Day 1 of the $5,000 + $300 NL Hold’em 8-Max Re-Entry is in the books, and this 19th Event in the World Cup of Cards attracted 30 players today culminating in 39 total entries. Registration is still open and will remain so until the first level of Day 2, allowing players to buy-in up until 1pm tomorrow. The $200,000 guarantee is now only one buy-in shy from being reached.
Thomas Cemm will return to the felts with the chip lead tomorrow after going straight to work in Day 1 by eliminating Dany Boyaci in the first level of play. Since then, he increased his holdings to a massive 436,500 stack, only rivalled by Parker Talbot 424,000 units.
Unlike Thomas, Parker waited until the end of the day to work his magic. After late registering in the event, he held on to his near-starting stack for most of the day until going on a tear in the last 2 levels of play. After returning from the last break of Day 1 with a 78,000 chip stack, he crippled Jason Earthy with Ace-Queen over Pocket-Queens in an all-in pre-flop situation to put him at par with the average stack. He then chipped up here and there before eliminating Faisal Khan in level 10 by turning a flush versus top pair, and finally sent Kinson Cho-Kin Cheung to the rail in the closing moments of the day by winning his flip with pocket-Nines versus Ace-Queen.
The rest of the field is below the 300,000 mark, with partypoker representative Kristen Bicknell third in chips with 294,000. In a few minutes we will publish the full list of player-reported chip counts, as well as the seating assignments for tomorrow.
The Day 2 restart is set for 1pm, and the tournament will continue until our $5K High Roller Champion is crowned. All prize pool and payout information will be released tomorrow, once the final count of entries is official.
See you tomorrow!