Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Official Day 1 Chip Counts
No one really knew what to expect today in regards to Event #35 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha/Six Handed. This was the first time a six-handed PLO event graced the World Series of Poker Schedule, so the turnout was anyone’s guess. As it turned out, the inaugural event drew an impressive 507 entrants, creating a prizepool of $2,382,900. With the top 48 finishers slated to get paid, including $619,575 that was reserved for first place, the pros turned out in full force. By the end of the night, only 110 players remained, including chip leader Team PokerStars Pro (USA) Vanessa Selbst with 250,300. A little further behind her are Erick Lindgren (208,700), Shaun Deeb (195,000), and Mike “timex” McDonald (181,100).
McDonald, who is playing in his first WSOP this summer, built his chips steadily throughout the day, but one hand was really reminiscent of his day-long heater. Late in the day, Amnon Filippi got his short stack all in preflop against McDonald:
Filippi was ahead with his aces, but the flop quickly changed that by giving McDonald a straight. The turn and river improved him to a flush, but the result was the same . . . Filippi was eliminated. "This is the best I've ever run in a tournament," McDonald said after the hand. "And I run good all the time."
While McDonald and company were running good, not everyone was so fortunate. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Carlos Mortensen, Galen Hall, Sammy Farha, Barry Greenstein, Eric Baldwin, Joe Cada, Robert Williamson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Scott Seiver, and Daniel Negreanu were just a few of the pros who hit the rail on Day 1.
While many pros failed to survive, others successfully navigated the field and will be return on Day 2. They include David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Joe Hachem, Brian Rast, Layne Flack, Erick Lindgren, Andy Seth, Jeff Lisandro, and Jason Mercier. Also making it through were Kevin Boudreau and Chance Kornuth, the runner-up and winner of last year’s $5,000 PLO event (though that one was played nine handed), who happened to play at the same table much of the day.
The remaining field will return tomorrow at 2:30 PM PST for Day 2 action. We’ll surely hit the money and most likely come close to a final table. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action, hands, and eliminations from the $5,000 PLO/Six-Handed Event!
Sarah Grant give you an update on all the events.
On a flop of , David Benefield got his last 16,900 all in against a player in middle position.
McDonald was ahead with two pair but had a lot of cards to dodge. The turn was safe, so it was down to the river. The dealer burned and slowly revealed the . Benefield's hand held and he doubled in the closing minutes of Level 10.
The tournament supervisor has just given the dealers the go-ahead to deal three more hands before we call it a night.
The action has slowed considerably as we approach the closing stages of this Day 1, but Emil Patel has just scored a timely double-up through David Chiu.
All the money was in the middle after the flop of and we got there just as the cards were tabled:
Patel improved to trips after the turn and river came running , and he's now close to 40,000 while Chiu drops below 70,000.
We came to Jason Mercier's table after he had just shoved his last 20,400 on the river into a pot that had about 30,000 in it. The board read , and his opponent was in the tank for a few minutes before he flung the chips in for the call. Mercier showed for the second nut flush, and his opponent mucked. Mercier is back up to 71,000 after that pot.
The action folded to Joseph Cheong who raised to 2,000 from the button before the flop, but he found only one caller from the big blind before both checking the flop of and the turn of the .
However, after the big blind checked the river of the , Cheong led out for 2,500. The big blind called, but Cheong's two pair with was best. Cheong's now up to more than 130,000 in chips after that hand.
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was all in on a flop of for his last 8,000 (there was at least 20,000 in the point at this point) and Bryan Colin made the call. Grinder showed and Colin had
The turn and river were and Mizrachi's full house was enough to double him up. He now has 43,000 after the hand