Live Events 3
Event 45 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
Event 45 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
Day 1 Completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts Released

At long last the chips have been bagged and tallied. The WSOP has now released official chip counts for the opening day of Event 45, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship, with 140 of the original 48 entrants returning for Day 2 play.

At the very end of the opening day's action, James "" Mackey was able to overtake Chris Reslock to become the end-of-day chip leader. Complete chip counts have now been posted, with the top ten as follows:

James Mackey 214,000
Chris Reslock 210,200
Pat Pezzin 200,400
Joe Cassidy 198,700
Ralph Perry 195,300
Stephen Wolff 192,700
Fu Wong 188,100
Douglas Ganger 183,200
Bill Chen 182,500
Tad Jurgens 172,700

Join us at 3pm PDT on Thursday, when the pace of bustouts will quickly increase. We'll have the latest news from the floor right here on PokerNews.

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Play Concludes for the Evening

With 140 players remaining, play has concluded for the evening. The players are currently bagging their chips and redrawing for seats.

Play resumes tomorrow at 3:00pm PDT. As always, official chip counts and seat assignments will be posted as soon as they become available.

Shunjiro Uchida Eliminated


On a board reading {7-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {6-Spades} {9-Spades} {8-Hearts} on the river, Mikhail Ustinov bet out, Shunjiro Uchida raised all in for the rest of his chips and Ustinov called.

Ustinov rolled over {A-Diamonds} {A-Spades} {2-Diamonds} {J-Hearts} for two pair and the nut low, and Uchida mucked as he hit the rail.

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Recent Eliminations

David Williams was just eliminated at the hands of Chris Reslock.

Bari Sklar was just sent home when his {A-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {6-Spades} couldn't improve against Jose Luis Velador's {A-Spades} {A-Diamonds} (X) (X) in Omaha-8.

Philippe Rouas got his walking papers during the stud-8 round when his three queens came up short against the full house of Greg Raymer.

Negreanu Takes One Down

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu and Tom Dwan just squared off in a hand of razz that saw considerable action. There was at least one bet on every street and third and fifth streets had two bets each. When all was said and done, the players showed:

Negreanu: ({7-?}) ({6-?}) ({5-?}) {6-?} {10-?} {3-?} {A-?}
Dwan: (X) (X) {2-?} {10-?} {6-?} {J-?} (X)

Dwan bet the river dark. Negreanu called and showed him the winner. Negreanu climbs to approximately 76,000 in chips on the hand while Dwan slips to about 65,000.

Jan Von Laydown


Jan Von Halle opened for a raise from middle position, Roy Thung three-bet, Von Halle four-bet and Thung called. The flop came down {A-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {2-Spades}. Von Halle led out, Thung raised, and Von Halle elected to open-fold his {K-Spades} {K-Hearts}.

Thung grinned and showed the other two kings.

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Phil Hellmuth Eliminated

Phil Hellmuth - Eliminated
Phil Hellmuth - Eliminated

Phil Hellmuth was just eliminated in a three-way pot with Rafi Amit and Bruno Fitoussi. Hellmuth was all in on fifth street and when the action was complete the players showed:

Hellmuth: ({6-?}) ({9-?}) (X) {6-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {9-Spades} {2-Spades}
Fitoussi: ({K-Hearts}) ({Q-Hearts}) ({10-Clubs}) {8-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds} {10-Spades}
Amit: (X) (X) {5-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} {5-Spades} (X)

Amit mucked and Hellmuth showed his losing two pair as he stood up. Fitoussi stacked the pot and Hellmuth headed for the exit.

Just a few hands prior to his elimination, Hellmuth was overheard saying, "Well I didn't think it was possible to go out of this (tournament) on Day One...I like to do things that are tough to do."

Mike Fiorito Takes a Pot From Dario Minieri


From the cutoff Dario Minieri raised to 3,000 and Mike Fiorito called in the big blind. The flop came {9-Clubs} {4-Clubs} {4-Diamonds} and Fiorito came out firing for 1,500. Minieri called, and he also called Fiorito's bets after the {A-Spades} turned and the {K-Hearts} fell on the river. Fiorito showed down {4-Spades} {7-Clubs} {3-Clubs} {6-Diamonds} for trips and took down the pot.

Benyamine Flops Ace-High Flush

Flopping 'Em Dead
Flopping 'Em Dead

Rob Hollink opened for a raise from early position and David Benyamine called from the small blind. The flop was {8-Hearts} {7-Hearts} {5-Hearts}. Benyamine bet out and Hollink called. The turn was the {J-Spades}. Benyamine led again and Hollink called. The {4-Hearts} on the river brought another bet from Benyamine and another call from Hollink.

Benyamine turned up {A-Hearts} {2-Hearts} for the flopped ace-high flush and Hollink mucked. After the hand Benyamine was up to 148,000 while Hollink fell to 93,000.

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