Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Day 1 Completed

Defending Champion Jason Mercier Tops Day 1

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Defending Champion Jason Mercier leads the pack
Defending Champion Jason Mercier leads the pack

The best horses in the game took to the track today for their shot at the coveted $10k H.O.R.S.E Championship gold bracelet. A total of 150 hopefuls joined the field throughout play today and after ten hour-long levels on Day 1 of Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship only 57 remain.

The top horse as the clock ran out on Day 1 was the defending champion, Jason Mercier. Mercier bagged an impressive 384,500 to claim the top spot. Mercier was a late addition to the field but it clearly didn't hinder the five-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.

Joining Mercier on top of the counts were Mack Lee (347,500), David Bach (278,500), Tom McCormick (224,500), and Mark Gregorich (222,500)

As expected in the Championship events, the field was star-studded. A bunch of the game’s best made it through to Day 2 including Esther Taylor (201,500), Brandon Shack-Harris (171,500), Anthony Zinno (146,000), Felipe Ramos (136,000), Maria Ho (90,000), Mike Sexton (74,000), Daniel Negreanu (61,500), and Phil Hellmuth (33,500).

When registration closed at the beginning of Level 9, the prize pool capped off at $1,410,000. The top 23 spots will leave with a prize. A min-cash will be worth $15,000 and the largest share sitting up top is a first-place prize of $383,208.

Some notables no longer in contention include Jon Turner, Jeff Lisandro, Jared Bleznick, David Benyamine, Mike Leah, Matt Grapenthien, Mike Matusow, Mike Gorodinsky, Jesse Martin, John Monnette, and Jennifer Harman.

Play will resume at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon with another ten hour-long levels on the schedule. Follow along live as PokerNews will be on the floor providing updates and full coverage until a champion is crowned.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Brasilia7221Eric WassersonUnited States140,000
Brasilia7222Mack LeeUnited States347,500
Brasilia7223Jonathan DraneUnited States42,500
Brasilia7224Philip SternheimerUnited States70,000
Brasilia7225Gary BensonAustralia55,500
Brasilia7226Mike SextonUnited States74,000
Brasilia7227Howard LedererUnited States149,500
Brasilia7228David BachUnited States278,500
Brasilia7231Andrew BrownUnited States128,500
Brasilia7232Andrey ZhigalovRussia66,000
Brasilia7233Chris George (NY)United States118,000
Brasilia7234David "ODB" BakerUnited States132,000
Brasilia7235Andrew BarberUnited States74,000
Brasilia7236Adam FriedmanUnited States82,500
Brasilia7237Don ZewinUnited States172,000
Brasilia7238Thao ThiemUnited States82,500
Brasilia7241Jean MonturyFrance151,500
Brasilia7242Jerry WongUnited States159,500
Brasilia7243Randy OhelUnited States173,000
Brasilia7244Eric RodawigUnited States204,000
Brasilia7245Owais AhmedUnited States126,000
Brasilia7246Andrew KelsallUnited States62,000
Brasilia7247Yuebin GuoUnited States133,000
Brasilia7248Phillip WallaceUnited States149,500
Brasilia7251Daniel NegreanuCanada61,500
Brasilia7252Pat PezzinCanada133,500
Brasilia7253Ben YuUnited States126,000
Brasilia7254Tom McCormickUnited States224,500
Brasilia7256Jason MercierUnited States384,500
Brasilia7257Albert DaherLebanon188,000
Brasilia7258Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom121,500
Brasilia7261Felipe RamosBrazil136,000
Brasilia7262Scott MauerUnited States12,500
Brasilia7264Richard ChaseUnited States102,000
Brasilia7265Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom48,000
Brasilia7267Anthony ZinnoUnited States146,000
Brasilia7268Michael MizrachiUnited States47,000
Brasilia7271Phil HellmuthUnited States33,500
Brasilia7272John RacenerUnited States26,000
Brasilia7273Andre AkkariBrazil77,800
Brasilia7274Esther Taylor-BradyUnited States201,500
Brasilia7275Brian RastUnited States150,500
Brasilia7276Mark GregorichUnited States222,500
Brasilia7277Greg MuellerCanada64,500
Brasilia7278Aditya PrasetyoUnited States178,000
Brasilia7281Paul VolpeUnited States126,500
Brasilia7282Scott BohlmanUnited States100,000
Brasilia7284Thomas HammersUnited States200,000
Brasilia7285Greg MascioUnited States118,500
Brasilia7286Richard SklarUnited States100,500
Brasilia7287Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States171,500
Brasilia7292Ted WoolridgeUnited States210,000
Brasilia7293Maria HoUnited States90,000
Brasilia7295Aron DermerUnited States197,000
Brasilia7296Craig ChaitUnited States172,500
Brasilia7297Ryan TurnerUnited States119,500
Brasilia7298Laurence KantorUnited States94,500

