Day 1a Completed
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Day 1a Completed
After four and a half levels of play we've reached the end of the opening flight of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. The players are bagging up their chips and exchanging bad beat stories as they drift out of the Amazon Room, content in the knowledge that they've safely survived day one of the Main Event. For many, a huge achievement in itself, and hopefully the first of many long days ahead on their road to the Holy Grail.
We started out with 1,125 entrants and approximately 800 have lived to fight another day. It wasn't a great day for 2004 World Champion Greg Raymer, who started off in high spirits with the "Shuffle Up and Deal" honors, but just a few minutes later was crippled and eliminated from the tournament. Such are the highs and lows of tournament poker. Others to join Raymer on the rail included Nick Schulman, Chino Rheem, Mike Caro, Victor Ramdin, Jimmy Fricke and Ray Romano.
At the other end of the spectrum 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker should feature in the ESPN highlights as he was prominent along with $50,000 Poker Player's Championship winner Michael Mizrachi. It will be some time before we have the official end-of-day counts, but as the players were bagging up we spotted Dwyen Ringbauer with 191,125 which should put him near the top of the leaderboard, but James Mitchell bested that by writing a whopping 241,075 on his bag. Corwin Cole capped out the day with 228,200. We'll have the official counts for the entire field for you shortly.
Join us again tomorrow as we do it all over again for Day 1b as the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event continues from Las Vegas. The action kicks off at noon and we look forward to your company then! Until then, good night from the Rio!
Barry Shulman is looking to end the day with more than 100,000 in chips thanks to a late elimination. He opened a pot pre-flop for 1,200 and was called by the button player before the small blind three-bet to 4,600. All three players went to the flop, . The small blind checked, allowing Shulman to bet 10,000. That was enough to drive out the button, but the small blind went for a check-raise to a bit more than 20,000. Shulman called with , in great shape against the small blind's . Nothing changed on the turn or river. Shulman dragged the pot to increase his count to about 113,000.
Susie Isaacs and James Akenhead were both short when they got all of their chips in the middle to race. It was Isaac's against Akenhead's . The board fell , and Akenhead took the hand with nines and eights. When the stacks were counted down, Isaacs got a 2,500-chip refund, while Akenhead doubled to 16,000.
The flop came out , and Ted Forrest was all in for not very much. His opponent called with . Fortunately for Ted, he could best it with . The turn kept him ahead, and the on the river locked up the win for him. Forrest may have doubled, but he's still short with 6,000.
On a flop of , Beth Shak got her whole stack into the middle with . An opponent was right there to greet Shak's big pair with his nuts, . There was no further help for Shak. The turn and river sent her off into the night, complaining about how much she hates queens.
"I'm out, Joy," said T.J. Cloutier to his wife, who had been patiently waiting for him outside the Amazon Room, perched upon his motorized scooter. "Finally had a race but I didn't win."
See you next year, T.J.
With an under-the-gun limper in front of him, Andre Akkari raised it up to 1,500 from middle position. His opponent made the call and saw a flop of .
Both players checked and the hit the turn. The UTG-player fired out 2,600 and Akkari made the call to see the hit the river. Akkari called a bet of 4,000 but mucked when his opponent showed for a flush. Akkari is down to 12,000.