2013 World Series of Poker

Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Day: 1
Event Info

2013 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
k10
Prize
$1,774,089
Event Info
Buy-in
$50,000
Prize Pool
$6,336,000
Entries
132
Level Info
Level
26
Blinds
0 / 0
Ante
0

Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship

Day 1 Completed

Duhamel Leads Day 1 of The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship

Level 5
Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

The first five levels of one of the most prestigious events offered at the World Series of Poker are officially in the books. This was the eighth time this event has been offered on the WSOP schedule and it remains a very vocal favorite of the top professional players who participate. With this unique tournament, players are offered the chance to participate in an eight-game mix with very deep stacks in order to get maximum play. After bagging and tagging at the end of the evening, it was none other than 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel to emerge as the biggest stack in the room with 401,300 from the 150,000 starting stack.

Duhamel began his path to the big stack fairly early on in the day when he clashed with Vanessa Selbst in a pot-limit Omaha hand. Both players turned a straight and after getting all of the chips in Selbst quickly found out that Duhamel's was higher. She missed her re-draw outs and Duhamel ended up finishing the hand with a winning full house. This hand crippled Selbst and saw Duhamel vault into one of the top chip positions, which was a status that he never relented as the day progressed. Selbst, on the other hand, was not as fortunate and found herself without chips before the day concluded.

Bagging up the second biggest stack was Jared Bleznick, with two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jason Mercier sitting in third position to end the day. Pot-limit Omaha was also kind to Mercier fairly early on in the day, as a confrontation with Ralph Perry allowed Mercier to gain a very powerful double. The two got it all in after Mercier had flopped top two pair and he was able to hold against Perry's pocket aces. Perry busted soon after but Mercier thrived and finished the day with 340,600.

Last year the first day of play saw just one elimination but this year was a different story. Joining Selbst and Perry on the rail were 10-time WSOP champion Johnny Chan who fell at the hands of Barry Greenstein and Matt Glantz who was eliminated by Calvin Anderson.

Other big stacks returning for Day 2 include Justin Smith (336,600), Brian Rast (319,900), George Lind (294,400), Anderson (290,500), Greg Mueller (261,500), and Mike Leah (248,000). A small sample size of other notable players include Doyle Brunson (232,000) who is playing his first WSOP event of the year, Phil Hellmuth (206,300), Joe Cassidy (198,400) David Bach (198,800), Erick Lindgren (176,000), Daniel Negreanu (127,900), and Scott Seiver (119,400).

Play resumes on Monday at 2:00 p.m. PDT. Be sure to check back here on PokerNews for all of the latest updates from the tournament floor. Until tomorrow!

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Various End-of-Day Chip Counts

Level 5
Player Chips Progress
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
401,300 11,300
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
340,600 -9,400
Justin Smith us
Justin Smith
336,600 118,600
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
319,900
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
George Lind us
George Lind
294,200 49,200
Calvin Anderson us
Calvin Anderson
290,500 -33,500
WSOP 4X Winner
Greg Mueller ca
Greg Mueller
261,300 3,300
WSOP 3X Winner
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
248,000 -12,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
235,000 -7,000
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
232,000 -23,000
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
231,100 -900
WSOP 2X Winner
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
211,900 65,900
WSOP 4X Winner
Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
208,200 3,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
206,300 11,300
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
David Bach us
David Bach
198,800 34,800
WSOP 3X Winner
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
198,400 400
WSOP 1X Winner
George Danzer de
George Danzer
177,700 -26,300
Erick Lindgren us
Erick Lindgren
176,000 56,000
WSOP 2X Winner
David Chiu us
David Chiu
174,300 4,300
WSOP 5X Winner
Dee Tiller us
Dee Tiller
167,000 5,000
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
160,000 10,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Harry Thomas Jr. us
Harry Thomas Jr.
150,000
Nacho Barbero ar
Nacho Barbero
143,800 28,800
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
143,700 13,700
Allen Bari us
Allen Bari
136,900 18,900
WSOP 1X Winner

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A Few More Counts

Level 5
Player Chips Progress
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
255,000 35,000
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
George Lind us
George Lind
245,000 119,000
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
221,000 -28,000
Justin Smith us
Justin Smith
218,000 -102,000
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
170,000 52,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Dee Tiller us
Dee Tiller
162,000 2,000
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
156,000 42,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
156,000 -59,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Cole South us
Cole South
152,000 -42,000
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
150,000 -15,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
145,000 -5,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Tom Schneider us
Tom Schneider
140,000 26,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
140,000 12,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
130,000 -30,000
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
95,000 7,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
88,000 -17,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
David "Bakes" Baker us
David "Bakes" Baker
80,000 -22,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Abe Mosseri us
Abe Mosseri
61,000 -39,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Alexander Kostritsyn ru
Alexander Kostritsyn
28,000 -52,000

Some Updated Chip Counts

Level 5
Player Chips Progress
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
275,000 -27,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Greg Mueller ca
Greg Mueller
258,000 40,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
242,000 21,000
David Bach us
David Bach
164,000 -39,600
WSOP 3X Winner
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
160,000 -20,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
136,000 -114,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
128,000 -27,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
128,000 24,000
Erick Lindgren us
Erick Lindgren
120,000 10,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Konstantin Puchkov ru
Konstantin Puchkov
118,000 7,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Kelly us
Dan Kelly
84,000 -36,000
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
80,000 -50,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Ville Wahlbeck fi
Ville Wahlbeck
75,000 -40,000
Ray Dehkharghani us
Ray Dehkharghani
75,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
70,000 -22,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Cassidy Knocks Arieh Lower

Level 5

Limit Hold'em

Action folded to Joe Cassidy in the cutoff seat, and he raised. Josh Arieh reraised on the button, and action folded back to Cassidy. He called, and the flop came down {8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}. Cassidy checked, Arieh bet, and Cassidy called.

The turn was the {7-Clubs}, and both players checked to see the {J-Hearts} land on the river. Cassidy led with a bet, and Arieh called. Cassidy showed the {10-Spades}{7-Spades}, and Arieh mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
198,000 34,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
36,000
WSOP 6X Winner

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