2017 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day: 1b
Event Info

2017 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
1,500,000 / 3,000,000

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

Day 1b Completed

Another Large Field Populates Rio for Day 1b; Albert Daher Among Leaders

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante
Albert Daher
Albert Daher

The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event opened strong with the best Day 1a turnout in years on Saturday, and Sunday proved to be no different.

The biggest Day 1b field in the past six years showed up to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as 2,164 filled enough seats to overflow the Amazon and Brasilia Rooms and push the tournament into Miranda. That turnout brought the two-day total to 2,959.

There were 1,643 players who made it to the bag-up in a day that started off with an explosive hand, one that everyone who saw won't soon forget.

Usually, Level 1 at the WSOP is a sleepy time, with bleary-eyed players settling into their seats, munching on breakfast, and sipping coffee as they play cautious, 300-big-blind poker. However, when a star goes bust with aces full, everyone perks up in a hurry.

Vanessa Selbst got the action started with a raise holding pocket aces and received calls from Gaelle Baumann, with pocket sevens, and Noah Schwartz, defending his big blind with jack-eight. The ace-seven-three flop that followed promised some action, although with a trio of clubs out there, it could be expected to be somewhat muted.

However, when the last seven in the deck fell on the turn. Selbst's fate was all but sealed. Facing a river shove over her overbet, she sensed the cooler and did not snap-call, as many would. After delivering a resigned speech, she reluctantly called with the second nuts, and Baumann delivered the bad news.

"I felt sorry for her," Baumann said of her immediate reaction. "It was just a sick beat. Then I was happy she wasn't around the table anymore, because she's tough. It's sick for her.

"After that, I had a huge stack, and then I lost half my stack again on this table, and I ended the day with 87,100."

The hand made the rounds on social media, and Baumann said she got reactions aplenty from back home.

"I got so many messages, it's crazy," she said. "My twitter went crazy. I didn't even read everything. Everyone was saying it was such a sick hand."

One of the players who had a heap of chips throughout the day and wound up bagging a pile was Albert Daher. The Lebanese pro had over two starting stacks by the time Level 2 got going, and he only moved up from there. He found an opponent who wouldn't get away from aces on a three-spade board, but luckily for Daher, he hit a fourth spade on the river, holding ace-jack with the ace of spades.

Making flushes against players who didn't want to fold was something of a theme for Daher, he said.

"I was value-betting very big, and they were hero-calling me with one pair all the time," he said. "They just never folded the river to me, and I had it most of the times."

Splashing around in a lot of pots contributed to Daher's ability to get paid off when he made hands.

"I think, in general, the field is pretty soft, so it's better to play more hands than when you play, like, a tougher tournament with all the pros," he said. "I guess I'm playing looser. Nothing too crazy, I just ran really good."

Other players to bag at least 200,000 included chip leader Richard Dubini (254,500), Alan Schein (229,800), Brandon Meyers (215,700), Tobias Ziegler (215,300), Brandon Adams (205,000) and 2005 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Tex Barch (200,000).

Abe Mosseri, Justin Bonomo, Ben Yu, Dan O'Brien, Jesse Sylvia and 2012 Main Event champ Greg Merson were among the players who busted out during the five-level day.

Merson was below the starting stack for seemingly the entire day. Although that doesn't necessarily mean doom in the ultra-slow structure of the Main Event, he found himself in a tough spot when he three-bet an opener with aces, and someone else came into the pot with tens and flopped top set. Merson was unable to get away when he made aces up on the river.

The players who did punch tickets to Day 2 are scheduled for an 11 a.m. restart on Tuesday. That coincides with the return of the survivors from Day 1a, but note that the Day 2a and Day 2b fields will play out separately.

Next up for the Main Event is the final starting day, Day 1c. That's traditionally been the largest of the starting days by far, but it will be interesting to see if that holds true given the larger-than-normal turnouts for Days 1a and 1b. Find out what's in store on Day 1c by coming right back to PokerNews for more live coverage throughout the day.

Tags: Albert DaherGaelle BaumannGreg Merson

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Richard Dubini ar
Richard Dubini
254,500 -10,500
Day 1B Chip Leader
Lawrence Bayley gb
Lawrence Bayley
247,400 247,400
Day 2AB Chip Leader
Serge Chechin fr
Serge Chechin
229,800 26,800
Naoya Kihara jp
Naoya Kihara
220,700 220,700
WSOP 1X Winner
Sergio Fernandez es
Sergio Fernandez
218,800 218,800
Alan Schein us
Alan Schein
Brandon Meyers us
Brandon Meyers
216,000 44,000
Tobias Ziegler de
Tobias Ziegler
215,300 -14,700
Yisheng Cheng ca
Yisheng Cheng
214,400 214,400
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
203,500 -8,000
Tex Barch us
Tex Barch
200,000 200,000
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
198,500 -26,500
Sammy Lafleur ca
Sammy Lafleur
196,200 196,200
Matthew Parry us
Matthew Parry
192,200 192,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Rachid Ben Cherif nl
Rachid Ben Cherif
189,900 -5,100
Bob Velthuis ms
Bob Velthuis
188,800 188,800
Jonathan Prince us
Jonathan Prince
184,500 184,500
Nick Divella us
Nick Divella
181,700 181,700
Jonathan Samuels us
Jonathan Samuels
181,000 181,000
Nghi Tran ca
Nghi Tran
178,700 178,700
Jeffery Esterling us
Jeffery Esterling
178,100 178,100
Thomas Deans us
Thomas Deans
177,700 177,700
Mason Vieth us
Mason Vieth
177,500 177,500
Kane Lai us
Kane Lai
174,900 -100
Stefan Ivanov bg
Stefan Ivanov
174,200 174,200

