Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
After ten levels of player, just 51 players remain from a field of 205 that entered the $2,500 Big Bet Mix. This eclipsed the mark of 197 set last year. Leading the counts is former bracelet winner Naoya Kihara with 119,700.
"Last year, the first year this event took place, I made a Day 3 so I couldn't play it," said Kihara, "This year I was playing in cash games at the Bellagio, but I couldn't focus on those games. So I just cleared my mind and jumped in this. And I got lucky!"
Kihara won his bracelet back in 2012 in a $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed event and had to weather his fair share of storms today. At one point he got kings in against the deuces of Jan Suchanek, only for his opponent to make backdoor quads. This put him down to 35,000 but he soared back up to bag a healthy stack.
Also bagging up a big stack is Dario Sammartino with 117,000. Sammartino is coming off the back of a third place in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship, his only cash of the WSOP so far, but last year he registered four top-10 finishes including a third place in Event #6: $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP.
Other notables still in contention include $50,000 Poker Player's Championship runner-up John Hennigan (111,850), who's having a monster series, last year's final tablist Andrew Kelsall (66,200) as well as Mike Matusow (72,300), Eli Elezra (70,000), David "ODB" Baker (41,075), Barry Greenstein (27,375), and Brian Rast (23,150).
There were multiple bracelet-winners aplenty during the early levels, with Brian Hastings, David Bach, Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow, John Monnette and Chris Vitch all joining in, creating a stacked field for the relatively modest buy-in of $2,500.
Iraj Parvizi lead this event last year after Day 1, but he would bust early on today, along with Jameson Painter, Mike Gorodinsky, Max Kruse, Robert Mizrachi and Phillip Hui. Players had the option of a single re-entry, and a number of the players eliminated early on took advantage of this.
The payouts were also confirmed today, with over $120,000 for first place.
With the swings of the big bet mix starting to show, the chip lead changed hands throughout the day, with Bruno Fitoussi, Randy Ohel, John Racener and Ryan Riess all having spells atop the counts.
After registration closed, it looked like Jeff Lisandro would bag the chip lead after scooping a huge Big O pot to sit with over 130,000. However, the Australian would slip back down the counts as Kihara and Sammartino battled it out for the end of day chip lead. Eventually, it was the Japanese that would claim the top spot.
Coverage continues on Wednesday, June 20 from 2 p.m. here on PokerNews with the tournament expected to play down to a final table.
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||429||3||Joseph Couden||United States||37,100||46|
|Amazon||429||4||Brian Brunner||United States||25,375||32|
|Amazon||429||5||Perry Green||United States||34,000||43|
|Amazon||430||1||Ty Stafford||United States||43,025||54|
|Amazon||430||2||Scott Bohlman||United States||114,000||143|
|Amazon||430||3||Scott Clements||United States||60,650||76|
|Amazon||430||5||Yan Shing Tsang||Hong Kong||42,000||53|
|Amazon||430||6||Tyler Meservy||United States||33,500||42|
|Amazon||431||1||Eli Elezra||United States||70,000||88|
|Amazon||431||2||Brian Rast||United States||23,150||29|
|Amazon||431||5||Randy Ohel||United States||66,250||83|
|Amazon||431||6||Mike Wattel||United States||16,650||21|
|Amazon||437||3||John Hennigan||United States||111,850||140|
|Amazon||437||4||Steven Tabb||United States||34,600||43|
|Amazon||437||5||Mike Matusow||United States||73,200||92|
|Amazon||437||6||Chris Ferguson||United States||13,800||17|
|Amazon||438||1||Jake Schwartz||United States||48,000||60|
|Amazon||438||2||Shaun Deeb||United States||65,750||82|
|Amazon||438||3||David "ODB" Baker||United States||41,075||51|
|Amazon||438||4||Todd Barlow||United States||22,300||28|
|Amazon||438||5||Stuart Rutter||United Kingdom||77,250||97|
|Amazon||439||3||Jeremy Harkin||United States||66,400||83|
|Amazon||439||5||Marco Johnson||United States||34,050||43|
|Amazon||439||6||Daniel Harmetz||United States||100,000||125|
|Amazon||445||1||Ryan Hughes||United States||41,725||52|
|Amazon||445||2||Andrew Kelsall||United States||66,200||83|
|Amazon||445||3||Jim Collopy||United States||36,750||46|
|Amazon||445||5||Barry Greenstein||United States||27,375||34|
|Amazon||445||6||Alex Difelice||United States||59,000||74|
|Amazon||446||1||Raymond Henson||United States||64,500||81|
|Amazon||446||2||Aaron Rogers||United States||73,325||92|
|Amazon||446||3||Shiva Dudani||United States||44,000||55|
|Amazon||446||4||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||84,100||105|
|Amazon||446||5||Jeffrey Mitseff||United States||11,000||14|
|Amazon||446||6||Maria Ho||United States||18,575||23|
|Amazon||447||1||Noah Bronstein||United States||21,475||27|
|Amazon||447||4||John Racener||United States||88,400||111|
|Amazon||447||5||Daniel Weinman||United States||59,875||75|
|Amazon||447||6||Jerry Wong||United States||59,812||75|
All the cards were dealt when we arrived at the table. Alex Difelice had in front of him and his opponent had laying in front of him.
The board on the table was and the dealer was counting Difelice's chips because he just earned himself a full double-up right before the end of Day 1.
No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw
Dario Sammartino opened the betting action by raising to 2,500. The only player to call was big blind Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu drew two and Sammartino only drew one.
Both players checked after the draw and Sammartino put a out there. Negreanu laughed and showed and Sammartino tabled the rest of his hand, to take down the pot.
No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw
Perry Green was all in for 20,050 from the small blind and Dario Sammartino called.
Green drew one and sounded relieved when Sammartino also drew one.
Green went first and showed a . Sammartino peeled his card and showed a and Green doubled up.
The under the gun player had raised to 1,500 and the player in the small blind called. Jeff Lisandro was the big blind and he decided to raise it up to 6,000. Both players called and there was a big pot brewing.
The flop was and the player in the small blind decided to lead out with a pot-sized bet of 18,600. Lisandro called and the preflop raiser folded his hand.
The was the turn and that's where all the chips went to the middle. The player in the small blind pushed all-in for about 25,000 and Lisandro called.
The river was the and there was no low on the board possible. Lisandro won the huge pot with just his pair of aces, eliminating his opponent in the meantime. Lisandro is now the chip leader of the tournament with just over 40 minutes left to play on Day 1.
PLO/PLO8/Big O/PLTD: Ante 125 - SB 400 - BB 800
NLHE: Ante 200 - SB 400 - BB 800