Welcome back to the 2014 World Series of Poker. Starting off the second week of action today will be a different variation of hold’em — pot-limit. Perhaps the “red-headed stepchild” to its sexier stepbrother no-limit, pot-limit makes for an interesting dynamic and a need for at least some shift in strategy, especially preflop. Either way, the field is expected to be large based on the $1,500 entry fee.
Last year, this event drew 535 players and, after three days of play, Lev Rofman defeated Allen Cunningham heads up to take home $166,136. In other words, regardless of the variation, it is likely that a small entry fee will lead to a six-figure payday for someone.
Besides Cunningham, other notables to cash in this event last year included Eric Crain (6th), Blake Purvis (17th), Jason Mercier (27th), Adam Geyer (29th), Matt Stout (42nd), and Nick Jivkov (43rd). We will keep an eye out for them today and other notable “bracelet hunters” looking to make a deep run.
If the first week's events are any indication, expect a field exceeding last year’s and expect the summer grinders to show up for this one, as well.
Action will kick off today at 12 noon local time. Join us then as we bring you all the action from Day 1 of the summer's first foray into pot-limit… hold’em, that is.