With the chips counted and into sealed bags and the remaining 70 players departed for the night, the official chip leaders for Day 1 of Event #1, $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em, have been tallied. Eli Elezra rode a late surge to the top of the board, finishing with a stack of 302,900 in chips.
The complete end-of-day top ten is follows:
Eli Elezra 302,900
Amit Makhija 251,100
Nenad Medic 240,200
Patrik Antonius 236,300
Justin Newton 233,000
Mike Sowers 216,700
Anthony Licastro 211,000
Nikolay Evdakov 206,200
David Bach 204,100
Vivek Rajkumar 194,000
Complete chip counts and seat assignments for all surviving players will be posted shortly under the "Day 2" live-reporting entries for this event.
Day 1 of Event #1 has just come to a close with approximately 70 players surviving to Day 2. Justin Newton, Mike Sowers, David Bach, Tony Licastro, and Nenad Medic lead the field by our last chip count, with over 200,000 each. Also moving on to Day 2 are a slew of poker luminaries, among them Phil Laak, Eli Elezra, Patrik Antonius, Alex Kostritsyn, David Benyamine, and Chris Ferguson.
Official chip counts will be posted as soon as they become available.
Join us tomorrow at 2 p.m. PDT for continuing coverage of Event #1, as the field plays down to the final table.
It appears that Eli Elezra is currently our chip leader with close to a 300,000 stack. He picked up some of those chips in a hand where he and two other players saw a flop of . The first player bet 11,000, the second moved all in for 25,000, and Elezra called. The first player folded and Elezra's led his opponent's . Elezra dodged hearts on the turn and river and took down a tidy pot that boosted him toward the chip lead.
At or near the top of the chip ladder all day, Tony Licastro just lost a big pot to Joseph Sanders. The two players traded raises until all the chips were in the middle and Licastro saw that his pocket eights were well behind Sanders' aces. The bullets held up and Sanders boosted his stack to 90,000, which Licastro fell to 170,000.
Phil Ivey was put all in by his opponent on a flop of 10-10-6 after he led out with a bet. Ivey made the call, showing K-Q. He was behind his opponent's A-J. Ivey failed to improve after the turn was a deuce and the river another blank.
Ivey has been eliminated and will have to wait until another event to capture his next bracelet.
Joe Sebok moved his last chips into the middle with Q-J off and was called by a suited A-7 of clubs. Sebok couldn't improve his hand, and the A-7 held up to eliminate Sebok from the first event of the World Series of Poker.