Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Day 1 of Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em started at noon today and, by the time registration closed during dinner break eight and a half hours later, 2,086 players had passed through registration to join the field.
All survivors made it through 11 levels. As players bagged and tagged their stacks for Day 2, it was Justin Filtz putting away the most chips with 135,800.
We saw plenty of big names come and go today. Among those who didn’t make it through were Tony Dunst, Jason Duval, Antonio Esfandiari, Jackie Glazier, Jeff Gross, Maurice Hawkins, Phil Ivey, Mike Leah, Kevin MacPhee, Greg Mueller, Luca Pagano, Mickey Petersen, Dwyte Pilgrim, Greg Raymer, Matt Salsberg, Vanessa Selbst, Joe Serock, Mike Sowers, Jennifer Shahade, and JC Tran.
The big names still holding onto some chips include Matt Affleck, Darryll Fish, Bart Hanson, Loni Harwood, Allen Kessler, Scott Montgomery, David Peters, and Jason Somerville.
The prize pool has been set at $2,816,100, and everyone has their eye on the top prize of $514,027. From the field, 216 players will get paid in this event, and when action completed on Day 1, the bubble was not far off. It should burst very early on Sunday's Day 2 when play reconvenes at 1 p.m.
Make sure to follow along with the PokerNews Live Reporting blog to keep up with all the action on Day 2. Until then, goodnight from Las Vegas.
David Peters raised to 2,100 from late position and Chris Furbert and Andy Spears called in the blinds. The flop was and all three players checked. The turn was the and Furbert checked. Spears bet 3,200, Peters folded and Furbert made the call.
The river was the and Furbert check-called a bet of 8,500 from Spears. Spears showed for the flush and Furbert disgustingly mucked what he said was a straight.
Jonas Mackoff three-bet all in from middle position after the player to his right raised preflop. The initial raiser called and Mackoff showed to his opponent's . The board was dealt and Mackoff doubled up to gain a fresh life in the tournament.
David Peters raised to 1,700 from late position and Byron Kaverman moved all in for his last 7,000 or so. Peters made the call and tabled , while Kaverman had . The flop fell and Kaverman was looking good to double.
The board completed however and Peters back-doored the flush. Kaverman had been masterfully nursing the short stack most of the evening, but was unable to fade the run-good of Peters.
Chess champion Jennifer Shahade was just crippled in an all-in-preflop pot, and then finished off in the very next hand.
Shahade opened to 1,800 in middle position and the player in the cutoff pushed his small stack all in. Shahade called and flipped over , a big underdog to her opponent's . The board ran out and Shahade was left with just 3,300 to try to run up.
In the next hand, she elected to raise to 2,500 from middle position, leaving just a few hundred behind. The player to her left called and everyone else folded. The flop came and Shahade check-called her opponent's all-in bet. She showed and still had a few outs in the deck, but her opponent had for top pair and Shahade had no luck improving on the turn or river.
We walked up to a board of and a bet of 4,500 from Darryl Fish. His heads-up opponent announced "all in" and it was an additional 12,300 for Fish to make the call.
After a few minutes in the tank, Fish made the call, but mucked when his opponent tabled for the straight.
Allen 'The Chainsaw' Kessler was sitting in the hijack smacking his head with an open palm, trying to figure out what he should do with action folded to him. He eventually elected to push his 11,800 chips in the middle. The rest of the table folded and he won the blinds and antes, but he's still sitting at half the tournament average and needs to win some pots soon.