The 411 on The 41st (WSOP): The Beginning
May 29, 2022
The first two events of the 41st annual World Series of Poker took place yesterday at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, and interestingly enough they represented both the most expensive of this year’s series, as well as the least.

Event #1 of the World Series of Poker, was the $500 buy-in Casino Employees event, which this year attracted 721 players and successfully eliminated all but 53 of them during the course of the same day.  Each of these final 53 is already in the money, and seemingly with each elimination lays claim to a larger portion of the total prize pool worth $324,450.  Last year’s Employees event attracted 145 more players than its 2010 counterpart and awarded a top prize of $83,833- $12,000 more than this year’s.

Event #2, The Players Championship, which also began on Friday, cost 100-times more to enter than Event #1 and attracted 116 of the most elite players in the game.  Given the substantial buy-in, that significantly smaller group created a total prize pool worth $5,568,000, which is not even close to being tapped having only lost eleven players over the whole first day’s play.  Among those players eliminated were such well known pros as Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Greg Mueller, Brian Townsend, Alexander Kostritsyn and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow.

Last year’s Players Championship only attracted 95 players, though in fairness that event wasn't televised and was a pure H.O.R.S.E tournament (Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud, Stud Eight-or-Better), as opposed to this year’s event which is not only being covered by ESPN but also encompasses 3 more events including the highly popular No-Limit Hold ‘em and Pot-Limit Omaha. 

Despite the increase in numbers from last year, attendance for event #2 still came as quite a shock too many of the players and pundits in the poker community, including pretty much all of PokerRoad’s Poker Beat panel, who publicly figured on totals significantly closer to the two-hundred mark, than the one.  Of course despite those lower totals, most of the true legends expected to play in the event, did show up, and some even found themselves fortunate enough to be towards the top of the chip count leader board by the end of last night’s play.  Some of these deep stacked players include David Oppenheim, Doyle Brunson, Justin Bonomo and PokerRoad’s own Barry Greenstein, who currently sits below all of the above listed  players but still within the top ten, with a stack worth over 240,000.

Last year’s winner, David Bach, finds himself at the other end of the leader board list with less than 35,000, and at the moment appears unlikely to add to the bankroll that was so bolstered by last year’s $1,276,806 score.  However if Bach can turn things around, he like all the other 104 surviving players, could this year potentially earn a top prize worth $1,559,046, along with one of the most prestigious titles in all of poker.

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