World Series Update: Thirty-Two Survivors In Heads-Up Championship
Having whizzed through three exciting rounds of heads-up limit Hold’em yesterday, a stacked starting field of 152 runners was reduced to 32 final hopefuls – all of whom have already made the money and secured at least $10,966.
Unfortunately the start of the day was marred in controversy as scores of players registered late for the event and the scheduled kick-off time was pushed back, forcing 48 players to contest the opening round while 104 received a bye to the second stage.
This scheduling issue made for some understandably peeved high profile casualties in the opening rounds, with Sam Trickett, Jason Koon and Vanessa Rousso all falling at the tournament’s first hurdle – a seemingly harsh punishment for having the foresight to register well in advance.
However, with the second round (or, indeed, the first round for many) and the third round now down in the books we have a stellar line-up of survivors still in contention and they’ll all have the chance to showcase their skills with a 240,000 starting stack when play resumes later on today.
Among the names still in the hat for this afternoon’s seating draw are Kevin Saul, Antonio Esfandiari, Andrew Lichtenberger, Vanessa Selbst, Eric Froehlich and Brian Hastings, so – with a bit of luck – we can expect some mouth-watering clashes as players continue their chase for the $371,498 1st prize.