Day 1 of Event #10: $5,000 NLH High Roller has ended for the day after an exciting Day 1 which saw ten hours of play whittle a field of 82 down to 30 in this very deep stack tournament.
The chip leader at the end of the day was Bin Weng who had quite an eventful day and finished with 760,500 which is a full 250,000 more than second place. He started off the day busting before the first break but he loaded up his second bullet quickly and started to surge at once. He caught headlines when he flopped a royal flush in the mid part of the day but that was only an asterisk to his day as he only collected a few chips from that pot. Later in the day, he took out Doug Polk when he called his river bluff with king-high. From there it was only onwards and upwards as he won several big pots to end the night with his impressive haul.
Top 5 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Hometown||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Bin Weng||Philadelphia, PA||760,500||254|
|2||Farid Jattin||Miami, FL||441,000||147|
|3||Mahesh Rathi||Austin, TX||409,500||137|
|4||John Gallaher||Lebanin, TN||349,000||116|
|5||Badr Imejjane||Frisco, TX||311,000||104|
In second place at the end of the day was Farid Jattin with 441,000 and Mahesh Rathi was third with 409,500 to be the only other two players to bag over 400,000.
John Gallaher bagged fourth place with 349,000, a large portion of his stack coming in a huge pot where he flopped top set over second set which became boat over boat on the turn to win the largest pot of the day to that point to put him at the chip lead for a bit, which he would dip from but still finish in the top five.
Badr Imejjane catapulted into the top five in stacks on one of the last hands of the night when he made the correct river call with his tournament life at stake.
One of the themes of the day was huge hands, as there were several big full houses, quads in the first level and the aforementioned flopped royal flush. Another beneficiary of a monster was Soheb Porbandarwala who flopped the top of a straight flush shortly after dinner and then ended up finishing the night in sixth place with 267,500.
Several big names entered the fray, including Chance Kornuth who continued his on-fire tournament form by bagging 213,500. Other notables to bag were Adam Hendrix with 74,000 and Alex Foxen who had a large stack for most of the day but lost most of it to finish with the third shortest stack with 51,500.
The 30 players will move on to Day 2, where levels elongate to 75-minutes. Play will get underway at 3 p.m. and PokerNews will have all the action as it unfolds.