2022 888poker XL Winter Series
$600 Grand Poker Series Championship No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
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$600 Grand Poker Series Championship No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1c Completed

Robert Clark Bags Day 1C Chip Lead of Event #22: $600 Championship No-Limit Hold'em $500,000 Guaranteed

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Golden Nugget Poker Cards
Golden Nugget Poker Cards

Robert Clark bagged the chip lead in Day 1C of Event #22: $600 Championship No-Limit Hold’em $500,000 Guarantee, the Main Event of The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget.

Clark was a bigger stack for most of the day and cemented himself as the Day 1C chip leader by eliminating Thet Mah as the bubble boy in a brutal river beat to end the day with 579,000 chips. Clark will be joining Day 1A chip leader Derrick Contreras (544,000) and Day 1B chip leader Tim Reilly (748,000) as some of the biggest stacks among a field of 138 contenders as they resume play in Day 2, which is planned to crown a champion, on Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. local time.

End of Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerChips
1Robert Clark579,000
2Fabien Lecardonnel532,000
3Antonio De La Cruz530,000
4Corey Zedo514,000
5Jason Bartholomew469,000
6Brian Johnson451,000
7Zheng Wu407,000
8John Gardner379,000
9Gennaro Proscia377,000
10Gustavo Rodriguez375,000

A total of 531 players showed up for Day 1C, with 67 players moving on to Day 2. Overall from all three flights, there were 1,096 total entries for a total prize pool of $565,536. 138 total players have made it into the money and bagged a stack for Day 2, where one player will take home the $102,266 first-place prize.

Be sure to follow PokerNews on Oct. 10, for Day 2, starting at 12 p.m. local time.

End-of-Day 1C Counts (full)

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Robert Clark US
Robert Clark
US 579,000
Fabien Lecardonnel FR
Fabien Lecardonnel
FR 532,000 219,000
Antonio De La Cruz us
Antonio De La Cruz
us 530,000 80,000
Corey Zedo us
Corey Zedo
us 514,000
Jason Bartholomew us
Jason Bartholomew
us 469,000 244,000
Brian Johnson us
Brian Johnson
us 451,000
Zheng Wu
Zheng Wu
407,000
John Gardner US
John Gardner
US 379,000 -191,000
Gennaro Proscia it
Gennaro Proscia
it 377,000
Gustavo Rodriguez ES
Gustavo Rodriguez
ES 375,000
Mark Haraka
Mark Haraka
369,000
Anthony Alonso
Anthony Alonso
369,000
Raymond Speck us
Raymond Speck
us 311,000
Jesse Jaurigue us
Jesse Jaurigue
us 304,000
Robert Sandoval US
Robert Sandoval
US 301,000 -19,000
She Lok Wong us
She Lok Wong
us 290,000
Neal Corcoran us
Neal Corcoran
us 284,000
Cynthia Keller us
Cynthia Keller
us 273,000
Jose Ramos us
Jose Ramos
us 253,000
Erik Glenister us
Erik Glenister
us 253,000
Rafael Rodriguez Arango
Rafael Rodriguez Arango
246,000
James Patterson us
James Patterson
us 245,000
Scott Herrmann us
Scott Herrmann
us 243,000 -17,000
Robert Powell us
Robert Powell
us 230,000
Ray Wright US
Ray Wright
US 224,000 171,000

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Mah Eliminated as Bubble Boy in Brutal River Beat

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Thet Mah was all in for his last 60,000 chips and at risk of being the bubble boy at the hands of Robert Clark. Once the other tables completed their hands, the two players flipped over their cards.

Thet Mah: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Robert Clark: {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Clark was yelling "Ace on the flop, one time, we're going home!", while Mah was silent and awaiting the dealer's runout which was all he could do.

The flop was safe for Mah as it came {k-Spades}{5-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. The turn was the {7-Hearts} and all Mah had to do was avoid a three-outer on the river. Clark was repeatedly calling out "Ace!", and the room erupted as the {a-Hearts} spiked the river and signified that the remaining 67 players were now in the money and on to Day 2.

Mah, meanwhile, was still silent and only quietly said "What can you do?", which was all he could muster before exiting the room after the sick beat, while Robert Clark ends as one of the biggest stacks of the day.

Players are now bagging and tagging. Chip counts of all remaining players and a recap are to follow.

Robert Clark US
Robert Clark
US 579,000 219,000
Thet Mah
Thet Mah
Busted

Patterson Cracks Aces to Eliminate Player One Away From Bubble

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

A player was all in and at risk preflop for 90,000 against James Patterson.

Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
James Patterson: {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}

The flop was {2-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{a-Hearts} to give the at-risk player a set of aces but also give Patterson a flush draw. The {3-Spades} came on the turn to change nothing, but on the river, the disastrous {j-Hearts} hit the felt to give Patterson a flush and eliminate his opponent in brutal fashion so close to the bubble.

With 68 players remaining, play is now hand-for-hand.

James Patterson us
James Patterson
us 245,000 155,000

Liu Eliminated by Diamonds

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
JJ Liu
JJ Liu

J.J. Liu got the rest of her 50,000 or so stack in preflop and was against one player.

J.J. Liu: {a-}{8-}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

The flop was the exact opposite of what Liu wanted to see as it came {7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} to leave her drawing dead. The meaningless {j-Clubs} and {3-Diamonds} completed the board and left her with no chips as the players near the end of the day.

J.J. Liu tw
J.J. Liu
tw Busted

Herrmann Survives Aces Sweat Near Bubble

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Scott Herrmann raised to 14,000 from the hijack and J.J. Liu jammed in the big blind to put him to the test. However, Herrmann snap-called.

J.J. Liu: {8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Scott Herrmann: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}

Herrmann had an easy decision with the rockets but still needed to hold.

The flop was {q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. The turn was the {a-Diamonds} which gave Herrmann a set but it also gave Liu a flush draw.

However, the {q-Spades} came on the river to ensure Herrmann would not have his aces cracked this time and he stays alive and doubles close to the end-of-day bubble.

Scott Herrmann us
Scott Herrmann
us 260,000

Payouts Announced

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

With late registration closed, the payouts have been announced. 67 players will make it through today with a cash.

Combined with the previous flights, there were 1,096 total entries combining for a $565,536 prize pool. 138 total players will be making it to Day 2 tomorrow and they will each receive a min-cash of $825, with the top three spots currently taking home $102,266, $66,570, and $44,325 respectively.

Sandoval Makes Quads

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

On a board of {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Spades}, Robert Sandoval bet 25,000 and was called.

The {5-Clubs} came on the river and he bet again and was called. Sandoval showed {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for quads to add to his stack while his opponent mucked.

Robert Sandoval US
Robert Sandoval
US 320,000 245,000
Level:
15
Blinds:
3,000/5,000
Ante:
5,000