Jeff Madsen Hoping To Hold On In Pot Limit Hold'em Event At WSOP
Jeff Madsen is attempting to do what few other pros have been able to accomplish at this year's World Series of Poker, bring home a championship. While this years WSOP has been filled with new names making their mark in Las Vegas, Madsen is putting up a fight for the seasoned vets.
Event #35 has been anything but predictable, and Madsen has played most of his hands right. Madsen holds the lead in the Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament, with just four players remaining. The $3,000 buy-in event has a top prize of $384,420, but for Madsen and other pros, this event is about recapturing past glory.
Players are currently at a dinner break in the Pot Limit event, and when they return, Madsen will sit down with 3,035,000 chips. Doglas Corning is the next closest competitor at 2,050,000. Michal Maryska and Danny Hannawa are trying to hold on, each with less than 600,000 in chips.
Early on in Event #38, a No-Limit Hold'em/Four Handed tourney, John Juanda is making his presence known. Juanda has taken out several competitors already, and has his sights set on the chip lead. Juanda currently sits in seventh with 67,500. The $2,500 buy-in tournament had 566 players enter. In less than one night, the field has more than been cut in half. The remaining 256 players will continue the tournament into the weekend, until a champion is crowned on Sunday.
Many of the top players in the world are entered into Event #39, a Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better tourney. Phil Hellmuth has jumped out early in the 556 player field. Hellmuth has picked up some early hands, and it has led to a 16,500 chip count.
Joe Hachem, John Racener, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, and Mike Matusow are just some of the big names that are in the seven card stud field. The tournament began late Friday, and will continue throughout the weekend.
With the 2013 WSOP more than halfway in the books, players are starting to look ahead to the main event, which begins in two weeks. There will only be 17 more tournaments before the main event begins. This year, event organizers are expecting over 5,500 players to enter the main event. Unlike in past years, this year's main event has only three starting days, rather than the customary four.