While all eyes will be on the Main Event of the World Series of Poker at the Rio for the next 10 days, the World Poker Tour has decided to throw their own poker party, right down the street.
Day 1A of the WPT 500, the $540 buy-in tournament with a $1M guaranteed prize pool, kicked off at the Aria on July 4th and a more-than-respectable 433 runners hopped into the field.
The tournament, which features 5 (yes, FIVE) Day 1’s allows for runners to re-enter on subsequent Day 1’s. On each starting day 5% of the field will advance (10% of the field gets paid) to the one-and-only Day 2, which takes place on July 9th.
Yesterday’s field was packed with notables and many well-known players made their way into the 22 survivors of the very first flight. Former November Niner Scott Montgomery, David Tuthill, Team Ivey Pro Mike Leah, Andrew Badecker and Mr. WPT himself Mike Sexton all soared through to the finals.
Day 1B will likely be a truer test for the WPT 500 as the WSOP’s Main Event will officially be in full effect. Will the WPT 500 gains steam as people bust the WSOP Main Event or will runners decline as the WSOP starting days pick up in numbers. For partypoker and the WPT not to have any overlay, they’ll need 2,000 people to cycle through the five starting days.