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!