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Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em



Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 Completed

Raymond Chen Leads Record Field Chasing $403,483 in Event #56

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Raymond Chen
Raymond Chen

While most of the focus at the WSOP today was on The Big One for One Drop, Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'Em Tournament was quietly setting a record of its own.

At the beginning of the first level on Day 1 there were 1,488 registered entrants but by the close of registration at the start of level seven that number had increased dramatically to 2,525, smashing the total of 1,837 who played last year.

A total prize pool of $2,272,500 has been generated paying 270 places starting at $1,840.The winner will get $403,483 as well as a gold WSOP bracelet.

The best placed man at the end of Day 1 to get his hands on that is Raymond Chen who dramatically seized the lead with just minutes of play to go. Chen returns as the chip leader on 130,400.

Second place is held by Neo Hoang with 127,400 who had a big stack for most of the day, and third place is Brian Altman with 106,900 who had the chance to grab the lead but lost a big pot near the end as he put it, "going for it."

The money bubble burst in the last level of the night, and as soon as that happened the remaining field dropped quickly from 270 to the 206 players who finished up with chips and will return tomorrow.

Some of the notables who turned up to play but failed to make Day 2 include Barry Greenstein, Phil Laak, Randy “nanonoko” Lew, Ryan Riess and Dutch Boyd. There were also a few big names that bought in at the last minute for ten big blinds but didn’t manage to last long, Ole Schemion, Andrew Lichtenberger and Martin Finger were among them.

Play resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. when the field will play ten more levels or until the final table of nine is reached, whichever comes first. Join the PokerNews team for up to the minute news on big hands and bust outs on the march to another huge pay day here at the 45th World Series of Poker.

End of the Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Raymond Chen CA
Raymond Chen
CA 130,400
Giang Hoang (Neo Hoang)
Giang Hoang (Neo Hoang)
127,400 127,400
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 106,900
Vinny Pahuja us
Vinny Pahuja
us 99,500
Pavel Veksler ua
Pavel Veksler
ua 98,400 98,400
Matthew Wakeman au
Matthew Wakeman
au 92,800
Gary Fields IE
Gary Fields
IE 91,800 91,800
Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
be 90,700 90,700
Larry Gurney us
Larry Gurney
us 88,300 88,300
Christopher Chabris US
Christopher Chabris
US 86,200 86,200
Richard Milne gb
Richard Milne
gb 85,700 85,700
Steve Gross us
Steve Gross
us 80,800 80,800
Viktor Skoldstedt SE
Viktor Skoldstedt
SE 79,800 79,800
Mike Kachan us
Mike Kachan
us 78,000 78,000
Kevin To US
Kevin To
US 77,800 77,800
Alexandru Masek us
Alexandru Masek
us 77,200 77,200
Mihails Morozovs lv
Mihails Morozovs
lv 75,100 75,100
Joshua Haupt US
Joshua Haupt
US 73,700 73,700
Jamie Rosen us
Jamie Rosen
us 72,000 72,000
Perry Friedman us
Perry Friedman
us 71,000 71,000
Matt Salsberg ca
Matt Salsberg
ca 70,600 70,600
Will Jaffe us
Will Jaffe
us 70,100 70,100
US 68,500 68,500
Jose Gonzales ar
Jose Gonzales
ar 68,200 68,200
Ken Cheng US
Ken Cheng
US 66,700 66,700

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End Of Night Big Stacks

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

There some frantic swapping of chips towards the end of play with Raymond Chen Seemingly the main beneficiary.

Brian Altman lost a big pot towards the end that would have given him the lead but as he told PokerNews as he bagged up, "I was going for it."

Raymond Chen CA
Raymond Chen
CA 130,400 -4,600
Neo Hoang US
Neo Hoang
US 127,400 7,400
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 106,900 -8,100
Vinny Pahuja us
Vinny Pahuja
us 99,500

Chen Grabs Lead Near the End Of Play

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Raymond Chen appears to have grabbed the lead in a huge pot in the last few hands of the day, eliminating an opponent in the process. He was all smiles as he stacked the chips.

Although he had very decent stack before, Chen clashed with another medium stack and got paid off on the river.

Raymond Chen CA
Raymond Chen
CA 135,000

Five More Hands

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Five more hands tonight and then it's time for the remaining players to bag their chips up.


Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

It has gone from 270 players when the bubble burst to 242 in ten minutes, and there is no sign of the trend slowing down.

Three Chop the bubble

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Three players bust on the same hand and will chop the money for the last two places so they can't be too disappointed.

At the table we were at Aditya Prasetyo shoved with {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and got looked up by {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}.

A run out of {k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{k-Spades}{2-Clubs} meant that Prasetyo said it was his first ever bubble, but even then he still got paid.

On The Bubble

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

One more to go.

Bubble Approaches

Yardley • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With 270 payed and 272 left a couple more players will leave empty handed.