Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Day 1 of Event #30 of the 2013 World Series of Poker has been completed and it is Antoine Saout who is the man to catch going into Monday's Day 2.
The Brasilia Room was packed to bursting as 2,018 players exchanged $1,000 for 3,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a WSOP champion. Of these 2,018 players only 216 remain, meaning we lost over 90% of the field over the course of 11 60-minute levels.
As mentioned, it is Antoine Saout who leads the way in this event, having turned his starting stack into a colossal 131,700 chips. Frenchman Saout is no stranger to the WSOP staff and has been in similar positions on many occasions. You may recall that Saout finished third in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $3,479,670 and while he would not win anywhere near as much if he goes all the way in this particular tournament, we are sure the $346,332 and a piece of poker jewellery would be most welcomed.
Each of the 216 players who return to the Rio tomorrow at 13:00 local time will do so safe in the knowledge they will receive no less than $1,935 in prize money. This is because tournament manager Dennis Jones made play continue until the money bubble had burst. The unfortunate bubble boy was Tai Nguyen, who finished third in Event #18. Nguyen moved all in with and was looked up by . By the river the board read and the money bubble burst, while the now in the money players erupted into rapturous applause and cheers.
Among those returning to the felt on Monday are Alex Bolotin (103,800), Dimitar Yosifov (96,900), Chris Dombrowski (93,400), Tomas Pleticha (92,300), Eddy Sabat (56,000), Randy Lew (51,800), Kevin MacPhee (37,900) and Andrew Lichtenberger (36,000).
Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team from 13:00 PT on Monday for all of the action as we play another 10 levels and possibly reach a final table.
We are in the money in Event #30 and it is Tai Nguyen who is the unfortunate soul who is the last man to go home empty handed.
Nguyen pushed with and ran into . The final board, and the final board of the night, ran out and with the Nguyen was eliminated and Day 1 ended.
While the tournament is played hand-for-hand, we have had more time to examine some of the bigger stacks in the room. We have discovered a Dimitar Yosifov and Tomas Pleticha, both of whom have huge stacks.
Alex Bolotin also has heaps of chips too.
Dennis Jones has informed the players we will continue play until the money is reached.
The 218th place finisher has been decided and we are the stone cold bubble.
He committed his stack with on a flop that had two diamonds and ran into Randy Lew's . No miracle running cards for our now busted friend and we are now just a single elimination from reaching the money in Event #30.
We have just witnessed two all-in being called but both resulted in a double up for the at-risk players.
As there is only two more eliminations needed to make it into the money place, the tournament director has instructed his dealers to start dealing hand-for-hand.
Jarod Ludemann has four WSOP cashes to his name, but he will not be adding a fifth yet because he has just crashed out of Event #30 after running into a set of nines with his pocket kings.
As the money boom draws ever closer, play has tightened up dramatically in Event #30 because nobody wants to have played for almost 10.5 hours and have nothing to to show for it.
On our rounds of the tournament floor, we heard one short-stacked player claim to have folded pocket jacks to a raise because he wants to scrape into the money. Whether his opponents act on that and start putting him under immense pressure is anyone's guess, but we would think he's just painted a big target on his back!