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Day 1b Completed

Day 1b Concludes with Liou On Top

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Phillip Liou - Overall chip leader
Phillip Liou - Overall chip leader

Day 1b of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Horseshoe Hammond attracted 677 runners. Play was undoubtedly slower during the second starting flight, but Phillip Liou still managed to bag up bunches of chips. He finished the day on 347,500 and topped the pack.

The field didn't quite reach the 835 entries from Day 1a, but there were still plenty of notables in the mix. Some of the names in action were WSOP gold bracelet winners Robert and Michael Mizrachi, Robert Cheung, Brian Hastings, Bob Slezak, Gavin Smith and Nick Jivkov. All of them were eliminated, though, and it was Michael Mizrachi going home the earliest.

Mizrachi's trip to Hammond only lasted about a half an hour into Level 3 before he eliminated by Ghaleb Zayed. From under the gun, Zayed raised to 425 with the blinds at 75/150. Mizrachi was next to act and made the call. Everyone else folded, prompting a {J-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop from the dealer. Zayed bet 425, and Mizrachi raised all in for a little under 4,000. Zayed quickly called with top set — {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} — to have Mizrachi's {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} in bad shape. The turn came the {7-Diamonds} and river the {10-Hearts} to send Mizrachi to the rail.

Chad Brown, Victor Ramdin, Jean Gaspard, Matt Brady, Allen Kessler and Matt Affleck were also bounced to the rail as the field was whittled down over the course of the day.

Of those to advance from Day 1b's field were Eddie Ochana, Faraz Jaka, Joseph Elpayaa, Ryan Julius and Tom Koral. They'll be amongst those returning to join up with the remaining 170 players from the first starting flight for Sunday's Day 2.

Speaking of that Day 2, the cards will be in the air at noon local time. Registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, allowing players who haven't entered, or those who have only fired one bullet, to get into the action with 20,000 in starting chips. PokerNews will be back on Sunday with all of the live coverage and we hope to have you around then.

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Official Chip Counts from Day 1a/1b (full)

Phillip Liou 347,500
Mike Leah ca 276,000
Kenneth Felten 267,500
Jackson Kimball 266,000
Mukul Pahuja us 261,400
Nicola DiTrapani 259,400
Ashly Butler 255,800
Anthony Bizzoni 254,000
Cheryl Snedden 246,100
Ronald Lee 236,900
Porfirio Mendez 226,000
Filip Jabbour 215,000
Brian Odonoghue 214,000
Kyle Bowker us 209,800 129,800
Nick Grippo us 205,800
Travis Lauson us 203,500 -26,500
Kennii Nguyen us 203,000
Blair Hinkle us 200,900 200,900
Matthew Schwarmann 200,200
Jacob Bazeley us 199,200
Ping Liu 196,400
Pedro Rios 193,200
Herb Heidbrick 189,700
Kalpesh Shah 186,300
Joshua Williams 183,400

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Seven More Hands

donpeters • Level 15: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Each table will play out seven more hands before calling it quits for the night.

Mendes With a Monster


There was over 200,000 in the middle when we reached Chris Moon's table, and two people were all in. Moon still had cards, but there was a player to act in front of him.

"I'll tell you what happened after," Moon assured us.

The player in the tank begrudgingly folded, and Moon quickly folded behind him. The player who was all in and at risk is named Porfiro Mendes, and according to Moon he open-jammed 92,000 into a pot of around 18,000. The player on his direct left re-shoved, having Mendes covered.

Mendes: {k-Spades}{j-Spades}
Re-Shover: {8-Spades}{6-Spades}

The turn and river came {5-Clubs}, {j-Clubs}, and Mendes doubled to more than 200,000 chips.

Porfiro Mendes 205,000

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Bondi Jams


When we reached the table, Bob Bondi was all in for 67,000 with about 30,000 in the middle. The flop had already fallen {7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs}, and the action was on Travis Lauson. Faraz Jaka was also in the hand.

Lauson was deep in the tank, and eventually called the clock on himself. You aren't allowed to call the clock on yourself however, so Jaka did the honors. Lauson took an extra 45 seconds to fold, and Jaka quickly folded behind him.

Bondi flashed the {a-Diamonds} a few times then tabled both of his cards: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}.

Travis Lauson us 170,000 -30,000
Bob Bondi 105,000
Faraz Jaka us 95,000 -73,000

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Julius Doubles


Ryan Julius was all in preflop for a little under 50,000 with pocket aces against and opponent's pocket nines. The aces held up for Julius, allowing him to double to over 90,000 in chips.

Ryan Julius 95,000 25,000

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Bluff from Ochana


The cutoff seat opened with a raise to 4,000 before Eddie Ochana fired in a reraise from the small blind to 11,800. The big blind flatted, then the cutoff seat called as well.

The three players saw the flop come down {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, and Ochana bet 13,200. Both of his opponents folded, and Ochana won the pot. He showed the {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

Eddie Ochana us 168,000 3,000

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