Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Seat 1: Dean Schultz - 20,775
Seat 2: Bryn Kenney - 61,900
Seat 3: Darren Elias - 1,350
Seat 4: Josh Spiegelman - 30,450
Seat 5: Matt Stout - 26,075
Seat 6: Trevor Savage - 40,750
Seat 7: TJ Cloutier - 26,600
Seat 8: Eric Haber - 18,200
Seat 9: Alexander Queen - 16,100
Seat 1: Beth Shak - 29,475
Seat 2: Feming Chan - 46,600
Seat 3: John Cernuto - 30,175
Seat 4: Puan Hoe Tong - 28,000
Seat 5: Jonathan Aguiar - 58,125
Seat 6: empty
Seat 7: Phil Collins - 60,700
Seat 8: Victor Ramdin - 59,400
Seat 9: Nick Schulman - 57,325
Seat 1: Curt Kohlberg - 32,250
Seat 2: Brent Roberts - 11,400
Seat 3: empty
Seat 4: Frank Vizza - 72,000
Seat 5: Will Failla - 51,500
Seat 6: Chris Klodnicki - 79,250
Seat 7: Dwyte Pilgrim - 50,500
Seat 8: Chris Reslock - 30,375
Seat 9: Jay Nair - 46,600
Seat 1: Andy Frankenberger - 84,850
Seat 2: Ravi Raghaven - 19,725
Seat 3: Kenny Hicks - 80,400
Seat 4: Michael Orecchio - 35,025
Seat 5: Wooyang Lin - 49,575
Seat 6: Haralambos Tsivicos - 42,725
Seat 7: Chris Bell - 56,850
Seat 8: Anthony Newman - 32,550
Seat 9: Josh Brikis - 33,975
Seat 1: Dan Heimiller - 39,575
Seat 2: Eric Weiner - 36,700
Seat 3: Dan Kelly - 72,275
Seat 4: Richard Kirsch - 11,525
Seat 5: Christian Harder - 56,025
Seat 6: Amnon Filippi - 21,025
Seat 7: Brett Richey - 35,575
Seat 8: Allen Kessler - 15,000
Seat 9: Matthew Waxman - 61,700
Seat 1: Bernard Lee - 27,100
Seat 2: David Baker - 38,250
Seat 3: Nick Mitchell - 79,675
Seat 4: Jonathan Little - 52,500
Seat 5: Sorel Mizzi - 64,200
Seat 6: Brent Hanks - 41,000
Seat 7: Anton Nikaj - 35,000
Seat 8: Alan Sternberg - 36,600
Seat 9: empty
Seat 1: James Mackey - 39,425
Seat 2: Amer Sulaiman - 31,225
Seat 3: Isaac Baron - 89,250
Seat 4: Micah Raskin - 42,075
Seat 5: Ted Lawson - 40,000
Seat 6: Garrett Utt - 51,250
Seat 7: Leonid Lerner - 65,575
Seat 8: empty
Seat 9: Duane Goodison - 39,400
Seat 1: Eugene Katchalov - 62,950
Seat 2: Lawrence Greenberg - 67,000
Seat 3: Leo Wolpert - 61,575
Seat 4: David Peters - 43,300
Seat 5: Dave Sands - 58,150
Seat 6: empty
Seat 7: Todd Terry - 63,800
Seat 8: Greg Merson - 61,975
Seat 9: Brock Parker - 22,325
Seat 1: John Racener - 41,100
Seat 2: Jared Jaffee - 41,950
Seat 3: Loukas Michael - 12,500
Seat 4: Jason Burt - 73,050
Seat 5: Vanessa Selbst - 126,375
Seat 6: David Fox - 29,950
Seat 7: Ronnie Bardah - 57,075
Seat 8: Sam Bernstein - 10,000
Seat 9: Jesse Martin - 34,625
Seat 1: Ketan Pandya - 40,900
Seat 2: Vichien Siprajim - 16,800
Seat 3: Danny Ciramella - 35,800
Seat 4: Jordan Morgan - 68,750
Seat 5: Eli Berg - 48,250
Seat 6: Seth Fischer - 66,625
Seat 7: Lee Childs - 28,575
Seat 8: Shannon Shorr - 41,450
Seat 9: Joe Elpayaa - 16,375
Seat 1: Herb Montalbano - 13,325
Seat 2: Jack Schanbacher - 50,000
Seat 3: Matt Woodward - 34,900
Seat 4: empty
Seat 5: Hafiz Khan - 56,250
Seat 6: Bobby Wisiak - 26,000
Seat 7: James Collopy - 79,100
Seat 8: Matt Affleck - 11,350
Seat 9: Frank Calo - 53,575
Day 1 is all historical now as we're through eight levels of the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit Northeast Regional Championship. The 136 hanging on the board under "Entries" looks a bit anemic at first glance, but it's really rather respectable all things considered. The high buy-in and the proximity to the holidays have tightened the reigns a bit, while the stacked field that did turn up is a fine representation of what the WSOP brand stands for. Even with just 136 players to choose from, we're a near-lock to have a crew of recognizable faces populating our final table come Wednesday.
