The WSOP has now released official chip counts for all 86 players who survived Day 1 action in Event 50, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. The list is headed by Josh Arieh, who enjoyed a solid first day and finished the session with 343,700 in chips, well ahead of the rest of the field.
Josh Arieh 343,700
Guillaume Patry 226,400
Shawn Buchanan 214,800
Peter Jetten 205,400
Michael Mizrachi 204,000
Len Ashby 199,800
Brant Hale 197,200
Billy Argyros 195,100
Eddy Scharf 162,900
Karl Mahrenholz 155,500
Play has concluded for Day 1. Things started out wild and woolly, with players freely throwing chips into pots while they retained their red rebuy chip. Once the rebuy chips were taken out of play, things settled down for a more calm, predictable tournament (to the extent that PLO is ever calm or predictable).
Players are now bagging and tagging their chips. Josh Arieh is our far and away chip leader, approaching 400,000 chips. So far we haven't spotted anyone else with over 250,000. According to the tournament clock, 87 players will come back for Day 2 of this three-day event at 2pm PT tomorrow. Join us for all the latest updates at that time.
On a flop of , Leif Force check-called a bet of 8,000 from Peter Jetten. Both players checked the turn. On the river, Force bet 18,000. Jetten tanked, then made the call with . All he had was jacks and fours, but that was enough when Force mucked.
Apparently, those *were* the droids Jetten was looking for.
Dan Shak is playing cards at Table 3, but he's equally involved in another risky financial endeavor on the rail. He recently came over near our table to retrieve his now-charged laptop, and he set it up on a food service table near his seat. Between hands, Shak hops up from his chair, runs over to his computer, and dabbles in a little stock trading. With one eye on the poker table, he jumps back into his seat just as the dealer is passing out the cards for the next hand. Now that's multi-tasking.
Johnny Chan and Jimmy Tran just mixed things up, and Chan came out on the losing end. We pick up the action on the flop with 13,500 in the pot and the board reading . Chan bet out 13,500, and Tran moved all in for 44,000 total. Chan snap called and tabled the . Tran was needing some help to improve his . That help came right away when the turn peeled off the . Tran made his straight and needed only to fade a repeat card on the board to stay alive. The was a rag, and he does indeed move his way up over the century mark, sitting with 105,000. Chan, meanwhile, has been cut in half, down to 54,000.
Chau Giang was out of his seat, cursing in several languages after he raised an opponent all in on the turn of a board, only to be called. Giang made top two pair with , but his opponent had flopped middle set with . Giang angrily grabbed his belongings and started to walk away from the table.
"Come back, Chau!" shouted Humberto Brenes, when the river fell . Giang hit a miracle card to make eights full of queens, just barely better than his opponent's sevens full of eights. He remains alive with 68,000 chips.
Tom Dwan again got all his chips in the middle, this time on the flop against a single opponent. Prior to that, he had limped in from late position and then called a raise of 7,000 from a player in the cutoff.
The flop revealed . Dwan bet 10,000 and then went all in for a total of 17,400 when he was put to the test by his opponent. He tabled a big draw: . He was at risk against the cutoff's . Once more, the board smiled on Dwan. The on the turn and the on the river made him a flush, and doubled him back up to 50,000.