Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Once registration was closed at the start of Level 6, Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em here at the 2014 World Series of Poker drew a total of 1,165 entries. This is considerably down compared to the 1,736 from last year, however, back then the tournament took place towards the end of the Series just before the Main Event.
At the end of Day 1, 209 players bagged chips and the top 117 spots will get paid at least $5,035. The player best positioned in the quest towards claiming the first-place-prize of $536,768 was Barry Hutter, who has two final tables on the World Poker Tour and a sixth-place in a $1,000 WSOP event in 2013 to his name. Hutter previously cashed in Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em two weeks ago and accumulated 150,500 in chips here on Day 1.
Notable names that made it through with big stacks included Grayson Ramage (138,800), 2013 bracelet winner Justin Oliver (115,100), Rep Porter (107,900), Isaac Baron (103,100), and Ben Warrington (86,700).
Roberto Romanello (73,100) is seeking yet another attempt to join the triple crown club, and other notable names to get through to Day 2 included Ravi Raghavan (54,100), Tristan Wade (52,900), Will "The Thrill" Failla (51,300), Matt Affleck (45,900), former November Niner David Benefield (45,100), Amanda Musumeci (33,000), Sam Cohen (26,300), and Jamie Kerstetter (22,200).
Among those that joined the rail before the end of Level 10 were Phil Hellmuth, Faraz Jaka, Jennifer Tilly, defending Main Event champion Ryan Riess, Joseph Cheong, Ana Marquez, 2014 bracelet winners Vanessa Selbst and Dominik Nitsche, David Williams, and Sean Jazayeri.
Jazayeri jumped into the lead very early on, but eventually lost a big flip against Jorge Walker and could not spin up the remaining stack.
The PokerNews team will be back at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time when the action resumes in Level 11 at blinds 500/1,000 with an ante of 100 and the money will be reached within the first couple hours of the day.
The tournament clock has been paused and the dealers instructed to deal three more hands. Once those three hands are completed, the first of three days play in this event will be over.
David Williams has crashed out late on here in event #29 after a cruel hand with Nick Yunis.
Yunis opened to 2,000 from under the gun, one player stepped out of the way and David Williams called. The big blind made it a trio of players heading to the . The big blind checked, Yunis made a continuation bet of 4,000 and only Williams called. The turn was the and Yunis bet 8,200 and Williams called.
The river card was the and Yunis moved all-in. Williams called, but seen wished he hadn't when he saw his was crushed by Yunis that had backed into a straight.
That hand left Williams with 1,300 chips, which went into the middle on the next hand. Williams' was no match for the that called him and Williams was out of here.
Mateusz Moolhuizen does not have as many chips anymore, the 70,000 has since dwindled to only 30,000 from what he can tell.
Matt Salsberg had 10,800 left and got that in with versus . The board saw him double through and Jamie Kerstetter did so as well.
Barry Hutter seems to be the current chip leader, as he bumped up the stack to a very healthy 155,000. The latest bounty was for only 5,000 chips though with versus , but it gave us an opportunity to count his stack again.
Christina Lindley was all in for her last 7,600 chips with and got called by . The board ran out and Lindley could sit down again.
Until the turn, there were about 9,000 chips in the middle of the table and Vojteck Ruzicka got his last 18,100 all in with . He got called by and got there with the river.
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Matt Affleck raised to 2,000 from early position and the player to his direct left called. Nobody else wanted to tangle with this pair so it was heads-up to the flop.
Affleck led for 2,800 and was quickly called. The turn was the and Affleck sat completely motionless for around a minute before betting 4,800. Again, Affleck's bet was called.
Fifth street was the , putting three aces onto the board. Affleck checked its arrival and his opponent checked behind.
Affleck revealed the and won the pot with his full house.