Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 1 Completed

Kurtzman Bags Day 1 Lead in Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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Eric Kurtzman
Eric Kurtzman

Day 1 of Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship has come to a close in the wee hours of the night at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. A total of 78 players made their way into the tournament throughout the day but only 35 of them will be returning for Day 2. Eric Kurtzman finished the day on top of the leaderboard by accumulating a whopping 466,000 chips through 10 levels of play.

Kurtzman, a Las Vegas resident, purely sticks to playing tournaments once per year when the World Series of Poker rolls into town. "The Donkey" as he's known by, often specializes in mixed games but has some results in hold'em as well. Kurtzman lived up to his hype in the opening levels of the night when he played a big pot with deuce-three of diamonds from under the gun. Kurtzman managed to turn a straight flush and got paid off on the river.

Some other big stacks moving through the day include Tony Wasaya with 314,000, the only other player with over 300,000 chips. Yuri Dzivielevski finished the day with 270,000 chips, while Casey Mccarrel (232,000) and Christopher Chues (201,000) round out the top five stacks.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

It was a slow start to the day with only 24 players taking their seat on the opening shuffle, one of which included Daniel Negreanu. Although Negreanu came out on top of a $100 prop bet with Terrence Chan, Negreanu was unable to spin up a stack and was eliminated midway through the day. Chan lasted a while longer but still ran out of chips in the last level of the night.

Some other notables to bag chips after Day 1 include Anthony Zinno (159,000), Jason Somerville (125,000), Brian Rast (108,000), Mike Matusow (93,000), and Benny Glaser (49,000). Unfortunately for some others like Robert Mizrachi, Eli Elezra, Scott Seiver, and David Benyamine, they will not be in the hunt for a bracelet in this event.

The action will pick back up at 2 p.m. local time inside the Amazon Room. Late registration will remain open until the start of play so there is still time for some late stragglers to take their shot. The blinds will resume at 2,000/4,000 with the limits at 4,000/8,000. The schedule is to play down to the final five players who will then battle it out for the WSOP gold bracelet on Day 3.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor to bring you all of the live updates throughout the tournament.

Tags: Anthony ZinnoBenny GlaserBrian RastDaniel NegreanuDavid BenyamineEli ElezraEric KurtzmanJason SomervilleMike MatusowRobert MizrachiScott SeiverTerrence Chan

Day 2 Seat Draw - Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4291Brian TateUnited States56,000
Amazon4293Chad EveslageUnited States162,000
Amazon4297Andony WasayaUnited States314,000
Amazon4301Grant HansenUnited States100,000
Amazon4303Mike MatusowUnited States93,000
Amazon4307Lena WangUnited States110,000
Amazon4308Jeremy AusmusUnited States112,000
Amazon4309Jason SomervilleUnited States125,000
Amazon4381John RacenerUnited States117,000
Amazon4382Nate SilverUnited States198,000
Amazon4383Anthony ZinnoUnited States159,000
Amazon4385Anthony MarsicoUnited States125,000
Amazon4386Nicholas GrimaldiUnited States123,000
Amazon4388Kevin SongUnited States80,000
Amazon4389Ray DehkharghaniUnited States126,000
Amazon4391Alex TorryUnited States123,000
Amazon4392Casey McCarrelUnited States232,000
Amazon4393Felipe RamosBrazil92,000
Amazon4394Matt SzymaszekUnited States54,000
Amazon4395Brian RastUnited States108,000
Amazon4396Scott TuttleUnited States75,000
Amazon4399Ian OharaUnited States56,000
Amazon4471Eric KurtzmanUnited States466,000
Amazon4472Terrence ChanCanada92,000
Amazon4474Daham WangUnited States92,000
Amazon4476Robert LakeUnited States121,000
Amazon4477Mike ThorpeUnited States178,000
Amazon4479Christopher ChungUnited States201,000
Amazon4481Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom49,000
Amazon4483Christopher VitchUnited States162,000
Amazon4484Kyle KitagawaUnited States149,000
Amazon4485Mike LancasterUnited States31,000
Amazon4486Johannes BeckerGermany132,000
Amazon4488Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil270,000
Amazon4489Erik SeidelUnited States22,000

Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Eric Kurtzman us
Eric Kurtzman
us 466,000 111,000
Andony Wasaya us
Andony Wasaya
us 314,000
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 270,000 120,000
Casey Mccarrel us
Casey Mccarrel
us 232,000 232,000
Christopher Chung us
Christopher Chung
us 201,000
Nate Silver us
Nate Silver
us 198,000 -17,000
Mike Thorpe us
Mike Thorpe
us 178,000 -12,000
Christopher Vitch us
Christopher Vitch
us 162,000
Chad Eveslage us
Chad Eveslage
us 162,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 159,000 101,000
Kyle Kitagawa us
Kyle Kitagawa
us 149,000 -33,000
Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 132,000 71,000
Ray Dehkharghani us
Ray Dehkharghani
us 126,000 126,000
Anthony Marsico us
Anthony Marsico
us 125,000 2,000
Jason Somerville us
Jason Somerville
us 125,000 70,000
Alex Torry us
Alex Torry
us 123,000 72,500
Nicholas Grimaldi US
Nicholas Grimaldi
US 123,000
Robert Lake US
Robert Lake
US 121,000 -54,000
John Racener us
John Racener
us 117,000 -33,000
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
us 112,000 34,500
Lena Wang us
Lena Wang
us 110,000 44,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 108,000 -13,000
Grant Hansen US
Grant Hansen
US 100,000
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 93,000 28,000
Terrence Chan ca
Terrence Chan
ca 92,000 -64,000

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The Chainsaw Report is Back!

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Unfiltered. Raw. Weekly. Poker pro Allen Kessler, arguably one of the most accomplished players in the world yet to win a WSOP bracelet, is back with his weekly series.

The first week of the series hasn't been kind to 'The Chainsaw', who is empty-handed so far and has only bagged once. Will Kessler finally get the monkey off his back in 2021 and end the bracelet draught?

Last Three Hands of the Night

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The tournament clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining in the last level of the night. Each table will play three more hands before bagging chips.

Dzivielevski Defends Big Blind

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Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

Scott Tuddle three-bet in late position and Yuri Dzivielevski defended in the big blind.

The flop was {6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, both players checked to the turn.

The turn was the {5-Spades}. Tuddle bet and Dzivielevski called.

The river was the {2-Diamonds} and both players checked. Tuddle announces jack high and Dzivielevski showed {q-Clubs}{5-Hearts} for two pair sixes and fives.

Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 150,000 78,000
Scott Tuddle
Scott Tuddle

Rast Flops the Nuts

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Tony Wasaya raised from middle position and Brian Rast reraised out of the big blind. Wasaya called and the flop came {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. Rast led out with a bet and Wasaya called.

The turn was the {3-Spades} and Rast continued betting while Wasaya continued calling. The {5-Clubs} hit the river and Rast bet once more. Wasaya called and Rast turned over {k-Spades}{q-Clubs} for the nut straight to win the pot.

Tony Wasaya US
Tony Wasaya
US 320,000 82,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 121,000 41,000

Tags: Brian RastTony Wasaya

Pot-Limit? How New Vegas Marijuana Laws Might Affect WSOP 2021

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New Marijuana Laws in Vegas
New Marijuana Laws in Vegas

Did you know that the marijuana laws in Las Vegas have changed?

You can still purchase marijuana from dispensaries around the city, but from October 1 you are now able to consume it in special "consumption lounges."

The new bill was signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak, and sees lounges introduced that will allow adults to purchase and consume cannabis products.

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"Crazy Mike" Going Crazy

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Mike Thorpe
Mike Thorpe

Michael Lancaster raised it up in early position and was called by "Crazy" Mike Thorpe in the hijack and Felipe Ramos in the big blind. The flop came {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and Lancaster continued with a bet. Thorpe called and Ramos folded.

The turn brought the {k-Hearts} and Lancaster bet again.

"Let me ask you a question," Thorpe started. "Do you like to fuck?"

"Ya, I like to fuck," Lancaster responded.

"Me too. So let's fuck," Thorpe said as we threw in chips to call.

The river was the {5-Clubs} and Lancaster bet one last time. Thorpe quickly called but had one request.

"Can I show first?" he asked. Lancaster allowed and Thorpe showed {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} which was the winning hand.

Mike Thorpe us
Mike Thorpe
us 190,000 15,000
Michael Lancaster
Michael Lancaster

Tags: Mike ThorpeFelipe Ramos