Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Play has now finished for the day and Frenchman Sebastien Sabic is the chip leader with 129,900 ahead of the Russian Alexander Kostritsyn who has 105,600. We started the day with 126 players (a decrease over around 16% on last year) and lost around a quarter of the field by the end of the day, the remainder coming back tomorrow including last year's winner Men Nguyen who finished the day with 65,400.
Players we lost today include the 2009 winner Freddie Ellis, Huck Seed, Michael Mizrachi, David Singer, Eugene Katchalov and PokerStars Team Pro Alex Kravchenko. Still in though are a whole host of names including Jennifer Harman, Scott Clements, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel as well as Team PokerStars Pros Pat Pezzin, Chad Brown, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Ville Wahlbeck and Daniel Negreanu.
The restart will be at 3pm tomorrow, there's a long way to go and we'll be expecting to make full use of tomorrow's ten levels.
We'll see you all tomorrow!
The last hand has been completed and the players have begun bagging up their chips. We will have some chip counts and our Day 1 recap up shortly.
Dwan: / /
We caught up with the action on fifth where Sebastien Sabic bet and got raised by Tom Dwan. Sabic called and then check-called sixth. On seventh, Sabic check-raised Dwan who called only to be shown aces up which quite possibly made Sabic our Day 1 chip leader while Dwan’s stack struggles.
By this point of the day we would usually have a last "x" amount of hands, however there are no blinds in stud, only antes so there is no need according to the floor.
Opponent: / FOLDED
Monnette: / /
Benyamine: / /
John Monnette raised after the opponent completed only for David Benyamine to reraise. The opponent cold called and Monnette went all in. Benyamine raised again and the opponent called which closed the action for the street. On fourth, all it took was one bet from Benamine to get the opponent to fold. Monnette expressed his displeasure at the opponent having costed him kings up by calling on third and now Monnette would need some help against the trips of Benyamine. We missed the rest of his cards but Monnette bricked out and was eliminated while Benyamine caught up with some of the bigger stacks at the table.
Cyndy Violette: /
Phil Laak: /
Cyndy Violette was all in by fourth street against Phil Laak and managed to make trip tens on fifth beating Laak's three pair which allowed her to survive.
Racener: / /
John Racener completed and called when Fabrizio Gonzalez raised. On fourth Gonzalez bet and Racener called. Both players checked fifth and Gonzalez check-raised sixth which Racener called. On seventh Gonzalez bet once more and Racener made the call only to be shown the six hearts of Gonzalez for a flush that had all of Racener’s straight flush blockers. Gonzalez slightly overtook Racener in chips from that hand but both we’re still sitting atop the rest of the table’s stacks.
Men Nguyen is up to 70,000 after making a flush on seventh to eliminate one player before winning another decent pot against Tom Dwan when he turned over kings and tens against the latter's open pair queens.
Eugene Katchalov has been knocked out, he was down to 1,000 after being crippled by Matt Glantz, Glantz had managed to make aces and kings against Katchalov's queens and deuces. The Ukrainian Team Pro was knocked out soon after.