Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The 2013 World Series of Poker continued Thursday evening with the start of Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em. The tournament attracted 170 runners—up four from last year's field of 166—and created a prize pool of $799,000. That will be distributed to the top 18 players with the eventual winner taking home $211,743. The man best positioned to make a run at the top prize of the 103 surviving players is monster chip leader Greg "FBT" Mueller, who finished with 94,600 after eight one-hour levels of play.
Given that it was a limit event, it took awhile for the action to heat up. When it did, the defending champ, Benjamin Scholl, was among the first to go. Last year Scholl could do no wrong as he captured the gold bracelet and accompanying $206,760 first-place prize. Five days ago, Scholl's run good continued as he finished runner-up to Tom Schneider in Event #29 $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $197,228. Unfortunately Scholl's momentum came to a screeching in the fourth level of the day.
It happened when Scholl, who had dwindled down to 800, raised to 600 from the cutoff. Sean Chen responded with a three-bet to 900 from the small blind, and after the big got out of the way, Scholl called off.
Scholl seemed a bit frustrated, and understandably so as he was having the polar-opposite experience than a year ago. With that said, he was drawing to live cards. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Scholl had a 30.98% of surviving the hand, though that dropped to 16.36% on the flop. Scholl was looking for some help on the turn, but instead the left him drawing dead as Chen improved to trips. The meaningless was run out on the river for good measure as Scholl made a beeline for the exit.
Others who joined him over the next five levels were Micah Raskin, John Hennigan, Carlos Mortensen, John Monnette, Mothel Santoro, Andy Bloch, Josh Arieh, Dan Kelly, JC Tran, Sam Grizzle, Maria Ho and Nick Abou Risk.
Not everyone was as unlucky as the aforementioned. Among the notables who survived the day were Todorovic Slavko (64,900), Brent Wheeler (57,500), Ronnie Bardah (54,800), Justin Bonomo (46,600), Brock Parker (46,100), Mike Leah (42,700), Jeff Shulman (42,200), Todd Witteles (38,200), Terrence Chan (35,000), Joe Cassidy (32,200), David Chiu (32,400), Ben Yu (30,300), Barry Greenstein (29,600), Mohsin Charania (27,700), Phil Ivey (24,200), Alexander Kostritsyn (17,000) and Daniel Negreanu (15,900).
Day 2 action is set to begin at 14:00 PST, so join us then as we bring you all the limit hold’em action you can handle from the Amazon Room inside the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!
The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the floor to catch any last-minute action and to compile some end-of-the-night chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a full recap of the Day 1 action.
Phil Ivey was in the small blind, and everyone folded around to him. He raised, and David Chiu called in the big blind. The flop was , and Ivey bet. Chiu called, and the dealer turned the . Ivey bet again, and Chiu called again. The river was the , putting a straight on the board, as well as three hearts. Ivey bet again, and Chiu chuckled a bit to himself before acting. After a few moments, he folded, exposing a as he did so to show he had a straight before the river that he felt was no longer good.
With just 30 minute left in the night, Greg "FBT" Mueller is more than likely going to finish as the chip leader. After eliminating yet another player, the two-time bracelet winner is sitting with a little over 90,000 in chips! That's almost double many of the other big stacks.
On a separate note, Josh Arieh and Andy Bloch won't be bagging up any chips tonight as they've both hit the rail here in the last
Danny Qutami raised preflop, Daniel Negreanu called from the small blind and J.J. Liu called from the big blind. The flop was . Negreanu and Liu both checked, and Qutami bet. Negreanu then raised. Liu folded, and Qutami called the raise. The turn was the , and both players checked. They checked again on the river, and Negreanu announced, "Eight High." He turned over for a missed flush draw. Qutami then tabled for a six-high flush draw, and Negreanu won the pot with his eight.
A short-stacked Andy Bloch just received a walk in the big blind. He then turned over his cards to reveal pocket aces.