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Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz



Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz
Day 1 Completed

Hellmuth Among 75 Survivors; Eyes Second Razz Title in Three Years and 101st WSOP Cash

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

The 2014 World Series of Poker continued at 4 p.m. on Friday with Day 1 of Event #7 $1,500 Seven-Card Razz. The tournament attracted 352 runners (which was up from last year’s 301 players, though that was for a $2,500 buy-in), and created a prize pool of $475,200. That will be distributed to the top 40 players with $121,196 reserved for the winner.

After ten one-hour levels of play, which have stretched into the early morning hours of Saturday, just 75 players remained with Fabio De Francesco and his stack of 66,700 leading the way. Not far behind is Jordan Siegel, who bagged up 61,100; while Matt Waxman (42,300), Jared Koppel (41,700), and Phil Hellmuth (39,700) all finished the night with healthy stacks.

Of course not everyone was so fortunate on Day 1. Among those to fall were 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel; last year’s Millionaire Maker winner Brian Yoon; the all-time leading razz winner Frank Kassela; Daniel Negreanu, who is now 0-5 at the 2014 WSOP; Brandon Shack-Harris, who jumped into the tournament immediately after winning his first bracelet in Event #3 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $205,634; and nine-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey.

Ivey late registered for the tournament and got off to a bad start. He managed a double against Ron “Schifty” Schiffman, but then fell a short time later in Level 7 at the hands of Phil "Unabomber" Laak. We missed the hand so we decided to ask Laak if he could recall any details.

"I don't remember, but it was lower than his," Laak explained when asked what his hand had been. Another player at the table offered help and reminded Laak that Ivey had made two pair to bust and that Laak actually had trips (oftentimes a worse hand in razz when combined with the other board cards). Laak, who went on to bag up 20,100, then launched into numerous tangents as he is prone to do.

While hundreds fell there were plenty of notables that punched their ticket to Day 2 including Huck Seed (28,000), Randy Ohel (22,600), Ali Eslami (19,200), Dan Kelly (17,900), Berry Johnston (17,500), Brandon Cantu (9,100), and the defending champ Bryan Campanello (7,000).

Day 2 will get underway at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, and the plan is to play through the money bubble on the way to the final table, or at least as close as we can get in ten more levels. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then for all the actions and eliminations. In the meantime, find out what Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger’s plans are for the summer.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Fabio De Francesco us
Fabio De Francesco
us 66,700 6,700
Jordan Siegel us
Jordan Siegel
us 61,100 6,100
Matt Waxman us
Matt Waxman
us 42,300 36,300
Jared Koppel us
Jared Koppel
us 41,700 41,700
Kevin Iacofano us
Kevin Iacofano
us 40,400 400
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 39,700 -300
Greg Pappas
Greg Pappas
Amir Namatinia US
Amir Namatinia
US 38,400
Craig Chait us
Craig Chait
us 37,200
Brad Albrinck us
Brad Albrinck
us 34,700 9,700
Yuebin Guo us
Yuebin Guo
us 33,500
Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
us 31,100 19,100
Jason Corlew US
Jason Corlew
US 31,000
Hal Rotholz us
Hal Rotholz
us 30,800
Jeet Shetty US
Jeet Shetty
US 30,300
Ted Forrest us
Ted Forrest
us 30,200 19,200
Michael Block us
Michael Block
us 30,200
Joe Loguidice
Joe Loguidice
Huck Seed us
Huck Seed
us 28,000 8,000
Frank Henderson US
Frank Henderson
US 23,900 13,900
Richard Bruning us
Richard Bruning
us 23,400
Todd Dakake us
Todd Dakake
us 23,200
Kyle Miaso us
Kyle Miaso
us 23,200
James Obst au
James Obst
au 23,100
Marcus Bower US
Marcus Bower
US 23,000

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Four More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The tournament officials have just announced that the remaining players will play four more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to capture any last minute action and to compile a list of chip counts.

Stay tuned for both of those as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Waxman Gets the Stink Eye

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

We won't connect the dots, but we will say that Rep Porter was recently moved to the left of Matt Waxman, which may provide some context to this tweet.

Matthew WaxmanGuy sits next to me, asks for change of 1k when ante is 200. Told him I would if it were necessary. Been getting stink face since. #update

Can the Defending Champ Make It Through the Night?

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Bryan Campanello topped a field of 301 players to win the $2,500 buy-in version of this event last year, which technically makes him the defending champ. Campanello has been cruising along all night, but he's been having a rough go of it here in Level 10.

In a recent hand, Campanello called the completion from Brad Albrinck, who won the World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Cincinnati back in September for $221,994. Campanello then called a bet of 800 on fourth street, but ended up folding on fifth before Albrinck even had a chance to bet.

Albrink: (x-x) / {6-}{2-}{10-}
Campanello: (x-x) / {2-}{k-}{q-} fold

Brad Albrinck us
Brad Albrinck
us 25,000
Bryan Campanello us
Bryan Campanello
us 13,000 1,000

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