Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The Field Reaches 77 in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship; Seiver, Kassela and Andrulis First to Bow Out
Day 1 of Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship brought out 77 runners for the first six levels of play. After the first day of play, three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser bagged up the chip lead, bringing a stack of 574,900 into Day 2. Glaser climbed up the leaderboard over the course of the day and already had over 500,000 chips just before the last level of the night. He added a bit more to that count before the end of the night. All three of Glaser's bracelets come in non-hold'em events, so it's no surprise that he's performing well so far in this eight-game mix.
There were only three players who failed to make it through Day 1 and those were Scott Seiver, Frank Kassela, and Kristijonas Andrulis. Seiver was the first of the three to fall, dropping to John Monnette in a cooler of a pot. Seiver flopped a full house with pocket sixes before Monnette turned a bigger full house with pocket tens. Seiver did not improve to quads and he was the first of the day to hit the rail.
Kassela and Andrulis would fall after that. Kassela ran top pair into the nut straight of Matthew Ashton in no-limit hold'em while Andrulis got it in with queens against Johannes Becker's kings in pot-limit Omaha. Becker improved to trips to send Andrulis to the rail.
Noticeably absent from the field today was Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth was at one point selling action for this event but decided last minute that he was not going to play. In a tweet, Hellmuth said he just wasn't feeling right about playing the event, and that he was going to trust his gut and not play at all. The 14-time WSOP bracelet winner instead opted to play in his first-ever Seniors event, where he got eliminated on the first day.
Among the players who did show up and make it through the day were two-time champion of this event Brian Rast (473,900), recent-bracelet winners John Hennigan (449,000) and Paul Volpe (390,800), as well as Alexander Kostritsyn (415,600), John Monnette (386,900), Anthony Zinno (493,200), David "ODB" Baker (387,400), Naseem Salem (443,400) and Dan Cates (347,000) who all bagged up some of the largest stacks in the room by the end of the night. Rast took down a big pot at the end of the night in a round of pot-limit Omaha with a set of aces against Alexander Kostritsyn to get a big chunk of his chips that he'll bring into Day 2.
Action resumes on Saturday, June 16, kicking back off at 2 p.m. local time where players will play an additional six levels. As usually, players will have a 15-minute break after every level and on Day 2 will have a one-hour dinner break after level 10, at roughly 9:20 p.m. Registration for the event will remain open for a total of four more levels and through the dinner break, so roughly until 10:20 p.m. PokerNews will continue providing live coverage of this event from start to finish, so don't miss any of the updates from Day 2's action.
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||County||Chip Count||Big Blinds||Big Bets|
|Amazon||427||1||Mike Wattel||United States||179,800||112||30|
|Amazon||427||4||John Racener||United States||136,000||85||23|
|Amazon||427||5||Daniel Zack||United States||184,100||115||31|
|Amazon||427||6||David Benyamine||United States||311,200||195||52|
|Amazon||428||2||John Hennigan||United States||449,000||281||75|
|Amazon||428||4||David "ODB" Baker||United States||387,400||242||65|
|Amazon||428||5||Mike Glick||United States||372,000||233||62|
|Amazon||428||6||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||266,800||167||44|
|Amazon||429||1||Daniel Cates||United States||347,000||217||58|
|Amazon||429||2||Yehuda Buchalter||United States||364,200||228||61|
|Amazon||429||3||Marco Johnson||United States||362,900||227||60|
|Amazon||429||4||Ryan Miller||United States||342,900||214||57|
|Amazon||429||5||Eli Elezra||United States||188,800||118||31|
|Amazon||429||6||David "Bakes" Baker||United States||181,400||113||30|
|Amazon||430||1||Aaron Katz||United States||213,000||133||36|
|Amazon||430||2||Andrew Kelsall||United States||278,700||174||46|
|Amazon||430||3||Jason Mercier||United States||214,400||134||36|
|Amazon||430||4||Christopher Vitch||United States||206,100||129||34|
|Amazon||430||5||Philip Sternheimer||United States||90,400||57||15|
|Amazon||431||1||Jared Bleznick||United States||386,500||242||64|
|Amazon||431||2||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||299,700||187||50|
