Event 9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six-Handed
Event 9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six-Handed
Day 1 Completed

Official Chip Counts Released; 71 Players Remain

Matt Matros topped 150,000 in chips in opening-day action
Matt Matros topped 150,000 in chips in opening-day action
The overnight official chip counts released by the WSOP show that 71 players have survived into Day 2 play. The list is topped by Matt Matros, who finished the opening session at 156,600. Rep Porter, Thomas Fuller and Peter Marr each also topped 100,000 chips in first-day action.

Here's the top ten in chips from Day 1 action:

Matt Matros 156,600
Rep Porter 137,200
Thomas Fuller 110,200
Peter Marr 104,700
Avery Cardoza 99,300
Zachary Clark 94,000
William Mikolay 87,000
Jonas Danielsson 83,900
Tom Braband 82,700
Dave Zand 82,300

Join us at 2:00 PM Pacific Time when action in Event #7 resumes from the Amazon Room floor.

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Day One is in the Books

After ten levels of tournament poker, play has finally concluded for the evening. What started as 1,236 players on 206 tables spread out from the Amazon Room, to the Tropical Room, all the way to the Rio Poker Room on the other side of the property, has been reduced to just 72 players on 12 tables occupying only a small portion of one corner of the Amazon Room.

The rate of eliminations was rapid. The short-handed format had players involved in a lot more pots, finding their edge, and capitalizing on it when they could. Unfortuanately, it didn't always work out for most of them. We said goodbye to 1,164 players today and tomorrow we'll leave behind 63 more.

It appears that Matt Matros is our probable chip leader with about 153,000. Thomas Fuller is not far behind however with roughly 150,000. Official chip counts will be posted when they are made available.

Join us as 2:00 pm PDT as action resumes and the field is narrowed down to the final nine players that will comprise Saturday's final table.

Girl Power

Of the 1,236 entrants who started the day, only two females remain. They are Laura Kallen Wakeland who is working with a 60,000 chip stack, and Stephanie Klempner who, after just taking a bit of a hit, is down to only 20,000.

Hamby Doubles

From the cutoff, Jared Hamby moved all in for 15,000. It folded through the blind back to the under-the-gun player, who Hamby did not realize had limped in. That player called the raise, and Hamby immediately knew he was in big trouble.

Hamby: {5-Hearts} {5-Clubs}
UTG: {9-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

He was saved when the board came {Q-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} {6-Spades} {4-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} to make a seven-high straight. Players were heard to remark, "God, you run so good!" Camby now has 33,000 in chips.

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"I'm Just Running Really Good Right Now"

That was the remark offered by Matt Matros after he took out another opponent. They got it all in the middle on a flop of {4-Hearts} {A-Hearts} {3-Hearts} with Matros holding {K-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts} and his opponent holding {A-Spades} {K-Clubs}. The turn came {K-Hearts} to make Matros a flush. He only had to dodge the remaining two aces and one king on the river, which he did when the river came {Q-Spades}.

Matros is up to 153,000.

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Peter Marr Keeps on Stacking

Action folded to the cutoff seat who raised to 3,200. Peter Marr reraised to 10,500 and the cutoff shoved all in for 25,000. Marr made the call and showed {A-Diamonds} {10-Clubs}. He quickly found out he was behind when the cutoff showed {A-Spades} {K-Spades}.

The flop came {10-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {2-Clubs}. Marr, perhaps ashamed to come from behind, said, "I thought you were making a run at it...I'm sorry." To add insult to injury, the {10-Diamonds} came off on the turn. The river was meaningless and the eliminated player left with class. Marr chips up to about 86,000.

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Porter Movin' on Up

Few who have tangled with Rep Porter today have emerged unscathed. The small blind in this hand paid the price after limping in, and then raising a Porter raise from 3,000 to 36,000 all in. Porter made the call and tabled {A-Spades} {Q-Diamonds}, dominating the small blind's {A-Hearts} {3-Hearts}. Neither player improved on a jack-high board.

Porter increased his stack to about 152,000. The small blind was eliminated.

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Braband Flushes Opponent to the Rail

Tom Braband open-shoved from the small blind with {Q-Hearts} {8-Hearts}. The big blind made a snap call and tabled {A-?} {K-?}. A board of {A-Hearts} {J-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {K-Diamonds} made two pair for the big blind but also made a flush for Braband. He eliminated the big blind on this hand and is up to about 80,000 in chips.

Danielsson's Draw Doesn't Come in

On a flop of {A-Hearts} {10-Diamonds} {2-Hearts}, Jonas Danielsson raised the 3,500-chip bet of his opponent to 11,000. His opponent moved all in with {A-Diamonds} {9-Spades} and Danielsson made the call with {6-Hearts} {5-Hearts}. Danielsson did not improve after the board came {A-Clubs} {K-Diamonds}, dropping him to about 71,000 chips.

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