Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
On Day 1 of Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, Belgian player Bart Lybaert moved quickly from starting stack to 50,000 and proceeded to climb steadily throughout the rest of the day to bag 181,000 and the chip lead.
The payouts were also confirmed, with 250 players in the money. A min-cash will be worth $2,249 and the money bubble is expected to burst early on Day 2, with just 264 players bagging chips.
Other big stacks include Thomas Muehloecker (145,300), Alexandro Tricarico (143,900), Victor Figueroa (127,200), Chris Aiello (122,000), and Matt Silva (116,500).
Notables through to Day 2 include multiple bracelet-winners Mark Radoja (91,700), Adrian Mateos (79,000), Barry Greenstein (43,300), and Jeff Madsen (36,300), along with former Main Event champion Martin Jacobson (70,000).
If last year was anything to go by, a big field was expected on Day 1. Although it didn't eclipse last year's mark, the 1,663 player field was spread across three rooms at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Defending champion Anthony Marquez was in action early on, but wouldn't make as much of an impact on proceedings this year, as he was eliminated during Day 1.
Everyone from bracelet winners to WSOP Main Event champions joined the field, but it was Lybaert who shot into the chip lead early on after flopping the nut flush and getting paid on all three streets.
There were already 1,200 entrants by the first break of the day, and more players would join the field including Cary Katz, Dominik Nitsche, David Peters, Ben Keeline, Heidi May, and Ryan Laplante.
All these players would fall during Day 1's play, along with Andre Akkari, Fabrice Soulier, Steven van Zadelhoff, Chris Moorman, Ana Marquez, Ryan D'Angelo, Alex Foxen, Thomas Boivin, Ari Engel, Niall Farrell, and Michael Gathy.
Lybaert still lead at the dinner break, and as they returned no less than 42 bracelets joined the field, in the form of Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Ben Yu, Bryn Kenney, Barry Greenstein, and Steven Wolansky. Ferguson and Ivey would bust fairly quickly, both unable to build up a stack from just 12.5 big blinds in the penultimate level of the night.
As the night drew to a close, Lybaert remained as the big stack but was pushed all the way by Muehloecker and Tricarico. The tournament resumes on Friday in Amazon Orange at 12pm, with play just 14 eliminations off the money.
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Players are beginning to bag up their chips at the end of Day 1. Stay tuned for a full recap of Day 1's action.
After a player opened for 1,800, the button pushed all in for 17,000 and Mark Radoja in small blind called. The initial raiser folded.
With Radoja has the ascendancy against his opponent's . A jack high flop fell and Radoja eliminated his opponent.
Chance Kornuth opened to 1,700 and both Thomas Muehloecker (button) and Barry Greenstein (big blind) called.
They all checked on the flop. On the turn, Kornuth bet 2,400 after Greenstein checked one more time, and Muhlocker folded. Greenstein raised it to 7,000 with 13,100 left behind, and Kornuth eventually called.
The river brought the and Greenstein moved all-in. After a long tank Kornuth ended up calling and mucked his hand after Greenstein tabled for trips.
There was a three-way all in between Kristen Bicknell and two other players. Bicknell was the big stack against two much shorter ones, but wasn't in good shape.
Player 1: - all in for 7,500
Player 2: - all in for 2,700
The board ran out with Player 1 scooping, sending the second player to the rail and leaving Bicknell with around ten big blinds.
A short while late she got in against an opponent's with the board coming and she was eliminated.