Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
The first flight of the $1,700 Main Event at the Rio All Suites and Casino has come to an end with a total of 290 entry slips sold during the ten levels that were played and just 57 remained by nights end.
Finding the biggest stack of the Day 1a flight was Michael Stein with a total of 387,000 going into his bag by night's end. Stein jumped to the top of the leaderboard early in the day and never really seemed to slow down, finding barely any hurdles along the way to bagging the lead.
Other noticeably big stacks that emerged from this flight include Leo Worthington-Leese (354,000), Kevin MacPhee (301,000), Gabriel Amolroude (297,000), Aram Zobian (284,500), Bradley Hinson (268,500), and Karapet Galstyan (237,000).
Some well-knowns to secure a seat on Day 2 are Peter Vitantonio (225,500), Craig Varnell (211,000), Matas Cimbolas (211,000), Ali Imsirovic (125,500), Adam Hendrix (117,500), Brock Wilson (116,000), and Sam Cosby (86,500).
The remaining players from this flight will combine with the survivors in Day 1b and will return on Monday, February 24, for Day 2. The prize poll and payout will be announced tomorrow after the late registration period has closed on the final flight of this event.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all of the updates throughout the event so stay tuned as the action unfolds.
A player moved all in, totaling 40,000 and Rick Biever moved his 89,000 into the middle. A third opponent called bot and the three tabled their hands.
The board rolled out and Biever's flopped ace took down the pot, sending one opponent home as he doubled through the other.
The flop read . Leo Worthington-Leese was facing a bet of 6,000 from his opponent.
He shot the price of poker up sharply and raised to 25,000. His opponent thought for a few moments before relenting to the pressure and folding.
A player limped from under the gun and Peter Vitantonio raised to 9,000. Sam Cosby moved his stack of about 85,000 into the middle and both of his opponents folded, sending an easy pot to Cosby late in the night.
PokerNews is in town to live report both the $1,700 Main Event and $2,200 High Roller here at the World Series of Poker Circuit Rio Las Vegas, but those are just three of the gold ring events that will have played out by the end of the series.
In Event #7: $400 NLH/PLO Mix 8-Handed, 103 entrants created a $33,990 prize pool that was paid out to the top 16 players including Ming Zhu (3rd - $4,085), Ian Steinman (7th - $1,210), James Hoeppner (11th - $703), JJ Liu (12th - $703), and Andrew Donabedian (16th - $597).
In the end, bracelet winner Ryan Leng bested Mark Liedtke in heads-up play to win the title for $9,722 and his third career gold ring.
“It feels great, especially in a format like this. No-limit hold’em is my main game and in PLO I’m still learning the tournament strategy, so it feels good to get a win in a mixed game like this where I’ve put in some time to study and trying to learn the game,” Leng said after the victory.
He added: “Winning a tournament is always so much fun. The money is obviously not one of the bigger ones, but I just really love the game and winning a tournament is always so much fun regardless of tournament, field size or buy-in. I love this game, I thoroughly love it. I’m constantly trying to improve, and I’m always trying new things. I also work on being creative, and learn new games. I’m always motivated to play, I want to win every tournament I enter so it is easy for me to stay motivated.”
Final Table Results
|1||Ryan Leng||Wheeling, Illinois||$9,722|
|2||Mark Liedtke||Manassas, Virginia||$6,002|
|3||Ming Zhu||Portland, Oregon||$4,085|
|4||Steven Girouard||Las Vegas, Nevada||$2,869|
|5||Darren Stillwell||Morganton, North Carolina||$2,080|
|6||Christopher Carey||Efland, North Carolina||$1,559|
|7||Ian Steinman||Mountain View, California||$1,210|
|8||Spencer Simpson||Draper, Utah||$973|
Action was picked up on the turn with the board reading . Zeev Malki called his opponent's bet of 13,000.
The river came the . Malki led out with a bet of 26,000 which caused his opponent to fold quickly as sent the pot to Malki.