The World Series of Poker keeps packing them in for the main event, and Tuesday was no different. On day 1B, more of the top names in the poker world started their tournament, and Phil Laak is positioning himself nicely to make a run into day two.
Laak currently sits in eighth place in the chip count, with 105,000. The day so far has belonged to Robert Miller, who leads with a chip stack of 149,000. James Danielson is second, and Phil Galfond and Gabe Walls have found themselves near the top of the chip count all day long.
The first day did not see a lot of entries, but tournament organizers were expecting a smaller turnout being that many of the players had partied late into the night on Sunday celebrating the Independence Day holiday. Greg Raymer was one of the early casualties on the first day.
On day 1B, another top player made a surprisingly early exit. European star player Annette Obrestad was playing in her first WSOP this year, and the experience has not gone exactly how the young player had planned. Obrestad is known for her confidence, but that may have been taken down a few notches after her performance on Tuesday.
Obrestad is one of the players that has been sent to the rail on the tournament’s first day. Many top pros understand that they must make a strong move early, and for Obrestad that logic did not lead to a large chip stack. Instead, Obrestad will be watching the rest of the main event from the sidelines.
Other notable players who were bounced on day 1B include Jennifer Tilly, Erick Lindgren, Jamie Gold, and Mark Seif. Professional players that are still playing, attempting to reach day two include Gavin Smith and Dan Harrington. First day play will continue today and Thursday.0