Live Events 1
$1,700 Main Event
Days:
1a1b2

Highlights

Highlights

$1,700 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Russell and Villanola Bag Big Stacks After Day 1a of $1,700 Main Event

ajlamers • Level 17: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Matt Russell from a previous WSOP event
Matt Russell from a previous WSOP event

It was an exciting day at the World Series of Poker International Circuit event in Aruba as for the first time in many years, a large poker tournament was held in the country. Tournament organizers and staff at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Casino and Resort held their breath as they weren't quite sure what to expect, but the numbers didn't disappoint as a total of 133 entries were recorded for the first of two flights.

After 17 levels, the field reached its 16% threshold and play was halted with just 22 players remaining. Among those bagging chips, Matt Russell and Friman Villanola were the two front runners with 418,000 chips and 413,000 chips respectively.

Russell had a successful summer in Las Vegas where he made two final tables but is still searching for his first piece of WSOP jewelry, whether that comes in the form of a ring or a bracelet. He made a late charge after the dinner break and finished on top of the counts. As for Villanola, he picked up two massive pots throughout the day, one of which brought an end to Day 1a. Villanola flopped bottom set against top two pair and it was no doubt that the chips were going in the middle.

Some other big stacks making it through to Day 2 include Dave Grandin (313,000), Charles Furey (289,000), Kristy Arnett (234,000) and power poker couple in Aruba, Clyde Hinton (216,000) and Debbie Hinton (155,000). Both Clyde and Debbie put on quite the show today on separate tables as they were eliminating players left, right, and center towards the end of the night. Clyde is coming off his first WSOP Circuit victory in Event #8 where he claimed over $10,000 while Debbie has also had a successful series this week.

It wasn't all roses for everyone today as many notables were also forced to the rail throughout. Some of the big names that will be forced to return on Day 1b include Garry Gates, Ronnie Bardah, June Jenkins, the Vazquez brothers Francisco and Facundo, Christian Harder, Ray Henson, and Heather Alcorn.

The action will resume tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time where the cards will go back in the air with each player receiving a starting stack of 30,000 chips. A bigger turnout is expected for the second and final starting flight and there should be no question that the $250,000 guarantee will be reached. The players will play another 17 levels and will finish at the same time as Day 1a.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates throughout the entire event.

Tags: Charles FureyChristian HarderClyde HintonDave GrandinDebbie HintonGarry GatesHeather AlcornJune JenkinsKristy ArnettMatt RussellRay HensonRonnie Bardah

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ajlamers • Level 17: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us 418,000 63,000
Friman Villalona us
Friman Villalona
us 413,000 8,000
Dave Grandin us
Dave Grandin
us 313,000 197,000
Steven Fuhrman us
Steven Fuhrman
us 256,000 74,000
Kristy Arnett us
Kristy Arnett
us 234,000 14,000
Clyde Hinton us
Clyde Hinton
us 216,000 6,000
Charles Furey us
Charles Furey
us 209,000 209,000
Vic Adams US
Vic Adams
US 188,000 188,000
Jeet Moenesar
Jeet Moenesar
157,000
Kevin Rines us
Kevin Rines
us 156,000 -36,000
Debbie Hinton US
Debbie Hinton
US 155,000 -166,000
Jurgen Horb
Jurgen Horb
153,000 84,500
Derrick Contreras us
Derrick Contreras
us 141,000 -10,000
Rick Troendly US
Rick Troendly
US 136,000 136,000
Robert Soogea
Robert Soogea
126,000 126,000
David Brown us
David Brown
us 118,000 118,000
Adam Cedric fr
Adam Cedric
fr 114,000 -23,000
Eric Munoz US
Eric Munoz
US 112,000 35,500
Vinny Maglio US
Vinny Maglio
US 102,000 -19,500
Donna Gem
Donna Gem
75,000 75,000
Robert Webb us
Robert Webb
us 28,000 28,000

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Villalona Wins Monster Pot to End the Night

ajlamers • Level 17: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

In the last hand of level 17, there was a huge pot brewing on Table 13. The board read {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} with around 65,000 in the middle already. Friman Villalona was faced with a bet of 30,000 and he shoved all in. His opponent had around 70,000 remaining and went into the tank before making the call.

