Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1b Completed

Valentin Vornicu Dominates Day 1b of the Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em

Jan_Kores • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Valentin Vornicu
Valentin Vornicu

Day 1b of the Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em attracted 1,230 entrants who created a $369,000 prize pool. The top 185 players reached the money in Level 17 and the remaining play brought many casualties to reduce the surviving field to just over 100 players.

WSOP Circuit legend Valentin Vornicu has been crushing the whole day, running over his table. Vornicu's fantastic ride continued even after his relocation to a new table, and the nine-time ring winner eventually finished with 869,500, putting his name atop of the Day 1b leaderboard.

"Last week I fired three entries, and I played three hands total," Vornicu revealed his unique performance from Day 1a. Today was a completely different story for the former International Mathematics Olympiad bronze medalist. Originally from Bucharest, Romania, the 34-year-old professional poker player now lives in San Diego.

"I always bag big in the $365 tournaments," said Vornicu, whose results in these events have been stellar through his career.

Vornicu is yet to win a bracelet but he's already notched a respectable result on the WSOP main series, too. Last year, Vornicu went deep in the Main Event, finishing in 23rd place for a career-best $269,430.

Other notable player who thrived on Day 1b was Eric Baldwin, who has 547,500. Baldwin has already been decorated with a WSOP bracelet. He has amassed more than $5.2 million in live tournament cashes.

Among those who will be back for Day 2 on July 8 are also Dinn Nguyen (494,000), Danny Goncalves (472,000), Louis Russo (468,000), Aditya Agarwal (260,000), "Captain" Tom Franklin and Jan Nakladal (144,000).

Todd Brunson, Kathy Liebert, Alex Keating and Roland Israelashvili might have another shot in the remaining flights as they all fell during the last few hands of today's play.

Three more starting flights are scheduled for THE GIANT, across the next three Fridays as Day 1c takes place on June 23 and Day 1d on June 30 while the last chance to make it through will be on Day 1e (July 7).

Tags: Aditya AgarwalAlex KeatingEric BaldwinJan NakladalKathy LiebertTodd BrunsonTom FranklinValentin Vornicu

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Jan_Kores • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Valentin Vornicu us
Valentin Vornicu
us 869,500 694,500
Viktor Lavi il
Viktor Lavi
il 603,500 603,500
Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 547,500 238,500
Dinh Nguyen us
Dinh Nguyen
us 494,000 494,000
John Chong US
John Chong
US 479,000 479,000
Danny Gonzales us
Danny Gonzales
us 472,000 472,000
Louis Russo us
Louis Russo
us 468,500 -11,500
Scott Montgomery ca
Scott Montgomery
ca 452,000 452,000
Shawn Pilot US
Shawn Pilot
US 438,000 438,000
Shawn Silber us
Shawn Silber
us 424,500 292,500
Eric Pfeffer US
Eric Pfeffer
US 411,000 411,000
Zal Irani us
Zal Irani
us 410,000 390,000
Sebastien Grax fr
Sebastien Grax
fr 385,500 385,500
Marc Rehnert DE
Marc Rehnert
DE 370,000 370,000
Susan Strohbach US
Susan Strohbach
US 358,500 358,500
Aaron Ellis us
Aaron Ellis
us 358,500 358,500
Allen Oh US
Allen Oh
US 344,500 344,500
Mohsin Virani us
Mohsin Virani
us 338,000 338,000
Aileen Shin US
Aileen Shin
US 325,000 325,000
Nazier Muslimani US
Nazier Muslimani
US 318,500 318,500
Dan Stark US
Dan Stark
US 316,000 316,000
Jose Montes us
Jose Montes
us 310,000 310,000
Stephen Ma us
Stephen Ma
us 309,000 309,000
Ravi Shanmugam US
Ravi Shanmugam
US 293,000 293,000
James McKinnon us
James McKinnon
us 293,000 293,000

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Five More before Bedtime

Jan_Kores • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

The clock has been paused and five more hands have been announced. After that, the remaining players will seal their advancing stacks in the bags.

Todd Brunson Won't Bag

Jan_Kores • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Todd Brunson was eliminated during the last level and it was in a cruel fashion, too.

Brunson ended up in a three-way all in on the flop {J-}{3-}{3-}, holding pocket tens. His first opponent rolled over {4-}{4-} but the other showed {7-}{3-} for flopped trips.

"Are you kidding me?" said Brunson in disbelief. The turn was a blank and the river a seven, improving Brunson's nemesis' hand to a full house.

Todd Brunson us
Todd Brunson
us Busted

Tags: Todd Brunson

Last Level Of the Night

Yardley • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

There are now 140 players left in the field with just 20 minutes left to play.


Ian Finch Is Back

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

What a relief it was for Ian Finch when the tournament staff announced that players are finally in the money.

"I was down to two big blinds," he said. Finch was the unlucky player who held ace-king in the earlier mentioned hand that saw his opponent double up with jacks thanks to a jack on the river.

But it's not over for Finch, who's now back up to 80,000. "We have a chance," he said, encouraged to fight for the bracelet.

Ian Finch US
Ian Finch
US 80,000

Tags: Ian Finch

Milly Maker Buckley Dodges Duck Suit

Yardley • Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Adrian Buckley had more reason than most to sweat the bubble. It wasn’t just that he had around two big blinds and he was getting closer and closer to being in the blinds.

The min-cash didn’t mean a great deal to Buckley, he won the Millionaire Maker in 2015 for $1,277,193 so he wasn’t too worried about a min=cash.

Buckley had however cross-booked for $5,000 is he managed to cash in the Giant.

If he failed to cash then he would be wearing a duck suit and blowing bubbles in the next event.

The bubble burst, Buckley cashed and he high-fived his table. Some things in this world are worth more than money.

Tags: Adrian Buckley