Tags: Anthony ZinnoDaniel NegreanuDavid BachDavid BenyamineEsther TaylorFelipe RamosJared BleznickJason MercierJeffrey LisandroJen HarmanJesse MartinJohn MonnetteJon TurnerMaria HoMark GregorichMatt GrapenthienMike GorodinskyMike LeahMike MatusowMike SextonPhil HellmuthTom McCormick

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 384,500 54,500
Mack Lee us
Mack Lee
us 347,500 347,500
David Bach us
David Bach
us 278,500 74,000
Tom McCormick us
Tom McCormick
us 224,500 14,500
Mark Gregorich us
Mark Gregorich
us 222,500 102,500
Ted Woolridge us
Ted Woolridge
us 210,000 60,000
Eric Rodawig us
Eric Rodawig
us 204,000 14,000
Esther Taylor us
Esther Taylor
us 201,500 41,500
Thomas Hammers us
Thomas Hammers
us 200,000 200,000
Aron Dermer us
Aron Dermer
us 197,000 42,000
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 188,000 188,000
Aditya Prasetyo us
Aditya Prasetyo
us 178,000 -17,000
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
us 173,000 -2,000
Craig Chait us
Craig Chait
us 172,500 40,500
Don Zewin us
Don Zewin
us 172,000 12,000
Brandon Shack-Harris us
Brandon Shack-Harris
us 171,500 26,500
Jerry Wong us
Jerry Wong
us 159,500 159,500
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr 151,500 151,500
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 150,500 105,500
Howard Lederer us
Howard Lederer
us 149,500 109,500
Phillip Wallace us
Phillip Wallace
us 149,500 149,500
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 146,000 16,000
Eric Wasserson us
Eric Wasserson
us 140,000 45,000
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
br 136,000 59,000
Pat Pezzin ca
Pat Pezzin
ca 133,500 133,500

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Four More Hands

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 10: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The clock has been paused for the night and each table will play four more hands before bagging up their chips.

McCormick Scoops Monster, Bronshtein Eliminated

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Yuval Bronshtein
Yuval Bronshtein


Catching the action on fifth street with a huge pot already sitting in the middle, Philip Sternheimer bet 8,000 and Andrew Brown called.

Yuval Bronshtein raised to 16,000 and Tom McCormick called before Sternheimer made it 24,000. Brown folded, Bronshtein called all-in for his last 16,700 total, and McCormick called also.

On sixth street, McCormick bet 8,000 and Sternheimer called.

Sternheimer: {X-}{X-} / {Q-Spades}{A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{10-Spades} / {X-}
Brown: {X-}{X-} / {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{8-Spades} (folded on fifth)
Bronshtein: {X-}{X-} / {K-Spades}{A-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} / {X-}
McCormick: {X-}{X-} / {K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} / {X-}

Both Sternheimer and McCormick checked and McCormick tabled his {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for a flush.

Sternheimer revealed his {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} / {2-Spades} for rolled-up queens and a busted straight draw as McCormick scooped the entire pot once Bronshtein tabled his {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{9-Spades} and mucked.

Tom McCormick us
Tom McCormick
us 210,000 124,000
Andrew Brown us
Andrew Brown
us 120,000 3,000
Philip Sternheimer gb
Philip Sternheimer
gb 63,000 -41,000
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
il Busted

Tags: Andrew BrownPhilip SternheimerTom McCormickYuval Bronshtein

Ahmed Gets Half

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Omaha Hi-Lo

Brian Rast opened in the cutoff to 8,000 and both blinds called; one of which was Owais Ahmed in the big blind.

The {5-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{A-Hearts} flop was checked through as the {8-Spades} landed on the turn and Ahmed bet 8,000. Rast folded, but the small blind called as the {A-Spades} landed on the river.

The small blind checked, Ahmed bet 8,000, and the small blind called.

Ahmed tabled his {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}6s]{2-Spades} for a flush and low, while the small blind tabled his {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds} for a higher flush to see the pot chopped up.

Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
us 105,000 -20,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 45,000 -35,000

Tags: Owais AhmedBrian Rast

Tom Drops the Hammer

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 10: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante


Tom Hammers has eliminated another opponent. During a hand of stud, Hammers had an opponent commit their final bet on seventh street.

We didn't catch Hammers' opponent's hand but Hammers tabled {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{q-Spades}/{3-Spades}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}, making a flush and his opponent mucked.

Tom Hammers us
Tom Hammers
us 228,000 23,000

Tags: Tom Hammers