The Main Event
The Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

133,400 -200
121,900 69,900
93,500 74,500
83,700 29,700
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
us 78,800 14,800
72,000 27,000

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Day 1b Concludes with Negreanu in the Top Pack

donpeters • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Day 1b has come to a close here at The Big Event's Main Event at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California. Another 154 players joined the action today, with under 100 of them remaining at day's end. Topping the field is Shawn Hart with 151,900 in chips.

A couple of the bigger names who played today and amassed some hefty stacks were Ali Eslami (135,200) and Daniel Negreanu (111,500). Both finished in the top 10 for Day 1b. Other names such as Joe Cada, Daniel Alaei, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Affleck and John Hennigan also played in the second starting flight, but they all fell by the end of the day.

Some of the other notables moving on to Day 2 are Dwyte Pilgrim, Eddy Sabat, Kathy Liebert, Ray Henson and Arnaud Mattern. They'll join the remaining players from Day 1a when the fields combine tomorrow at 12:00 PM local time to continue the quest. What's at the end of the road? Just a major title and $500,000 in prize money, that's all. We'll see you right back here on PokerNews for all the live coverage!

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The Master and Johnny World Gone as Day Winds Down

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

John Hennigan got his stack in holding {A-}{Q-} but could not crack the {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} of Xuan Nguyen as the board ran out {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. He was eliminated from the Big Event in the last hands of Day 1b.

Likewise, Men "The Master" Nguyen's pocket tens could not crack the pocket kings of his opponent and he was sent to the rail.

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Peng Takes a Big Hit

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

With about 15,000 in the pot and a board reading {6-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{J-Spades}{3-Hearts}, Vanessa Peng bet 15,000 only to be raised to 35,000 by her opponent in middle position. Peng thought about it for awhile before making the call. Unfortunately for her, she ran into her opponent's {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} but straight. Peng lost more than half her chips and was left with just 19,500.

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Four More

donpeters • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

The lucky number has been drawn and we're playing four more hands for the day.

Negreanu Still Climbing

donpeters • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

From middle position, Daniel Negreanu raised to 1,800. The small blind three-bet to 4,900 and Negreanu made the call. The flop came down {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{4-Spades} and both players checked. They also checked the turn ({7-Diamonds}) and river ({2-Diamonds}). The small blind then tabled the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Negreanu mucked.

On the next hand, Negreanu opened from middle position again with a raise to 1,800. Joseph El Khoury called from the big blind and the flop came down {Q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. El Khoury checked and Negreanu bet 2,100. El Khoury folded and Negreanu won the pot.

Negreanu is up to 115,000 now.

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Not Mastering Much

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Men "The Master" Nguyen was doing well early but not so much here in the latter stages of the day. Recently he was in the big blind and called an opponent's raise to 1,800 as the flop came down {J-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}. Nguyen checked, his opponent bet, and he insta-mucked. Nguyen is down to just 10,000 with less than a half hour left in Day 1b.

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Negreanu Crushing

donpeters • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

From under the gun, Daniel Negreanu raised to 1,800. Play folded all the way around to the small blind and he three-bet to 4,500. John Hennigan folded in the big blind and then Negreanu moved all in after giving his opponent a speech. The player made the call for his last 21,000.

Negreanu: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}
Small blind: {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} to give Negreanu the pot and send the player to the rail. Negreanu is now in six figures with about 105,000 in chips.

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World Champion Down

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Joe Cada
Joe Cada

Joe Cada was looking for a decent spot to commit his last 7,000 chips or so and decided it was time after looking down at {J-Spades}{K-Diamonds} in middle position. The player in the cutoff woke up with {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and made the call.

Cada was dominated and looking for some help. The {8-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop gave both players a pair of jacks, but the cutoff's ace-kicker was in play. The {6-Spades} turn changed nothing and neither did the {A-Diamonds} river. Cada, the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, made his exit from the Big Event just shy of Day 2.

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