Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
British professional poker player Matthew Ashton is leading the 2017 $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the end of Day 1 which saw 93 players take to the felt, already beating last year's audience by two runners. 87 of those 93 players survived, and late registration remains open until the start of Day 2.
Ashton bagged up 705,500 tonight, vaulting to the lead after eliminating Ben Sulsky in the last level of the day in pot-limit Omaha. Ashton raised all in on a queen-high flop, putting the high stakes legend at risk. Sulsky called off with a top set but failed to avoid Ashton's wrap outs. Ashton made a straight on the turn, and the board didn't pair on the river, leaving Sulsky empty-handed.
Ashton has already tasted success in the Poker Players Championship, winning the title and a whopping $1,774,089 back in 2013.
Another contender for the chip lead was Aaron Katz, who took over the pole position with the last few hands before the end of the day, but he eventually finished with 682,700, good for second place. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi rounds out the top three with 485,500.
One of the main heroes of the opening day was Mark Gregorich, who scored the first knockout of the tournament. Gregorich tangled with Daniel Cates in a no-limit hold'em hand that saw Cates five-bet shoving for over 200 big blinds preflop. Gregorich snap-called with pocket aces, leaving Cates' ace-king of diamonds drawing very thin. Cates spiked two diamonds on the flop to keep his hopes alive, but the turn and river bricked, eliminating Cates.
The four other those who failed to make it through to Day 2, were David Benyamine, Dan Shak, Iraj Parvizi, and Jared Bleznick.
The Poker Players Championship always boasts some of the world's most talented fields and this year is no exception. Reigning champion Brian Rast will come back with 335,300 while the only other two-time PPC winner Michael Mizrachi has 267,000.
Jens Lakemeier was busy with winning the $2,500 Big Bet Mix event in the afternoon, and he entered in the second half of the day. He managed to build up but eventually bagged just over the starting stack to continue with 257,000.
Many other notable players will be back in action at 2 p.m. PDT. PokerNews reporters will once again be on the ground to provide you with live updates from one of the most prestigious tournaments in the poker world.
|Brasilia||713||1||Mike Wattel||United States||302,800|
|Brasilia||713||2||Anthony Zinno||United States||224,000|
|Brasilia||713||4||Isaac Haxton||United States||401,500|
|Brasilia||713||6||Bryce Yockey||United States||224,500|
|Brasilia||714||1||Robert Goldfarb||United States||205,200|
|Brasilia||714||2||David "ODB" Baker||United States||167,800|
|Brasilia||714||5||Brock Parker||United States||135,300|
|Brasilia||714||6||Daniel Alaei||United States||446,100|
|Brasilia||715||3||Phil Hellmuth||United States||307,500|
|Brasilia||715||6||Michael Mizrachi||United States||267,000|
|Brasilia||716||2||Ryan Miller||United States||223,600|
|Brasilia||716||3||Esther Taylor-Brady||United States||18,400|
|Brasilia||716||4||Aaron Katz||United States||682,700|
|Brasilia||716||5||Johnny Chan||United States||408,500|
|Brasilia||716||6||Paul Volpe||United States||345,600|
|Brasilia||717||2||Adam Owen||United Kingdom||407,300|
|Brasilia||717||3||Marco Johnson||United States||422,900|
|Brasilia||717||5||Jake Abdalla||United States||205,400|
|Brasilia||718||1||Josh Arieh||United States||273,600|
|Brasilia||718||2||Keith Gipson||United States||178,400|
|Brasilia||718||5||Tomer Daniel||United States||233,800|
|Brasilia||718||6||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||179,000|
|Brasilia||719||1||Elior Sion||United Kingdom||314,500|
|Brasilia||719||4||Matt Glantz||United States||121,300|
|Brasilia||719||5||Phillip Hui||United States||296,200|
|Brasilia||719||6||Brett Richey||United States||455,300|
|Brasilia||720||1||Dan Smith||United States||352,200|
|Brasilia||720||2||Matthew Ashton||United Kingdom||705,500|
|Brasilia||720||3||Nick Schulman||United States||196,000|
|Brasilia||720||4||Leon Tsoukernik||Czech Republic||323,000|
|Brasilia||720||5||Joseph Couden||United States||166,200|
|Brasilia||721||2||Brian Rast||United States||235,300|
|Brasilia||721||4||Wil Wilkinson||United States||126,500|
|Brasilia||721||5||Robert Mizrachi||United States||485,500|
|Brasilia||722||1||Harry Madoff||United States||478,600|
|Brasilia||722||2||Justin Bonomo||United States||367,000|
|Brasilia||723||2||John Racener||United States||333,000|
|Brasilia||723||3||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||142,700|
|Brasilia||723||4||Mike Glick||United States||233,100|
