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

Say Cheese: Marchese Leads After Day 1

SantanaBandana • 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)

Webjoker • Level 8: 250-500, 50 ante
Tom Marchese us 153,975
Scott Baumstein us 111,100
David Sands us 110,875
Mikko Jaatinen FI 95,825
Stephen Bokor us 95,325
Darryll Fish us 93,000
Fabrice Touil fr 92,575
Jamie Armstrong us 87,850
Bryan Piccioli us 85,900
Tony Gargano us 83,575
Takashi Ogura jp 81,650
Antonio Esfandiari us 80,650
John Riordan us 78,275
Chris Moorman gb 77,675
Trevor Pope us 77,000
Charles Sylvestre ca 76,850
Lloyd Mandel us 72,675
Gavin Griffin us 72,400
Clyde Lorance us 68,875
Arturo Alaniz us 68,250
Rafal Michalowski us 66,650
Robert Tepper US 66,375
Kevin Song us 65,725
Joseph Degeorge US 63,975
Matthew Parry us 63,650

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Marchese Busts One To End The Night

123md • 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.

Complete The Hand You're On and Deal 4 More Hands

Webjoker • Level 8: 250-500, 50 ante

There's only 10 minutes left on the clock. The clock has stopped now and it was just announced that we're playing four more hands. After that we're bagging up and we're done for today.

Bokor Busts Chan

123md • 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.

Stephen Bokor us 95,000 32,000
Terrence Chan ca Busted

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Confirmed Busto: Adam Levy

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Adam Levy
Adam Levy

"Ok, good game guys" we heard Adam Levy saying as he got up from the table and made his way to the exit. His {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} was being turned over as the loser of a confrontation with {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. The board was {9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} | {7-Hearts} | {K-Spades}. Adam tweeted the following:

Adam LevyBad last two levels and busto 15min before the end of the day. AKdd vs 99 on 972dcc board when pot was 7k and I had 9800 in a 3b pot.
Adam Levy us Busted

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Cantu Check Raises All In on the River

Webjoker • 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.

Brandon Cantu us 50,000 34,000

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