WSOPE Main Event Day 1a – Kuzmich Takes Early Lead

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The big one is finally here with the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event seeing Day 1a of its action played out yesterday. The event has been highly anticipated with many of the world’s best players wanting to emulate the success of Phil Hellmuth who won the event last year.

There were 171 players that bought into the event in order to try and navigate their way through six levels that were ninety minutes long.

Come the end of the day the player that topped the chip counts was Paul Kuzmich after he built up a solid stack of 145,825 to have him just edging it over the 142,150 of Martin Hanowski. They both lead a top ten that includes the likes of Scott Clements, Shannon Shorr and Sorel Mizzi.

Others who progressed into Day 2 were Sam Holden, Jeff Rossiter, Dan O’Brien and Ana Marquez. Though there were some big names that were not as fortunate as Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Shak, Jason Mercier and Kevin MacPhee all floundered on Day 1a. Rettenmaier was actually the last player to be eliminated on the day so it will be very frustrating for him.


Day 1b will see a surge of new players coming to the felt later today with many of them being notable players that are either hoping to capture their first bracelet or add another to their collection.

We already cannot wait to see who will join the 70 or so that have survived Day 1a into Day 2 on Monday.

The Current Top Ten

1st) Paul Kuzmich – 145,825

2nd) Martin Hanowski – 142,150

3rd) Jerome Huge – 118,800

4th) Scott Clements – 91,650

5th) Xavier Sitruk – 90,000

6th) Shannon Shorr – 87,500

7th) James Dempsey – 85,000

8th) Daniel Weinman – 85,000

9th) Sorel Mizzi – 82,050

10th) Philipp Gruissem – 75,000

Catch us for another report of the action tomorrow where we will be that little bit closer to finding out who the next WSOPE Main Event champion is.