|Brasilia||723||5||Todd Brunson||United States||215,300|
|Brasilia||723||6||Roy Thung||United States||257,000|
|Brasilia||724||1||Brian Tate||United States||199,000|
|Brasilia||724||2||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||239,800|
|Brasilia||724||3||Mattias De Smidt||Belgium||196,100|
|Brasilia||724||4||Scott Seiver||United States||319,200|
|Brasilia||724||6||Chris George||United States||50,100|
|Brasilia||725||2||Jason Mercier||United States||325,700|
|Brasilia||725||3||Mike Sexton||United States||225,400|
|Brasilia||725||5||Ray Dehkharghani||United States||219,700|
|Brasilia||725||6||Mike Matusow||United States||185,700|
|Brasilia||726||1||Shaun Deeb||United States||237,500|
|Brasilia||726||2||Tommy Chen||United States||148,500|
|Brasilia||726||3||Minh Ly||United States||207,400|
|Brasilia||726||5||Jesse Martin||United States||189,900|
|Brasilia||726||6||Randy Ohel||United States||186,300|
|Brasilia||727||1||Eric Wasserson||United States||325,000|
|Brasilia||727||2||Jon Turner||United States||398,400|
|Brasilia||727||4||Daniel Zack||United States||91,800|
|Brasilia||727||5||Ian Johns||United States||264,600|
|Brasilia||728||1||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||154,400|
|Brasilia||728||3||Abe Mosseri||United States||198,000|
|Brasilia||728||4||Mark Gregorich||United States||465,700|
|Brasilia||728||6||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||116,600|
|Brasilia||729||1||Michael Ross||United States||373,800|
|Brasilia||729||2||David Oppenheim||United States||345,000|
|Brasilia||729||3||John Monnette||United States||264,600|
|Brasilia||729||4||David Bach||United States||333,800|
Here is the Day 2 table and seat draw.
Albert Daher raised to 3,000 from the cutoff, James Obst three-bet to 12,000 from the small blind, and Daher called. Obst checked on the flop, Daher bet 11,500, and Obst called.
On the turn, Obst check-called a 27,000 bet from Daher. The river completed the board with the and Obst checked a third time. Daher moved all in for slightly more than Obst's remaining stack of 77,700.
The razz champion spent minutes in the tank before making the call for his tournament life.
Daher's big bluff was unable to fold out Obst's second pair and left him behind with 16,500 in chips.
The tournament clock has now been paused and the last four hands per table have been announced before Day 1 wraps up.
Matthew Ashton (who filled us in on the betting action) raised the pot from the button, Ben Sulsky three-bet from the small blind, and Ashton called.
The flop came down and Sulsky bet about half pot. Ashton raised the pot and Sulsky called all in for about 130,000.
Sulsky was in the lead with top set against Ashton's wrap, but the turn fell to give Ashton an eight-high straight. Sulsky found no help from the river and was eliminated.
Brian Rast was on the button, facing off with small blind David "ODB" Baker.
They were on the turn that had already discarded any possibility of a low, making this pot likely to end up scooped by one of the players. Baker check-called.
The on the river seemed to be a brick, and Baker checked again to see Rast fire one more time. Baker leaned back in his chair, visibly unhappy to make either a fold or a call. He counted his remaining chips and decided to let it go.
Seven Card Stud
Negreanu: / /
Donev: / /
Mike Matusow was the bring-in with the . Ivo Donev completed, Daniel Negreanu called, and Matusow folded. Both players checked on fourth street.
Negreanu took the lead on fifth street, betting all subsequent streets as well. Donev made all the calls, but when Negreanu fanned out for a flush, the chess pro had to muck.
Seven Card Stud
Smith: / /
Wattel: / /
Dan Smith was the bring-in, Mike Wattel completed, Smith raised, and Wattel called. Wattel check-called bets from Smith on fourth and fifth street before he led out on sixth street. Smith raised, Wattel called, and then Wattel check-called another bet on seventh street.
Smith showed for a queen high-flush, Wattel mucked, and Smith collected the pot.
Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
Benny Glaser was the bring-in with the and Esther Taylor completed with the . Paul Volpe, sitting between Taylor and Glaser, called, and so did Glaser.
Fourth street was checked by all players but Taylor led on fifth after spiking an ace. Volpe mucked but Glaser called. Taylor then ended up all in on sixth for her remaining 4,000, and Glaser called, albeit indicating he didn't have anything strong.
Paul Volpe: / - fold
Esther Taylor: / /
Benny Glaser: / /
Taylor completed her low on sixth street, and she took the high half of the pot as well after the river card bricked all of Glaser's outs for both high and low.