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Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em



Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1c completed

John Utley Tops the Day 1c Leaderboard

GeoffFisk • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
John Utley
John Utley

Day 1c of Event #3: The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em is in the books! Saturday was another big day for an event that’s on pace to break the record for the largest attendance ever for a WSOP event.

All of the initial seats for the flight were sold out before today’s action started at 10 a.m., with late registration becoming available later in the day. The Rio Convention Center was filled to its poker capacity, with all tournament tables full and overflow rooms packed with players for most of Saturday.

Players grinded through 13 levels on Day 1c, with the day’s chip leaders including names like John Utley (830,000), Joshua Suyat (801,000), WSOP bracelet winner Todd Witteles (664,000), and Kunal Patni (404,000). These players will lead the field that made it through to Day 2c, with the restart scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m.

Other notable players that made it through the flight include WSOP bracelet winner Steve Zolotow (256,000), 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (252,000), Aaron Massey (188,000), 2006 Main Event champion Jamie Gold (135,000) and Allen Kessler (112,000).

The last of the Day 1 flights kicks off Sunday at 10 a.m. with Day 1d, as players will get one more shot to advance to the Day 2 flights. The Day 2 flights (2a, 2b, 2c and 2d) will play through Tuesday, June 4. After those flights are completed, all Day 2 fields will be combined and Day 3 will commence on June 5.

Players in the Big 50 are competing for a $1 million guaranteed first prize, and plenty of notable names showed up Saturday but didn’t make it through Day 1c.

Daniel Negreanu started the day late and busted out just minutes before the end of Level 13. Other notable eliminations on Day 1c included Maria Ho, Melanie Weisner, 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, and high roller fixture Dan Shak.

There were plenty of big names in the huge field for Day 1c, and perhaps some of today’s eliminations will come back and take another shot in Day 1d of The Big 50 on Sunday. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will have all of the action covered, so stay tuned!

Day 1a entries:6,095
Day 1a unique players:5,159
Day 1a prize pool:$2,986,660
Day 1b entries:5,972
Day 1b unique players:3,784
Day 1b prize pool:$2,843,780
Day 1c entries:7,183
Day 1c unique players:3,861
Day 1c prize pool:$3,375,570
Day 1d entries:9,121
Day 1d unique players:5,166
Day 1d prize pool:$4,303,425

Tags: Aaron MasseyDan ShakDaniel NegreanuGreg RaymerJamie GoldJohn UtleyJoshua SuyatKunal PatniMaria HoMelanie WeisnerPhil HellmuthShaun DeebSteve ZolotowTodd Witteles

End-of-Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Leandro Padilla US
Leandro Padilla
US 1,184,000
Phuoc Nguyen us
Phuoc Nguyen
us 1,000,000
Daniel Hirleman us
Daniel Hirleman
us 920,000
Kent Miller US
Kent Miller
US 900,000
Gregg Merkow us
Gregg Merkow
us 884,000 234,000
Aaron Frei us
Aaron Frei
us 861,000 401,000
Perry Johnston US
Perry Johnston
US 859,000
Jeff Ramsey
Jeff Ramsey
John Utley us
John Utley
us 830,000 285,000
Sean Small us
Sean Small
us 814,000
Joshua Suyat us
Joshua Suyat
us 801,000 801,000
Benjamin Fine US
Benjamin Fine
US 788,000
Gregory Fishberg us
Gregory Fishberg
us 786,000
Martin Perez AR
Martin Perez
AR 785,000
Andrew Gordon us
Andrew Gordon
us 748,000
David Matsumoto us
David Matsumoto
us 746,000 746,000
Keith Jones us
Keith Jones
us 735,000
Christopher Noblemolnar US
Christopher Noblemolnar
US 733,000
Jose Sanabria MX
Jose Sanabria
MX 729,000
Oscar Ortiz us
Oscar Ortiz
us 716,000
Makram Merhom us
Makram Merhom
us 713,000
Alfredo Sousa pt
Alfredo Sousa
pt 685,000 685,000
Todd Witteles us
Todd Witteles
us 682,000
Dong Chen cn
Dong Chen
cn 674,000
Steven Potashnick us
Steven Potashnick
us 661,000

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Seven More Hands

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

The field will play seven more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for assorted chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Beauregard Flips His Way to a Double

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Josh Beauregard jammed for 127,000 from under the gun, and the player next to act immediately three-bet shoved for 470,000, chasing out the remainder of the field.

Josh Beauregard: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

Beauregard picked up a flush draw on the {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop, but his opponent picked up a wheel draw. The {3-Spades} turn and {9-Spades} river bricked out, and Beauregard doubled up with his eights.

Josh Beauregard
Josh Beauregard

Tags: Josh Beauregard

Everything Going Right for Men Nguyen

GeoffFisk • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen

Men Nguyen is up to 600,000 chips, and the player in the hijack just bought "The Master" a beer in the middle of another big hand for Nguyen.

With the flop showing {3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, the player in the big blind bet 30,000 and Nguyen called. The turn brought the {10-Clubs}, the big blind put another 30,000 in the pot Nguyen raised to 105,000 and the big blind called the additional 75,000.

The river came {5-Spades}, and the big blind checked. Nguyen bet 100,000 and got the call, and "The Master" turned over {6-Spades}{4-Spades} for a flopped nut straight. The big blind showed {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}, and said "that's why you're the master."

With just 30 minutes left in Day 1c, it looks like Nguyen will end the night as one of the chip leaders for this flight.

Men Nguyen us
Men Nguyen
us 600,000 508,500

Tags: Men Nguyen

Knadler Gets A Late Night Double

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Andrew Knadler jammed for 102,000 from under the gun, and a player in middle position called to put him at risk.

Andrew Knadler: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}

Knadler's kings would hold up on a {4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs}{8-Clubs} board for the double.

Andrew Knadler US
Andrew Knadler
US 217,000

Tags: Andrew Knadler


Last Break of the Night

BrandonTemple • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The remaining field is off on a fifteen-minute break. When they return, they'll play one final 50-minute level before bagging and tagging for the night.

Gabin's Grabbin' Stacks

BrandonTemple • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

A player raised to 13,000 from middle position, and Jarred Gabin three-bet to 45,000 from the hijack. Action folded back to the middle position player, who four-bet shoved for 171,000, and Gabin called.

Opponent: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Jarred Gabin: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

It was a big flip, and Gabin added some extra outs on the {2-Clubs}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop with a wheel draw. He drilled the {a-Diamonds} on the turn, and the {2-Hearts} river sent him the big pot and the late night elimination.

Jarred Gabin us
Jarred Gabin
us 472,000 472,000

Tags: Jarred Gabin