2013 World Series of Poker Main Event day 1

Jul 9, 2013 3:00 AM

Michael Mizrachi may hold the early lead at the 2013 World Series of Poker’s main event, but it’s not too premature to talk back-to-back titles for Greg Merson.

Mizrachi jumped to the early chip lead with 85,000, nearly three times the starting stack. Merson ended Day 1A with 81,650 chips. Johnny Chan in the late 1980’s was the last to win consecutive titles. Also, the day saw the WSOP honor Chris Moneymaker, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Main Event title.

On the flip side, three-time bracelet winner Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, jumped out to an early chip league by amassing 85,000, nearly three times the starting stack. Mizrachi finished fifth in the 2010 Main Event, winning over $2.3 million.

Merson conducted the ceremonial shuffle-up-and-deal to kick off the day’s action and then took his seat among 1,000 other players, determined to fight his way through the biggest field of the year for the second time. BLUFF followed Merson throughout Day 1A of the Main Event, where he put on an impressive performance to kick off his title defense.

Merson ended Day 1A with 81,650 chips, a better start than what he had on day one of his journey to the title in 2012. The day also saw the WSOP honor Chris Moneymaker celebrate the 10th anniversary of his WSOP title.

Despite the blinds being small in Level 1, we did have a few eliminations in the first level. Todd Taylor earned the distinction of the “First to Fall” on Day 1c, while British player Ben Dobson followed him out the door a short time later.

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