2013 World Series of Poker

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)
Day: 1
Event Info

2013 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
25,000 / 50,000

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)

Day 1 Completed

Say Cheese: Marchese Leads After Day 1

Level 8 : 250/500, 50 ante
Tom Marchese
Tom Marchese

Day 1 of Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Eight Handed) kicked off on Wednesday, the first day of the 44th annual World Series of Poker. After eight levels of play the 481-player field was reduced to 232, and your chip leader is Tom Marchese. He bagged 153,975, and only a few other players bagged over six-figures, including David "Doc" Sands (110,825) and Scott Baumstein (111,100).

Poker’s biggest names filled the Pavilion Room to battle it out in the first open event of the summer. Among the notables were Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, Calvin Anderson, David “ODB” Baker, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Chino Rheem. Unfortunately for all of those players, none of them were able to survive the day.

Negreanu took a hit in Level 2 when he ran top pair into an overpair of queens, and was eliminated soon thereafter. Ivey was cruising along until his day came to an abrupt end in Level 7. Ivey was all in and at risk with king-jack on a jack-high board against an opponent with straight a flush draws, and the river completed the player’s straight. Mercier was also showered in Level 7 when he moved all in for less than ten big blinds with ten-seven suited. Mike Gagliano looked him up with two sevens, held, and knocked out the two-time bracelet winner.

The biggest star in the field today wasn’t a bracelet winner, however, it was 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Throughout the day, Phelps sparred with professionals like Corey Burbick, Andrew Lichtenberger, Christian Harder, and Mike Gorodinsky. In one particular hand, Phelps got the better of Lichtenberger when he called a bet from the pro on a {9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{j-Spades} board. The river was the {10-Clubs}, Phelps called another bet from Lichtenberger, and Chewy mucked when the Olympic legend showed {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} for queens and jacks. Phelps survived the day in his first ever WSOP appearance, and will return for Day 2 with 20,850.

Marchese rocketed up the counts during the final level of the day. On the last hand at his table, he and an opponent went back and forth with a few raises before Marchese's opponent shoved for about 30,000. Marchese called immediately with {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and was ahead of his opponent's {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} to give Marchese a set of queens and the knockout.

En route to bagging one of the largest stacks (77,825), Moorman received an early double up through WSOP-C grinder Kurt Jewell. Moorman moved all in with two aces on an eight-high board than included two fours and two spades, and Jewell made the call with a lesser hand. Moorman continued to add to his stack throughout the day, and will return tomorrow eying a potential fourth WSOP final table appearance. The Brit of course finished runner up in the 2011 $10,000 Six Max World Championship and the 2011 WSOPE Main Event.

Canadian Griffin Benger has been on a tear of late, winning the EPT Berlin Main Event. He bagged 57,950 chips, while Gavin Griffin, who just finished runner-up in the California State Championship of Poker, ended the day with 72,400.

The 216 survivors will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time for Day 2, where we will play another 10 levels. Be sure to return to PokerNews.com for updates from this and every other event at the 2013 WSOP!

End-Of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 250/500, 50 ante
Player Chips Progress
Tom Marchese us
Tom Marchese
WSOP 1X Winner
Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
David Sands us
David Sands
Mikko Jaatinen fi
Mikko Jaatinen
Stephen Bokor us
Stephen Bokor
Darryll Fish us
Darryll Fish
Fabrice Touil fr
Fabrice Touil
Jamie Armstrong us
Jamie Armstrong
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
WSOP 2X Winner
Tony Gargano us
Tony Gargano
Takashi Ogura jp
Takashi Ogura
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
WSOP 3X Winner
John Riordan us
John Riordan
WSOP 2X Winner
Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
WSOP 1X Winner
Trevor Pope us
Trevor Pope
WSOP 1X Winner
Charles Sylvestre ca
Charles Sylvestre
WSOP 1X Winner
Lloyd Mandel us
Lloyd Mandel
Gavin Griffin us
Gavin Griffin
WSOP 1X Winner
Clyde Lorance us
Clyde Lorance
Arturo Alaniz us
Arturo Alaniz
Rafal Michalowski us
Rafal Michalowski
Robert Tepper us
Robert Tepper
Kevin Song us
Kevin Song
WSOP 1X Winner
Joseph Degeorge us
Joseph Degeorge
Matthew Parry us
Matthew Parry
WSOP 1X Winner

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Marchese Busts One To End The Night

Level 8 : 250/500, 50 ante

On the last hand at his table, Tom Marchese and an opponent went back and forth with a few raises before Marchese's opponent shoved for about 30,000. Marchese called immediately with {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and was ahead of his opponent's {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} to give Marchese a set of queens, upping his stack to nearly 160,000.

Bokor Busts Chan

Level 8 : 250/500, 50 ante

A series of raises between Stephen Bokor (hijack) and Terrence Chan (small blind) leads to Chan all in for about 16,000 with {A-Spades}{J-Spades} against Bokor's {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}.

The flop fell {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{8-Clubs} to give Chan the lead with a pair of jacks, but Bokor took it back when the {10-Clubs} turn gave him broadway. The {2-Spades} river was no help to Chan, giving the pot to Bokor.

Player Chips Progress
Stephen Bokor us
Stephen Bokor
95,000 32,000
Terrence Chan ca
Terrence Chan
WSOP 1X Winner

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Chip Counts

Level 8 : 250/500, 50 ante
Player Chips Progress
Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
87,000 37,000
John Riordan us
John Riordan
70,000 10,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Jon Turner us
Jon Turner
53,000 38,000
Markus Gonsalves us
Markus Gonsalves
42,000 -2,000
Jesse Sylvia us
Jesse Sylvia
41,000 28,000
Angel Guillen mx
Angel Guillen
40,000 -100
Grayson Ramage us
Grayson Ramage
30,000 -1,000
Ben Hamnett us
Ben Hamnett
24,000 9,600
Chris DeMaci us
Chris DeMaci
20,000 13,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
13,000 -2,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
11,000 -4,000
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
11,000 -8,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Will Failla us
Will Failla
4,500 -10,500

Cantu Check Raises All In on the River

Level 8 : 250/500, 50 ante

By the time we checked what was happening, the turn had already been dealt. {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} | {9-Spades} on the table and we saw Brandon check-calling a 3,700 bet. The river was the {6-Hearts} and Cantu checked once again. His opponent, two seats to his left, bet 8,000 full of confidence. By the looks of it (to the untrained eye) Cantu looked to be in doubt between calling and folding. Looks can be deceiving though as Cantu announced all in all of the sudden for, what looked like, a little more than 30,000. Cantu (under-the-gun) took the pot down as his opponent (under-the-gun plus two) folded.

Player Chips Progress
Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
50,000 34,000
WSOP 2X Winner

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