Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The third largest buy-in of the 2017 World Series of Poker kicked off Wednesday afternoon with twice the cards dealt to each player than the first two prestigious large buy-in events offered. Day 1 of Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller got underway at 3 p.m. and drew a field of 187.
Only 103 players remain after ten hour-long levels of battle on the felt. Leading the charge heading into Day 2 is Iraj Parvizi.
During the last few hands of the night, Parvizi was the beneficiary of a dream river card to make a straight to crack Sean Winters' flopped set after the two got their stacks in the middle on the turn. Parvizi bagged a healthy stack of 850,000 soon after.
The defending champion of this event, Finland's Jens Kyllönen, was a no-show, but the inaugural champ back in 2015 Anthony Zinno made an appearance and will continue on to Day 2 after bagging 172,000. 2016 runner-up Tommy Le also jumped into the mix, just days after claiming his first bracelet in Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship. Le will carry a stack of 126,500 into Day 2.
Joining Parvizi at the top of the counts are Michael Kamran (550,000), Artem Babakhanyan (524,500), Gjergj Sinishtaj (508,500), Joshua Beckley (471,000) and James Calderaro (466,500).
A great story from the early stages came not long after the day kicked off. Leon Tsoukernik scooped a monster pot by eliminating Nadar Kakhmazov, moments after Kakhmazov took his seat. Tsoukernik almost tripled his starting stack to take a huge lead, but less than an hour later he was standing on the other side of the rail. His chips were distributed to Max Silver and Babakhanyan.
Several notables are also headed to play on Day 2, including Silver (402,500), JC Tran (388,000), David Williams (365,500), Roberto Romanello (284,000), Brain Rast (259,000), Sylvain Loosli (240,000), and Eric Wasserson (215,000).
With 187 entries through Day 1, this marks a record attendance for this prestigious event. That number could easily grow even more as late-registration remains open until the start of Day 2. In 2106 a total of 184 players entered, beating 2015’s mark of 175.
Notables failing to progress include Brandon Shack-Harris, Talal Shakerchi, Davidi Kitai, Robert Mizrachi, Cliff Josephy, Mohsin Charania, Connor Drinan, Shaun Deeb and David Benyamine.
Day 2 will resume at 2 p.m. on Thursday inside the Amazon Room with another ten hour-long levels on the schedule.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action until a winner is crowned on Saturday, July 8.
Day 2 Seat Draw
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||17||2||Brant Hale||United States||166,000||55|
|Amazon||17||3||Christopher Santora||United States||56,500||19|
|Amazon||17||5||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||284,000||95|
|Amazon||17||6||Brian Rast||United States||259,000||86|
|Amazon||17||7||Tom Hu||United States||241,000||80|
|Amazon||18||1||Chris Lee||United States||67,000||22|
|Amazon||18||2||Millard Hale||United States||161,500||54|
|Amazon||18||4||Dominique Mosley||United States||151,000||50|
|Amazon||18||6||Eric Wasserson||United States||215,000||72|
|Amazon||19||2||Gjergj Sinishtaj||United States||508,500||170|
|Amazon||19||3||David Williams||United States||365,500||122|
|Amazon||19||6||Harry Jr. Thomas||United States||274,500||92|
|Amazon||19||7||Di Dang||United States||227,500||76|
|Amazon||19||8||Ryan Goindoo||Trinidad & Tobago||195,000||65|
|Amazon||20||3||Ashton Griffin||United States||208,500||70|
|Amazon||20||4||Sam Stein||United States||181,000||60|
|Amazon||20||5||Paul Lackey||United States||83,000||28|
|Amazon||20||7||Max Silver||United Kingdom||402,500||134|
|Amazon||20||8||James Park||United Kingdom||267,500||89|
|Amazon||21||2||Tom Cannuli||United States||115,000||38|
|Amazon||21||3||Anthony Zinno||United States||172,000||57|
|Amazon||21||4||Dimitar Popov||United States||266,000||89|
|Amazon||21||5||Brandon Adams||United States||118,500||40|
|Amazon||21||7||Christopher Meyers||United States||147,500||49|
|Amazon||21||8||Eddie Ochana||United States||354,000||118|
|Amazon||22||1||Bryce Yockey||United States||133,000||44|
|Amazon||22||3||Justin Gardenhire||United States||120,000||40|
|Amazon||22||4||Konstantin Beylin||United States||253,000||84|
|Amazon||22||5||Allan Le||United States||89,000||30|
|Amazon||22||6||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||203,000||68|
|Amazon||23||3||Dan Fleyshman||United States||153,000||51|
