And with that, we end our Day 1's and move on to what we in the poker world like to call Day 2.
Matthew Woodward appears to be our chip leader going into Day 2, although anything can happen. Other folks doing well from today's field include Samer Rahman, Robert Mizrachi and Lex Veldhuis -- the latter having amassed an enormous stack within half an hour of the start of play, from which he never looked back.
An impressive field started today -- not only was it at 270 runners much larger than the Day 1a field, but it was about as packed with famous names as a poker tournament could be. Among those who fell by the wayside were WSOP champions Carlos Mortensen and Peter Eastgate, as well as Vanessa Rousso, Dario Minieri, Alex Kravchenko, Julian Thew and William Thorson. Some of the fine folks who made it through to tomorrow include Daniel Negreanu, Mike "Timex" McDonald, Noah Boeken, Sandra Naujoks and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
Tomorrow things will get very serious indeed for our remaining runners as they are joined by the 107 Day 1a survivors to play six 75-minute levels. Join us back here at PokerNews.com from 12.30pm GMT+2.
Lex Veldhuis has been cruising along for the majority of the day. He recently busted William Thorson with against Thorson's and just now took another player out.
The player in the hijack seat raised to 3,000 and Lex called out of the big blind. The flop came down and Veldhuis checked. The preflop raiser bet out 5,000 and then Lex stuck a bunch of T5,000 chips out in the middle, totaling 40,000. The player that bet had roughly 20,000 behind and made the call, but did so painfully.
Veldhuis tabled and held a flush draw along with one overcard versus his opponent's . The turn was the and the river landed the , completing Lex's flush. He now has around 175,000 chips.
Daniel Negreanu was standing away from the table at the time, but came back to see Lex's hand and commented, "What are you a worst-hand warrior?"
The two then began talking and Lex offered a challenge to Negreanu for some heads-up poker. He mentioned that they should play some live and online play with a mix of no-limit hold'em and limit hold'em to see who comes out on top. Negreanu responded by asking, "Do I get the button, say, 60-70% of the time?"
Another bit of excellent end-of-the-night recklessness, this time courtesy of Anthony Roux.
With the board reading , Asa Smith bet 7,500, only for Roux to make it 22,500. Roux disappeared into a squirmy place for a while, and when he came out again, he called. Roux mucked instantly and Smith took the pot without having to show.
We're not terribly sure who raised first, but we arrived to see [Removed:197] sticking 7,500 in preflop. To his immediate left, Matt Woodward made it 27,500. Wow. Then to his immediate left, Maxim Lykov made it 45,750. [Removed:198] folded and wandered off to rant at someone at the rail, but Woodward, after a dignified pause, moved all in.
Instafold from Lykov. Wow.
Lykov drops right down to 32,000, while Woodward is our brand new chip leader with 200,000.
Patrick Bueno: 70,000
Lex Veldhuis: 145,000
William Thorson: 24,000
Daniel Negreanu: 85,000
Thayer Rasmussen: 82,000
Luis Ramon Rufas Acin: 95,000
Uffe Holm: 40,000
Johan van Til: 80,000
Guillaume de la Gorce: 25,000
Ivan Demidov: 30,000
Noah Boeken: 87,000
Noah Schwartz: 17,000
Samer Rahman: 155,000
Cristiano Blanco: 23,000
Nicolas Levi: 14,000
Juan Pastor: was on 10,000, but it looks as though he has since busted
Davidi Kitai: 18,000
Peter Hedlund: 56,000
Dario Minieri is out. He raised to 2,100 and called a reraise of 8,200 from the player to his left. The flop was and Minieri check-raised all-in for about 33,000 over the top of an 18,800 continuation bet. His opponent prompty called with leaving Minieri's in hot water.
Both players hit a full house on the turn and the changed nothing.