Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
We have just finished another twelve hour day here at Caeser’s Palace, and the 76 remaining players have bagged and tagged their chips. They will return tomorrow along with the 58 players from yesterday’s Day 1, where we will play through the money bubble, and hopefully, to a final table. At the end of the night, Jeff Fielder is in the lead with 437,500 chips, which by our counts, is nearly double anyone else in the room.
Fielder ascended to the top when he won a massive pot late in the day against Mark Kroon, who at the time was second in chips. Kroon opened the pot with a raise to 6,100 and was called by Fielder and both of the players in the blinds.
The board read and Kroon fired out on the flop, turn, and then check raised the river After some more thought, Fielder decided he had to make the call. "Nice call," Kroon praised. Fielder tabled to scoop the nearly 250,000 chip pot.
This event was a re-entry event, meaning that anyone who busted out in yesterday’s Day 1a could re-enter today if they chose to do so. Several players elected to do that, including Giorgio Medici, Eric Baldwin, Steve Gross, David Singontiko, and David Williams. Unfortunately for all of them they will not be coming back for Day 2.
Other players including Jamie Gold, Steve Billirakis, Frank Kassela, Eli Elezra, Gavin Smith, and Bryan Devonshire just registered for today’s flight of play, but all of them suffered the same fate as those just mentioned.
There were a few big names that did make it through however. Jeff Madsen made it through with plenty of chips (181,500), as well as Vanessa Ping (110,000), Kathy Liebert (100,500), Dutch Boyd (93,500), and Scott Clements (80,000). They will all move on to tomorrow, where they will join William Reynolds, Sean Getzwiller, Gavin Griffin, Dan O’Brien, and James Carroll, amongst others.
Fielder will be the biggest stack in the room tomorrow, while the chip leader from yesterday, Joe Kuether(380,500), will be next in line.
The remaining 134 players will return tomorrow at 4 PM, where they will play down to either a final table, or through 12 hours of play. Be sure to come back to PokerNews tomorrow as we will have all the flops, turns, and rivers from here at Caeser’s Palace.
No, not Prince Fielder, the Detroit Tiger's new $215 Million man. Jeff Fielder... of Iowa (according to Layne Flack).
The two biggest stacks in the room, Fielder and Mark Kroon, were seated at the same table and fireworks were bound to happen. Kroon opened the pot with a raise to 6,100 and was called by Fielder and both of the players in the blinds.
The flop was and after Kroon continued for 11,700, he found himself heads up with the only man in the room capable of knocking him out, Fielder. The turn was the and Kroon continued for 22,700 this time. Fielder called again.
The river was the . Kroon stacked out some chips, then put them back in his stack and finally sat back in his chair and thought for a bit. Finally, he checked and it was Fielders turn to stack out chips. However, he ended up placing the 30,000 in chips just over the betting line only to be check-raised to 75,700. Immediately Fielder seemed pained muttering to himself that he should have just checked behind. After some more thought, Fielder decided he had to make the call.
"Nice call," Kroon praised. Fielder tabled to scoop the nearly 250,000 chip pot. You might want to keep in mind that this single pot was bigger than all but a couple of stacks that advanced from Day 1a. Impressive.
Kroon needs to be careful before he becomes today's version of Giorgio Medici, who went from 360,000 to busto in just an hour or two yesterday.
We came to Jeff Fielder's table as he was in the middle of a big pot heads up. The board had gotten to the turn, reading , and there was already 45,000 in the pot. Fielder checked to his opponent, who fired out 18,000. Fielder thought for about 15 seconds before shoving all in over the top. His opponent thought for just a few moments before open folding . Fielder flashed the as he raked in the pot, which pushed him over 300,000. By our estimation, that makes him the chip leader. However, it should be noted that the only other player that we have at 300,000, Mark Kroon, is sitting across the table from him. Those two could certainly provide a few big pots before the night is over.
Here are the chip counts for everyone we have been covering today that is still left in the field as well as a couple of new 200,000-chip stacks that have emerged.
Here are three players that no longer appear to be one of the 80 players remaining.
We picked up the action on a flop with a player all in for his final 33,000 and change in a pot that appeared to be in the 20,000-chip range. He was awaiting the decision of two other players.
The first thought for at least the two minutes we were standing beside the table and eventually folded saying, "I should be calling this." His tune changed though when the next player, Kumar Hate, immediately called and showed . The player who folded claimed to have Ace-five and asked the dealer not to peel a three. The all in player had .
The turn was the and river and Hate was able to knock a player out while scooping a rather large-sized pot.
The player in the cutoff opened the pot to 4,500, Brad Greeley called on the button before Vanessa Ping three-bet from the small blind to 10,900. The original raiser got out of the way but Greeley wanted to play.
The flop was and Ping continued for 12,500. Greeley called.
The turn was checked twice so the dealer laid the out on the river. Ping checked again but Greeley quickly reached for chips. He stuck out 16,600 and after some thought, Ping committed the chips. Greeley tabled and it was good enough to ship the pot.