Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
After the €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha event crowned a winner on Wednesday night, there was already another chance for everyone unable to satisfy their four-card needs. A total of 206 players registered for the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max and just 26 remain after eight level of play. Jacob Dahl leads the way as they will play down to a final table tomorrow.
Like in any Pot-Limit Omaha tournament the action was also fast paced in the Majestic Barriere poker room. Andrew Lichtenberger got off to a great start, but that couldn't be said for players like defending champ Philippe Boucher, Fabrice Soulier and Antonio Esfandiari. All were eliminated in the first level, and many would follow suit.
John Monnette took care off Vanessa Selbst in the early levels as he took the chip lead going into the first break. Justin Bonomo trending in the same direction, but later in the day he could not get anything going. Monnette on the other hand managed to survive and will return tomorrow with 32,300 for his chance of cashing a third event at this year's World Series of Poker Europe.
One of the most entertaining hands of the day took place between four players. The numbers one and two of the 2005 WSOP Main Event, Joe Hachem and Steve Dannenmann, were both involved, just like Scott Seiver and Micah Smith. The latter took out all three players when he managed to hit runner-runner full house. Hachem was in front all the way to the turn, on which he had a full house, but his hand would not hold up. Smith survived Day 1 with 38,500.
Phil Ivey showed up very briefly for this event, and on the second hand after entering the tournament he busted to McLean Karr. Karr was looking very good at that point, but he would not make it to Day 2. Many other players entered late, among which a big contention of players who made it into the Sweet Sixteen in the €10,000 Mix Max. Nobody will have to worry about multi-tabling tomorrow, since none of them survived the first day of play.
Towards the end of the day pots grew bigger, and Daniel Negreanu got caught up in a very serious one. He could not beat John Eames' set, and eventually survived the day with 22,200. Eames bagged 43,100. Other notable survivors are Ana Marquez (58,200), Andrew Lichtenberger (63,900) and Dan Shak (24,800).
Twenty-one places will get paid, and that will be the first goal. Make sure to tune back into PokerNews tomorrow at 4:00 PM GMT when the remaining players will play down to six.
Only four more hands before the day is done.
Dan Shak raised to 1,600 and David Benyamine called. Andy Frankenberger was in the small blind and he raised to 7,000. Shak folded, and Benyamine called after some hesitation.
Frankenberger threw his final 1,600 chips into the pot blind, and the flop brought out , and Benyamine called.
On the turn the hit, and the river was the . Frankenberger doubled up, and some chatter erupted about the hands.
"You called that a rundown, right?" Frankenberger asked Dries Goyens. The Belgian player frowned, and seemed to wonder if the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em winner was being serious. Apparently he was, and it seems like Frankenberger has learned a bit of PLO lingo here today.
Mike "Timex" McDonald got his last 15,100 in on a board reading and was at risk against Dan Smith, who said he misread his cards and wished he hadn't made the call.
The peeled off on the river and a solemn-looking Smith sent over about half his chips to McDonald.
Action folded around to Daniel Negreanu on the button and he min-raised to 1,200. Aku Joentausta defended from the big blind and then check-called a bet of 1,500 on the flop. Both players proceeded to check the turn, and then Joentausta checked for a third time on the river. Negreanu returned to betting, this time 2,800, and it was enough to take down the pot as Joentausta sent his cards to the muck.
She's been the only woman in the field for awhile now, but we forgot to mention that Spain's Ana Marquez is the last woman standing in Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha.
We ventured back to Table 17 just in time to see the dealer counting down Antoine Pacaud's stack. The Frenchman had just doubled holding on a board through Dan Smith, who's cards we're not sure of because the dealer had already mucked them.