Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Day 1 of Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em is in the books, and leading the 97 survivors is Leonid Markin. Markin bagged 206,800 chips, most of which came in a failed bluff from Jonathan Jaffe. The two were heads up in a pot where Markin fired out a pot-sized bet on the flop, and Jaffe moved all in for roughly 90 big blinds holding queen-high and no draw. Markin called with pocket aces and held, dragging the 183,000-chip pot.
Joining Markin atop the counts are Ashton Griffin (162,300), Markus Gonsalves (145,900), Wai Kin Yong (141,100), and Philipp Gruissem (130,900). Griffin won a 100,000-chip race against Martin Finger in Level 9.
Also surviving the day are PokerNews Podcast cohost Jason Somerville, 2014 WSOP bracelet winners Doug Polk, George Danzer, and Brock Parker, and two players who ran very big bluffs and showed only the ; Nick Schulman and David Williams.
Schulman bluffed Jaffe in Level 8, moving all in for less than a full raise on the river of a board. After committing roughly 100 big blinds, Jaffe folded, and Schulman showed him the . Williams ran his bluff on Anthony Spinella during the final level of the night, check-raising all in on an board. Spinella folded, claiming to have a full house, and Williams also showed the .
Spinella and Jaffe were both eliminated in later hands. Jaffe ran the aforementioned failed bluff against Markin, while Spinella had his aces cracked then lost a race to Parker.
Also exiting on Day 1 were Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Scott Seiver, Ryan Riess, Justin Bonomo, Davidi Kitai, Michael Mizrachi, and Joseph Cheong.
Cheong was the victim of a bad beat from Greg Merson. The 2012 WSOP Main Event champion cracked Cheong’s queens in a four-bet all-in pot with ace-jack, and Cheong exited empty-handed.
Event #32 attracted a total of 264 players – only 89 players more than the $25,000 variant held in 2013 - generating a total prize pool of $2,481,600. The top 30 finishers are all guaranteed a minimum of $17,793, each member of the six-handed official final table will pocket at least $91,670, and the winner will bank $670,041 along with the coveted gold bracelet.
Day 2 begins on Sunday at 2 p.m. PT in the Amazon Room, and PokerNews will be on hand to bring you live updates straight from the tournament floor. Until then, good night from Las Vegas!
The surviving players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening.
With about 24,000 in the middle on the final board of , Leonid Markin checked to the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Greg Merson. Merson bet 11,500, but Markin fired right back with a check-raise to 32,000. After some tanking, Merson eventually folded. Markin showed the for a full house and scooped in the pot to move to 200,000 in chips.
Sam Greenwood raised to 2,700 from under the gun, Alex Venovski moved all in for 22,600 in the cutoff, and Marc-Andre Ladouceur re-shoved from the small blind, having both parties covered. Greenwood quickly folded.
Venovski was in great shape to double, and improved his odds on a flop of . The on the turn took away Ladouceur's runner-runner straight flush chop outs, and Venovski avoided the one-outer on the river when the completed the board.
Ladouceur is still very healthy with 72,000 chips, while Venovski more than doubled up to 49,500.
After getting bluffed out of a big pot where he later claimed he folded a full house, Anthony Spinella has been eliminated at the hands of Brock Parker.
After a raise to 2,500, Spinella moved all in. Parker reraised all in from one of the blinds, and the original raiser folded. Spinella held , and Parker had .
The flop, turn, and river ran out , and Parker made a straight to bust Spinella.
From the cutoff seat, Anthony Spinella raised to 2,400. Brock Parker called from the small blind, and David Williams reraised to 10,000 from the big blind. Spinella called, and Parker called.
The flop came down , and all three players checked rather quickly before the dealer placed the out on the turn to pair the board. Parker and Williams checked, which prompted a bet of 8,500 from Spinella. After Parker folded, Williams check-raised enough to put Spinella all in.
"Oh my f***ing god!" blurted out Spinella as soon as Williams stuck out the stack of pink T5,000 chips to set him all in. "This is just the worst."
After a minute or so of tanking, Spinella began talking out loud to himself. "You have to have it," he said.
Another minute passed as Spinella was tossing around his chips in front of him in a frustrated fashion before he added, "You're really telling me not to call right now?"
Williams didn't flinch during Spinella's tanking episode, and eventually Spinella gave it up. As soon as he did, Williams turned up the from his hand and passed his cards to the dealer.
"F***!" yelled out Spinella, slamming a couple chips on the felt in front of him and causing players at the adjacent tables to snap their head over and look at what was going on. One chip even bounced off the table and rolled about 12 feet away to where the security guard in the area had to point out where the chip went.
Left with a little under 30,000 in chips, Spinella wasn't too happy with it. Williams, on the other hand, moved up to 130,000 with smile on his face.
Ludovic Lacay came in for a raise in late position, Kory Kilpatrick three-bet to 25,500 on his direct left - leaving 4,500 behind - and Lacay just called.
"Let's see a flop," the Frenchman said, grinning.
"I've got four-and-a-half big blinds," Kilpatrick announced, insinuating that there was a possibility of him folding on the flop.
Lacay checked dark, and the flop was all diamonds; . Kilpatrick committed the rest of his stack, and Lacay called.
Kilpatrick needed a non-diamond ace or king, or running non-diamond cards to make Broadway, but the 2014 bracelet winner hit the rail as the turn and river bricked , respectively.