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$3,500 NLH Championship



$3,500 NLH Championship
Day 1a Completed

Thomas Muehloecker Leads 43 Survivors On Day 1a of Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship

Cottrellmkw • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Thomas Mueloecker
Thomas Mueloecker

Day 1a of the Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 NLH Championship, the first of three starting flights, drew to a close after 15-levels and 12 hours of play. Leading the 43 survivors from a total field of 300 is Austrian high roller regular Thomas Muehloecker, sitting on a massive stack of 1,127,000. Closest to catching the runaway chipleader is Dean Geistlinger with 758,000. Steven Veneziano, who bagged 703,000, rounds out the top three.

Several notable were among the players to find a bag for Day 2, including 2021 Wynn Millions champion Andrew Moreno (521,000), WSOP gold bracelet winner Boris Kolev (314,000) and three time bracelet winner Kristen Foxen (283,00), whose husband Alex Foxen is currently making a deep run in WSOP Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em.

There were also several big names who entered the fray but did not emerge out the other side. They include poker commentator Jeff Platt, who made one of the best calls in poker history to no avail, second on the all time live earnings list Justin Bonomo and bracelet winner Andrew Lichtenberger.

Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Thomas MuehloeckerAustria1,127,000
2Dean GeistlingerUnknown758,000
3Steven VenezianoUnited States703,000
4Adedapo AjayiUnited States613,000
5Brek SchuttenUnited States612,000
6Stephan NussrallahUnited States553,000
7Andrew MorenoUnited States521,000
8Todd PetersonUnited States419,000
9Ken FishmanUnited States379,000
10Julian ThomasGermany371,000

The remaining players will combine with the survivors from Days 1b and 1c on Monday, June 27th at 12 p.m. PDT at which point they will play ten 60-minute levels before bagging for the third and final day. Stay tuned to PokerNews as its live reporting team continues to provide comprehensive coverage of the Wynn Summer Classic.

Tags: Alex FoxenAndrew LichtenbergerAndrew MorenoBoris KolevBrek SchuttenDean GeistlingerJeff PlattJustin BonomoKristen FoxenSteven VenezianoThomas Muehloecker

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at 1,127,000 1,127,000
Dean Geistlinger us
Dean Geistlinger
us 758,000 758,000
Steven Veneziano us
Steven Veneziano
us 703,000 703,000
Adedapo Ajayi us
Adedapo Ajayi
us 613,000 613,000
Brek Schutten us
Brek Schutten
us 612,000 22,000
Stephan Nussrallah us
Stephan Nussrallah
us 553,000 553,000
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 521,000 201,000
Todd Peterson us
Todd Peterson
us 419,000 11,000
Ken Fishman us
Ken Fishman
us 379,000 379,000
Julian Thomas de
Julian Thomas
de 371,000 371,000
Ian Matakis us
Ian Matakis
us 329,000 74,000
Rong Wang us
Rong Wang
us 318,000 318,000
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 314,000 -201,000
Ivan Deyra fr
Ivan Deyra
fr 311,000 311,000
Jun Obara jp
Jun Obara
jp 288,000 200,000
Kristen Foxen ca
Kristen Foxen
ca 283,000 85,000
Tom Kunze de
Tom Kunze
de 280,000 280,000
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
br 261,000 -8,000
Gary Cheng us
Gary Cheng
us 258,000 183,000
Rick Mechammil US
Rick Mechammil
US 249,000 249,000
Johan Schultz-Pedersen at
Johan Schultz-Pedersen
at 232,000 232,000
Ken Demlakian au
Ken Demlakian
au 214,000
Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco
es 207,000 -91,000
Igor Dursel gb
Igor Dursel
gb 200,000 200,000
Andrej Senic au
Andrej Senic
au 184,000 120,000

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Bag and Tag

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Survivors at the end of Day 1a are now bagging and tagging to return for Day 2 on Monday, June 27.

Stay tuned for end-of-day counts and a recap of the day's action.

Four More Hands

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament director has announced that there will be four more hands played today before the remaining players bag and tag.

Schutten Takes More From Foxen

Cottrellmkw • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Brek Schutten limped from the small blind and Kristen Foxen checked her option out of the big blind.

Schutten checked on the {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop and called after Foxen led out for 10,000.

The {q-Hearts} turn saw Schutten check for a second time and Foxen, undeterred by her opponent's previous call, toss 35,000 into the middle. Schutten was equally unconvinced and made the call.

Action checked through the {2-Hearts} river and Schutten showed down {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, good enough to take another pot off Foxen. "There's always one player," joked Fred Goldberg as Schutten dragged in his newly acquired chips. "Like every time!" agreed Foxen.

Brek Schutten us
Brek Schutten
us 590,000 300,000
Kristen Foxen ca
Kristen Foxen
ca 198,000 -42,000

Tags: Brek SchuttenFred GoldbergKristen Foxen

Nussrallah Scores Huge Double Knockout

Cottrellmkw • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Stephen Nussrallah
Stephen Nussrallah

A player in middle position was all in and had been called by Daniel Rezaei from one seat over. Stephen Nussrallah then re-jammed from the small blind, covering both other players and causing Rezaei to go into the tank. Eventually Rezaei emerged having decided to call to setup the three-way all in.

Middle Position Player: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Daniel Rezaei: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Stephen Nussrallah: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

Rezaei was in dire straits while the other two players were locked in what would typically be a flip but with Rezaei holding an ace the middle position player was slightly favoured. The {2-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop changed little but the {5-Hearts} turn did give Rezaei life. It was not to be, however, after the {k-Spades} landed on the river, dashing both Rezaei's and the middle position player's hopes of making it to Day 2 while giving an enormous boost to Nussrallah's stack.

Stephen Nussrallah us
Stephen Nussrallah
us 480,000 480,000

Tags: Daniel RezaeiStephen Nussrallah

Cheong Runs Into Foxen's Rockets

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Joseph Cheong
Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong had gotten his 109,000 chips in from the cutoff and was at risk against Kristen Foxen in early position.

Joseph Cheong: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Kristen Foxen: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

The {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop and {j-Clubs} turn provided more of a sweat as the table watched in anticipation, but the {3-Diamonds} river bricked out and sent Cheong to the rail, while Foxen added to her stack.

Kristen Foxen ca
Kristen Foxen
ca 240,000 100,000
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us Busted

Tags: Joseph CheongKristen Foxen

Zarco Coolers and Collects

BrandonBloom • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Just before the blinds went up, Javier Zarco opened to 8,000 from early position and the small blind jammed for approximately 60,000. Zarco called.

Small Blind: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Javier Zarco: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Zarco had a slightly better pocket pair, and the board ran out {7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} to eliminate his opponent, while Zarco collected the pot.

Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco
es 298,000 38,000

Tags: Javier Zarco