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!
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
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.
Flush for Arias who is now up to 80,000.
We'll be playing three more hands on each table this evening before play wraps up for the day.
Steve Yea has doubled up a short stack with his failing to connect with the board to give the pot to his opponent who held .
Fortunately for Yea it only cost him 6,800 and he still has 53,000 to work with.
Jordan Morgan has just won a race to stay alive and effectively double up in this tournament.
Morgan tabled and paired up to better his opponent's on a board of .
Morgan is now back to 46,000.
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 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.
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.