The Poker Players Championship, billed as the most technical event at the WSOP, has already racked up 73 stars on its first day. At the end of the six 100-minute levels, 55 participants had confirmed for the next stage, including three Brazilians who paid a $50,000 buy-in.
After finishing second last season, Yuri Martins made a strong debut and finished 17th in chips with 463,500 chips. Felipe Mojave (28th) and Renan Carlos Burschi (50th) were below the championship average of 398,182.
Another player in the queue was one elimination away from having his name in the chip stack – the Reese Trophy. In Vice 2019, Josh Arieh has 1,088,000 in chips. He was followed by Phil Ivey. A finalist in 2018 and 2019, he has 944,500 chips at his disposal.
Dan Cates also made the cut. He became a champion in 2021 and 2022, played his best, and returned to The Players Championship as a future finisher. After a rough ride, he managed to fight back and collect 305,500 chips.
Day 2 starts at 17:00 (Brasilia time), late registration closes at 0:15.