Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The true test of poker versatility has begun at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as Day 1 of $10,000 Dealer's Choice wrapped up just past 2 a.m. Friday morning with 41 players, less than half of the field, remaining.
Dealer's Choice gives players a unique opportunity to play some games at a high-stakes level that are never ordinarily present in tournament poker. The format appears to have a solid following of about 100 loyal players, as 103 turned out so far with registration still open until the first cards come off the deck on Friday afternoon. That's already one better than last year's total.
World Series of Poker bracelet winners Bryce Yockey and Adam Friedman led the way when the plaques were finally done being shuffled for the night. Yockey finished with 328,500 and Friedman narrowly behind with 316,700.
Friedman said he wasn't playing much of a tournament schedule this summer but couldn't resist firing this event, one he has said he looks forward to every year. He showed up a few hours in and got the ball rolling early with a big bluff holding blockers against Chris Vitch in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. He rocketed from 50,000 to 240,000 in about 40 minutes in the latter stages of the day.
Yockey, who grabbed his first bracelet just last year in the $10,000 PLO8 Championship, had a huge stack from start to finish. He knocked out defending champ John Racener in Limit Omaha, flopping a set of eights and taking Racener's last few crumbs to ensure there wouldn't be a repeat winner.
Dylan Linde (224,700), Marco Johnson (204,700), Ray Dehkharghani (148,500) and Daniel Negreanu (125,500) also bagged solid stacks.
The field was significantly trimmed as despite a chunk of the games having limit formats and split pots, plenty of big-bet action took place in games like No-Limit Hold'em, PLO and especially Pot-Limit 2-7 triple draw. The graveyard reads like a list of poker's most accomplished, including Mike Leah, Stephen Chidwick, Phil Galfond, Paul Volpe and John Hennigan.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 8, so come back PokerNews to continue following updates of this event.
|Amazon||430||4||Jake Abdalla||United States||46,300|
|Amazon||430||6||Joseph Couden||United States||196,200|
|Amazon||431||1||David Benyamine||United States||160,100|
|Amazon||431||2||Adam Friedman||United States||316,700|
|Amazon||431||4||Steven Loube||United States||99,200|
|Amazon||431||5||Randy Ohel||United States||67,800|
|Amazon||437||2||Chris Klodnicki||United States||174,000|
|Amazon||437||3||Quinn Do||United States||171,700|
|Amazon||437||4||Ray Dehkharghani||United States||148,500|
|Amazon||437||5||Bryce Yockey||United States||328,500|
|Amazon||437||6||Lawrence Berg||United States||167,900|
|Amazon||438||1||Ben Yu||United States||48,300|
|Amazon||438||4||Mike Matusow||United States||163,600|
|Amazon||438||5||Timothy Batow||United States||166,960|
|Amazon||438||6||Dylan Linde||United States||224,700|
|Amazon||439||3||Marco Johnson||United States||204,700|
|Amazon||439||4||Jon Turner||United States||240,700|
|Amazon||439||5||Anthony Zinno||United States||48,500|
|Amazon||445||1||Aditya Prasetyo||United States||188,400|
|Amazon||445||2||Noah Bronstein||United States||137,500|
|Amazon||445||4||David Moskowitz||United States||86,700|
|Amazon||445||5||Jordan Siegel||United States||159,600|
|Amazon||445||6||Schuyler Thornton||United States||183,300|
|Amazon||446||1||Stuart Rutter||United Kingdom||99,900|
|Amazon||446||2||David "ODB" Baker||United States||108,800|
|Amazon||446||3||Mikko Hirvonen||United Kingdom||131,001|
|Amazon||446||5||David Bach||United States||110,900|
|Amazon||447||1||Jesse Martin||United States||71,500|
|Amazon||447||2||Carol Fuchs||United States||43,800|
|Amazon||447||4||James Woods||United States||92,800|
|Amazon||447||6||Calvin Anderson||United States||33,700|
The tournament director has announced that there will be three more hands remaining in the day.
A short-stacked Todd Brunson was all in preflop holding against Alexey Makarov's .
The dealer spread a board and Makarov's flopped full house sent Brunson to the rail late here on Day 1.
Three players all started with a baby, with Jake Abdalla and Timothy Batow catching good and Aditya Prasetyo pairing. The latter stuck around through fifth but had to muck after catching a king. Batow caught bad as well with a pair.
Prasetyo: / (folded on fifth street)
Abdalla had the lead on fifth and sixth and Batow stuck around to the river. At that point, Abdalla slowed down with a check. Batow bet and Abdalla rolled his eyes and dropped in a resigned call after about 30 seconds.
Batow showed for a seven-low and Abdallah mucked.
James Obst raised in the cutoff, and Adam Friedman made it three bets to go from the button. Nikolai Yakovenko called in the big blind, as did Obst.
The flop was checked round as the landed on the turn. Yakovenko bet out 6,000 and Obst called as Friedman folded.
Both players then checked the on the river.
Yakovenko tabled his for a straight, and Obst mucked.
Steven Loube was all in for about 30,000 effective in the small blind with on the felt. Big blind Yarron Bendor had already put in about 23,000 with 7,000 or so back and was deciding whether to call it off. He decided he couldn't let it go but Loube had the goods: for quads and a low draw. Bendor was dead with and though he made nines full on the river, it wasn't enough.
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Mike Wattel was all in for his last few thousand against David Benyamine.
The board ran out and Wattel was eliminated.
Roland Israelashvili got his stack of 9,800 in before the draw out of the small blind against Yueqi Zhu. Israelashvili took three against two, then three again. He looked to be in bad shape since Zhu was pat. However, Israelashvili said he only needed one on the final draw.
Zhu showed for a strong three-card and a seven-low. Israelashvili held so he was dead on the five-card side but could survive if he could snag a diamond. The didn't do it and he took his leave.