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Updated Counts

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Alan Schein us
Alan Schein
Jonathan Price us
Jonathan Price
Karl Ward us
Karl Ward
Mario Lopez us
Mario Lopez
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
153,000 68,000
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
145,000 -2,000
William Dempsey us
William Dempsey
Andy Frankenberger us
Andy Frankenberger
111,000 43,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
106,500 30,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
77,000 24,200
WSOP 3X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
53,000 -2,400
WSOP 1X Winner
Andrew Camou us
Andrew Camou
Neil Blumenfield us
Neil Blumenfield
23,500 -6,500
Jake Schindler us
Jake Schindler
4,000 -14,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Counts From Amazon Orange

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Richard Dubini ar
Richard Dubini
Day 1B Chip Leader
Jean-Pascal Savard ca
Jean-Pascal Savard
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
145,000 8,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jimmy Cappucci us
Jimmy Cappucci
Max Brown us
Max Brown
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
87,000 -27,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Eric Wasylenko ca
Eric Wasylenko
75,000 -2,000
Scott Davies us
Scott Davies
75,000 28,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
58,000 -22,000
Shyam Srinivasan ca
Shyam Srinivasan
44,000 -28,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
38,000 7,500
Amal Bounahra us
Amal Bounahra
37,000 10,600
Kelly Winterhalter us
Kelly Winterhalter
35,500 -20,500
Ronnie Bardah us
Ronnie Bardah
26,800 -13,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Matt Jarvis ca
Matt Jarvis
21,500 -6,500
John Cynn us
John Cynn
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner

A Minor Setback for Glantz

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante
Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz

With about 10,000 chips in the pot and the completed board reading {9-Diamonds}{8-}{5-}{J-Spades}{3-Clubs}, Matt Glantz was in middle position and heads-up against the player in the cutoff. Glatz checked, and when his opponent checked behind, Glantz quickly tabled {A-}{Q-} for ace-high. His opponent showed {A-}{J-Clubs} for top pair, top kicker, and he took the pot, but Glantz has seen his stack grow by leaps and bounds since the beginning of play and continues to be one of the larger stacks in the Gold section of the Amazon Room.

Player Chips Progress
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
140,600 8,600

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Richard Dubini Delivers a Double Knockout to Soar to the Top

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante

Richard Dubini was facing two all-ins with about 4,400 in the pot on a board reading {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}{7-Spades}.

Dubini was in the big blind and had 13,000 out in front of him, with a player in early position all in for 43,650 and Abe Mosseri all in on the button for 53,250. Dubini had well over 100,000 behind and had a decision to make. He went into the tank for about three minutes and eventually called.

Dubini tabled {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades} for top two pair, queens and jacks. Mosseri said, "I have spades, but I know I'm barbecued." The early-position player had {a-Spades}{10-Spades} for the nut flush draw, and Mosseri tabled {k-Spades}{q-Spades} for top pair with a king kicker and the second-nut flush draw.

The turn all but sealed the deal with the {j-Clubs}, filling Dubini up. The river was the {7-Diamonds}, and both Mosseri and the early-position player were eliminated.

Dubini now sits on 265,000, which is good for one of the top stacks approaching the end of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Richard Dubini ar
Richard Dubini
265,000 265,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Abe Mosseri us
Abe Mosseri
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Abe MosseriRichard Dubini

Abraham Marquez Eliminates a Player

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante

Abraham Marquez raised to 6,200 from the small blind, and the player in the big blind shoved all in for 7,425 extra. Marquez took some time to think, counted out the chips, and then called.

Big blind: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}
Abraham Marquez: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. Marquez hit a set of tens and eliminated the other player.

Player Chips Progress
Abraham Marquez us
Abraham Marquez
78,000 78,000

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Adams Pulls Out the Shades

Level 5 : 250/500, 75 ante
Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams

Brandon Adams had been going through most of Day 1b quite relaxed. He's been chatting with the table, getting massages, and slowly building a healthy chip stack. In the past hour, however, Adams has put on his sunglasses and has amassed one of the largest stacks in the Brasilia Room.

He was recently faced with a setback when he raised to 1,500 from the cutoff and was re-raised to 4,750 by the small blind. Adams called, and the flop was {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. The small blind checked, and Adams bet 6,800. His opponent called, and the {9-Clubs} fell on the turn. The small blind checked again, and Adams fired a second barrel of 14,500. His opponent called again, and the {j-Clubs} completed the board. Both players checked on the river.

The small blind tabled {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Adams checked his cards again and then pushed them toward the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
211,500 51,500

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