are Grayson Ramage (138,800), 2013 bracelet winner Justin Oliver (115,100), Richard Kirsch (110,000), and Rep Porter (107,900).
While those men begin the day flush in chips, they face some stiff competition that includes Isaac Baron (103,100), Roberto Romanello (73,100), David "The Dragon" Pham (72,500), Kevin Saul (58,000), Tristan Wade (52,900), Will "The Thrill" Failla (51,300), Josh Arieh (46,800), David Benefield (45,100), Kyle Cartwright (44,300), Griffin Benger (40,100), Scotty Nguyen (39,600), and Amanda Musumeci (33,000).
Cards will be back in the air at 1 p.m. local time, and things will pick up in Level 11 with the blinds at 500/1,000/100. The money bubble is expected to burst within the first couple levels, so be sure to stay tuned for that along with all the action and eliminations through ten more one-hour levels of play.