At a time when the Main Event has already started as the centerpiece of this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP), a number of other events are also taking place alongside the most important tournament of the series. Event #69: US$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed kicked off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on July 8th, attracting more than 900 players.
Among the 901 players who entered the competition and helped push the overall prize pool to a total of US$2,432,700 was a plethora of world-famous poker professionals, some of whom have decided to take part in the $3,000 PLO 6-Handed after finishing their campaigns in the Main Event.
The payout structure of the event has already been announced. The massive prize pool is to be divided between the last 136 players who remain in the game, with the event’s winner set to take home a massive cash portion of $476,033. The player who is to occupy the runner-up position will be granted $293,553, while the third in line will get $199,572. After the first day of action, the player field was sharply reduced, with only 202 participants expected to appear at the beginning of the second day of the event.
Jarred Solomon Aims at Taking WSOP Bracelet to South Africa
As mentioned above, Day 1 of the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed accumulated a total player field of 901 entrants, which was reduced to 202 players at the end of the first day of the event. It was Jarred Solomon who managed to bag more than anybody else in the competition, taking his overall chip stack to the impressive 286,000 in chips.
Now Solomon, whose total live winnings so far amount to US$1,208,169, will have the chance to make a new best live cash to improve his current one of $354,460 which he generated in 2011, after ranking on the runner-up position in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship at the 42nd WSOP in Las Vegas. The Johannesburg-based poker player is now on a mission to follow the steps of two of his countrymen, Norman Keyser and Hugh Todd, and become the third South African poker pro to bring a gold WSOP bracelet to his homeland.
Winning a WSOP bracelet has never been easy but Jarred Solomon would have an exceptionally hard time to do that, considering the player field, as well as the fact that a number of players are already in possession of large chip stacks. Some of the survivors who are headed to the second day of the event include the Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu, as well the Americans Erik Seidel, Scott Bohlman and Anthony Zinno.
The currently leading stack of Jarred Solomon is also threatened by the German poker professional Dominik Nitsche, who is currently second, with 220,200. The third position is occupied by Romain Lewis, who is also close enough to the current leader’s chip stack which his 215,700 in chips.