WSOP 2014: Selbst starts on top, SCOOP Player of the Series in chase pack

This was predictable, I suppose.

On Tuesday, the 2014 World Series of Poker got underway at the Rio in Las Vegas, and honestly we here at the PokerStars Blog could be forgiven if we didn't expect big news on Day 1. As usual, the WSOP opened with the Casino Employees event. It's a fun one, and a chance for the hardworking behind-the-scenes workers of the casino and gaming industry to win a bracelet before barreling into the long summer of work. Last year, Chad Holloway won with Team Pro at his side, and we all dug that a lot, because we know Chad, and he's good people.

But, yes, please forgive us if were slightly slow on the uptake while we shook out the cobwebs from a pretty serious Spring Championship of Online Poker hangover. The two weeks of online poker's richest festival had us reeling, and--we're not going to lie--it's taken a little time to recover.

But, we're awake now, and it's a good thing, because just a few hours after the Casino Employees event ramped up, the high rollers walked in for the $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE event. A hundred thirty-one players signed up. Sixty-one made it through the day. At the top of the chip counts sat none other than Team Pro Vanessa Selbst.


Vanessa Selbst at the 2014 WSOP--Courtesy PokerNews

Today, play moves from nine-handed to six-handed action, and there is a long way to go to make it to the 16-player money bubble. While Selbst may lead, a talented field is chasing her.

There are more than a few people we know from the PokerStars world still working to get the first open-event bracelet of the year. Included among them are Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, and Eugene Katchalov. Recent SCOOP Player of the Series Calvin Anderson remains in the field, as do one-time PCA Main Event champ Galen Hall and WCOOP champ JC Tran. Heck, when it comes down to it, pretty much every one of the 61 remaining players is somebody you know.

We'll have our eye on the action as it progresses toward a bracelet. Until then, good luck to all the heroes in the field.

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