Day 1 of Event #54: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low is in the books, and leading the remaining 152 players is Brett Shaffer. Shaffer bagged 97,900 chips, and is two weeks removed from winning his second career bracelet and $418,435 in Event #31. The Kansas native has over $1.3 million in career live tournament earnings and will be eying a return visit to the final table on Day 2.
Florian Langmann also bagged over 90,000 chips, finishing Day 1 with 94,000. He won a massive pot during the final level of the evening, getting it all in with an opponent holding two pair and the nut low draw on the flop. His opponent had an identical low draw to go along with a flush draw, but neither the turn nor the river completed the player's flush, and he was eliminated.
Fellow German and two-time 2014 WSOP bracelet winner George Danzer also survived the day, bagging 75,400, and joining those three on Day 2 will be Robert Mizrachi, David Bach, Paul Volpe, Scott Abrams, and Melissa Burr.
Not everyone was fortunate enough to survive the day, and there were a host of notable eliminations, including Sergey Rybachenko, Barry Greenstein, Chris Bell, James Obst, Frank Kassela, Todd Brunson, and Calen "Wheel" McNeil.
Event #54 attracted a total of 474 players - 40 more than 2013 - and the top 54 players will earn a minimum of $5,007 from the $1,294,020 prize pool. Each member of the final table is guaranteed $23,641, and the winner will walk away with $297,650.
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At 6 p.m. - yes, the tournament is delayed due to the massive Monster Stack - Event #54: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low will kick off in the Orange Section of the Amazon Room. Unlike traditional late starts, Day 1 will feature only eight levels of play due to the late start.
The returning champion is Vladimir Schemelev, who defeated 434 opponents in 2013 to pocket $279,094. The Russian may or may not be back to defend his title, but a host of other players will be in contention, including big names like Daniel Negreanu who exited earlier today on Day 3 of Event #49.
The cards will be in the air at 6 p.m. sharp, so be sure to check back to PokerNews for all of your live updates straight from the tournament floor!