Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
|2||Tuan Bui Le||20,800|
|3||Charles “Woody” Moore||95,100|
For the past nine months, the 2010/2011 World Series of Poker Circuit has traveled to 15 different venues, offering 154 gold-ring, and attracted more than 20,000 poker players to its tournaments, each looking to qualify for the inaugural National Championship $1,000,000 Freeroll. After months of hard work, 100 qualifiers made their way to Las Vegas to compete for the $300,000 and a WSOP bracelet.
Day 1 of the National Championship saw nearly all of the 100 qualified players actually take their seats. Unfortunately, a number of players were unable to attend for a plethora of reasons including Brett Richey, Gary Friedlander, and Dennis Summers. While some missed the golden opportunity to compete in the prestigious event, others were intent on taking advantage, perhaps none more so than La Sengphet, who emerged as the Day 1 chip leader with 165,000.
After eight levels of play, only 35 players remained. Joining Sengphet among the chip leaders are Jonathon Poche (121,400), Shiva Dudani (96,000), and Curt Kohlberg (94,600). In addition, a number of notable names are still in the field including Allen Kessler, Bernard Lee, Charles “Woody” Moore, Dwtye Pilgrim, Chris Klodnicki, and WSOP-C poster boy Kyle Cartwright.
While some players thrived, many failed to survive. Among those who hit the rail were World Poker Tour Player-of-the-Year Andy Frankenberger, Ali Eslami, Steve Zolotow, David “Doc” Sands, Steven Brecher, Allie Prescott, and Shannon Shorr.
Day 1 of the National Championship certainly delivered top-notch poker action, living up to all the anticipation and hype. Tomorrow, the remaining players will return to play down to the final nine and the first-ever National Championship final table. Action is set to resume at Noon tomorrow, so be sure to join us then for all the live updates from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Level 8 has expired on the tournament clock which means action has come to an end on Day 1. Players are currently completing their last hand and will soon bag their chips. We'll be back shortly with a chips stacks, the new seating assignments, and of course a recap of Day 1 action.
Shiva Dudani opened to 2,200 and was called by James Anderson to see a flop.
Dudani continued for 3,000 only to have Anderson bump it up to 9,000. Dudani made the call before check-calling 14,500 when the turn landed the .
The river of the went check, check and Dudani tabled his to collect the pot and move to just shy of 100,000 in chips.
La Sengphet opened to 2,700 from middle position only to be encountered with a 6,800-chip three-bet from Peter Mavro.
Sengphet made the call, but when she was greeted by a 7,000-chip continuation-bet on the flop, she tossed her face up into the muck.
Mavro slid his cards towards the muck to move to over double his starting stack as Senghet slipped below the 90,000-chip mark.
Jonathon Poche defended his big blind after an under the gun raise of 2,300 to see a flop fall.
Both players checked before Poche took the lead with a 3,600-chip bet when the turn landed the . The original raiser made the call as the completed the board with Poche opting for a check.
Poche however would kick his cards to the muck following a bet of 8,300 from his opponent as he slipped to 118,000 in chips.
After a player on the button raised to 2,300, Kevin Calenzo moved all in from the small blind for his last 7,600. Josh Evans then moved all in from the big blind for around 25,000, which forced the button out.
It was a coinflip as the dealer burned and began to deal the flop. "Ohhhh, not in the door," Calenzo sarcastically moaned as he saw the , which was followed by the and . The turn changed nothing and neither did the river. Evans took down the pot to increase his stack to 35,000 while Calenzo hit the rail.
The 2010/2011 World Series of Poker Circuit has produced its fair share of characters. A great example of one, who unfortunately didn't qualify for the National Championship, was Sam Rose, who we met in the Main Event in Hammond. It was there that Rose asked us to cover him, which we did when he was short stacked and in need of a double. In that hand, Rose was down to 7,400 when man to his right opened to 7,000, and Rose counted down his stack before deciding to just flat-call.
As the dealer was making the pot right, Rose started chatting. He was already standing up from his chair, and he asked us for a pen. "Here. I'm like Barry Greenstein," he said, pulling a non-descript square of white paper from his pocket. It was a voucher for a buffet comp. "I'm gonna sign this and give it to the guy who knocks me out!" Rose announced. He scrawled his John Hancock across the back, but as it turned out, Rose doubled on the hand.
Whether or not he gave away that voucher when he eventually busted is beyond us!
In middle position Drazen Ilich opened to 2,300 and found a call from Casey Hayes in the small blind.
The flop came down and Hayes checked to Ilich who bet 2,900. Hayes opted for a check raise to 7,300, Ilich moved Hayes all in and Hayes called. Hayes flopped top pair with but was well behind the of Ilich.
The turn was the and the river was the sending Hayes to the rail and moving Ilich into the top five with 78,000 chips.