2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
1a1b1c2
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a Completed

Roman Korenev Chip Leader at End of Day 1a; Engel and O'Hara Bag Impressive Stacks

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Roman Korenev
Roman Korenev

Day 1a, the first of three starting flights in Event 84: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em, has come to an end and 30 of the original 463 players have progressed to Day 2.

Russian online poker pro Roman Korenev, who won Event #26: $2,620 Marathon No-Limit Hold’em earlier this series, is the chip leader with 1,198,000 in chips, but Griffen Abel (1,000,000) is close behind. Others that bagged impressive stacks at the end of play included recent bracelet winner Ari Engel (936,000), Ian O’Hara (756,000) and Fabian Gumz (628,000).

PlacePlayerCountryChips
1Roman KorenevRussia1,198,000
2Griffin AbelUnited States1,000,000
3Ari EngelCanada936,000
4Ian O'HaraUnited States756,000
5Fabian GumzGermany628,000
6Steven WolanskyUnited States610,000
7Daniel NeilsonAustralia538,000
8Brian CroakUnited States520,000
9Christoper FisherUnited States500,000
10James PavlickCanada400,000

The day started off with around 135 players in their seats when the first cards went in the air, but with an unlimited re-entry format, that number grew to 463 by the time late registration closed. That final number created a Day 1a prize pool of $625,050, and after the bubble burst early in Level 18, 70 players had made the money with a min-cash worth $2,247.

Numerous players, including notables such as Allen Cunningham, Stan Jablonski, Jared Griener, Igor Yaroshevskyy and Shaun Deeb found themselves taking full advantage of the unlimited re-entries option, while others such as Michael Mizrachi, Ryan Riess, Ben Yu, Mike Leah, Kevin Song and Cary Katz, fired just one bullet, but all fell short of cashing.

However, a number of stellar names, including Allyn Shulman, Josh Arieh, Benjamin Ector, Tim Reilly, Loni Harwood, Maria Konnikova, Matt Affleck and Chris Ferguson, did find their way to the payout desk, while Kristen Bicknell (319,000), Mike Sexton (234,000) and Everett Carlton (98,000) will return to play on Day 2.

Two more starting flights remain for players to join the 30 that bagged and tagged on Day 1a. All survivors from the three starting flights will continue their quest for the gold WSOP bracelet on Monday, July 15th at noon local time. The PokerNews team will be there to cover all the action.

Tags: Allen CunninghamAllyn ShulmanAri EngelBenjamin EctorCary KatzChris FergusonEverett CarltonFabian GumzIgor YaroshevskyyJared GrienerJosh AriehKevin SongKristen BicknellLoni HarwoodMaria KonnikovaMatt AffleckMichael MizrachiMike SextonRoman KorenevRyan RiessShaun DeebStan JablonskiTim Reilly

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 1,198,000 538,000
Griffin Abel us
Griffin Abel
us 1,000,000 1,000,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 936,000 581,000
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 756,000 756,000
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 628,000 628,000
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
us 610,000 610,000
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
au 538,000 538,000
Brian Croak us
Brian Croak
us 520,000 230,000
Christopher Fisher us
Christopher Fisher
us 500,000 344,000
James Pavlick CA
James Pavlick
CA 400,000 400,000
[Removed:174] LT
[Removed:174]
LT 396,000 136,000
Alex Freiberg us
Alex Freiberg
us 368,000 368,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 319,000 84,000
Shi Chen us
Shi Chen
us 316,000 316,000
Aaron Johnson (MN) US
Aaron Johnson (MN)
US 306,000
Ralph Perry us
Ralph Perry
us 304,000 304,000
Conrad Coetzer za
Conrad Coetzer
za 299,000 255,000
Pete Chen tw
Pete Chen
tw 279,000
David Goodman us
David Goodman
us 264,000 -66,000
Larry Nance us
Larry Nance
us 259,000 259,000
Carlos Chang tw
Carlos Chang
tw 250,000 166,000
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
us 234,000 83,000
Rick Alvarado us
Rick Alvarado
us 223,000 223,000
Saar Katoa IL
Saar Katoa
IL 220,000 220,000
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 162,000 162,000

Read full

Play Has Ended for the Day

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Play has ended for Day 1a. The end-of-day chip counts and final recap will follow shortly.

Four More Hands

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

The clock has been paused and it has just been announced that the dealers will deal four more hands. The remaining players will then bag and tag for the day and return on Monday, July 15th at noon to play Day 2.

Perfect Time for Aces

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

A short-stacked Joshua Weiss moved all in from middle position and was called by the big-blind player.

Joshua Weiss: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}
Big-Blind Player: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Clubs}{j-Spades}{k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and gave Weiss a very timely double-up late on Day 1a.

Joshua Weiss us
Joshua Weiss
us 110,000 -13,000

Tags: Joshua Weiss

Level:
20
Blinds:
6,000/12,000
Ante:
12,000

Sexton Gives a Little WSOP History Lesson

LoriPersinger • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 10,000 ante

Mike Sexton moved all in from the button, which got a fold from the small-blind player and Chris Ferguson in his big blind. Sexton then said, "The Chris Ferguson hand" as he tabled {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and scooped the pot.

There were a few younger players at the table who were unaware of what Sexton was talking about, so Sexton was kind enough to let his other tablemates know that Ferguson was holding ace-nine when he won the 2000 WSOP Main Event.

Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
us 151,000 -7,500
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
us 63,000 -172,000

Tags: Chris FergusonMike Sexton

Level:
19
Blinds:
5,000/10,000
Ante:
10,000