Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Day 1 of Event 39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha is in the books, and after ten levels of play, Benjamin Sage is your chip leader with 358,400 chips. Following Sage is Joe Kushner (352,500), who won a mind-boggling, five-way all in against Brian Hastings, John Juanda, and two other opponents. Kushner had a pair of aces on a board, and the on the turn gave him a full house. No one could top that, and he raked in a massive pot.
Event 39 attracted 293 runners, generating a total prize pool of $2,754,200. The top 36 finishers are guaranteed a minimum of $16,801, while the winner will take home $661,000 and the World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Joining Sage and Kushner in the running for the top prize are Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Jerome Bradpiece, Andrew Brown, Jason Mercier, John Riordan, Nikolai Yakovenko and 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada.
Phil Ivey was one of the first players to make an exit today, and plenty of notables followed him out the door, including Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Martin Staszko, Viktor Blom, Tom Marchese, Joseph Cheong and Brian Hastings.
Kushner wasn’t the only player to partake in a crazy hand, Mike Cameron was involved in two, and in both of them he lost to quads! In the first hand, Cameron turned quad fours, but his opponent, Mohsin Charania, rivered quad eights. In the second hand, Cameron had tens full of fives on a board, but Will “The Thrill” Failla had flopped quad fives. Cameron was later eliminated, and was none too happy about how his day went.
Play will resume tomorrow at 1:00 PM local time, and we’ll play ten more levels (unless we reach a final table). For now, good night from Las Vegas!
The players are bagging and tagging their chips, which means it's the end of the night. Stay tuned for the recap coming shortly.
The players have been instructed that they will all be playing four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
Joe Cada opened to 3,000 from middle position, and a player on the button called. The flop fell , and Cada continued for 4,000. His opponent called.
The turn was the , and Cada fired another bullet - this one was worth 11,500. His opponent again called.
The completed the board, and Cada slowed down, checking to his opponent who immediately reached for orange T5,000 chips and fired 20,000 into the pot. Cada screwed up his face, and re-checked his cards. He cut out enough chips to make the call, and shuffled them while he studied the board.
Eventually, he mucked, and the player proudly tabled for a pair of fours and a busted straight draw.
"I almost called with a pair of eights," Cada lamented.
Cada couldn't pull the trigger, and his stack slipped to around 60,000 chips.
From early position, 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel raised to 3,000. Action folded to the man he beat heads up to win the title, John Racener, in the big blind and he reraised to 11,200. Duhamel moved all in for around 20,000 and Racener quickly called.
Racener held the and was against Duhamel's .
The flop, turn and river ran out and Racener made a Broadway straight to win the pot and bust Duhamel.
Duhamel wished Racener luck as he left. After Duhamel was gone, Will "The Thrill" Failla piped up and said, "Too bad you couldn't do that in November," citing that Racener lost heads up in the Main Event to Duhamel.
"I know, right," responded Racener. "I can beat him now when there's 100 people left."