“No one trick ponies are going to win this.”
Want to be considered one of the best poker players in the world? If so, you have to play all the games and play them well. The $50K Poker Players Championship is the one time a year that the elite of the elite take their seats to try and prove that when it comes to all the games, they have the superior skill to have their name etched on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
Either that or it’s a big **** swinging contest.
Since 2006, the Poker Players Championship is the small field, big buy-in tournament that just lets the pros be pros and vie for a coveted bracelet without all the bother of having to wade through an enormous field of luckboxes who only know how to go all in pre-flop.
All their favorite games are represented, most of which aren’t played in almost any casino in the country. Of course there’s No Limit & Limit Hold’em, PLO, 7-Card Stud, Stud 8 or Better, Razz, Omaha 8 and 2-7 Triple Draw.
That said, it’s still a super fun spectator sport. Take a look at the entrants list which includes some of poker’s marquee talent including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Salty Joe Hachem, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Scott Seiver. And that’s just at first glance.
Read: Eight Players to Watch at the $50,000 Poker Players Championship [PokerNews]
Speaking of that, Day 1 action wrapped up with Parx Poker ambassador Matt Glantz taking the chip lead into Day 2. Right behind him is another list of who’s who players as Dan Heimiller, David Benyamine, Steve Billirakis, Grinder and Shaun Deeb all carry top 10 chipstacks moving forward.
The entire field is full of sickos and with this tournament being a 5 day tournament, there’s bound to be plenty of action and drama on the tables all week. Action resumes today at 2pm.
Read: Pros still smitten with WSOP Poker Players Championship in ninth year [Las Vegas Sun]
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