Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
In eight short levels we have whittled our field down from 1,941 to less than 600.
The number on the board said 585 as the last three hands of the night were announced, so we will probably have ended up with just a few under that. Impressive stuff, but remember, the plan is to play down to a final table tomorrow, and with only 198 places paying out at all, we are looking at this tournament possibly even going to four days.
Our chip leader heading into Day 2 looks to be Marc Sander, on around 100,000. Plenty of big names are still in the field as well - Victor Ramdin, Dan Heimiller and Matt Hawrilenko are just a few of the folks still in with a shot at this, the last bracelet event before the Main Event. Among the folks who didn't make it were Daniel Negreanu, Roland de Wolfe and Joe Hachem.
We'll be back here at 3pm PT tomorrow when we will be starting out on the long road down to a final table. Join us back here then.
We've got three more hands to go before play is concluded for the evening.
We found Yann Brosolo checking the river of a board, a good few chips in the middle of the table. His opponent checked behind, and Brosolo flipped . HIs opponent couldn't beat it and mucked, and Brosolo moved up to 40,000.
Court Harrington just lost a pot with about 30,000 in the middle preflop when he folded to his opponent's 10,000 chip bet on a flop. Despite the loss, with 72,000 chips, Harrington looks to be the chip leader over in the Amazon Room.
We arrived just in time to see an all-in player turn over and Jon Turner flip a dominating . Another plyer at the confessed that he had folded pocket nines.
"You folded two of my nines?" said the all-in player. "Thanks for telling me that, man."
Not too long ago Dan Heimiller was down to about 12,000 chips. On a recent trip to his table we saw him with 37,100. Of course, we didn't catch the hands in which he accumulated them, but we are certain it happened.
Matt Hawrilenko is looking to finish the day on a high note. We walked over to his table just in time to see him arranging a new stack of chips after his bested an all-in opponent's . He's now up to about 37,000 chips.
We're not sure whether the chips went in on the flop or before it, but either way come the river Kevin O'Connell was up to 30,000 and his opponent was storming off in disgust.