The first eight matches are in the books as Day 1 comes to a close in the WPT Heads Up Championship Presented by Poker King.
The eight opening-round winners all advance to Sunday’s Day 3, with eight more opening-round matches kicking off tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST, livestreamed on Twitch on a two-hour delay and reported here with no spoilers.
The day’s activities – with many of the players participating from Cabo San Lucas – began with Steve Aoki taking game one from Dan Smith in their best-of-three match, before falling to Smith two games to one.
The Smith vs. Aoki match ran nearly three hours, surprising many of the viewers, commentators and reporters as the tournament format led most to believe 60-90 minutes was the longest most matches would run.
Viewers on Twitch were able to see each player was on a webcam, visible to all including their challenger, giving the match a hybrid online/live feel. Lead commentator Jamie Kerstetter and a host of co-hosts were also on webcam throughout each match, adding more to the live feel.
Next up was Stefan11222 Burakov advancing with a 2-0 victory over Timothy Adams.
Olivier Busquet and Linus Loeliger went the distance, Loeliger victorious in the first game and Busquet tying it up in game 2.
Loeliger rivered a wheel in game three and was able to push all his chips in the middle. Busquet, however, rivered a flush and had a bigger stack, taking the match 2 games to 1.
A matchup of non-poker streamers saw two huge coolers send Hafu to defeat at the poker hands of Alexandra Botez.
Two of the non-poker streamers fell in opening-round matches as Anthony Zinno dispatched of Shiphtur 2-0.
One online qualifier made today’s draw, that player eliminated by ButtonClickr to set up the final matches of the day.
Poker Vlogger Brad Owen extended Dan Dvoress to three games, with Dvoress taking the final game to advance.
The final match of the evening went one game to Nick Schulman, one game to Chris Kruk, sending the end of the day down to one final game.
Kruk’s aggression paid off as his disguised straight took the last of Schulman’s stack for the match win.
Jump back over here Saturday beginning at 1p.m. PST for live updates on the eight remaining opening-round matches.
The day is scheduled to begin with Nick Petrangelo vs. Limitless and LuckyChewy vs. Stephen Chidwick.
The featured match tomorrow has Tom Dwan against Doug Polk.
Phil Ivey joins the field when he goes against Manig Loesser.
JRB goes against Lynne Ji in a battle of high-stakes players who play against one another on PokerGo streams.
Kevin Rabichow and Sam Greenwood are in one late match, with Patrik Antonius drawing Japanese pop star GACKT and Darren Elias drawing the final online qualifier.