On Friday, 1,069 players packed the Brasilia Room here at the Rio for the 2013 World Series of Poker Event #4 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em /Six Handed, which created a prize pool of $1,443,150 that will be distributed to the top 108 players. That means we need to lose just nine players here today before the money is reach as 117 players will return for Day 2 action with Greg Hobson and his stack of 160,500 leading the way. A little further behind is 2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada, who holds 127,000 and is seeking his second gold bracelet.
While Hobson and Cada have the best chances of making a deep run, there are plenty of accomplished players returning to the Amazon Room today to stand in their way. Among them are Keven Stammen (112,800), who sits third in chips with 112,800; WSOP Asia Pacific bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli (85,000); Wisconsin pro and former WSOP POY contender Eddie Blumenthal (60,100); WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Main Event champ Rex Clinkscales (52,700); British pro and WSOP bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (48,200); World Poker Tour Season XI Player of the Year Matt Salsberg (45,500); 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel (45,200); and Larry Ormson (44,700), who is working on a chip-and-a-chair story of his own.
You see, on Day 1 Ormson, a successful business owner from Elroy, Wisconsin who is transitioning into the poker world, was down to just 175 in chips in Level 3, which was just one big and small blind. Incredibly Ormson was able to work that back up to 17,000 in just six hands! While he’s not one of the big stacks, Ormson is primed for a cash and could easily make a run at the title. If he does, it’d know doubt be one of the most captivating stories from the opening week of the 2013 WSOP.
Action will recommence in Level 11 and is scheduled to either play ten levels or down to a final table—whatever may come first. We’re guessing it’ll be the former, so settle in for a long day of play. Action is set to kick off at 1 p.m. PST, which is about an hour from now. Join us then as we bring you the latest and greatest from Event #4 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em /Six Handed.