Event 59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a Completed

Day 1a Ends Early in Level 9; Lee Leads & Ivey in Contention

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante
Phil Ivey looks to make another final table.
Phil Ivey looks to make another final table.

The first of two starting days in Event 59, $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, of the World Series of Poker is in the books. A total of 1,740 elected to play today and only 256 remain. Tournament officials stopped play once they had reached a point where just 15% of the field remained. Leading them all is Ronald Lee after bagging up 79,325.

Chasing Lee are Dominik Nitsche (67,800), David Stefanski (65,400), Ravneet Johal (60,050), Alin Pandilica (58,500), and Bobby Pham (57,025). Notables Phil Ivey, Steve Sung, Konstantin Puchkov, Leo Margets, Claire Renaut, J.J. Liu, Roland Israelashvili, Todd Terry, and Terrence Chan remain in the field as well.

It was day where bustouts were fast and plentiful. Notables Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, David "Bakes" Baker, Barry Shulman, David Chicotsky, Erik Seidel, Olivier Busquet, Alexander Kravchenko, Fabrice Soulier, Barry Greenstein, and Tommy Vedes all gave the event a shot but did not survive the day.

Ivey’s stack never seemed to slip through out the day. He got involved in a big hand with another player that saw him chip up. He was at the turn on a {8-Diamonds} {K-Hearts} {8-Spades} {10-Diamonds} board. Ivey check-raised to 7,000 and his opponent shoved on him. Ivey called and tabled {A-Clubs} {K-Spades}. His opponent was ahead with {10-Clubs} {10-Spades} but the river fell {K-Diamonds} and Ivey nearly doubled to 45,000.

Hellmuth took to the felt today as well looking for his 92nd career WSOP cash. He was short-stacked before the dinner break and didn’t last much longer into the seventh level before he busted.

Day 1b will begin tomorrow promptly at 12:00 PM PST and the surviving players will combine for Day 2 on Friday. The Day 1b field will play the exact same amount of time that Day 1a played — that is, until 42 minutes are left in Level 9. Follow all the WSOP action live on PokerNews.com.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Ronald Lee us
Ronald Lee
us 79,325
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 67,800
David Stefanski us
David Stefanski
us 65,400
Ravneet Johal US
Ravneet Johal
US 60,050
Alin Pandilica MH
Alin Pandilica
MH 58,500
Bobby Pham us
Bobby Pham
us 57,025
Alexander Goulder gb
Alexander Goulder
gb 55,000
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 55,000
Fayad Ghassan LB
Fayad Ghassan
LB 54,800
Steven Brown us
Steven Brown
us 53,800
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 50,000 10,000
David Kristiansen NO
David Kristiansen
NO 48,225
Ivan Holmes US
Ivan Holmes
US 48,000
Hoi Lee HK
Hoi Lee
HK 47,175
Steve Sung us
Steve Sung
us 43,350 20,350
Tom West us
Tom West
us 43,175
Joseph Morneau US
Joseph Morneau
US 42,500
Aditya Agarwal in
Aditya Agarwal
in 41,200
Brian Ali us
Brian Ali
us 41,100
Brandon Culbreth us
Brandon Culbreth
us 40,925
Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
us 40,000
Bernhard Moessner US
Bernhard Moessner
US 39,950
Mario Doria au
Mario Doria
au 39,925
Daniel Thomas us
Daniel Thomas
us 39,500
Timothy Faro us
Timothy Faro
us 39,375

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A Few More for Martinez Before Play Concludes


The announcement had already been made that all tables were to deal just one more hand. Over at Lucinda Martinez's table, that last hand took a little longer than at most tables, as three players — Martinez (small blind), the big blind, and the cutoff — had gone to a flop together.

All three had checked those first three community cards — {2-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Clubs}. The turn was the {J-Clubs}, at which Martinez fired 1,800 and both of her opponents called.

The river brought the {10-Spades} and another bet from Martinez, this time for 2,600. Her opponent to her left thought a while before folding, then the cutoff tossed his cards away and the bags brought over.

Lucinda Martinez US
Lucinda Martinez
US 29,500

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Last Call

Shamus • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

We're getting close... just one more table break away from the night concluding. Players at some tables, recognizing the end of play looming, are being sure to make final orders to the cocktail waiters passing through.

"Hey I'll buy Coronas for the whole room," said one player, looking as though he's safely going to make it through to Day 2. "They're free!"

The End Is Nigh

Shamus • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Level 9 is underway. We're just 21 bustouts (or so) to play concluding for the evening.


Everybody Take Twenty

Shamus • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Players are taking what will in all likelihood be the last 20-minute break of the night.