|Amazon||23||4||Majid Yahyaei||United States||140,500||47|
|Amazon||23||5||Brad Ruben||United States||278,000||93|
|Amazon||23||8||Michael Kamran||United States||550,000||183|
|Amazon||24||2||Alex Foxen||United States||251,000||84|
|Amazon||24||3||Richard Tuhrim||United States||71,000||24|
|Amazon||24||7||Joshua Beckley||United States||471,000||157|
|Amazon||24||8||Jeff Littlefield||United States||148,000||49|
|Amazon||25||1||Michael Huntress||United States||145,000||48|
|Amazon||25||2||Lee Hon Cheong||Hong Kong||272,000||91|
|Amazon||25||3||Chase Steely||United States||110,500||37|
|Amazon||25||4||Maxx Coleman||United States||223,000||74|
|Amazon||25||6||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||221,500||74|
|Amazon||26||1||Aaron Katz||United States||398,000||133|
|Amazon||26||2||Mack Lee||United States||195,000||65|
|Amazon||26||3||Andrew Watson||United States||271,000||90|
|Amazon||26||4||Noah Schwartz||United States||298,000||99|
|Amazon||26||6||Jason Mercier||United States||173,000||58|
|Amazon||27||1||David Belhumeur||United States||142,500||48|
|Amazon||27||3||Joseph Dipascale||United States||127,000||42|
|Amazon||27||5||Chance Kornuth||United States||321,500||107|
|Amazon||27||7||James Calderaro||United States||466,500||156|
|Amazon||27||8||Xinyan Zhou||United States||270,500||90|
|Amazon||28||3||Richard Gryko||United Kingdom||110,000||37|
|Amazon||28||4||Michael Krasienko||United States||362,000||121|
|Amazon||28||5||Ka Kwan Lau||Spain||364,500||122|
|Amazon||28||6||Adam Hourani||United States||137,500||46|
|Amazon||28||7||Phil Galfond||United States||112,000||37|
|Amazon||28||8||Joseph Di Rosa Rojas||Velezuela||223,000||74|
|Amazon||29||1||Ajay Chabra||United States||230,000||77|
|Amazon||29||6||Micah Smith||United States||340,000||113|
|Amazon||30||1||Michael Song||United States||165,000||55|
|Amazon||30||2||William Kakon||United States||168,500||56|
|Amazon||30||4||Frank Parisi||United States||202,500||68|
|Amazon||30||5||JC Tran||United States||388,000||129|
|Amazon||30||6||Tommy Le||United States||126,800||42|
|Amazon||31||2||Iraj Parvizi||United Kingdom||850,000||283|
|Amazon||31||4||Peter Hernandez||United States||241,000||80|
|Amazon||31||5||John Beauprez||United States||175,000||58|
|Amazon||31||6||Dan Smith||United States||261,000||87|
|Amazon||31||7||Ben Tollerene||United States||207,000||69|
With around 70,000 in the middle and the turn showing , the two big stacks Iraj Parvizi and Sean Winter clashed in a massive pot that saw both stacks find their way into the middle of the table.
Parvizi's open-ended straight draw and flush draw had quite some outs to crack the set of Winter, and Parvizi indeed got there thanks to the river. The stacks were counted and Parvizi had 411,900, which covered the 375,000 of Winter by some small margin. It will take some time for Parvizi to stack up all the chips and have an accurate idea just how much he has.
The clock has been paused on Day 1 and each table will play four more hands before players bag for the night.
Max Silver defended his big blind against a button raise by Vitaly Lunkin. On the turn, Silver bet 10,500 and Lunkin called before the Brit announced "pot" on the river. The final bet was worth 34,200 and Lunkin elected to fold, dropping below the starting stack as a result.
Several players are gunning for the overnight chip lead and David Williams also took the remainder of Brandon Shack-Harris' stack to bump up his stack further.
With a completed board of in front of them, Chance Kornuth bet pot, making it 49,000 to call for his heads-up opponent.
After a moment his opponent made the call and Kornuth said, "I got it," revealing for the nut flush and his opponent could not beat it, mucking his cards.
With around 100,000 in the middle and the four-way flop reading , Michael Song moved all in for his last 39,800 out of the big blind. Alexey Rybin asked for a count and folded, while the player in the cutoff raised the pot to force out the button.
The turn and river were both blanks and Mike Krasienko in the eight seat said "sickest hold ever." He then took out his phone to calculate the equity and the cutoff had 72% to win the hand on the flop, including a club back door flush draw.
With about 68,000 in the pot of a board, Ognjen Sekularac had the action checked to him from his heads-up opponent.
Sekularac slid out a bet of 40,400 and his opponent went into the tank. A few moments went by before his opponent tossed his cards into the muck, awarding Sekularac the pot.