Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
The first No-Limit Hold'em High Roller event got underway today at the 2021 World Series of Poker with Event #6: $25,000 High Roller NLHE kicking off in the afternoon. A total of 135 entries were recorded on Day 1, and Jake Daniels topped the 54 remaining players, holding the chip lead with 1,182,000 chips.
Daniels had a brilliant end to the day, accumulating the majority of his chips in the final two levels of the night. It started off as an innocent hand, but it quickly turned into the largest pot of the day when Daniels collided with Eric Worre. Worre check-raised the flop, bet the turn, and shoved all-in on the river, picking up a call from Daniels the entire way. Worre turned over a small pair as a bluff, and Daniels held top pair to scoop the pot.
Just moments later, Daniels eliminated Daniel Negreanu in a coin flip when just about everything seemed to be going Daniels' way. It wasn't until recently that Daniels joined the high-roller scene but has since been on a tear with several podium finishes that resulted in six-figure paydays. Over the past two years, Daniels has accumulated nearly almost all of his $2.1 million in career earnings.
Some other big stacks to join Daniels at the top of the leaderboard include Michael Liang (1,028,000), James Chen (835,000), Jake Schindler (667,000), and Clayton Kalisek (610,000). The field was littered with big names and previous WSOP bracelet winners, some of which will return for Day 2 and others that will not. Most notably, Michael Addamo burned through both of his bullets today so will not be in the hunt for another WSOP title and another big payday.
As per usual in these high-stakes tournaments, there was no shortage of action to begin the day, even though players started with 150 big blinds. In the first hand of the day, Brian Altman found his entire stack in the middle, but his opponent reluctantly laid his hand down. Altman continued that momentum throughout the day but tailed off in the later stages.
There will be at least 54 players returning for Day 2 tomorrow, which gets underway at 2 p.m. local time. Late registration remains open until the start of play, and there will likely be a flurry of late entries making their way into the Amazon Room with hopes of receiving a share of the prize pool.
The blinds resume at 5,000/10,000 and a 10,000 big blind ante, and all new starting stacks will begin with 150,000 chips. The schedule for the day calls for 60-minute levels with a dinner break after six levels. Play will conclude once a final table is reached, and those players will return on Day 3 of the tournament.
Follow along for all of the up-to-date action as the PokerNews live reporting team will be here to bring you all of the live updates throughout the tournament.
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|435||2||Clayton Kalisek||United States||610,000||61|
|435||4||Cary Katz||United States||285,000||29|
|435||5||Frank Funaro||United States||477,000||48|
|435||7||Joe Mckeehen||United States||208,000||21|
|435||8||Carlos Chadha||United States||550,000||55|
|436||1||Calvin Lee||United States||320,000||32|
|436||3||Jonathan Jaffe||United States||476,000||48|
|436||4||Scott Ball||United States||336,000||34|
|436||5||Jason Koon||United States||90,000||9|
|436||6||James Romero||United States||279,000||28|
|436||8||Michael Liang||United States||1,028,000||103|
|437||1||Seth Davies||United States||121,000||12|
|437||4||Daniel Zack||United States||178,000||18|
|438||2||Brian Rast||United States||551,000||55|
|438||4||Stanley Tang||United States||405,000||41|
|438||5||Darren Elias||United States||481,000||48|
|438||6||Chad Eveslage||United States||22,000||2|
|438||7||Barry Hutter||United States||163,000||16|
|439||5||Paul Newey||United Kingdom||473,000||47|
|439||6||Jake Daniels||United States||1,182,000||118|
|439||7||Elio Fox||United States||169,000||17|
|444||6||Giuseppe Iadisernia||United States||577,000||58|
|444||7||Jake Schindler||United States||667,000||67|
|444||8||Scott Eskenazi||United States||298,000||30|
|445||1||Adam Hendrix||United States||462,000||46|
|445||2||Mohammad Arani||United States||321,000||32|
|445||3||Shannon Shorr||United States||502,000||50|
|445||6||Anthony Zinno||United States||142,000||14|
|446||1||Brock Wilson||United States||187,000||19|
|446||2||David Peters||United States||111,000||11|
|446||3||Galen Hall||United States||465,000||47|
|446||5||Dylan Linde||United States||321,000||32|
|446||8||Sean Perry||United States||486,000||49|
|447||1||Chance Kornuth||United States||570,000||57|
|447||3||Eli Berg||United States||324,000||32|
|447||4||Tyler Cornell||United States||414,000||41|
|447||6||Erik Seidel||United States||512,000||51|
|447||7||Nick Petrangelo||United States||200,000||20|
|448||1||Dan Shak||United States||126,000||13|
|448||4||Jared Jaffee||United States||465,000||47|
|448||6||Ankush Mandavia||United States||553,000||55|
|448||7||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia & Herzegovina||114,000||11|
The tournament clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining in level 8 and each table will complete their final four hands of the night before the players bag up their chips.
Mikita Badziakouski had just lost a big hand where he made a crying call on a queen-high board and mucked when his opponent showed pocket jacks. A few hands later, he was all-in for 63,000 in a heads-up pot.
The board ran out and Badziakouski secured a double with top pair.
Daniel Negreanu was still sitting on a shorter stack of just over 10 big blinds and he moved all in for just over 100,000 in early position. Chipleader, Jacob Daniels, was waiting in the cutoff and made the call when the action folded around.
"Small cards!" Negreanu cheered as the dealer spread the flop of . Negreanu remained in the lead with his pair of jacks but the on the turn gave Daniels a pair of queens. The on the river changed nothing and Negreanu sent his chips to the big stack of Daniels.
Joe McKeehen re-shoved when an opponent on the button went all-in for around 136,000 and the other player in the hand got out of the way.
The flop of was safe for McKeehen but the on the turn gave his opponent a set; the on the river didn't change things. McKeehen was visibly shaken after the hand.
Picking up the action on the flop with the board reading , the action was on Jacob Daniels on the button who bet 17,000 into a pot of around 30,000. Eric Worre was in the big blind and check-raised to 50,000 which Daniels called.
The on the turn paired the board and Worre counted out a bet of 80,000. Daniels still tagged along to see the on the river.
Worre paused for a minute before shoving his stack of 216,000 into the middle. Daniels asked for a count and thought for a moment as well. He eventually made the call and Worre flipped over , knowing his pocket fives were no good at the time. Daniels tabled for kings and nines to scoop a huge pot and climb into seven figures.
The action folded to Daniel Negreanu in the small blind who shoved all in for 51,000. Erik Seidel was in the big blind and made a hesitant call with up against the of Negreanu.
The board ran out and the players chopped the pot with two pair and a queen kicker.
In the next hand, there was a raise to 13,000 and Negreanu moved all-in for 55,000 this time. His opponent called and was in a dominating position.
Negreanu turned over but was in bad shape against the of his opponent. However, the board of favored Negreanu who scored a double up to stay alive.