2011-12 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Caesars Palace

Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2011-12 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Caesars Palace

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

Main Event

Day 1 Completed

Day 1a is Complete

Level 15 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

It has been a wild Day 1a of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event here in Caesers Palace, Las Vegas, but it has finally come to a close. We saw an exceptional turn out of amateurs and pro’s alike having had 308 people fork over the $1,600 entry fee. Only 58 players remain though and Joe Kuether leads the way with 380,500. Not far behind is Jonas Mackoff with 355,000 chips.

One of the day’s most interesting competitors was Giorgio Medici. Shortly before the end of level 9, Medici sat with just 16,000. By the end of level 11 he had 360,000 and was far and away our chip leader at the time. That stack was preserved when he three-bet with {a-}{j-} but was up against {a-}{a-} and {k-}{k-}. The case ace hit the flop but Medici had already gotten out of the way after raises by both of his opponents. Maybe he should have taken it at a sign because the hot streak didn’t last long after that.

Kuether amassed his lead in a massive pot against Medici. Each held about 190,000 in chips when Kuether got his {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} all in preflop against the {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs} of Medici. The {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} board was scary, but ultimately harmless. Medici was crippled and busted shortly after while Kuether held his new found chip lead through the end of the day.

There is something to be said for the not so fortunate because many of the players that hit the rail today were among the best in the world. Eric Baldwin, Steve “Gboro780” Gross, David Williams, Justin Smith, Sam Barnhart, Tom Marchase, Scott Clements, Joe Tehan, David “Bakes” Baker and Ted Lawson all went down earlier than planned. It is worth noting though that we may see one or all of the aforementioned players tomorrow for Day 1b, as this is a one-time re-entry tournament.

Some of the notables that we will see on Sunday include Gavin Griffin, James Carroll, Chip Jett, William Reynolds, Dan O’Brien, Sean Getzwiller, and Allen Carter.

Tomorrow we will do it all again from the beginning for Day 1b. We will start with a brand new field and play another 15 levels to complete our Day 2 flight. If the action is as fast paced tomorrow as it was today, you won’t want to miss anything. The cards are back in the air at 12 P.M. PST so check right back in to PokerNews tomorrow for all of the updates you can handle.

Three More Hands

Level 15 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Play is winding down and we are now just three hands away from bagging up the chips and finding out exactly who moved on to Day 2.

Devo Takes Down a Ring

Level 15 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

We previously told you that Bryan Devonshire and Paul "Eskimo" Clark were heads up in Event 9, a $1,000 buy-in tournament.

Just now we heard a roar from Devonshire's rail, which just kept growing all night long. Sure enough, Devonshire defeated the veteran Clark in a lengthy heads up battle. For the win, Devonshire earns over $55,000 and his second WSOP-C Ring.

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Medici ... Busted

It seems like just a minute ago people were whispering about the staggering stack of Giorgio Medici that had grown to almost 400,000. And as Keyzer Soze once said, "And just like, he was gone."

We had been following the decline of Medici for about an hour but it seemed he had bounced back nearly doubling his stack in this level to just shy of 200,000. However, he put almost all of it at risk with {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs} preflop against the {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} of Joe Kuether.

The flop was {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades} which gave Medici extra flush outs. The {10-Diamonds} turn gave him another three outs. But it was not to be. The {5-Diamonds} on the river missed it all and Medici was left with just 2,000 chips. He busted shortly afterwards.

Player Chips Progress
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
390,000 180,000
Giorgio Medici
Giorgio Medici

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Level: 15

Blinds: 1,200/2,400

Ante: 400

Giorgio Medici On The Decline

Level 14 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

At one point Giorgio Medici had almost 400,000 in chips; a stack size that may be represented at the final table. However, he has been on a steady slope downward for the past hour. He is now teetering at the six figure mark but still staying extremely active.

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Coppola Knew It! ... But It Did Him No Good

After raising preflop and facing a three-bet behind him, Coppola Fabio moved his opponent all in for 71,300 total. The opponent made the call to put his tournament life at risk. Fabio had only about 10,000 more chips.

"You have Ace-King, right?" asked Fabio as he tabled his two black nines. Sure enough, that's exactly what he was up against, the ace and king of spades.

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Spades}{a-Hearts} and Fabio angrily counted out the chips. "I knew you had that! You're supposed to fold for sixty thousand more!"

Player Chips Progress
Coppola Fabio
Coppola Fabio
10,000 -87,000

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