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Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 1 Completed

Arieh and Bonomo Top Characteristically Slow Day 1 of PPC

mnuwwarah • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh

While the highly anticipated Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicked off on Monday, Day 1 served up the usual minute morsels of action.

While plenty of hands were played across the 11 hours that players graced the Amazon Tan section, only one player got felted and only a couple of the grinders were able to climb to twice the starting stack.

After six levels of play — really, three double levels — Josh Arieh and Justin Bonomo are pacing ahead of the 63 players remaining. Arieh finished with 658,500 while Bonomo slightly trails him with 646,100.

Arieh got the honor of playing sole executioner on the day as he sent former champ Mike Gorodinsky packing in just before the end of the night to prevent an unusual 64-for-64 bagging time. As is typical in the early PPC stages, it was the big bet games that did it, with Gorodinsky's pet pot-limit Omaha proving his demise. He found a decent spot to get his chips in with a set on the turn, but Arieh's monster draw got there.

It was the cherry on top of a fine day for Arieh, who registered early on and quickly moved over 400,000 and then 500,000, where he remained most of the day.

Bonomo waited slightly longer to hop in, but while he drew a seat on Phil Ivey's right that most players would be eyeing warily, Bonomo was able to extract chips from the legend in a few spots en route to a second-place bag.

A few 2019 bracelet winners also had solid days. Adam Friedman (462,100), John Hennigan (444,300) and Stephen Chidwick (411,000) each grinded their ways north of 400,000. On the other hand, Daniel Negreanu (72,700), Anthony Zinno (65,300) and especially Julien Martini (18,900) endured frustrating Day 1s and will be looking to recover on Day 2.

Said Day 2 will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Tournament organizers will be hoping the 64 entries ticks up as it's a bit behind pace of the 77 who registered on Day 1 last year. Still, registration remains open for several hours on Day 2, so plenty of time remains. Check back in with PokerNews to follow the action as more impactful play develops on Day 2.

Tags: Josh AriehJustin Bonomo

Seat Draw Day 2 Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Webjoker • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4141Roman YitzhakiUnited States248,800
Amazon4142Julien MartiniFrance18,900
Amazon4143Timofey KuznetsovRussia220,400
Amazon4144Prahlad FriedmanUnited States464,500
Amazon4145David "ODB" BakerUnited States369,700
      
Amazon4151Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom411,000
Amazon4152Andrew BrownUnited States436,600
Amazon4153Daniel NegreanuCanada72,700
Amazon4155Shaun DeebUnited States364,600
Amazon4156Jesse MartinUnited States289,200
      
Amazon4162Roy ThungUnited States332,000
Amazon4163Josh AriehUnited States658,000
Amazon4164Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom390,200
Amazon4165Adam FriedmanUnited States462,100
Amazon4166Eric WassersonUnited States175,000
      
Amazon4171Scott SeiverUnited States358,000
Amazon4172Ben YuUnited States291,400
Amazon4173Brian RastUnited States242,200
Amazon4174Chris VitchUnited States282,000
Amazon4175Dan SmithUnited States204,000
Amazon4176Jake SchwartzUnited States184,400
      
Amazon4181Jason MercierUnited States345,600
Amazon4182Matt GlantzUnited States243,500
Amazon4183Majid YahyaeiUnited States317,000
Amazon4185Phil IveyUnited States344,300
Amazon4186Michael MizrachiUnited States168,100
      
Amazon4191Luke SchwartzUnited Kingdom302,000
Amazon4192Nick SchulmanUnited States125,000
Amazon4193Matthew WoodCanada83,200
Amazon4194Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom280,400
Amazon4195Ray DehkharghaniUnited States252,200
Amazon4196Phil GalfondUnited States189,200
      
Amazon4221Justin BonomoUnited States646,100
Amazon4222Phillip HuiUnited States250,000
Amazon4223Eli ElezraUnited States331,600
Amazon4224Jared BleznickUnited States488,000
Amazon4225Daniel CatesUnited States135,200
Amazon4226Matthew GonzalesUnited States343,600
      
Amazon4231Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom386,900
Amazon4233David BachUnited States356,900
Amazon4234Randy OhelUnited States216,500
Amazon4235Robert MackieUnited States303,000
Amazon4236Mike GlickUnited States521,000
      
