Event #2: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
Event #2: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
Day 1 Completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Erik Sagstrom se
Erik Sagstrom
se 329,100
David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
us 313,800
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
us 269,200 99,200
Edwin Ting
Edwin Ting
258,900 108,900
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 257,300 2,300
Joseph Serock us
Joseph Serock
us 253,900 -11,100
Steve Billirakis us
Steve Billirakis
us 251,900 -8,100
John Cernuto us
John Cernuto
us 251,400 -13,600
Vladimir Schmelev ru
Vladimir Schmelev
ru 243,700 93,700
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us 240,100
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 230,100 45,100
Chau Giang us
Chau Giang
us 225,700 55,700
Dario Minieri it
Dario Minieri
it 222,600 12,600
Josef Monro
Josef Monro
222,400 72,400
David "Bakes" Baker us
David "Bakes" Baker
us 221,900 46,900
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 221,300 1,300
Tuan Le us
Tuan Le
us 214,500 54,500
Sorel Mizzi ca
Sorel Mizzi
ca 213,400 37,400
Philip Galfond
Philip Galfond
211,100 91,100
Vitaly Lunkin ru
Vitaly Lunkin
ru 210,400 35,400
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 207,500 -32,500
Cole South us
Cole South
us 206,700 21,700
Huck Seed us
Huck Seed
us 204,500 24,500
Dan Kelly us
Dan Kelly
us 203,800 -19,200
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us 200,200 50,200

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Five Levels Down


That's the end of Day 1 of the 2010 World Series of Poker Event #2 - $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. It was a day of late-registration confusion, a day of marked cards, a day of few eliminations and a day of odd blind levels.

116 players each came up with $50,000 to play this event. Among the busted today: Dan Shak, Tom Dwan, Andrew Brown, Marc Karam, Greg Mueller and Brian Townsend. Shak was the first one to go, when his set of nines ran into the nut straight in PLO. Dwan, the internet sensation, soon followed suit.

The overnight chip leader appears to be Erik Sagstrom, who bagged 329,100 chips. He's followed by David Oppenheim's 313,800. It appeared that no other player accumulated a stack bigger than 300,000 by the end of the night.

Play resumes tomorrow at 3pm local time. PokerNews will be there.

Until then, you can find us at the bar.

One Last Pot for Galfond



We caught a big pot between Brett Richey and Phil Galfond on sixth street. Galfond led out with x-x / 2-8-3-A and was raised by Richey's x-x / 5-3-A-10. Galfond called and then checked the river dark. Richey squeezed his river card before betting. Galfond peeked and then check-raised. Richey's face screwed up in surprise as he contemplated his action. It took about a minute before Richey reluctantly tossed calling chips into the pot. Galfond turned up 6-4-7 on the hole for a 6-4 low. That was the winner.

Tags: Brett RicheyPhil Galfond

One for Noah


Dan Kelly opened the action with a raise to 2,000 from middle position. Team PokerStars Pro Netherlands Noah Boeken reraised from the cutoff seat to 5,000. Team PokerStars Pro USA Greg Raymer flatted from the small blind and then Kelly made the call as well.

The flop came down {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} and Raymer checked. Kelly also checked and then action moved back to Boeken. He fired a bet of 8,800 and both Raymer and Kelly folded rather easily allowing Boeken to scoop the pot.

Tags: Noah BoekenGreg RaymerDan Kelly

Minieri Snaps off Ferguson's Bluff

Dario Minieri
Dario Minieri

No-Limit Hold'em:

Sometimes, even a small Italian man can see through Jesus' soul.

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson opened for 2,600 from late position, Dario Minieri called from the button, and the big blind called. The flop came down {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and the big blind checked to Ferguson, who bet 5,000. Minieri called and the big blind folded. The {7-Spades} fell on the turn and Ferguson took another shot, betting 11,000. Once again, Minieri called. The river was the {2-Spades} and Ferguson fired a third time, making it 25,000 to go. Minieri snap-called.

Betcha can't guess their hands.

Ferguson was on a stone bluff with {8-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, but Minieri made that insta-call on the river with {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}-- nothing more than ace-high for the Italian Team PokerStars Pro.

Tags: Chris FergusonDario Minieri

Six More Hands


The tournament clock is paused with 10 minutes to go. Each table will play six more hands and then bag the chips for tonight.

All Dressed Up for Nothing


Pot-Limit Omaha:

Mike Matusow is known as a damn fine Omaha player. His early-position raise to 2,500 was called by Alex Kostritsyn from the cutoff. The two men got all of the chips in after a series of raises on a flop of {6-Spades} {10-Clubs} {7-Clubs}. Matusow was the player at risk of elimination. He tabled the nuts with a full house re-draw, {7-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {10-Diamonds}. Surprisingly, Kostritsyn also had the nuts with a flush re-draw, {8-Clubs} {8-Hearts} {9-Hearts} {q-Clubs}. Nothing changed after the turn and river missed both players, {q-Spades} and {8-Spades}. Chop it up. Matusow remains in the tournament.

The G Scoops Cassidy


Stud 8/b:

Tony G (X) (X) {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} (X)
Joe Cassidy (X) (X) {J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{6-Spades} (X)

We picked this hand up on fourth street just as Tony G put out a bet. It earned folds from Phil Hellmuth and Robert Williamson III, but Joe Cassidy came along with a call. Cassidy check-called bets from The G on fifth and sixth streets, then paid him off on the river.

The G turned over {3-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a seven-high straight. It was good for the high and the low and he scooped the pot. He's up to 75,000 while Cassidy fell to 165,000.

Tags: Joe CassidyTony G

Quads for Harmetz


Omaha 8/b:

Abe Mosseri raised and Carlos Mortensen made the call. Chad Brown also called and then Daniel Harmetz called in the cutoff seat. Steve Billirakis called from the big blind as well to make for a five-way flop.

The flop came down {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Billirakis led out. Everyone but Mosseri called. The turn was the {Q-Spades} and everyone left in the hand checked. The river completed the board with the {8-Diamonds} and action was checked by Billirakis, Mortensen and Brown. Harmetz fired a bet and everyone quickly folded. Harmetz showed that he flopped quads jacks, revealing the {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} from his hand and scooped in the pot.

Tags: Daniel HarmetzCarlos MortensenAbe MosseriSteve BillirakisChad Brown