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2024 World Series of Poker

Nick Maimone Among Chip Leaders in Event #28: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em; Brian Barker Leads

Livello 17 : Blinds 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Nick Maimone
Nick Maimone

The Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas played host to Event #28: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em today, which saw 2,319 hopefuls all looking to navigate their way through the field and into Day 2.

The number of entries eclipsed the 2,046 set in the same event last year and generated a prize pool of $3,095,865. The eventual champion will walk away with a cool $412,484. There were 348 places paid and the money bubble burst during Level 16.

When all was said and done, only 215 players survived 17 levels of play and made their way into Day 2, which will get underway at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11. The USA's Brian Barker leads the way after he accumulated 951,000 chips throughout the day, and Nick Maimone sits closely behind him with 830,000.

End of Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Brian BarkerUnited States951,00095
2Conor HannanUnited States950,00095
3Scott StewartUnited States831,00083
4Nick MaimoneUnited States830,00083
5Fausto ValdezUnited States817,00082
6Evan BentonUnited States774,00077
7John RiordanUnited States755,00076
8Nikolay YosifovBulgaria754,00075
9Nicolas VayssieresFrance726,00073
10Jin KimUnited States704,00070

Some of the poker elite were out in force as the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Ren Lin, Jack Sinclair, Martin Kahbrel, Adrian Mateos, Davidi Kitai, Kenny Hallaert, Martin Jacobson, John Juanda, Scott Seiver, and Roman Hrabec were in attendance and hunting a bracelet. Only Hellmuth (207,000) made it through to Day from that all-star cast.

The remaining players will return for Day 2 and blinds will begin at Level 18 (5,000/10,000/10,000). Ten 60-minute levels are on the agenda and those who make it through will return for Day 3 on Wednesday, June 12, to play down to a champion.

Stay tuned for all the excitement as the PokerNews Live Reporting team covers Day 2, along with our comprehensive summer-long coverage of the 2024 WSOP at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Adrian MateosBrian BarkerDavidi KitaiJack SinclairJohn JuandaKenny HallaertMartin JacobsonMartin KahbrelNick MaimonePhil HellmuthRen LinRoman HrabecScott Seiver