WSOP bosses wanted a headline event to kickstart the 40th year, and with the $40,000 No Limit tournament they've got it. In all 201 players paid up generating a prize pool of $7,718,400. The top 27 will walk away with cash - and the winner will need a wheelbarrow to cart away $1,891,012. Of those 201 starters, we're down to 174 already, with Team PokerStars Pros Dario Minieri, Daniel Negreanu and Peter Eastgate among those looking for action elsewhere.
Negreanu shoved for 27,000 after the cut-off bet 2,500, but then Doug Lee joined the fun by pushing all-in from the big blind. The original raiser folded.
The flop came Q♥5♠4♦ putting Negreanu ahead, but the 3♣ on the turn was a disaster.
Eastgate went out when his A-K was beated by Charles Lehr's J-J - a jack on the river adding to the world champion's misery.
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Top 10 chips after level 4, new blinds 600-1,200
Matthew Glantz, 310,000
Ted Forrest, 310,000
Antonio Esfandiari, 302,000
Scott Seiver, 300,000
Charles Lehr, 290,000
Justin Bonomo, 275,000
Jeff Lisandro, 270,000
Tony G, 260,000
Vivek Rajkumar, 255,000
Barry Schwartz, 252,000