It was an action-packed Wednesday as the 2018 World Series of Poker officially got underway.
As the very first players began making their way into the halls of the Rio, social media feeds were flush with excitement. Poker’s biggest stage is open for business and the first days of action did not disappoint.
Let’s Get Things Started
The very first table of the 2018 World Series of Poker actually took place on Tuesday, May 29 as these ten eager grinders kicked off the series by registering for a $175 SNG in the Pavillion.
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) May 29, 2018
Cunningham Scores First
One of the more popular side events in Las Vegas during the WSOP are the Daily Deepstacks held at various times daily the Rio. This year, the very first one was won by none other than 5-time WSOP bracelet winner Allen Cunningham. He adds over $14,000 to his $11.7 million in lifetime earnings.
I just won the very first event of the WSOP: this year’s inaugural $250 daily deepstack. And the yogurt stand isn’t even up yet. Oh yeah.
— Allen Cunningham (@AllenCunningham) May 30, 2018
— WSOP (@WSOP) May 31, 2018
The first of two bracelet events got underway on Wednesday. The early event was Event #1 – the $565 Casino Employees event. 566 players entered to take their shot at the nearly $62,000 first place prize.
If the old adage is correct, everyone loved this hand from Event #1.
The first truly open bracelet event of the summer is Event #2 -the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE. The tournament is guaranteed to payout the first six-figure scores of the summer. A nice addition for those putting up $10,000 was the debut of a nifty new chipset.
10k turbo with 3k bounties right now. New chipset pic.twitter.com/QtMHIEJec5
— Daniel Strelitz (@dDeoxyribo) May 30, 2018
The $10K price point pulled in 243 runners, including some of the most famous faces in poker.
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) May 30, 2018
Past Main Event winners in the field of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty
— WSOP (@WSOP) May 31, 2018
Poker Days, Fortnite
Do these players even know who they are dealing with? Former PocketFives Worldwide #1-ranked player Steven van Zadelhoff begins his grind in the sattys.
— Steven van Zadelhoff (@svzff) May 31, 2018
Not everyone was splashing around in the poker action. Chicago Joey opted to take a shot at the questionably more lucrative Fortnite tournament scene.
Welcome to the World Series of Poker. The esports setup equipment here is top notch for high stakes Fortnite action. I was already pestered by the phone charger salesman on the way here & we had a discussion about his aggressive tactics. Will do a video w/ him soon. pic.twitter.com/Qa0hNiMCTk
— WSOP Joey Ingram (@Joeingram1) May 31, 2018
And this was just day one.