Michael Phelps Dives In At The Deep End In $3k 6-Max

There were plenty of big names involved in the opening day of the $3000 NLHE 6-handed tournament which kicked off yesterday, and they were not all of the poker legend variety, 23-time Olympic swimming medallist Michael Phelps the star attraction, at least for a while…

By: Andrew Burnett

 

 

Hellmuth himself had obviously decided the $3k was as good a place as any to continue his search for a 15th WSOP bracelet…

 

 

…but despite the positivity flowing through the Rio’s Brasilia Room neither big Phil nor Phelps could last the pace – and they weren’t alone as the 868 entries were swiftly cut down to just 186 over 10 levels of play, although defending champion Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman was not even among the starters…

 

 

Other day one casualties included Justin Bonomo, who is taking a break from winning events, at least temporarily….

 

 

…and former Main Event champs Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein and Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson.

As with most of the smaller buy-in, big field events at the World Series, it gives a chance for lesser-known pros and amateurs a chance to shine – chip leaders by the end of play Christian Rudolph and Federico Petruzzelli among them.

Although both men can boast big scores in 2018 and $½million career earnings, a WSOP bracelet win would launch them to a new level.

They certainly won’t have an easy time of things, though, with Jason Mercier, Ryan Riess, Greg Merson and Sergio Aido still in the fight and with a prizepool of $2,343,600 on offer, those returning will be looking to make the money starting at place 131 – a min. cash worth $4,489 – with a very healthy $461,798 up top.

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