2013 World Series of Poker

Event #61:$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day: 1
Event Info

2013 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
101043
Prize
$852,692
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Prize Pool
$3,628,400
Entries
386
Level Info
Level
29
Blinds
50,000 / 100,000
Ante
0

Event #61:$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Day 1 Completed

Official Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante
Player Chips Progress
Matt O'Donnell us
Matt O'Donnell
269,200
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
253,000
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
246,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Alexey Rybin ru
Alexey Rybin
245,600
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
244,800
WSOP 1X Winner
Morten Stenheim no
Morten Stenheim
191,700
Scott Palmer us
Scott Palmer
190,300
Mihails Morozovs lv
Mihails Morozovs
171,000
-1,000
-1,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
158,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Nicolas Faure fr
Nicolas Faure
156,000
Robert Lay (Tony Lay)
Robert Lay (Tony Lay)
156,000
James Wiese us
James Wiese
155,000
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
153,400
$25K Fantasy
Elliott Hebden us
Elliott Hebden
152,800
Jeremy Druckman us
Jeremy Druckman
143,100
Paul Pierce us
Paul Pierce
141,100
-2,000
-2,000
Nacho Barbero ar
Nacho Barbero
137,600
-1,200
-1,200
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
126,800
Eric Cloutier ca
Eric Cloutier
125,600
75,600
75,600
Vinh Ho us
Vinh Ho
123,700
Edward Lawson us
Edward Lawson
123,000
Matt Stout us
Matt Stout
121,600
Nadar Kakhmazov ru
Nadar Kakhmazov
121,300
WSOP 1X Winner
Josh Tieman us
Josh Tieman
116,900
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
111,000
-800
-800
WSOP 5X Winner

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Matt O'Donnell Leads Advancing 169 Players; NBA's Paul Pierce Bags Plenty of Chips

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante
Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce

On the eve of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, the penultimate tournmanet—Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha—kicked off with 386 players, which represented a 30% increase over last year’s field of 297 players. After eight one-hour levels of play, Matt O'Donnell is best positioned to make a run at the $852,692 first-place prize as he leads the 169 advancing players with 269,200. Quite a few of O'Donnell's chip came in the last hand of the night, which you can read about by clicking here.

Others who bagged big stacks are Jonathan Duhamel (253,000), Jared Bleznick (246,500), Alexey Rybin (245,600), Joseph Cheong (244,800), Scott Palmer (190,300), Mike Watson (158,500) and the NBA's Paul Pierce (143,100).

Pierce was extremely active throughout the day and it seemed to pay off, especially in Level 8 when he made a full house against John Kabbaj. Pierce, formerly of the Boston Celtics and now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, will enter Day 2 with a decent stack and looks to add a gold bracelet to go with his NBA Championship ring.

Obviously not everyone was as fortunate as the aforementioned players. Among those to hit the rail on Day 1 were Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, A.P. Phahurat, John Juanda, Matt Marafioti, David Williams, Daniel Weinman, Josh Arieh, John Beauprez, Erick Lindgren, Ashly Butler, Justin Bonomo, Michael Mizrachi, David “Doc” Sands, Scott Clements, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein and high-stake online regular Hac Dang.

Dang’s elimination came on the last hand of Level 3. There was approximately 2,000 in the pot and a flop reading {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{q-Spades} when Dang checked from middle position and Justin "Boosted J" Smith bet 2,000 from the cutoff. Dang took his time before dropping in a call and then checked after the dealer burned and turned the {a-Clubs}. Smith waited about 45 seconds before betting 6,300 and Dang responded with a check-raise all in. "I call," Smith whispered.

Dang: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}
Smith: {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Dang had flopped top set but was behind the straight of Smith. The {9-Diamonds} failed to pair the board on the river and Dang rapped the table, stood and then exited the tournament.

Likewise, the defending champion, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, was unable to survive the day. He fell in the last level of the night after first being crippled by Tom Marchese and then eliminated. In the final hand, Jachtmann got his stack all in preflop holding the {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and was up against Marchese's {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. The {8-Hearts}{5-}{5-Hearts} flop gave Jachtmann the lead with a pair of eights and a flush draw, but Marchese took it back when the {K-Clubs} turn paired his king. The {A-Diamonds} river gave Marchese two pair and would be the last card Jachtmann would see in the very event he won one year ago.

