Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
An impressive field of 1,193 entrants came into the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for Day 1a of Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha. Just 52 players survived the 18-level day to bag and advance onto Day 2.
Christopher Trang went on a tear on the final levels of the night to build from the 5,000 starting stack to end with a commanding chip lead boasting 402,000. The next closest was Peter Linton bagging 309,000.
Other notables who will also be advancing onto Day 2 include Ludovic Geilich (195,000), Nick Jivkov (122,000), Craig Varnell (90,000), and Vivian Saliba (73,000).
Ryan Laplante, who won this event in 2016, is aiming for a repeat and bagged a healthy stack of 180,000. One of the key hands for Laplante resulted in him eliminating Ionescu who at one time held the chip lead himself.
Laplante called a raise from Christopher Trang in middle position and John Gordon called on the button. Mircea Ionescu then announced a pot-sized raise out of the big blind, getting folds from Trang and Gordon. Laplante thought for a few moments before calling the 36,000. The two saw a jack-eight-six flop and Laplante bet the remaining 30,000 or so of Ionescu's stack. "I can't believe this. OK, I call," Ionescu said, putting the rest of his chips in the middle.
Laplante tabled jack-nine-eight-seven for two pair and a straight draw to Ionescu's jack-ten-nine-deuce for an inferior one pair but an open-ended straight draw. The turn brought a seven, making Ionescu's straight, but the river fell was an eight, filling up Laplante and Ionescu made his way to the payout cage.
A perk for players on either flight of Day 1 is the ability to make the money even if their journey comes to an end before the end of play. Of the 1,193 contestants, 179 would make the money, securing a min-cash of at least $833. Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Dan Heimiller, and Jeff Gross are a few of those to do so.
Registration for the second and final flight for this event has closed, drawing 1,225 more entries for a grand total of 2,418. Both flights will combine for Day 2 on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Just 52 players of the 1,193 that entered the day survived to bag for Day 2. Flight 1b registration is still open for those still looking to enter.
Below are some updated counts of some of the largest stacks as day one draws to a close.
With only 30 minutes remaining in this first flight, Christopher Trang has amassed the chip lead with a stack of 345,000.
Level 18 has just begun, marking the final half-hour level before those remaining will secure a bag for Day 2. Just 59 remain and are guaranteed a cash of at least $1,590.
Christopher Trang opened from the hijack to 6,000. John Gordon called on the button with Ryan Laplante flatting the small blind as well. Mircea Ionescu then bet the pot out of the big blind, getting folds from Trang and Gordon. Laplante pondered for a few seconds before calling the 36,000.
The two saw a flop of and Laplante bet the remaining 30,000 or so of Ionescu's stack.
"I can't believe this. OK, I call," Ionescu said, putting the rest of his chips in the middle.
Laplante tabled for two pair and a straight draw to Ionescu's for an inferior one pair but an open-ended straight draw. The turn brought a making Ionescu's straight, but the river fell an , filling up Laplante as he eliminated Ionescu, who not long ago held over 200,000
Some names to secure a cash but unable to survive the day to this point include Barry Greenstein, Dan Heimiller, Ben Ponzio, and Chris Ferguson.
Ryan Laplante, champion of this event two years ago, is among some other healthy stacks as we enter the home stretch of Day 1.