World Series Underway, Elezra Crushing $1,500 NLHE
The months and months of fevered anticipation have finally come to an end with the official start of the World Series of Poker, and it is currently old hand Eli Elezra who is crushing the first open entry bracelet event of the summer.
The Israeli high-stakes player is currently sitting atop the chip counts of the $1,500 NLHE event with just four more hands to be dealt before play is done and dusted for the day, although with 252 out of 2,101 players remaining, the money bubble has not yet been breached.
When play resumes for Day 2, only a handful of players will need to bust before we reach the promised land of the payouts positions at 216th place, at which point all of the surviving players can kick back in the knowledge that at the very least they’ve opened their accounts for the Series.
It will be at this point that things will certainly become more interesting as alongside Elezra there are a number of big names still remaining in the field including such tournament novices as Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, JP Kelly, Shaun Deeb and even an immaculately-behaved Phil Hellmuth.
The 11-time WSOP bracelet winner has been in good spirits all event despite losing a crown before play started and even managed to laugh off a sick beat when an opponent’s pocket sevens managed to river a straight against his pocket tens to leave him severely short-stacked a few levels ago.
The Poker Brat has since stabilised and has now put himself in very good shape to make it through the day and show the remaining young poker hotshots in the field that he’s still got it.