Chip counts for all 48 surviving players in Event 34, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys, have now been released by the WSOP. Frank Vizza, Daniel Makowsky and Kyle Kloeckner lead the way, with the first order of business on Thursday being the bursting of the 45-player money bubble. After that the players will work their way down to a final table of nine, to be contested on Friday.
The top ten in chips for Day 1:
Frank Vizza 408,000
Daniel Makowsky 397,500
Kyle Kloeckner 343,500
Kevin O'Donnell 266,500
Thomas Wahlroos 237,000
Jerrod Ankenman 191,000
Layne Flack 189,500
Nathan Doudney 181,000
Tim West 168,000
Francisco Azares 164,500
Action resumes at 2pm PDT on Thursday from the Amazon Room. Check in with PokerNews for all the latest updates.
Once again, the combination of pot-limit Omaha, a.k.a. "the Action Game," and the option to rebuy during the early levels added up to a wild first day in a WSOP PLO w/rebuys event.
Last year in this event, 293 players entered and rebought 880 times. This year saw a few more entrants -- 320 -- but a whopping increase in rebuys to 1,350, building the total prize pool to $2,407,125.
Several big names showed up for this one, though most fell by the wayside once the rebuy period concluded. Ted Forrest, Layne Flack, Erik Seidel, J.C. Tran, Scott Clements, and Rene Mouritsen will all be back tomorrow, as will Clonie Gowen, the last woman left in the event.
With 48 players returning, we've almost reached the money bubble, as the top 36 players will cash. $577,725 awaits the winner.
Come back tomorrow at 2pm Vegas time when we will begin playing down to the final nine.
Some drama on the very last hand of the night, folks.
Daniel Makowsky limped from under the gun, Nikolay Evdakov raised pot to 7,200, Sorel Mizzi called from the big blind, and Makowsky called as well.
The flop came . Mizzi bet pot, Makowsky raised all in, and Evdakov folded. Immediately, Evdakov called the clock on Mizzi, a response of sorts to some of the earlier bickering about stalling. Mizzi complained that he had a legitimate decision to make, but the clock was enforced nonetheless.
Mizzi made the call, showing for a set of jacks. Makowsky showed -- he'd flopped a king-high straight.
The turn was the and the river the , and Mizzi was eliminated. Makowsky is now up to 397,500, and may well be the chip leader heading into Day 2.
We're hardly seeing any hands as play comes to an end for today. Players are taking a long time over decisions and some a little too long.
A player on Sorel Mizzi's table is continously doing it and Mizzi had to call the clock on him after he raised and took an age to fold from the small blind. Some of the table wanted the floorman to look at his cards to see if he really had a decision, but the floorman said the hand was over and they should move on.
Players at Table No. 1, including Ted Forrest, Tim West, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tino Lechich, are debating how long play will last tomorrow. Their table is situated closest to the plasma screen reporting that we have about 15 minutes to go tonight, and 49 players remain.
The plan tomorrow is to play down to the final nine. It sounds like most are speculating that play may last 7-8 hours tomorrow.
After losing a set-over-set hand previously, a player from early postion threw his last few chips in. Sorel Mizzi called from the button as did Nikolay Evdakov fom the big blind. There was some small betting on the flop before we picked it up at the turn stage.
The board read .
Evdakov checked and called a 15,000 bet from Mizzi, creating an even bigger side pot.
The river came and Evdakov checked once more. "Pot" came from the mouth of Mizzi. It was enough to put Evdakov all in as he only had 28,000 back.
Evdakov went into the tanks of all tanks, sporadically glancing up at the clock. The short-stacked all-in player thought he had no chance of winning the small main pot with all the action and he left.
Ten minutes went by and still no decision had been made. By this stage, half the table was up out of their seats walking around and it seemed Mizzi had waitied long enough too as he called the clock. Every second was taken by Evdakov before he was timed out and his hand was dead.
Mizzi stood up and said, "Call him back, I'm sure he's still got chips," and he flipped over for a pair of nines and a missed straight draw!
It took a few minutes to find the short-stacked player who had paired a king on the river to win the main pot.
A different level of poker thinking shown by Sorel Mizzi there.