Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
Day 1 Completed

Diego Sanchez Bags Big After Day 1 of $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels)

ajlamers • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez

A fast-paced Day 1 has come to an end in Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels). Diego Sanchez leads the field of 49 players heading into Day 2 of this two-day event with 660,000 chips.

Sanchez hails from Mexico City, Mexico and is enjoying his first time back at the WSOP since 2014. He has two WSOP cashes to his name, both earned back in 2014. His largest live tournament cash came in a WSOP Circuit event held in 2010 at Caesars Palace for $57,400. Sanchez is looking to add to his $238,072 career live tournament earnings with a big six-figure score and WSOP gold bracelet. Sanchez also burst the money bubble when he knocked out Loni Harwood with pocket queens against her ace-king.

Dennis Blieden is second going into Day 2 with 561,000 in chips, while Jacob Bazeley finished with 509,000 as he ran up a stack at the end of the day after he was a short stack mid-way through. Conor Beresford capped off his day with a run of good cards and rounds out the top four with 504,000 chips.

There was a total of 505 entries after eight levels of late registration, beating last year's total by 60 entries. They made up a prize pool of $2,438,250 with the winner receiving $527,555. The tournament paid a total of 76 players with a minimum cash being worth $7,442.

Many notables joined the field today, but there were few who survived this incredibly tough group of players. Some of those to hit the rail early included Faraz Jaka, Justin Bonomo, Mike Leah, Maurice Hawkins, Ryan Laplante, Martin Jacobson, Joe McKeehen, JC Tran, Matt Waxman, Jordan Young, Joe Cada, and Ryan Riess.

There were still plenty of familiar faces that were able to find a bag at the end of the day such as Chris Moorman (170,000), Frank Kassela (444,000), Aditya Agarwal (416,000), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (385,000) and Max Silver (504,000).

Day 2 of this event will continue on Saturday at noon at Level 21. The remaining 49 players will continue playing until a winner is eventually crowned.

Day 2 Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Brasilia7091Apostolos BechrakisGreece218,00018
Brasilia7092Frank KasselaUnited States444,00037
Brasilia7093Conor BeresfordUnited Kingdom504,00042
Brasilia7094Sean LoringUnited States128,00011
Brasilia7095Christopher BrammerUnited Kingdom464,00039
Brasilia7096Pete ChenTaiwan135,00011
Brasilia7097James ChenTaiwan361,00030
Brasilia7098Jonathan ConcepcionSpain207,00017
Brasilia7099Quang NgoUnited States138,00012
Brasilia7101Joseph KohlsUnited States117,00010
Brasilia7102Leonel FloresUnited States177,00015
Brasilia7103Jett SchenckerUnited States240,00020
Brasilia7104Andrew MarsonUnited States272,00023
Brasilia7105Clinton HarrisUnited States124,00010
Brasilia7106Ty ReimanUnited States191,00016
Brasilia7107Alex FoxenUnited States207,00017
Brasilia7108Ashton GriffinUnited States247,00021
Brasilia7111Jason TamCanada297,00025
Brasilia7112David OrmsbyCanada477,00040
Brasilia7113Michael TureniecSweden278,00023
Brasilia7114Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria293,00024
Brasilia7115Yevgeniy TimoshenkoUnited States385,00032
Brasilia7116DID NOT REPORT 1United States272,00023
Brasilia7117Dennis BliedenUnited States561,00047
Brasilia7118Brant HowCanada210,00018
Brasilia7121Javier GomezUnited States59,0005
Brasilia7122Max SilverUnited Kingdom504,00042
Brasilia7123Kenneth SmaronUnited States264,00022
Brasilia7124Diego SanchezMexico660,00055
Brasilia7125Jimmy GuerreroFrance180,00015
Brasilia7127Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom179,00015
Brasilia7128Ivan DeyraFrance183,00015
Brasilia7129Rui YeUnited States110,0009
Brasilia7131[Removed:14]United States219,00018
Brasilia7132Dan WirgauUnited States60,0005
Brasilia7133Liang XuChina105,0009
Brasilia7134Kiryl RadzivonauBelarus215,00018
Brasilia7135James AkenheadUnited Kingdom184,00015
Brasilia7136Aditya AgarwalIndia416,00035
Brasilia7137Kyle JuliusUnited States236,00020
Brasilia7138Jacob BazeleyUnited States509,00042
Brasilia7141Quan ZhouChina181,00015
Brasilia7142Tobias ZieglerGermany373,00031
Brasilia7143Michael BrinkenhoffUnited States171,00014
Brasilia7144Ivan LucaArgentina219,00018
Brasilia7145Neel MurthyUnited States321,00027
Brasilia7146Samuel PhillipsUnited States74,0006
Brasilia7147Kenneth RayUnited States99,0008
Brasilia7148Carlos BoydPanama145,00012

