After 15 levels on Day 1 of Event #7: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better it is Italian Dario Alioto who leads,
A richly talented field of players came together, with the event gaining 92 entries overall, creating a prize pool of just over €132,000. The payouts were confirmed today, with 14 players guaranteed a min-cash of €2,452. First prize in this event will be €39,289 and a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Alioto is the overwhelming chip leader, with his nearest competitor almost 250,000 chips behind him. Here are the standings at the end of Day 1:
|1||8||Chris Ferguson||United States||157,000|
|2||4||Fabio Esposito||United Kingdom||68,000|
|2||7||John Racener||United States||202,000|
|2||8||Phil Hellmuth||United States||80,000|
|3||1||Rex Clinkscales||United States||104,000|
The big names were out in force early on, with the likes of Eli Elezra, Roland Israelashvili, Jeff Lisandro, Ryan Hughes, Andreas Klatt, and Anthony Zinno all in attendance.
Two-time WSOPE 2017 final tablist Georgios Koliofotis was the one setting the pace early on, racing into a chip leader, but it was POY contender Ryan Hughes who matched him all the way.
Phil Hellmuth, Felipe Ramos and Mike Leah all joined the field shortly before the dinner break, when registration closed and the final field of 92 was confirmed.
Just under 50 players returned from dinner, and a steady stream of players headed to the exit.
Allen Kessler, fresh from his second place finish at this year's WSOPE, was the beneficiary of triple-ups on three separate occasions as he stuck around in the tournament, while it was Dario Alioto who eliminated two players to soar to the top of the leaderboards with a stack of just over 500,000.
Alioto would stick around at the top of the counts over the course of the final few levels, to lead the final 18 into Day 2.
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