2019 World Series of Poker

Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 1
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000

Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1 Completed

Imsirovic Bags Another Chip Lead in Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Ali Imsirovic
Ali Imsirovic

It was a relatively quick day for the 2019 World Series of Poker high rollers today in Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Only eight one-hour levels were played on the first of four days and that's all it took for the red-hot Ali Imsirovic to build a healthy chip lead.

Imsirovic, who already finished in second place in Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty, picked things up where they left off yesterday. In just the second level of the day, Imsirovic already claimed three victims, two of which were Ryan Laplante and Chance Kornuth, to accumulate a 4x starting stack of 1.2 million. At the end of the day, Imsirovic was able to amass a stack of 1,549,000 chips, good for over 150 big blinds when Day 2 resumes.

While still in the early stages of his poker career, Imsirovic is starting to make a big name for himself and will not be hiding under the radar anymore. The American resident has earned himself over $5 million in career tournament earnings, most of which have come in the past 18 months and specifically in high roller tournaments.

While Imsirovic appeared to be the star of the show once again, each table was filled with notable faces that attracted plenty of railbirds to the ropes surrounding the tables. This event is the second largest buy-in scheduled for the 2019 WSOP and with it comes the task of battling some of the greats in the game. The crowd also had their sights set on the face of poker Daniel Negreanu who also enjoyed a successful day on the felt.

Negreanu bagged up an impressive 861,000 chips in which he nabbed most of them from tablemate Andrew Robl. Negreanu picked off a bluff from Robl and then finished him off in a coin flip just before the last break of the night. Some of the other big stacks heading into Day 2 include Elio Fox (1,185,000), Ben Heath (1,180,000), Barry Hutter (1,081,000), Dmitry Yurasov (1,000,000), and Chance Kornuth (999,000) who rallied back on his second bullet.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

This event allows players the option of a single re-entry but unfortunately for Alex Foxen that wasn't enough. The #1 ranked player burned through both of his bullets and has been officially eliminated from the tournament. Others like Jeremy Ausmus, Dan Shak, Andre Akkari, Laplante, and Robl will have the opportunity to re-enter on Day 2 if they choose. Late registration will remain open for another four levels and each player will be given a fresh stack of 300,000 chips.

The 52 remaining players will return at 2 p.m. PST inside the Amazon Room at the Rio Convention Center for Day 2 action. There will be 10 levels on the schedule for tomorrow with the blinds resuming at 5,000/10,000 and a 10,000 big blind ante. Each player will be given six new time extensions as there is a 30-second shot clock in play to keep the pace of play flowing.

Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the live updates throughout this event and more from the 2019 World Series of Poker.

Tags: Alex FoxenAli ImsirovicAndre AkkariAndrew RoblBarry HutterBen HeathChance KornuthDan ShakDaniel NegreanuDmitry YurasovElio FoxJeremy AusmusRyan Laplante

End-of-Day 1 Counts (full)

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Ali Imsirovic ba
Ali Imsirovic
1,549,000 399,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
1,180,000 10,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
1,081,000 456,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
1,000,000 1,000,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
999,000 399,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
947,000 117,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Tobias Ziegler de
Tobias Ziegler
936,000 336,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
912,000 32,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
876,000 106,000
WSOP 9X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
869,000 167,000
Elias Talvitie fi
Elias Talvitie
867,000 252,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
834,000 -66,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
747,000 17,000
Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
694,000 -491,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Steve Yea kr
Steve Yea
684,000 44,000
Todd Ivens us
Todd Ivens
672,000 72,000
Andrew Lichtenberger us
Andrew Lichtenberger
670,000 332,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
642,000 392,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
640,000 -31,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Matthew Gonzales us
Matthew Gonzales
640,000 345,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
609,000 -16,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
578,000 53,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
576,000 -24,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
570,000 270,000
Yong Wang cn
Yong Wang
542,000 242,000

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Heath's Bullets Pay Off

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

Ben Heath three-bet out of the small blind preflop and Joao Vieira came along for a {5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop. Heath bet 74,000 and Vieira called. On the {8-Hearts} turn, Heath checked and called a small bet of 65,000. The river was a {k-Hearts} and Vieira quickly checked back.

Heath showed {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} and took it down.

Each table plays three more hands before chips go into bags.

Player Chips Progress
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
1,170,000 540,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
305,000 -295,000
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner

Pollak Spikes an Ace to Stay Alive

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

Zachary Clark opened to 20,000 in early position and Benjamin Pollak three-bet shoved all in for 155,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Clark made a quick call to put Pollak's tournament life on the line.

Benjamin Pollak: {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Zachary Clark: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Pollak was in trouble with just one overcard to Clark's pocket pair. However, the {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop gave Pollak the lead with a pair of aces. The {4-Diamonds} and {2-Diamonds} runout put four diamonds on the board but with neither player holding a diamond, Pollak earned himself a double up.

Player Chips Progress
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
330,000 170,000
Zach Clark us
Zach Clark
222,000 -78,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakZachary Clark

Loeser Flops Trips

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

Manig Loeser opened to 16,000 in middle position and picked up calls from Ali Imsirovic in the hijack along with both of the blinds. The flop came {j-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and the action checked to Loeser who continued for 26,000. The big blind was the only player to call and the {2-Hearts} hit the turn.

The big blind checked again and Loeser tossed in another bet of 65,000. His opponent still called and the {6-Hearts} completed the board. Another check to Loeser and he barrelled a third bullet for 92,000. His opponent used a time extension before flicking in a single chip to call. Loeser flipped over {q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for trip eights and his opponent couldn't beat it.

Player Chips Progress
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
880,000 80,000

Tags: Ali ImsirovicManig Loeser

Petrangelo Holds Versus Burford

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

It took a couple of preflop raises, but Mark Burford and Nick Petrangelo got all of their chips in the middle preflop. Burford was the player at risk for around 150,000 and it was a coin flip.

Nick Petrangelo: {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Mark Burford: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The flop of {j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} left Petrangelo in the lead with his pair of fives. The {q-Spades} on the turn and the {8-Clubs} on the river were no help to Burford as he was forced to the rail in the last level of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
671,000 207,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Mark Burford us
Mark Burford

Tags: Nick PetrangeloMark Burford

Winter Claims a Big Fold

Level 8 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

Joao Vieira was in the cutoff and bet 75,000 into about 90,000 on {q-Spades}{a-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Sean Winter was in there with a quick call on the button. The river was a {k-Diamonds} and Vieira bet 180,000 just before his time ran out. Winter said something we didn't catch, thought long enough to use two extensions, and folded.

Someone asked him if he folded ace-five and he said "better."

Player Chips Progress
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
600,000 197,000
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
500,000 -200,000

Tags: Joao VieiraSean Winter