Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
Day 1a of Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker has concluded. It attracted a field of 2,564 players to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and only 567 bagged up chips for Day 2.
Yiming Li shone brightest on the first of two flights, ending Day 1a with a tournament leading stack of 487,000. There us some distance between Li and the chasing pack; Donavan Dean is his nearest rival with 391,500 chips.
Mark Dube finds himself in third place after the first of two Day 1s. Dube came close to winning a bracelet in 2015 when he finished second in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. He has done his chances of securing some poker gold no harm at all by being fastest out of the blocks in this tournament.
Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Plenty of well-known players were among those survivors, including, Chance Kornuth (324,000), Kitty Kuo (276,500), Asi Moshe (266,500), Anton Wigg (178,500), Shannon Shorr (101,000), Ryan Riess (97,000), and Adrian Mateos (70,000)
Not all players were fortunate to find a bag at the end of the day though, with such luminaries as Vanessa Kade, Shaun Deeb, and Tony Miles falling by the wayside before the curtain came down on proceedings.
Day 1b shuffles up at deals at 10:00 a.m. local time on October 9, and another bumper crowd is expected. Will anyone surpass Li's impressive stack? Stay tuned to PokerNews to find out.
The players have bagged for the night. A day 1a recap and chip count will follow.
Picking up action on the river with the board reading . Kitty Kuo checked to her opponent and he put out a bet of 11,000 into a pot of 38,000. Kuo raised to 46,000 and the player tank called. Kuo tabled for the nuts.
Tom McCormick raised to 4,000 in middle position and got three callers including Dan Sepiol in later position.
The flop came down and McCormick bet 7,000 when the action got checked to him. Sepiol raised, which folded out the players behind him. McCormick went all in for 75,000. Sepiol called and the cards were tabled.
The board ran out and McCormick left the tournament area.
Jason Wheeler recapped the action. Wheeler opened the action to 4,500, and Shaun Deeb three-bet to 13,500. The player behind Deeb went all-in with the covering stack, Wheeler folded, and Deeb called.
The board ran out and Shaun Deeb was eliminated.
At another table, Matt Berkey's seat was empty and he has left the tournament.
Sejin Park had flatted an under the gun to 6,000 open from early position and two more players flatted behind.
The flop came down and Park called a bet of 12,000 from the under the gun player while the other two players folded.
The turn of was checked through, and the river came a and the under the gun player checked. Park bet 9,000, and the opponent called. Park turned over , and the under-the-gun player said "kicker good" before tossing his hands into the muck.
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