The World Series of Poker had one of its biggest years ever in terms of attendance this past summer in Las Vegas. With online players in the US being locked out from competing from the comfort of their own homes, thousands decided to flock to Sin City to try and supplement the income that had been lost after Black Friday.
The momentum for the WSOP continued the past week in Cannes, France, where the WSOP Europe is being held. Over the weekend, the biggest event at the WSOPE, the main event, began. The main event of the Europe edition of the WSOP has only been around for five years, and the 593 players that entered this year was the most ever in that time.
Last year, the main event was played in London, with over seventy-percent less players than this year in Cannes. The top prize for this year’s main event will be 1,400,000. That nearly doubles the second place money of 800,000. The top sixty-four players will all cash in the main event, with the final eight all winning over 115,000.
There are some familiar names hanging around the top of the leaderboard as day two began Monday. Patrik Antonius, Robert Mizrachi, and Freddy Deeb are all sitting in the top forty chip counts. Mizrachi is the brother of Michael, who played at the final table of last year’s WSOP at the Rio in Vegas.
Hoyt Corkins is the current chip leader as play continues. Corkins has 395,000 chips. Rifat Palevic from Sweden shares the lead with Corkins. Constant Rijkenberg, Mustapha Kanit, and Victor Ramdin round out the top five, all holding chip stacks of over 295,000. Three Americans, two players apiece from the UK and Italy, and a Swede all sit in the top nine. There are still 138 players remaining hopeful to make it to day three.0