2019 WSOP May 30: 50th Annual World Series of Poker Begins

2019 WSOP May 30: 50th Annual World Series of Poker Begins

The 50th Annual World Series of Poker set its first of 89 bracelet events into motion on Wednesday, May 29 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

This series of articles will run the course of the 2019 WSOP, offering a daily rundown of the basics of each day’s tournaments. For example, readers will see the basic numbers of each tournament, end-of-day results without the wordiness of usual WSOP recaps.

Any necessary explanations of big news will be at the end of each day’s posting.

For the most part, these pieces will be simple: just the basics. Instead of scrolling through wordy summaries and spending an hour clicking on tabs and menus, the information will be laid out here in these daily articles.

On May 29, this is what happened.

Event 1:  $500 Casino Employees NLHE – Day 1

Total entries:  686

Prize pool:  $298,410

Players paid:  103

Minimum payout:  $727

Winner payout:  $62,345

Day 1 players remaining: 103

Chip leader:  Cosmo Andoloro (USA) – 650,000

Day 2 starting time:  12 noon

Event 2:  $10K Super Turbo Bounty NLHE – Day 1

Total entries:  204

Prize pool:  $1,917,600

Players paid:  31

Minimum payout:  $10,238

Winner payout:  $345,669

Day 1 players remaining: 6

Final table chip counts:

Asher Conniff (USA) – 4,215,000

Loren Klein (USA) – 3,130,000

Ali Imsirovic (USA) – 2,180,000

Daniel Negreanu (Canada) – 1,015,000

Ping Liu (USA) – 990,000

Brian Green (USA) – 720,000

Final table payouts thus far:

7th place:  Martijn Gerrits (Netherlands) – $38,823

8th place:  Zachary Clark (USA) – $29,650

9th place:  Cary Katz (USA) – $23,224

Day 2 starting time:  12 noon

Notable Information

The first official day of WSOP events was a mix of casino employees and high-stakes players. The first group was set to play at a normal pace and over the course of three days, while the latter played a turbo structure. That made for an uncharacteristically fast tournament that began its final table before the first day of play even ended.

Expect the amount of action to increase significantly in the next two days. The first WSOP gold bracelet winner will be discovered on May 30, and the excitement will escalate from there through the weekend.

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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