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



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

Day 1b Ends With Alex Cordero Standing Tall as Chip Leader

OHairDJ • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante
Jake Cody - one of the bigger stacks going into Day 2.
Jake Cody - one of the bigger stacks going into Day 2.

After eight full levels and part of a ninth, Day 1b of Event 59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em is in the books. The day began with 2,880 players and when all the dust settled, just 471 remained with Alex Cordero as your current chip leader (100,475).

Jake Cody amassed the second-biggest Day 1b stack (77,600). Cody chipped up late in the day and scored a big pot after running aces into an opponent's {A-}{Q-} all-in preflop. Others building big stacks on Thursday included Warren Russell (68,625), Owen Crowe (67,000), Jed Friedman (58,675), and Jeremy Paglieri (58,300).

Now that both Day 1's are complete, we were able to obtain the final registrant and prizepool information. A grand total of 4,620 players entered, generating a prizepool of $4,158,000. First place will receive $654,797 — not too shabby.

Some notables who took to the felt today, but fell short and busted before the day's end include Angel Guillen, Kevin Saul, Faraz Jaka, Mickey Petersen, Dennis Phillips, J.C. Tran, Lauren Kling, Joe Cada and Andy Frankenberger — who fell victim to one of poker's most brutal coolers.

Other more fortunate players who bagged some chips and will return tomorrow for Day 2 include Cherish Andrews (38,700), Ben Yu (36,750), Nam Le (34,000), Sam Grizzle (26,425), Jeff Madsen (24,925), and Joe Serock (19,750), and Amanda Leatherman (11,075).

Play is set to resume tomorrow at 1:00 PM PST, where the Day 1a and Day 1b fields will merge and play out ten levels. Be sure to stick with us here at PokerNews as we burst the money bubble and work our way toward the final table!

Until then — goodnight from Vegas!

Tags: Alex CorderoJake Cody

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Alex Cordero CA
Alex Cordero
CA 100,475
Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
gb 77,600 7,600
Warren Russell CA
Warren Russell
CA 68,625
Owen Crowe ca
Owen Crowe
ca 67,000
Jed Friedman US
Jed Friedman
US 58,675
Jeremy Paglieri FR
Jeremy Paglieri
FR 58,300
Frank Labate us
Frank Labate
us 58,225 -2,275
Michael Rushton US
Michael Rushton
US 56,900
David Bonneau CA
David Bonneau
CA 56,425
David Steirman US
David Steirman
US 55,700
Santiago Nadal us
Santiago Nadal
us 53,950
Carlos Caro US
Carlos Caro
US 53,925
Azim Popatia ca
Azim Popatia
ca 53,200
Hieu Nguyen US
Hieu Nguyen
US 53,000
Luigi Petrone us
Luigi Petrone
us 48,675
Jefri Islam AT
Jefri Islam
AT 47,975
Bodo Sbrzesny at
Bodo Sbrzesny
at 47,325
Peter Kaemmerlen us
Peter Kaemmerlen
us 46,950
Bjorn Li au
Bjorn Li
au 46,800
Adam Brosius US
Adam Brosius
US 46,200
Nicholas Moore US
Nicholas Moore
US 44,750
Ismail Yagci TC
Ismail Yagci
TC 43,600
Juan Manuel Vazquez Moreno DE
Juan Manuel Vazquez Moreno
DE 43,150
Jason Lee us
Jason Lee
us 43,000
Martin Vallo dk
Martin Vallo
dk 41,675

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One More Hand...

OHairDJ • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

The tournament director has just announced that players will be dealt one more hand before bagging and tagging for the night.

Le's Ladies Send One Home


We didn't catch the exact preflop action, however, it appeared that the player in the hijack seat opened and, directly behind him in the cutoff, Nam Le three-bet enough to put him all in. Everyone else folded and Le's opponent called all in for about 10,000 to put himself at risk.

Le: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}
Opponent: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

The {J-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{4-Spades} board kept Le in the lead - eliminating his opponent and chipping Le up to 31,000 in the process.

Nam Le us
Nam Le
us 31,000 19,000

Tags: Nam Le

Brenes and Chum


"The shark!"

So said a player earlier as he arrived at Humberto Brenes's table. Brenes responded with a grin. "I'm hungry!" he said, eyes wide.

Just now Brenes opened for 1,675 from middle position, and it folded around to that same player in the big blind. He checked his cards, and after flashing his hand quickly to Brenes he mucked. Brenes quickly showed his {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} and scooped the pot.

Humberto Brenes cr
Humberto Brenes
cr 13,500 -5,300

Tags: Humberto Brenes

Scramble and Gamble!

OHairDJ • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Players are back and cards are in the air! We are looking at about 18 more minutes' worth of poker tonight before play concludes. At present 530 of those who began Day 1b are still with us, all hoping to join the 256 who made it through Day 1a.


Break it Up!

OHairDJ • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Players are now on their final 20-minute break of the day.