Anyways, we're getting ahead of ourselves a bit as we're still only about a quarter of the way there. At the first post, it's Vanessa Selbst with the big stack, and her bag is brimming with 126,375 technicolor chips. It's less than a surprise to see a big number next to her name as she tries to put a big exclamation point on a fantastic year. The lead was hotly contested down the stretch, but Sorel Mizzi and Andy Frankeberger both took sizable hits to their chip stacks during the final orbit or so.
Oh the notables abound! Jordan Morgan is no stranger to success in this city, and he's poised to make another run at a trophy here this week as he too sits near the top of the score sheet after one day of play. It's almost hard to pick a selection of notable survivors (as nearly everyone that has made it to Day 2 qualifies), so we'll do so at relative random. Well, starting with the bracelet winners. Dan "djk123" Kelly, Leo Wolpert, David Baker, Dan Heimiller, John Cernuto, Brock Parker, Chris Bell, Scott Fischman, T.J. Cloutier -- we might even be missing a few, but all of those gents will be back with us tomorrow. Also in the mix are a ton of younger pros like Jon Aguiar, Matt Affleck, Jim Collopy, Phil Collins, Christian Harder, Isaac Baron, Matt Stout, and Josh Brikis. To name just a few.
All those and a whole lot more -- 93 players in total -- will be back here tomorrow at high noon to play down closer to our eventual final table. We'll be back here, too, and we hope you'll join us for some Day 2 festivities.
Until then, all that's left is goodnight.
Chris Bell has just found an eleventh-hour double up courtesy of Sorel Mizzi. The dealer was just mucking the cards as we walked up to the table, but we could see that Bell's pocket eights had flopped a set against Sorel Mizzi's two queens. Bell had just about his full starting stack of 30,000 moment ago, so he should be up over 60,000 with that double-up pot.
We've reached that magical ten-minute mark, and it's time to count hands. A was pulled from the mythical deck that controls these kinds of things, and we'll play that many more hands at each table before bagging and tagging.
With about 14,000 in the pot and the board reading , Jason DeWitt was put to a decision for his tournament life by Christian Harder. After a few minutes in the tank, DeWitt called all in for about 20,000 with . He needed to dodge Harder's flush and straight outs, showing .
The river brought the to complete Harder's flush, upping his stack to about 54,000 while leaving DeWitt felted.
We missed the hand that did him in, but Scott Fischman's chair is now contains one Jonathan Little with his own stack of chips. The sight of Fischman's orange hat just clipping through the double doors tells us that he's been eliminated here in the last level of the day.
In a battle of the blinds, Andy Frankenberger and Jared Jaffee battled to the point where Jafee was all in for 16,400 on an flop with . Frankenberger held , but fell to Jafee's flush draw after the turn and river fell.
Jafee increased his stack to about 40,000 while Frankenberger slides down to about 95,000.
Andy Bloch was left with just 1,850 after a hand a against David Baker.
The board read and Bloch bet 1,500. Baker popped it to 4,500 and Bloch called, landing the hit the turn. Both checked, seeing the hit the river. Bloch checked and did not appear thrilled when Baker bet 8,400. After about a minute Bloch called, but mucked when Baker tabled .
The following hand, Bloch went all in from early position for 1,800. He was called by Isaac Baron in the small blind. Bloch needed help with against Baron's , but found none as the board ran down .
Baker: Up to about 50,000
Baron: Up to about 47,000
Brian Meinders was doing rather well to start the day, running his stack up to 40,000 very quickly as his table played short-handed. Once it filled, however, it was all downhill from there. Meinders ran his set into an overset at the tail end of the last level, and he has just been relieved of his remaining stack a moment ago.
Meinders notched two top-ten finishes in short-handed events within just days of each other at the 2010 WSOP, but his well of luck emptied as the table filled today, and he has been sent to the exit.
"Hope to see you guys at PCA," he said on the way out. Indeed, you will, Brian.