2017 World Series of Poker

Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK
Day: 1b
Event Info

2017 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
400,000 / 800,000

Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK

Day 1b Completed

Matt Downs Goes Big, Bags 320,200 to Lead Final 2,030

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante
Matt Downs - Chip Leader
Matt Downs - Chip Leader

Matt Downs ended the day with a suitably monstrous stack of 320,200 chips and will begin Day 2 as the outright leader of the two flights.

When registration closed at the beginning of level nine, the final numbers were tallied, and the prize pool was announced. With 2,676 players registered on Day 1a and 4,040 on Day 1b, the entries totaled 6,716 across both flights. The attendance generated a prize pool of $9,066,600. There will be 1,008 places paid, with a min-cash worth $2,249. The winner will get a gold bracelet and $1,094,349.

Day 1a saw 758 players survive the 10 levels of play, while Day 1b had 1,272 bag up chips. Day 2 will therefore see a combined filed of 2,030 resume play.

Some of the notables who played Day 1b and managed to make it through include Joseph McKeehen, Maurice Hawkins, Kitty Kuo, Matt Affleck, Michael Tureniec, Bruno Politano, Scott Davies and Aditya Agarwal.

Others weren’t so lucky, and among those that didn’t make it to the end and failed to bag chips were Pierre Neuville, Martin Kabrhel, Jackie Glazier, Allen Kessler, Randy Lew, and Antonio Esfandiari, who registered at the very last minute in an attempt to spin up his starting stack.

Esfandiari announced his arrival at the table by saying, “You’ve been sitting here working hard all day, and I was out goofing around.” He promptly ran jacks into a set of sevens to bust. Another very late entrant was Barny Boatman, but his opening salvo didn’t quite have the same enthusiasm, as he remarked with some surprise, “I didn’t realise the blinds would be so high.”

Play resumes Monday at the slightly later time of 11 a.m. and is scheduled to play another 10 one-hour levels as this five-day event continues its march. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the latest exclusive updates.

For a full Day 2 seat draw, visit WSOP.com.

Tags: Aditya AgarwalAntonio EsfandiariBarny BoatmanBruno PolitanoJackie GlazierJoseph McKeehenMatt AffleckMatt DownsMaurice HawkinsPierre NeuvilleRandy LewScott Davies

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante
Player Chips Progress
Matt Downs us
Matt Downs
David Olson us
David Olson
298,000 268,200
WSOP 1X Winner
David Sabbah us
David Sabbah
233,000 233,000
Saya Ono us
Saya Ono
Yann Chaumond us
Yann Chaumond
185,000 185,000
[Removed:342] us
183,600 183,600
Victor Lee us
Victor Lee
176,200 176,200
Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
160,400 160,400
Chris Tryba us
Chris Tryba
158,200 158,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Fernando Gutierrez cu
Fernando Gutierrez
157,600 157,600
Jackson White us
Jackson White
154,600 87,000
Andrei Konopelko by
Andrei Konopelko
151,700 151,700
Jeosafat Cruz us
Jeosafat Cruz
149,600 149,600
Luigi Curcio it
Luigi Curcio
149,400 29,400
Justin Kruse us
Justin Kruse
148,100 148,100
Claas Segebrecht de
Claas Segebrecht
145,000 145,000
Mark Wahba us
Mark Wahba
144,200 9,700
Adrien Allain fr
Adrien Allain
140,300 64,300
Adeeb Al Nazer us
Adeeb Al Nazer
138,800 138,800
Enio Bozzano br
Enio Bozzano
137,000 137,000
Jacob Naumann us
Jacob Naumann
136,500 136,500
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
135,400 135,400
WSOP 1X Winner
Peter Yu us
Peter Yu
135,300 135,300
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
133,200 133,200
WSOP 2X Winner
Thu Nguyen us
Thu Nguyen
132,300 132,300

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Play Ended For Today

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante

They played four more hands before bagging up for the night.

Stay tuned for some headline chip counts and a recap of the day's events before final numbers and chip counts are reconciled, verified, and published.

Alex Saza Spikes a Three to Survive

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante

Alex Saza, in the hijack, moved all-in for a total of 12,500. The player in the big blind was the only caller.

Alex Saza: {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}
Opponent: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop was {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{5-Clubs}, and the turn was the {6-Clubs}. Saza stood from his chair and was getting ready to leave until the dealer slammed the {3-Diamonds} on the river. "Oh my God! Oh my God!" Saza started yelling. "This is for my tournament life!"

Player Chips Progress
Alex Saza
Alex Saza
26,500 26,500

Tags: Alex Saza

Allen Kessler Eliminated

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante
Allen Kessler - Eliminated
Allen Kessler - Eliminated

Allen Kessler found another one of his premium hands and wagered his entire remaining stack with it. This time, Kessler got a call from Jarrod Lacero and had to wait while the remaining players considered their decisions before folding and leaving them to it.

Kessler was the player at risk with {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Lacero tabled his {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, and Kessler wanted to know why Lacero had just called with his hand.

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Kessler was unable to add to his current three WSOP 2017 cashes, with another one pending in THE GIANT.

Player Chips Progress
Jarrod Lacero
Jarrod Lacero
62,000 62,000
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler

Tags: Allen Kessler

Raffaele Sorrentino Shows the Bluff

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante

A player in middle position opened to 2,400. Raffaele Sorrentino, in the hijack, called.

The flop was {3-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades}. The raiser bet 2,500, and Sorrentino called. The turn was the {9-Clubs}. The player in middle position continued for 6,500, and Sorrentino stuck around with a call. The {4-Spades} river completed the board, and Sorrentino's opponent bet 12,000. Sorrentino tanked for a minute before responding by moving all in for a total of 33,300. His opponent tank-folded.

Sorrentino showed {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}, and his opponent said, "I had queen-jack. I was open-ended. You want me to call you with queen-high?"

Sorrentino raked in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Raffaele Sorrentino it
Raffaele Sorrentino
50,000 1,900

Tags: Raffaele Sorrentino

Todd Taylor Claims Antonio Esfandiari's Bounty

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 100 ante

Antonio Esfandiari has been eliminated, and Todd Taylor, a bounty hunter from Los Angeles, told us how he hunted down his man to double his own stack.

Taylor and Esfandiari saw a flop together, and it came queen-high with a seven and another low card. Esfandiari tried to talk to his pursuer to throw him off the scent, asking what Taylor’s kicker was. Taylor kept tight-lipped, though, and Esfandiari eventually called with a pair of Jacks.

Taylor showed pocket sevens for a flopped set that held to put the cuffs on the Magician.

Player Chips Progress
Todd Taylor us
Todd Taylor
50,000 50,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariTodd Taylor