Tags: Aditya AgarwalChris MoormanFaraz JakaFrank KasselaJacob BazeleyJC TranJoe CadaJoe McKeehenJordan YoungJoseph McKeehenJustin BonomoLoni HarwoodMartin JacobsonMatt WaxmanMaurice HawkinsMax SilverMike LeahRyan LaplanteRyan RiessYevgeniy Timoshenko

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Diego Sanchez mx
Diego Sanchez
mx 660,000 10,000
Dennis Blieden us
Dennis Blieden
us 561,000 98,000
Jake Bazeley us
Jake Bazeley
us 509,000 509,000
Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
gb 504,000 104,000
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 504,000 484,300
David Ormsby ca
David Ormsby
ca 477,000 477,000
Chris Brammer gb
Chris Brammer
gb 464,000 464,000
Frank Kassela us
Frank Kassela
us 444,000 9,000
Aditya Agarwal in
Aditya Agarwal
in 416,000 416,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
ua 385,000 95,000
Tobias Ziegler de
Tobias Ziegler
de 373,000 373,000
James Chen tw
James Chen
tw 361,000 288,000
Neel Murthy us
Neel Murthy
us 321,000 1,000
Jason Tam CA
Jason Tam
CA 297,000 297,000
Viliyan Petleshkov bg
Viliyan Petleshkov
bg 293,000 293,000
Michael Tureniec se
Michael Tureniec
se 278,000 278,000
Andrew Marson us
Andrew Marson
us 272,000 272,000
Oliver Weis de
Oliver Weis
de 272,000 272,000
Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
us 264,000 264,000
Ashton Griffin us
Ashton Griffin
us 247,000 247,000
Jett Schencker us
Jett Schencker
us 240,000 240,000
Kyle Julius us
Kyle Julius
us 236,000 236,000
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
ar 219,000 -201,000
[Removed:14] US
US 219,000 219,000
Apostolos Bechrakis gr
Apostolos Bechrakis
gr 218,000 218,000

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Last Hands of the Night

ajlamers • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament director has announced there will be six hands remaining in Day 1. Once all hands are completed, the bagging and tagging process will commence for those players remaining.

Timoshenko Wins the Hard Way

ajlamers • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The action was folded to the cutoff who raised to 26,000 and was called by the button. Yevgeniy Timoshenko was in the big blind and raised all-in for 130,000. The player in the cutoff called while the button folded. Timoshenko was in a race scenario with {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} against his opponent's {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

The flop came {q-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts} and Timoshenko was in danger of exiting the tournament. The turn brought the {5-Clubs}, giving Timoshenko one extra out to hit. That one extra out was exactly what he needed as the {5-Diamonds} hit the river. His opponent couldn't believe it as he sat with a shocked look on his face while Timoshenko scooped a big pot before the end of the evening.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
ua 290,000 174,000

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Beresford Ends the Night on Fire

[user340040] • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Christian Christner was in the cutoff and raised all in for roughly 130,000. Conor Beresford was on the button and called.

Beresford {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Christner {a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}

The board ran out {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Beresford has quickly become one of the biggest stacks in the room which is not bad considering he was at risk, near the bubble, twice.

Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
gb 518,000 518,000

Loni Harwood Bubble with Big Slick

ajlamers • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Loni Harwood opened with a raise to 17,000 from early position and Diego Sanchez three-bet to 47,000 from late position. The action was back on Harwood who moved all-in for 221,000. Sanchez called, barely having his opponent covered with 223,000.

Harwood: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Sanchez: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The flop came {q-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Sanchez took a massive lead in the pot. The turn was the {k-Clubs} and Harwood was drawing dead. The {j-Diamonds} completed the board, eliminating Harwood on the money bubble.

Diego Sanchez mx
Diego Sanchez
mx 448,000 -27,000
Loni Harwood us
Loni Harwood
us Busted

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Foxen Survives the Bubble

[user340040] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

During hand-for-hand play a player in the hijack raised to 19,000. Alex Foxen was on the button and moved all in for his remaining 49,000, the original raiser called and the players held onto there hands until all other tables were ready.

Foxen tabled {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Opponent showed {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The flop was {9-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} and Foxen was needing to dodge a tonne of outs. The turn and river were the {5-Diamonds} and {10-Clubs} bricking off and giving Foxen the double up and launching him into the money as a player busted on another table.

Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 110,000 61,000

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