|Amazon||431||4||Justin Bonomo||United States||262,600||164||44|
|Amazon||431||5||John Monnette||United States||386,900||242||64|
|Amazon||431||6||Mike Matusow||United States||273,100||171||46|
|Amazon||435||1||Phil Ivey||United States||222,200||139||37|
|Amazon||435||3||Wil Wilkinson||United States||181,600||114||30|
|Amazon||435||4||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||106,400||67||18|
|Amazon||435||5||Phil Galfond||United States||154,300||96||26|
|Amazon||435||6||Illya Trincher||United States||147,600||92||25|
|Amazon||436||1||Isaac Haxton||United States||184,200||115||31|
|Amazon||436||2||Mark Gregorich||United States||147,300||92||25|
|Amazon||436||3||Anthony Zinno||United States||493,200||308||82|
|Amazon||436||4||David Bach||United States||122,300||76||20|
|Amazon||436||6||Jesse Klein||United States||241,600||151||40|
|Amazon||437||2||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||317,000||198||53|
|Amazon||437||6||Randy Ohel||United States||306,200||191||51|
|Amazon||438||1||Ben Yu||United States||224,400||140||37|
|Amazon||438||2||Eric Wasserson||United States||285,000||178||48|
|Amazon||438||4||Iraj Parvizi||United Kingdom||260,000||163||43|
|Amazon||438||5||Michael Mizrachi||United States||314,900||197||52|
|Amazon||438||6||Dan Smith||United States||259,100||162||43|
|Amazon||439||1||Roy Thung||United States||151,300||95||25|
|Amazon||439||2||Dan Shak||United States||306,800||192||51|
|Amazon||439||3||Ian Johns||United States||365,900||229||61|
|Amazon||439||6||Jesse Martin||United States||103,900||65||17|
|Amazon||444||1||Jean-Robert Bellande||United States||239,600||150||40|
|Amazon||444||2||David Oppenheim||United States||115,000||72||19|
|Amazon||444||3||Matthew Ashton||United Kingdom||331,500||207||55|
|Amazon||444||4||Matthew Schreiber||United States||237,000||148||40|
|Amazon||444||5||Paul Volpe||United States||390,800||244||65|
|Amazon||445||1||Robert Mizrachi||United States||158,000||99||26|
|Amazon||445||3||Jerry Wong||United States||103,400||65||17|
|Amazon||445||4||Nick Schulman||United States||287,300||180||48|
|Amazon||445||6||Jake Abdalla||United States||149,000||93||25|
|Amazon||446||2||Ralph Perry||United States||171,200||107||29|
|Amazon||446||3||Daniel Alaei||United States||74,200||46||12|
|Amazon||446||4||Brian Rast||United States||473,900||296||79|
|Amazon||446||5||Shaun Deeb||United States||394,200||246||66|
|Amazon||446||6||Philip Long||United Kingdom||86,000||54||14|
|Amazon||447||1||Naseem Salem||United States||433,400||271||72|
|Amazon||447||2||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||574,900||359||96|
|Amazon||447||3||Chris Wallace||United States||228,800||143||38|
|Amazon||447||5||Adam Owen||United Kingdom||257,000||161||43|
WIth about 35,000 in the pot and the board reading , David Oppenheim checked from the hijack and John Hennigan bet 15,400 from the cutoff.
Oppenheim called after some thought, but mucked when Hennigan tabled .
The clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining, and the Tournament Director has announced that there will be four more hands for the day.
2-7 Triple Draw
Chris Vitch raised from the small blind, Nick Schulman three-bet from the big blind and Vitch called.
Both drew one, both checked, both drew one again and Vitch check-called a bet from Schulman. Vitch drew one on the final draw, Schulman stood pat and both checked again.
Schulman tabled , Vitch mucked and Schulman won the pot.
The action folded to Philip Long in the small blind, and he limped in for 1,200. Wil Wilkinson potted from the big blind to 3,600, and Long called.
The flop landed and Long checked to Wilkinson who bet 4,500. Long folded, and Wilkinson collected the pot.
Chris Vitch completed with the and called when Isaac Haxton made it two bets.
Chris Vitch: //
Isaac Haxton: //
Vitch checked on fourth and then called a bet from Haxton. On fifth, Haxton bet, Vitch made it two bets, Haxton made it three bets, and Vitch called.
On sixth street, Haxton checked. Vitch bet, and Haxton called. Haxton check-called one more bet on seventh street.
"Straight, eight," Vitch said, showing for a straight and an eight low. Haxton nodded and mucked and that allowed Vitch to take down the pot.
Mike Wattel raised from the cutoff and Marco Johnson called from the big blind.
The flop came down and Johnson check-called a bet from Wattel. The turn was the and Johnson check-called another bet from Wattel. The river was the and both players checked.
Wattel showed for two pair, but Johnson tabled for an ace-high straight.