The WSOP has now released it official chip counts summarizing Day 1 play, and as expected, Andy Garza emerged as the overall leader. He'll return tomorrow with 169,200 in chips. Here is the overnight top ten.
Andy Garza 169,200
Donny Carlton 148,100
Jonathan Jaffe 134,700
Anil Jivani 130,200
George Lind 125,300
Michael Banducci 117,000
Adrian Dresel-Velasquez 116,000
Scott Sitron 114,000
Jose Luis Velador 110,500
Steven Weusten 104,000
Complete chip counts for all 166 Day 1 survivors are now available in the chip-count section at right.
After starting the day with 2,304 players stretched into the various overflow areas here at the Rio, we are now down to just 166 players on less than 20 tables in the far corner of the Amazon Room.
These players will sleep in a bit later tomorrow and arrive here for a 2:00pm PDT start time. They'll then play down to the final nine players who will comprise Thursday's final table.
Andy Garza ends the day as the probable chip leader with 164,000. George Lind and Donny Carlton are not far behind however, each with over 125,000 in chips. Slightly above average in chips and always a threat is Phil Hellmuth. You can be sure he has his sights set on a final-table appearance and a record 12th WSOP gold bracelet. Will he finally get it? Join us tomorrow at 2:00pm to find out.
As always, official chip counts will be posted when they become available.
Action folded around to the play on the button and he raised to 3,500. Morgan Machina reraised to 9,500 from the big blind and the button pushed for 13,500. Machina made the call and the players showed:
The board helped neither player and Machina's played. He goes into Day 2 with just over 31,000.
Another announcement was made after the players were "in the money." The players congratulated Phil Hellmuth on a record WSOP cash. As if holding a record eleven WSOP gold bracelets wasn't enough, Hellmuth currently enjoys the record for most WSOP cashes with 65.
Our 198 in-the-money finishers just let out a huge cheer, knowing that they'd survived long enough to at least double their buyin.
Not cheering at all was bubble boy Leroy Le. He moved all in for 6,500 from the button with but unfortunately Ben Alcober woke up with in the small blind. No help for Le on the board and he hit the rail amidst all the celebration and high-fiving.
Andy Garza just sent a player home and became the clear chip leader. The exact action is unclear, but Garza's trounced the of his opponent when, despite a high flop, a hit the turn. Garza finished with a full house to send another player home and take his chip stack to slightly over 162,000.