Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
Day 1a Completed

Bertrand Grospellier Leads Day 1a in Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee

gaellej • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier

Day 1a of the new Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee ended. After 18 levels of play, only 54 of the starting 502 remain in contention for the title.

Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier leads the way with around 40 starting stacks in this turbo format with 583,000, and he is joined by Nelson Resendiz (401,000), Marius Kupzmanas (392,000) and Leif Force (298,000), the 2012 champion of event #3 3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha amongst others who bagged above average stacks.

With total live earnings of $3,785,320 in WSOP events and a bracelet earned in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship in 2011, Grospellier will be a serious competitor in the hunt for a second gold bracelet.

One competitor in the field who has already accomplished this feat is Kristen Bicknell, though the two-time bracelet winner will be returning as one of the shorter stacks with 26,000 in chips.

With 76 players making the money, the bubble burst shortly after the last break of the day. Some of the players to narrowly miss out on a $2,243 min-cash included the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes.

Players who cashed for the minimum included Matt Stout, Kelly Minkin, Ari Engel, Ian Steinman and Mike Leah. The Canadian player was multi-tabling between this event and Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. and came back right at the bubble with a short stack of 11,000 chips left. Leah managed to survive to the bubble with half a small blind to catch his eleventh cash of the series.

Some of the players who took their chance in this event but without success were Kenny Hallaert, Jared Hamby, Connor Drinan, Christian Harder, Jesse Sylvia, Jimmy Guerrero, Phil Laak, Maria Lampropulos, three-time bracelet winner Phil Galfond, Ryan Laplante, Sorel Mizzi and many more.

Two more starting flights are scheduled for this event, with Day 2 starting Sunday, July 15, at 12pm. The remaining players will play down to a winner with a 15-minute break every four levels and a dinner break prior to the final table.

Keep it right here on PokerNews for live updates from the field.

Tags: Bertrand GrospellierChris FergusonChristian HarderJared HambyJimmy GuerreroKenny HallaertMaria LampropulosMike LeahRyan HughesSorel Mizzi

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

RazorSharpPro • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Bertrand Grospellier fr 583,000
Nelson Resendiz us 401,000
Marius Kudzmanas lt 392,000 392,000
Erik Lemarquand ca 351,000 351,000
Leif Force us 298,000
Nicholas Verderamo us 246,000 -4,000
Ilkin Amirov az 240,000 240,000
Ryan Olisar us 229,000
Daniel Zack us 214,000 64,000
Ryan Milisits us 214,000 214,000
David Paredes us 200,000 200,000
Bryan Veach us 199,000 199,000
Manuel Martinez gb 198,000 198,000
Sai Chiu ca 186,000 186,000
John Dolan us 181,000 181,000
James Clendening US 156,500 156,500
Danny Wong us 156,000 156,000
Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz ca 153,000 153,000
Joe Kuether us 147,000 147,000
Joshua Abady us 142,000 142,000
Ryan Hong au 138,000 138,000
Ricardo Utida BR 128,000 128,000
Richard Dixon us 127,000 127,000
Gaurav Raina us 113,500 69,500
Richard Ali us 103,000 103,000

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Play Has Halted for the Day

SandraBarbour • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The remaining 54 players have bagged their chips. End-of-day chip counts and a recap is to follow shortly.

Three More Hands

SandraBarbour • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Three more hands will be played before the remaining players bag and tag for the night.

Matt Stout Out

gaellej • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Matt Stout
Matt Stout

A player raised to 12,000 and Matt Stout announced all in from the button. It folded back to his opponent who quickly called.

Holding {j-Spades}{k-Clubs}, Stout had to win the flip against {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for his opponent, but the board brought him no help with {8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Stout made his way to the cashier.

Matt Stout us Busted

Tags: Matt Stout