While many fell there are still quite a few big-name players left in the field including Christian Harder (153,400), Nacho Barbero (138,800), Matt Stout (121,600), Daniel Alaei (111,800), Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene (89,300), Jason Mercier (83,400), Eric Baldwin (77,100), Brian Hastings (72,800), Marcel Luske (68,000), Tom Marchese (63,100), Darryll Fish (59,400), Jan Collado (36,700), Phil Hellmuth (33,200) and Daniel Negreanu (29,900).

Day 2 action will begin at 2 p.m. PDT on Saturday. Join us then as we bring you another full day of action, which will include Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event. Until then good night from the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!

Tags: Jared BleznikJonathan DuhamelMatt O'Donnell

Notable End of Day 1 Counts

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante
Player Chips Progress
Matt O'Donnell (Matthew O'Donnell)
Matt O'Donnell (Matthew O'Donnell)
269,200
269,200
269,200
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
253,000
207,000
207,000
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
246,500
6,500
6,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Alexey Rybin ru
Alexey Rybin
245,600
5,600
5,600
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
244,800
14,800
14,800
WSOP 1X Winner
Morten Stenheim no
Morten Stenheim
191,700
191,700
191,700
Scott Palmer us
Scott Palmer
190,300
15,300
15,300
Mihails Morozok
Mihails Morozok
171,000
171,000
171,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
158,500
7,500
7,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Tony Lay us
Tony Lay
156,000
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
153,400
30,400
30,400
$25K Fantasy
Paul Pierce us
Paul Pierce
143,100
12,100
12,100
Nacho Barbero ar
Nacho Barbero
138,800
-1,200
-1,200
Vinh Ho us
Vinh Ho
123,700
123,700
123,700
Matt Stout us
Matt Stout
121,600
Josh Tieman (Joshua Tieman)
Josh Tieman (Joshua Tieman)
116,900
116,900
116,900
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
111,800
11,800
11,800
WSOP 5X Winner
David Paredes us
David Paredes
109,900
14,900
14,900
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
96,100
66,100
66,100
Ben Tollerene us
Ben Tollerene
89,300
51,300
51,300
Keith Lehr us
Keith Lehr
86,400
86,400
86,400
WSOP 2X Winner
Justin Smith us
Justin Smith
83,800
-71,200
-71,200
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
83,400
-1,600
-1,600
John Kabbaj gb
John Kabbaj
80,100
24,100
24,100
WSOP 2X Winner
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
78,800
48,800
48,800

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O'Donnell Snatches Chip Lead On One of the Last Hands

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante

As all of the other tables were bagging and tagging, Matt O'Donnell had a raise to 82,000 in on the river against Justin Smith, who had 32,800 out in front of him. The final board was {Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{8-Clubs}, and Smith sat in the tank for a couple of minutes. Eventually, he opted to fold his hand, and O'Donnell won the pot. With this pot, O'Donnell pushed to nearly 270,000 in chips, and that should put him int he clear to be the overnight chip leader.

Tags: Justin SmithMatt O'Donnell

Pierce Shows the Bluff To Petersen

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante

Paul Pierce limped in from early position, then John Kabbaj limped from middle position. Alexander Petersen raised to 4,000 from the hijack seat, and Pierce called. Kabbaj folded.

The flop came down {J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}, and Pierce checked. Petersen fired a bet of 6,000, and Pierce slid out a tall stack of orange T1,000 chips for a raise to 18,000. Petersen thought for a few moments, then folded. Pierce threw over the {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts} for a pair of tens, and Petersen responded by saying, "I could beat that."

Tags: Paul PierceJohn KabbajMickey Petersen

Five More Hands

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play five more hands before calling it a night. We're headed out to the field to catch any last-minute action and compile a list of end-of-the-night chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a recap of the Day 1 action.

Nassif Crushed by Kushner

Level 8 : 400/800, 0 ante
Gabriel Nassif
Gabriel Nassif

Gabriel Nassif, who finished runner-up in Event #37 $5,000 Limit Hold'em for $130,852, was just eliminated at the hands of Joe Kushner.

We caught the action on a {j-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades} flop after a raising war saw Joe Kushner and Gabriel Nassif get their shorter stacks all in against the player in the small blind.

Kushner: {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Spades}
Nassif: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}
Small Blind: {2-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}

"Club," the small blind called for when the {10-Clubs} turn gave him a flush draw. The dealer did not oblige and instead put out the {10-Spades}. Kushner made a full house while Nassif was sent to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Gabriel Nassif
Gabriel Nassif
Busted

Tags: Gabriel NassifJoe Kushner