2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
Event 2 - £2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Event 2 - £2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Day 1 Completed

End of Day 1 Chip Counts

Phil Ivey - 59,200
Phil Hellmuth - 54,200
Woody Deck - 37,500
Bruce Yamron - 34,700
Erik Albinsson - 32,400
Adam Osborne - 31,900
Yuval Bronshtein - 31,900
Joe Beevers - 31,300
Isaac Haxton - 30,800
Raul Paez - 30,700
Gus Hansen - 30,600
Daniel Negreanu - 30,200
Howard Lederer - 29,500
Andreas Krause - 28,600
Mark Gregorich - 28,400
Ivo Donev - 27,900
Kelly Kim - 27,200
Sherkhan Farnood - 27,100
Barny Boatman - 25,300
Patrik Antonius - 24,500
David Williams - 23,500
Max Pescatori - 23,000
Jeff Duvall - 21,900
Jean-Robert Bellande - 19,900
Robert Williamson III - 19,700
Brandon Cantu - 18,700
Erik Albinsson - 18,500
Paul Jackson - 17,700
Marc Goodwin - 17,600
Torstein Iversen - 17,500
John Kabbaj - 17,200
Simeon Tzonev - 16,000
Spencer Lawrence - 15,700
Andy Bloch - 13,800
Dario Alioto - 13,700
Hugo Martin - 13,600
Adam Heller - 13,100
Jeff Madsen - 12,600
Martin Vallo - 12,000
Jeff Lisandro - 11,900
John Juanda - 11,800
Greg Howard - 11,300
Jason Gray - 11,200
Luke Cahill - 11,000
Chris Bjorin - 9,900
John Phan - 8,800
Jan Lundberg - 8,000
Bruno Fitoussi - 6,700
Markus Golser - 6,100
Barry Greenstein - 4,900
Gary Jones - 4,800
Andreas Hoivold - 4,400
Josh Gould - 3,800
Dan Rasmussen - 3,600
Richard Ashby - 3,200
Mike Matusow - Did not report

Play Comes to an End

The longest day at this years WSOPE has come to and end. Sixty-eight players managed to last the full twelve-and-a-half hours.

This star-studded field has had to contend with five different varieties of the game we love. The majority managed it just fine, but some of the dealers did get confused at times. But they've done the long slog too today, and when pots are being halved and quartered it's enough to put anyone's mind into a spin.

Tomorrow could be an even longer day as we try and whittle our way down to a final table of nine. If this isn't possible, then the minimum we will stop at tomorrow will be 16 players, where the money starts.

Actions get under way at 2pm local time; we hope you can join us again.

Goodnight from the center of London town.

Current Chip Leaders This Side of the Bar

Lucky me
Lucky me
Patrik Antonius: 22,000
Mark Gregorich: 25,000
Sherkhan Farnood: 27,000
Raul Paez: 30,000
Isaac Haxton: 35,000
Phil Hellmuth: 43,700 (Matusow: "Keep that camera on Phil's chips, because he's not going to have a single one by tomorrow night!")

Action for ActionJack


Paul Jackson is up to 15,000 despite being seated on a terrifying table which includes Gus Hansen, Isaac Haxton, and Phil Hellmuth.

His most recent triumph has been against Torstein Iversen. The flop came down {4-Hearts} {K-Spades} {Q-Hearts} and Iversen bet out, swiftly called by Jackson. They both checked the {6-Diamonds} turn and Iversen checked the {7-Clubs} river, at which point Jackson bet. Looking rather confused, Iversen folded.

Tags: Paul JacksonTorstein Iversen

Bad Half-Hour, Worse Hour


A very short-stacked David Benyamine raised from UTG and received a call from Jeff Lisandro before David Williams reraised. Both Benyamine and Lisandro called before the flop came {Q-Clubs} {Q-Spades} {3-Hearts}.

Benyamine moved all in and saw Lisandro pass, but Williams made the call with {A-Spades} {A-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {3-Clubs}. Benyamine held his hand tight until the final cards were dealt though.

The turn came {9-Clubs} and river {4-Clubs} before Benyamine tabled {K-?} {4-?} {J-?} {2-?}.

No good and Williams scooped the lot, eliminating the Frenchman.

Tags: David Benyamine

No Gould for Peter Today


A short-stacked Peter Gould has just been eliminated. He got his last few chips in preflop and was called by two opponents, including Daniel Negreanu.

It was checked all the way down until we had a board that read {K-?} {Q-?} {A-?} {Q-?} {J-?}.

One player said he was playing the board before Negreanu tabled {4-?} {4-?}. Gould mucked, meaning he was out and Negreanu burst out laughing, not at Gould's departure but that he had the winning hand on that board.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuPeter Gould

Ashby Down to Embers


UK circuit fixture Richard Ashby is down to just 4,800 after calling Mark Gregorich down all the way to seventh street and then mucking his down cards before burying his face in his hands.

Gregorich: {7-Diamonds} {A-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {6-Spades} with {5-Diamonds} {4-Spades} {A-Hearts}.
Ashby: {2-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} {4-Diamonds} with a small stack and a sour expression.

Tags: Mark GregorichRichard Ashby

Kabbaj Makes a House; Antonius Unimpressed

Not happy
Not happy

John Kabbaj has taken a sizable pot out of the perfectly formed hands of Patrik Antonius. With the board reading X-X-{A-?} {9-?} {A-?}, Kabbaj bet the turn and river and received a cool, quick call each time -- and then a cool, quick muck from Antonius as Kabbaj turned over {A-Clubs} {9-Spades} {4-Spades} {10-Clubs} for a lucky full house.

Tags: John KabbajPatrik Antonius

A Question of Value

Jean-Robert Bellande is complaining.

"This is the worst value tournament I've ever seen." Then to Mark Gregorich at the next table: "The worst value for me, not for you, Mark. There isn't a tournament invented that's bad value for you."

Snickering ensued.

Tags: Jean-Robert Bellande