2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed
Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed
Day 1 Completed

Bracelet Winners Yockey and Friedman Jockey for Top Spot

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
Bryce Yockey
Bryce Yockey

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.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4301Viacheslav ZhukovRussia21,200
Amazon4302Alberto AttieMexico49,000
Amazon4304Jake AbdallaUnited States46,300
Amazon4305Alexey MakarovRussia192,600
Amazon4306Joseph CoudenUnited States196,200
Amazon4311David BenyamineUnited States160,100
Amazon4312Adam FriedmanUnited States316,700
Amazon4313Jyri MerivirtaFinland52,900
Amazon4314Steven LoubeUnited States99,200
Amazon4315Randy OhelUnited States67,800
Amazon4372Chris KlodnickiUnited States174,000
Amazon4373Quinn DoUnited States171,700
Amazon4374Ray DehkharghaniUnited States148,500
Amazon4375Bryce YockeyUnited States328,500
Amazon4376Lawrence BergUnited States167,900
Amazon4381Ben YuUnited States48,300
Amazon4383Daniel NegreanuCanada125,500
Amazon4384Mike MatusowUnited States163,600
Amazon4385Timothy BatowUnited States166,960
Amazon4386Dylan LindeUnited States224,700
Amazon4392Yueqi ZhuChina29,300
Amazon4393Marco JohnsonUnited States204,700
Amazon4394Jon TurnerUnited States240,700
Amazon4395Anthony ZinnoUnited States48,500
Amazon4396Gavin SmithCanada64,700
Amazon4451Aditya PrasetyoUnited States188,400
Amazon4452Noah BronsteinUnited States137,500
Amazon4453Shawn BuchananCanada42,900
Amazon4454David MoskowitzUnited States86,700
Amazon4455Jordan SiegelUnited States159,600
Amazon4456Schuyler ThorntonUnited States183,300
Amazon4461Stuart RutterUnited Kingdom99,900
Amazon4462David "ODB" BakerUnited States108,800
Amazon4463Mikko HirvonenUnited Kingdom131,001
Amazon4465David BachUnited States110,900
Amazon4466James ObstAustralia69,100
Amazon4471Jesse MartinUnited States71,500
Amazon4472Carol FuchsUnited States43,800
Amazon4473Nikolai YakovenkoRussia80,000
Amazon4474James WoodsUnited States92,800
Amazon4476Calvin AndersonUnited States33,700

End of Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 328,500 -6,500
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 316,700 6,700
Jon Turner us
Jon Turner
us 240,700 110,700
Dylan Linde us
Dylan Linde
us 224,700 4,700
Marco Johnson us
Marco Johnson
us 204,700 54,700
Joey Couden us
Joey Couden
us 196,200 -8,800
Alexey Makarov ru
Alexey Makarov
ru 192,600 -17,400
Aditya Prasetyo us
Aditya Prasetyo
us 188,400 -30,600
Schuyler Thornton us
Schuyler Thornton
us 183,300 -1,700
Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
us 174,000 14,000
Quinn Do us
Quinn Do
us 171,700 41,700
Lawrence Berg us
Lawrence Berg
us 167,900 -57,100
Timothy Batow us
Timothy Batow
us 166,960 29,960
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 163,600 -6,400
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 160,100 -14,900
Jordan Siegel us
Jordan Siegel
us 159,600 1,100
Ray Dehkharghani us
Ray Dehkharghani
us 148,500 -39,500
Noah Bronstein us
Noah Bronstein
us 137,500 17,500
Mikko Hirvonen fi
Mikko Hirvonen
fi 131,001 -93,999
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 125,500 5,500
David Bach us
David Bach
us 110,900 45,900
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 108,800 15,800
Stuart Rutter gb
Stuart Rutter
gb 99,900 9,900
Steven Loube us
Steven Loube
us 99,200 700
James Woods us
James Woods
us 92,800 -19,900

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Three More Hands

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante

The tournament director has announced that there will be three more hands remaining in the day.

Batow Over Abdalla

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante


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: {x-}{x-}/{5-}{5-}{k-} (folded on fifth street)
Abdalla: {x-}{x-}/{3-}{4-}{5-}{10-}
Batow: {x-}{x-}/{4-}{2-}{2-}{k-}

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 {7-}{6-}{5-} for a seven-low and Abdallah mucked.

Aditya Prasetyo us
Aditya Prasetyo
us 219,000 39,000
Timothy Batow us
Timothy Batow
us 137,000 57,000
Jake Abdalla us
Jake Abdalla
us 51,900 -28,100

Tags: Aditya PrasetyoJake AbdallaTimothy Batow

Straight for Yakovenko

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante

Limit Omaha

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 {J-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop was checked round as the {7-Hearts} landed on the turn. Yakovenko bet out 6,000 and Obst called as Friedman folded.

Both players then checked the {4-Clubs} on the river.

Yakovenko tabled his {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for a straight, and Obst mucked.

Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 315,000 -10,000
James Obst au
James Obst
au 90,000 -50,000
Nikolai Yakovenko ru
Nikolai Yakovenko
ru 72,000 27,000

Tags: Nikolai YakovenkoAdam FriedmanJames Obst

Loube Turns Bendor Dead

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante

Big O

Steven Loube was all in for about 30,000 effective in the small blind with {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{4-Spades} 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: {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} for quads and a low draw. Bendor was dead with {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and though he made nines full on the {9-Spades} river, it wasn't enough.

Steven Loube us
Steven Loube
us 98,500 3,500
Yarron Bendor us
Yarron Bendor
us Busted

Tags: Steven LoubeYarron Bendor

Israelashvili Busted

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante


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 {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a strong three-card and a seven-low. Israelashvili held {7-Spades}{a-Spades}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} so he was dead on the five-card side but could survive if he could snag a diamond. The {a-Clubs} didn't do it and he took his leave.

Yueqi Zhu cn
Yueqi Zhu
cn 72,000 32,000
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us Busted

Tags: Roland IsraelashviliYueqi Zhu