Villalona turned over {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for a set of fours while his opponent held {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} for two pair. The {j-Spades} paired the board on the river but it was not the safe card for Villalona. With that elimination, play has concluded at the end of level 17 and Villalona appears to have bagged the chip lead.

A full recap of the day's action will follow shortly.

Friman Villalona us
Friman Villalona
us 405,000 223,000

Tags: Friman Villalona

It's the Hinton Show

ajlamers • Level 17: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

While Debbie Hinton is busy at one table eliminating Garry Gates, her husband Clyde is waking up to premium hands in the big blind. The action folded around to the button who shipped all in for around 50,000. Clyde Hinton looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly called.

Clyde Hinton: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

The flop came {q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} to give Hinton a bit of a sweat with his opponent pairing his queen. However, the {2-Spades} and {2-Clubs} runout was safe for Hinton who brought the field down to the bubble on Day 1a.

Clyde Hinton us
Clyde Hinton
us 210,000 55,500

Tags: Clyde HintonDebbie HintonGarry Gates

Gates Bows Out Late

ajlamers • Level 17: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Garry Gates
Garry Gates

As the night is starting to wind down, the short stacks are left with the choice of getting their chips in the middle to double up, or come back tomorrow and re-enter. That was the predicament Garry Gates found himself in with just a little over 10 big blinds.

Gates shoved all in from early position for 65,000 and Debbie Hinton asked for a count before making the call from the cutoff. The rest of the table folded and the cards were tabled.

Debbie Hinton: {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Garry Gates: {8-}{8-}

The flop was safe for Gates as his pair of eights were still in the lead but it was the {a-Spades} on the turn that paired up Hinton. Gates was unable to catch up on the river and he was ousted from the tournament.

Debbie Hinton US
Debbie Hinton
US 321,000 101,000
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us Busted

Tags: Debbie HintonGarry Gates

Level:
17
Blinds:
3,000/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Down to Three Tables

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

June Jenkins was the latest to hit the rail after she got her last 47,000 chips in the middle with {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} against Debbie Hinton's {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}. The flop brought an ace for Hinton and Jenkins was unable to catch up in order to stay alive.

The field is now down to just three tables as the players are heading on another 15-minute break. When they return, there will only be five more eliminations needed before the night comes to an end.

Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us 355,000
Kristy Arnett us
Kristy Arnett
us 220,000 73,000
Debbie Hinton US
Debbie Hinton
US 220,000 103,000
Kevin Rines us
Kevin Rines
us 192,000 -5,100
Clyde Hinton us
Clyde Hinton
us 154,500 9,500
Adam Cedric fr
Adam Cedric
fr 137,000
Vinny Maglio US
Vinny Maglio
US 121,500 56,500
Dave Grandin us
Dave Grandin
us 116,000 -84,500
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us 70,500 27,000
Jurgen Horb
Jurgen Horb
68,500 -35,500
June Jenkins ca
June Jenkins
ca Busted

Fuhrman Kicks Vazques to the Rail

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Steven Fuhrman raised it up to 8,000 in the cutoff and Francisco Vazquez three-bet shoved all in for 49,500 from the small blind. Fuhrman asked for a count and gave it some thought before making the call.

Steven Fuhrman: {a-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Francisco Vazquez: {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

Fuhrman had Vazquez pipped by one on the kicker which came into play on the {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} runout. Fuhrman's nine-kicker was good enough and Vazquez was eliminated.

Steven Fuhrman us
Steven Fuhrman
us 182,000 34,500
Francisco Vazquez AR
Francisco Vazquez
AR Busted

Tags: Steven FuhrmanFrancisco Vazquez

Contreras Sets Up a Turn Shove

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The action folded around to Derrick Contreras in the small blind who made it 18,000 to go. The big blind called and the flop fell {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Contreras continued with a bet of 20,000 and the big blind stuck around to see the {j-Spades} on the turn.

Contreras had just under a pot-sized pet remaining and shipped all in for 71,500. His opponent leaned back in his chair and threw his hands on his head. He thought for over a minute before deciding to ditch his cards to the muck.

Derrick Contreras us
Derrick Contreras
us 151,000 18,000

Tags: Derrick Contreras