Amazon4241Dario SammartinoItaly293,900
Amazon4242Lyle BermanUnited States382,300
Amazon4244Brock ParkerUnited States319,200
Amazon4245David BenyamineUnited States141,500
Amazon4246John MonnetteUnited States272,100
      
Amazon4251James ObstAustralia189,200
Amazon4252John EspositoUnited States585,000
Amazon4253David OppenheimUnited States48,000
Amazon4254Anthony ZinnoUnited States65,300
Amazon4255Yong WangChina343,700
      
Amazon4261Mikael ThuritzUnited States411,500
Amazon4262Paul VolpeUnited States242,700
Amazon4263John HenniganUnited States444,300
Amazon4264Robert MizrachiUnited States284,600
Amazon4266Bryce YockeyUnited States198,000
      
Amazon4271Elior SionUnited Kingdom150,500
Amazon4273Isaac HaxtonUnited States410,200
Amazon4274Mike WattelUnited States192,400
Amazon4275Daniel ZackUnited States175,400
Amazon4276Gus HansenDenmark238,700

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

123md • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 658,500 58,500
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 646,100 -3,900
John Esposito us
John Esposito
us 585,000 15,000
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
us 521,300 -28,700
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 488,000 3,000
David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
us 480,000 55,000
Prahlad Friedman us
Prahlad Friedman
us 464,500 119,500
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 462,100 12,100
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 444,300 24,300
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 441,500 -35,500
Andrew Brown us
Andrew Brown
us 436,600 114,600
Mikael Thuritz se
Mikael Thuritz
se 411,500 96,500
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 411,000 61,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 410,200 40,200
Matthew Ashton gb
Matthew Ashton
gb 390,200 25,200
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 386,900 142,900
Lyle Berman us
Lyle Berman
us 382,300 132,300
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 369,700 -30,300
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 364,600 34,600
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 358,000 8,000
David Bach us
David Bach
us 356,900 66,900
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 345,600 5,600
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 344,300 49,300
Yong Wang cn
Yong Wang
cn 343,700 63,700
Matthew Gonzales us
Matthew Gonzales
us 343,600 -56,400

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Gorodinsky First Domino Down

mnuwwarah • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
Mike Gorodinsky, in an earlier event.
Mike Gorodinsky, in an earlier event.

Pot-Limit Omaha

After almost a full day of play, the first player to bust has hit the rail, and it's former champ Mike Gorodinsky.

According to the players at the table, action opened with Josh Arieh making it 4,000 and Gorodinsky reraising to 10,000. Chris Vitch cold-called and all three players saw a {5-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{q-} flop. Arieh led for 27,000 and Gorodinsky called. On the {6-Spades} turn, Arieh bet 83,000 and "Gordo" shoved for about 130,000 total.

Arieh called with {k-}{10-}{9-}{7-} with hearts, good for a massive combo draw, while Gorodinsky had slightly the best of it for the moment with {k-}{k-}{5-}{5-}. The river was a {10-}, completing Arieh's straight to felt Gordo.

"Josh Arieh gets it in bad again," the players summarized with round of laughs.

Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 600,000 120,000
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
us Busted

Tags: Mike GorodinskyJosh Arieh

Hennigan Sets Up Martini

123md • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

No-Limit Hold'em

Following a flop of {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{7-Hearts} with about 24,000 in the pot, John Hennigan checked from the small blind and Julien Martini checked from the big blind.

The turn was the {j-Diamonds}, Hennigan bet 8,000 and Martini called.

The river was the {8-Diamonds}, Hennigan bet 18,000 and Martini called.

Hennigan tabled {k-Hearts}{k-Spades} for a set of kings, Martini mucked and Hennigan won the pot.

John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 420,000 55,000
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 21,000 -41,000

Tags: John HenniganJulien Martini

"I Feel Like You Got Six-Eighths of the Pot"

mnuwwarah • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

Omaha Hi-Lo

On a board of {6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}, action checked to David Oppenheim, who bet from the button. Big blind Nick Schulman raised, driving out the third player, but Oppenheim called. On the {q-Clubs} river, Schulman checked and called.

Oppenheim showed {j-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for a straight and a three-deuce on the low end. Schulman had {7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for an identical straight but insufficient low. As the dealer quartered the pot in a manner that slightly confused the players, Schulman jokingly grumbled about his take.

"I feel like you got six-eighths of the pot."

David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
us 425,000 -45,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
us 121,000 1,000

Tags: David OppenheimNick Schulman