Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Roger Teska us 221,000
Kevin Iacofano us 149,200 -15,800
Dorlan Schick 139,600 600
Timothy Adams ca 138,900
Sanghyon Cheong us 126,300
Anthony Licastro 119,000
David Sands us 117,800
Francois Billard ca 117,000
Mark Flowers 112,700
Blake Slade 106,700
Matthew Mercurio 103,500
Gabriele Lepore it 101,000
David Diaz us 98,000 30,000
Hugo Perez us 94,400 -23,100
JP Kelly gb 92,900 49,900
Nickolas Davies 91,500
Matthew Ezrol us 87,600
Jonathan Duhamel ca 87,200
Michael Downey 86,400 17,400
Craig Bergeron us 86,200
Steven Fenic 85,700
Steven Tabb us 83,600
Dash Dudley us 83,500
David Olson us 81,700
Bruce Seaquist 81,700

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That's A Wrap!

Dave Sands, safely through to Day 2 action
Dave Sands, safely through to Day 2 action

That was a crazy game of poker...!

We started the day with the massive Pavillion Room packed to the rafters with people overflowing into the Amazon Room as 1,663 players turned out for some fast-paced, short-handed poker. There's no doubt that the players enjoy this format, and it certainly makes for entertaining viewing as evident by the rapid pace of eliminations throughout the day.

We saw some great poker, with plenty of big hands and big moves as players did their best to accumulate a big stack. After starting the day with just 4,500, it was Roger Teska who made a late surge to emerge as our likely overnight chip leader with 221,000 chips. We'll have the full updated counts for you shortly.

Other notables to survive the day include Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri, Dave Sands, Bryan Micon, Vincent Van Der Fluit, Eric Buchman, Mark Seif, Steve Yea, Matt Hawrilenko, Jordan Morgan, JP Kelly, André Akkari and 2007 World Champ Jerry Yang.

146 players survived through to Day 2 action and they'll rest easy tonight knowing that they are safely in the money. They'll be back tomorrow afternoon at 2:30pm for Day 2 of this event as we look to play down to a final table. We look forward to your company then!

Recent Eliminations


The following players will all receive $2,828 for their efforts today:

147th - Felipa Ramos
148th - Antonio Girardi
149th - Ryhan Hughes
150th - Kevin Kansler
151st - Cyril Jassinowsky
152nd - William Mikolay
153rd - Rodrigo Sirichuk
154th - Lance Schuchard
155th - Elizabeth Indig
156th - Nabih Zaczac
157th - Christopher Kassela
158th - Thomas Manzella
159th - Marc Davis
160th - Michael Glasser
161st - James St Hilaire
162nd - Mark Kohner

Running Diamonds for Arias


A player in middle position opened the pot with a 4,000-chip raise and the player on the button went all in for 21,000 chips. The small blind, Jorge Arias, went all in for an additional 7,000 chips (28,000 total) and the initial raiser called.

Middle Position: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Button: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Arias: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

Flop: {q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Turn: {6-Diamonds}
River: {a-Diamonds}

Flush for Arias who is now up to 80,000.

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Yea Doubles A Shorty


Steve Yea has doubled up a short stack with his {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} failing to connect with the {6-Spades}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board to give the pot to his opponent who held {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

Fortunately for Yea it only cost him 6,800 and he still has 53,000 to work with.

Tags: Steve Yea

We're In The Money


Bang! Just like that, the bubble has burst! This tournament is just not slowing down. All remaining players are guaranteed at least $2,828 in prize money.

Felipe Ramos Put Pressure on the Bubble


Felipe Ramos opened the pot with a 2,500-chip raise in middle position and the player on the button re-popped it to 8,500. The young Brazilian went all in for an additional 11,800 chips and the button tanked.

After a few minutes the player on the button eventually fold and "Mojave" is now up to 30,000.

Tags: Felipe Ramos

Hold The Phone...


The big screen was clearly out of date...

It's now been updated to 164 players are we are now going hand-for-hand! These players will be in the cash tonight! Well, all but two who will go home with nothing but a story to tell.