$2,500 Championship Event
$2,500 Championship Event
Day 1 Completed

Pedro Oliveira Leads Hollywood Poker Open Championship After Day 1

Happy_Freaked • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Pedro Oliveira
Pedro Oliveira

The third season of the Hollywood Poker Open held its $2,500 Championship Event at the M Resort Casino Spa in Las Vegas, and after Day 1 Pedro Oliveira (369,000) led the way. The first and only starting day of this event drew a big 662 entries, 188 of which managed to make it through to Day 2. Late registration for the event will remain open until the start of Day 2, and we're expecting to see some more familiar faces give it another shot.

The field on Day 1 was spectacular, as tons of notables showed up to battle in the beautiful Milan Ballroom. Besides defending champion Simon Deadman, who reentered twice, we spotted Jonathan Little, Jared Hamby, Matthias De Meulder, Justin Young, Eddy Sabat, Matt Salsburg, and Allen Kessler, just to name a few. Unfortunately, none of them made the second day of play, but they can still reenter before the cards are in the air on Saturday at noon local time.

HPO ambassador Chris Moneymaker entertained his table with some friendly bets on the Women's World Cup, but the poker hands didn't go his way. Moneymaker fired a couple bullets, but to no avail.

The Dutch were also represented with Steven van Zadelhoff and Pim de Goede, neither of which made Day 2.

Esther Taylor-Brady did make the next day, and she bagged up a big stack worth 217,000 in chips. Tim Reilly is also among the bigger stacks with 151,300, and so is Cord Garcia wirth 151,000 and Ukranian pro Oleksandr Gnatenko with 141,700.

British European Poker Tour champions David Vamplew and Tom Middleton also played, but the latter was the only one to bag up an advancing stack, as he will take 134,000 into Day 2. Recent World Series of Poker bracelet winner and last year's runner-up, Michael Wang, entered as well, but he was unable to survive.

Tracey Sweeney was one of the more active players in the tournament on Day 1, and she will return on Day 2 with 79,300.

Towards the end of the night reentries were plentiful, and Tom Hall, DJ MacKinnon, Artur Koren, and Jake Balsiger were among the ones knocked out.

Play resumes on Saturday at 12 p.m. local Las Vegas time, and PokerNews.com will be right there with you with all the live updates. We'll see you then!

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

donpeters • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Pedro Oliveira pt
Pedro Oliveira
pt 369,000
David Kluchman us
David Kluchman
us 282,800
Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 266,100
Esther Taylor-Brady us
Esther Taylor-Brady
us 217,000
Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
us 215,000 80,000
Patrick Truong us
Patrick Truong
us 186,300 186,300
Jiachen Gong ca
Jiachen Gong
ca 156,400 156,400
Tim Reilly us
Tim Reilly
us 151,300
Cord Garcia us
Cord Garcia
us 151,000
Michael Aron US
Michael Aron
US 141,700 117,700
Oleksandr Gnatenko UA
Oleksandr Gnatenko
UA 141,700 91,700
Chris Conrad us
Chris Conrad
us 140,700 140,700
Elliott Peterman gb
Elliott Peterman
gb 140,200 140,200
Brent Hanks us
Brent Hanks
us 138,000
Daniel Moorman US
Daniel Moorman
US 134,400 134,400
Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
gb 134,000 82,000
Gary Bates US
Gary Bates
US 130,600 130,600
Matt Iles us
Matt Iles
us 128,600 128,600
Jesse Rockowitz us
Jesse Rockowitz
us 127,300 -12,700
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 127,200
Diogo Cardoso pt
Diogo Cardoso
pt 126,600 126,600
Riley Fuller us
Riley Fuller
us 125,000 125,000
Eugene Castro us
Eugene Castro
us 124,800 124,800
Jesse Yaginuma us
Jesse Yaginuma
us 124,500 40,500
Jean-Pascal Savard ca
Jean-Pascal Savard
ca 123,800 123,800

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Bagging and Tagging

donpeters • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante

The players have wrapped up play on all tables and are bagging up their chips. A recap of the day will be posted shortly.

PokerNews Podcast Episode #309: Pizza is Coming feat. Mickey Doft

donpeters • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante

Jason Somerville is in the dirty basement for this episode, but he is replaced by the legendary Mickey Doft, who STILL DOESN'T HAVE PIZZA. The gang, broadcasting from the Hollywood Poker Open $2,500 Championship Event at the M Resort Spa Casino, discusses a bad day in the 25K Fantasy League, the recent bracelet winners, and the ABSENCE OF PIZZA.

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Tags: Jason SomervilleMickey DoftPokerNews Podcast

Three More Hands

donpeters • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante

With the clock paused at 10 minutes left in the level, each table will now play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Rockowitz Sends Woodward Packing

donpeters • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 2,500 from middle position, and the player in the cutoff seat called before Matt Woodward reraised all in for 20,400. Play folded back to Rockowitz, and he called the shove. The player in the cutoff seat folded, leaving Rockowitz and his {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} to battle with the at-risk Woodward's {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}.

The flop, turn, and river ran out {K-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, and Woodward was eliminated.

Jesse Rockowitz us
Jesse Rockowitz
us 140,000 80,000
Matt Woodward us
Matt Woodward
us Busted

Tags: Matt WoodwardJesse Rockowitz

Chopped Pot Between Laake and Sullivan

donpeters • Level 11: 600-1,200, 100 ante

From middle position, Michael Laake raised to 2,400. Play folded over to RJ Sullivan in the cutoff seat, and he reraised to 6,500. Everyone folded back to Laake, and he called to take the {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Spades} flop.

On the flop, Laake check-called a bet of 5,000 from Sullivan. After the dealer added the {6-Clubs} to the board on the turn, Laake check-called another 11,000. The {5-Diamonds} completed the board on the river, and both players checked.

Laake showed the {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}, and Sullivan showed the {Q-Clubs}{9-Spades}. With the two pair on board — tens and fives — both players had a queen kicker and chopped up the pot.

Michael Laake us
Michael Laake
us 108,000 -5,500
RJ Sullivan us
RJ Sullivan
us 56,000 -12,500

Tags: Michael LaakeRJ Sullivan