Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The first ten levels are in the books for Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet, and when the dust settled, only 52 players bagged their advancing stacks. Less than a quarter of the 218-entry field navigated through the intense action which saw big bets being splashed right from the early moments.
Those who survived are closing on a WSOP cash, with the top 33 spots sharing a $490,500 prize pool. The champion is set to walk away with $127,808 but that won't happen until Thursday.
Jared Bleznick was among the players who thrived for virtually the whole ten-hour span today. Bleznick was seen chasing Phil Hui for the chip lead, and while Hui eventually lost about a half of his big stack, Bleznick was able to guard his pile of chips all the way through to bagging his 149,900.
It wasn't enough to claim the pole position as Jonathan Depa had an even better start to the tournament, finishing with 171,600 chips. Some other players who have already crossed the 100,000-mark include Arthur Morris (137,000) and Ryan Hughes (131,900).
The Mixed Big Bet attracted an inspiring field of players including some of the world's most popular players in Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. Hellmuth was on a nub only a few hands before bagging, but he found two doubles to bag 17,400. While way below the average stack, Hellmuth claimed that it feels like heaps considering his struggling through the last level.
Ivey's run was short-lived as his pocket kings couldn't fade Brandon Shack-Harris' wrap in pot-limit omaha. Shack-Harris rivered a straight to catapult himself among bigger stacks in the field, knocking out the 10-time bracelet winner.
Shack-Harris reported 87,500 at the end of the day, just a little more than Chris Ferguson who had a strong finish to improve to 85,900. Shack-Harris and Ferguson both trail professional German soccer striker Max Kruse who will return to 90,900.
Play will resume on Wednesday, June 19, at 2 p.m. local time and PokerNews will be on the ground to provide live updates from the big bet action. Make sure to come back to find out which players will find their way to the final table.
|Amazon||464||1||Cai Zhen||United States||73,900|
|Amazon||464||2||Mike Sexton||United States||86,900|
|Amazon||464||3||Steven Friedlander||United States||36,400|
|Amazon||464||4||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||87,500|
|Amazon||464||5||Loren Klein||United States||60,400|
|Amazon||464||6||David Benyamine||United States||85,500|
|Amazon||465||1||Phil Hellmuth||United States||17,400|
|Amazon||465||3||Josh Pollock||United States||34,000|
|Amazon||465||5||Jameson Painter||United States||55,700|
|Amazon||465||6||Ian O'Hara||United States||28,800|
|Amazon||471||2||Jared Bleznick||United States||149,900|
|Amazon||471||5||Raymond Henson||United States||47,800|
|Amazon||471||6||Peter Levine||United States||34,900|
|Amazon||472||1||Ryan Leng||United States||84,600|
|Amazon||472||3||Cary Katz||United States||99,600|
|Amazon||472||4||Mike Wattel||United States||36,300|
|Amazon||472||6||Layne Flack||United States||46,200|
|Amazon||473||3||Nick Schulman||United States||40,300|
|Amazon||473||4||Brian Hastings||United States||63,300|
|Amazon||473||5||Owais Ahmed||United States||24,300|
|Amazon||473||6||Joseph Couden||United States||92,300|
|Amazon||474||1||Danny Noam||United States||33,900|
|Amazon||474||2||Hye Park||United States||54,200|
|Amazon||474||3||Ryan Hughes||United States||131,900|
|Amazon||474||4||Brayden Gazlay||United States||32,900|
|Amazon||474||5||Phillip Hui||United States||70,000|
|Amazon||474||6||Dan Smith||United States||46,500|
|Amazon||475||1||David Williams||United States||85,500|
|Amazon||475||3||Scott Bohlman||United States||63,500|
|Amazon||475||5||John Monnette||United States||25,700|
|Amazon||475||6||Alex Foxen||United States||64,100|
|Amazon||476||1||Chris Ferguson||United States||85,900|
|Amazon||476||2||Jonathan Depa||United States||171,600|
|Amazon||476||6||Eli Elezra||United States||65,600|
|Amazon||477||1||Arthur Morris||United States||137,000|
|Amazon||477||2||Usman Siddique||United Kingdom||33,000|
|Amazon||477||3||Jon Turner||United States||83,200|
|Amazon||477||5||David "Bakes" Baker||United States||94,900|
|Amazon||477||6||Jordan Siegel||United States||26,300|
The tournament staff has paused the clock and the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging.
No-Limit 5-Card Draw
With just under 20,000 in the middle, Danny Noam shoved 21,000 post-draw and Julien Martini tanked.
"Sorry guys, I have a really good hand, but I think I can find a fold," Martini apologized for tanking.
After a few more seconds, he indeed folded, showing three kings.
Noam exposed for a straight and the table said, "wow," in unison.
Dzmitry Urbanovich potted for 1,800 from the small blind and Phil Hellmuth called. The flop fell and Urbanovich potted to cover Hellmuth's remaining 3,400. Hellmuth called off.
Urbanovich hit a nine on the flop and he was ahead but that changed on the turn. Hellmuth faded Urbanovich's outs on the river and doubled to 11,000.
WIth around 10,000 in the middle, Cary Katz and Loren Klein were on a turn. Katz fired 3,000 from the big blind and Klein raised to 10,000 in the cutoff. Katz called.
The river was a brick and Katz checked to Klein who moved all in for around 26,000. Katz let his hand go and asked Klein whether he had king-jack of clubs. He didn't receive any reply and play moved on.
No-Limit 2-7 Draw
With action picked up post-draw, small blind James Obst shoved 8,400 into a pot of more than 20,000. His neighbor tanked for a while before calling with , beating Obst's .