With the clock ticking its way down to zero in Level 9, we've come to the end of play for Day 1. Today's event could already be considered a success with 351 runners showing up to vie for the title and the dough. After the dust settled tonight, about 95 of them were still left in the field to fight for all the marbles.
Things started off slowly this afternoon. Very slowly, in fact. We were delayed by a full hour as the room was being prepared and the players were being organized and registered. Once we did get rolling at 1:00 pm, the players seemed content to let the action pass them by for a while, as they gathered a feel for the tournament and their opponents.
As we progressed through the day however, things sped up considerably; there was certainly no shortage of action. Among those who fell victim to Day 1's trials were PokerStars pros Chad Brown, Andre Akkari, and Barry Greenstein, as well as Brandon Cantu, David "Chino" Rheem, and Jason Mercier.
As the chips are being counted and bagged, it appears that Carter Gill is going to take the chip lead into Day 2. Quietly but steadily, he worked his way from 10,000 all the way up to 127,150, where he finished the day. Greg Raymer and Alex Brenes are among those hot on the heels of Gill, as is the better-known Brenes, Humberto. Humberto rode the short stack all day, but found himself on the increase when he moved to the featured table. Now, going into the second day, he is in the mix of those within striking distance of the leader.
We hope you enjoyed following along with us today. Play resumes at high noon local time tomorrow, when those 95 players will come back with new seats and a fresh crack at the title. The tournament staff has informed us that full chip counts will be available tomorrow morning, and we will post them for you as soon as possible. Until then, goodnight from Punta del Este!
Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon was on top of the mountain, having held 50,000 at one point early in the day. Things have been sliding all night for him though, and he recently found himself back under his starting stack of 10,000.
From early position, he came in with a raise to 4,000 -- nearly half his stack. The betting came around to the big blind who moved all in, having Kroon covered. "H0" put his last 5,375 into the middle and turned over . His opponent held .
The dealer spread out the community cards: -- safe for Kroon. With his kings holding, he dragged in a much-needed pot and has clawed his way back up over 20,000.
Over at the featured table, Mike Halioua started things off by raising to 2,500 under the gun. In middle position, Alejandro Carucha moved all in over the top for 9,000. Action passed back to Halioua, and he made the call.
Despite having his man dominated, the board ran sour for Halioua. The flop came , and another on the turn left him drawing dead to a chop. Halioua shipped a good chunk of his chips across the table, and now sits with 26,000.
In early position and working with a short stack, Chad Brown moved all in for his remaining 10,175 chips. Kory "s00tedj0kers" Kilpatrick came over the top all in himself, and the rest of the table folded. Brown tabled his and needed to improve to top Kilpatrick's .
The flop came , adding some outs to Brown's list. The on the turn gave him two more outs as well, but the river blanked off with the . Chad Brown failed to catch up, and he is eliminated from play late in Day 1.
Over at the featured table, Mike Halioua is doing some work. In recent action, he opened the betting with a raise from the button, making it 2,500 to play. The big blind was on the short stack, and he moved all in for about 10,000 total. Halioua made the call and the hands were turned over.
The turn brought a set of sevens for Halioua when it rolled out . There were still a few outs for him to sweat though. The turn and river, however, came and , and Halioua sent his opponent to the rail. After adding those chips to his stack, Halioua has moved up to 43,000.