WSOP Main Event Kicks Off - Boxell, Benson & Judah Survive

Posted at 10:35 2010-07-07

Day 1a of the 2010 WSOP Main Event kicked off with 1,125 entrants hitting the floors of the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for their shot at poker glory. This number was a small increase on the same figure from last year, and with the WSOP series already surpassing the total number of entrants from last year, all indicators are that the Main Event should produce good numbers to confirm the continued growth of poker.

There were many big name professionals amongst the sea of amateurs with Michael Mizrachi and 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker likely to feature on the ESPN highlights after both having strong days on the felt.

For the Aussies, there were only a handful in the field that we were able to spot including Will Jones, Leo Boxell, Gary Benson, Mario Doria, David Steicke, Mel Judah and Manny Stavropoulos.

Steicke wasn’t able to make it through the day, neither did Doria who ran into a set over set situation that saw his last chips into the middle, never to return.

Stavropoulos had a tough day on the felt and couldn’t get much going other than building a nice rapport with Dutch PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo, but he survived the day with 14,300. Benson lost a chunk of change with top pair into a set but made it through with 32,800 for a little over starting stack, while Judah (51,275) and Boxell (72,450) increased their stacks nicely.

More Aussies are starting to arrive into Vegas town, including a bus load of APL players, so we should see more Aussies on the felt over the coming days.

Meanwhile outside of the Rio, there have been some great results in other poker series along the strip. Joel Dodds finished 2nd in the $2,000 Deep Stack event at the Venetian for US$136,000 with Jackie Glazier also reaching the final day of the same event to finish in 16th place. In other Aussie results in the last week, Peter Aristidou picked up a win in the $300 Venetian Deep Stack for US$42,652, Brent Thomas finished in 2nd place in a similar event for US$21,000 to go with his three WSOP cashes, while Leo Boxell has reportedly been dominant at Caesar’s Palace.

May the Aussie success continue at the WSOP!

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Mel Judah, one of the Aussies to reach day two Mel Judah, one of the Aussies to reach day two

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