Event 17: Luck of the Draw

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

A couple hundred people are randomly assigned a seat in the tournament area, a mixture of mostly local grinders with a generous helping of poker professionals. Sometimes you get unlucky.

Most tables are six-handed at the start of the play to balance out newly registered players so they don’t all end up seated together. Five players saw the first hand at Table 51 and two of them must be asking what they did wrong. Former WPT final table participant Alex Outhred already had his seat locked up before WPT Season XI Player of the Year Matt Salsberg and wizard Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah arrived to take the 2 and 3-seats.

“They’ll break our table early,” Outhred promised the other two.

Other early entrants include two WSOP Main Event winners, Carlos Mortensen and (technically) defending champion Ryan Riess were in the room early.