Day 1 of Event #18: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship has come to a conclusion with Thomas Butzhammer leading the field.
Not only was today the biggest buy-in Razz tournament in WSOP history, but not since 2003 have we seen one over the $5,000 buy-in mark. More amazingly is that today marked the first time since 1977 that more than two Razz tournaments have been run in the same series.
Players from near and far took to the felt as a better-than-expected 112 players formed a $1,052,800 prizepool that ensured $294,792 and a WSOP gold bracelet was reserved for the victor. As the likes of Michael and Robert Mizrachi, Billy Baxter, Todd Brunson, Chris Tryba, Calvin Anderson, Josh Arieh, Shawn Buchanan, John Hennigan and Phil Ivey all hit the rail, approximately 74 players would survive with Thomas Butzhammer bagging an impressive 141,300 in chips.
Snapping on his heels include Todd Dakake (136,400) while Brian Hastings (92,700), Eric Rodawig (81,700), Dan Shak (73,100) and Wade Townsend (72,200) are also amongst the chip leaders. Matt Glantz (69,400), Daniel Negreanu (66,100), Brandon Shack-Harris (70,900), Ted Forrest (30,300) and Doyle Brunson (27,500) are just a few of those that have survived into Day 2.
Play is set to resume at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday afternoon with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team providing extensive coverage live from the Amazon Room as we look to play down to the money-paying top 16 and then to the final table.