2019 WSOP is underway - the first champion will be crowned today

The final six of the $10,000 Turbo event is filled with household names, Daniel Negreanu can win his seventh bracelet in his first tournament.

The 2019 World Series of Poker - the 50th edition of the series' - is well underway, with two events already running. The $500 Casino Employees Event created a $298,410 prize pool after 686 casino workers entered the tournament. The field has already reduced to 103, and the current chip leader is Cosmo Andoloro who accumulated 650,000 chips during Day1.

Andaloro is a floor supervisor at Red Dragon Casino in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, and his biggest score is a $45,215 prize he received after taking down the $235 No Limit Hold'em tournament in the Rio in 2013. The only other player with more than six hundred thousand chips is Christopher Bowen, who bagged 633,000 chips last night.

Top 10 chip counts

Cosmo Andolore 650000
Christopher Bowen 633000
Miguel Cardenas 512000
Stephanie Otteson 479000
Brad Helm 465000
Jon Friedberg 360000
Austin Roberts 342000
Bryan Wienhoff 311000
TJ Timmons 309000
Isaac Hanson 249000

$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty

The second event, the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty attracted 204 players, including many of the top pros. This event has already reached its final table, with six players returning to Day2. Guys like seasoned pro, Daniel Negreanu, rising star, Ali Imsirovic or three-time bracelet winner, Loren Klein will all be at the final table. Negreanu has just shy of 13 big blinds, Imsirovic has 27, while Klein sits on 39.

Final table chip counts

Seat Player Country Chip Counts Big Blinds
1 Brian Green United States 720,000 9
3 Ali Imsirovic United States 2,180,000 27
4 Asher Conniff United States 4,215,000 53
5 Daniel Negreanu Canada 1,015,000 13
8 Ping Liu United States 990,000 12
9 Loren Klein United States 3,130,000 39

This event will end today, so we're only a few hours away from crowing the champion! Make sure to return to PokerGuruBlog for the updates!