Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Hallaert Bags Big on Day 1A in Event #68: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop; Utley Leads
A total of 947 entries were accumulated on Day 1A of Event #68: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. After ten one-hour levels, just 194 found a bag and moved on to Day 2 along with the $852,300 prize pool that was generated during their flight.
Leading the way from Day 1a is John Utley with 159,800 and close behind is Spain's Alberto Rodriguez with a stack of 141,400. Belgium's own Kenny Hallaert rounds out the top three with 131,900 in chips.
Ukraine's Beka Iordanishvili (127,300) also bagged big and middle of the day chip leader Richard Kirsch is sitting fifth overall in the chip counts with 125,000. Two bracelet winners in Phil Laak (118,300) and Calvin Anderson (117,300) are amongst the top ten stacks.
Some other notables making it through to Day 2 include Robert Damelian (112,400), David Peters (95,300), Erik Cajelais (93,500), Sorel Mizzi (82,900), Martin Finger (73,800), David Laka (65,100), Samuel Phillips (48,500), 888 Ambassador Dominik Nitsche (29,400), Scott Bohlman (25,700), and David "ODB" Baker (25,600).
Among those who failed to survive the day were John Hesp, Jonathan Little, Mike Sexton, Aaron Massey, Mike Leah, Matthew Wilkins, Sandeep Vasudevan, Kitty Kuo, Chris Ferguson, Dan Shak, Jon Turner, and Leo Margets.
Day 1A was the first of three flights that will be moving on, the next two flights will be held on July 8 & 9 and all players to make it through will come back on Tuesday, July 10, for Day 2. The second day will restart at 12pm local time and the total prize pool and payouts will be announced before play begins.
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End of Day Chip Counts (full)
End of Day Chip Counts
Last Big Hand for Angeleri
Robert Angeleri opened and it was raised to 6,000 by the cutoff player. Thomas Sholze moved all in from the big blind and Angeleri reshoved, putting the cutoff's tournament at risk. The latter ended up calling and the three players tabled their cards.
Holding , Angeleri was in good shape to win a big pot for the last hand of the day, facing for the cutoff and for Sholze. The board improved Angeleri's hand into a set of aces and sent the cutoff player to the rail while Sholze fell down to 18,200.
Final Hands of the Night
The tournament director has instructed all dealers to pitch the cards five more times, all remaining players will be finding a bag and moving on to Day 2.
Anderson Keeps Climbing
Calvin Anderson opened for 2,000 in the hijack and only the big blind player made the call.
The flop brought and the big blind bet 2,300. Anderson called and the turn fell a . After a check, Anderson bet 3,800 and it was enough to take the pot without more resistance.
Sholze Gets a Fold
The board showed and the players were heads-up with a huge pot already containing around 42,000.
Thomas Sholze, situated in the small blind position, moved all in for a remaining stack worth 25,000, sending his opponent deep into the tank. The latter ended up folding reluctantly and Scholze took down the pot.
Laka Sends an Opponent Home
David Laka called an all in from a late position opponent and both players turned over their hands.
The board ran out and Laka's nickels took down the pot, eliminating his opponent.
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