Event 8: $100,000 Challenge
Event 8: $100,000 Challenge
Day 1 completed

That's A Wrap!

Karamalikis ends the day atop the leaderboard
Karamalikis ends the day atop the leaderboard
And with that, play has finished for the day. The final table will recommence on Monday at noon and not tomorrow. Jonathan Karamalikis leads the field but only five of these eight players will be getting paid with the winner talking home $1.2 million dollars for two days work. Not bad.

The chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: Bill Jordanou - 195,000
Seat 2: Phil Ivey - 328,000
Seat 3: Tony Bloom - 227,000
Seat 4: Jonathan Karamalikis - 508,000
Seat 5: Howard Lederer - 141,000
Seat 6: Dan Shak - 453,000
Seat 7: Tony G - 200,000
Seat 8: Barry Greenstein - 388,000

Greenstein Wins Another

Barry Greenstein raised to 25,000 and Bill Jordanou called in position. The flop came down {Q-Hearts} {J-Hearts} {10-Clubs} and Greenstein continued with a bet of 35,000. Jordanou called.

The turn was the {8-Diamonds} and both players checked.

The river was the {8-Clubs} and both players checked again. Greenstein showed {K-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds} and Jordanou showed {A-?} {10-?}. Greenstein scooped the pot.

Bloom Shoves the Flop

Tony Bloom raised from under the gun to 25,000 and Bill Jordanou called from the small blind. Phil Ivey called out of the big blind.

The flop came down {10-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {7-Spades} and Jordanou and Ivey checked. Bloom fired all in for 140,000 and both his opponents folded.

Bloom's up to 215,000 now.

The G Shovin'

All G'd out
All G'd out
Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis raised to 32,000 and Tony G called from the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} {8-Spades} and Tony G checked. Karamalikis bet 24,000 and then Tony G moved all in. Karamalikis insta-mucked his hand and moved up over 200,000. Karamalikis dropped to 500,000.

Tony G showed {K-?} {Q-?} as the pot was pushed to him.

Jordanou Movin' Up

Barry Greenstein raised to 30,000 from the cutoff seat and Bill Jordanou called from the button. The flop came down {K-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}. Greenstein fired 35,000 and Jordanou raised. Greenstein quickly folded his hand and slipped to 300,000. Jordanou is up to 290,000.

Bloomin' Good

Tony Bloom raised to 25,000 and Barry Greenstein called on the button but folded to a 33,000 bet on the {2-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {4-Spades} flop.

Bloom is on 180,000 and Greenstein down to 360,000.

First Five Hands

1. Dan Shak takes the first hand with a raise to 30,000.

2. Howard Lederer takes the blinds with a 30,000 raise.

3. Shak takes the blinds again with another 30,000 raise and shows {10-?} {10-?}.

4. Bill Jordanou raises to 32,000 and takes the blinds.

5. Phil Ivey raises to 25,000. Dan Shak and Tony G both call. All three check the {2-Diamonds} {A-Spades} {3-Spades} flop, Ivey fires 48,000 on the {9-Spades} turn after the other two check, they both fold

Final Table Seat Draw

Seat 1: Bill Jordanou - 228,000
Seat 2: Phil Ivey - 363,000
Seat 3: Tony Bloom - 137,000
Seat 4: Jonathan Karamalikis - 535,000
Seat 5: Howard Lederer - 156,000
Seat 6: Dan Shak - 438,000
Seat 7: Tony G - 183,000
Seat 8: Barry Greenstein - 403,000

Kagawa Eliminated at the Hands of Ivey

Kagawa no more
Kagawa no more
Here's some more Phil Ivey action for you. Just as he wasn't looking interested at all in playing poker, he's stormed back by taking down a few pots. This one here was a big one.

Ivey raised to 25,000 and Masa Kagawa reraised from the big blind to 85,000. Ivey potted to put Kagawa all in and Kagawa made the quick call for all of his chips.

Ivey tabled a dominated {A-Diamonds} {9-Spades} to Kagawa's {A-Clubs} {K-Spades}.

The flop came down {9-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {2-Hearts} and put Ivey in the lead with a pair of nines. The turn was the {3-Clubs} and then the river sealed thing with the {6-Diamonds}. Kagawa was eliminated on the hand and Ivey moved up to 290,000.

If you remember back to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, Ivey busted after getting all in with {A-?} {K-?} to Darvin Moon's {A-?} {Q-?}. Moon spiked a queen and sent Ivey to the rail. This time, it was Ivey on the positive side of a three-outer.