Day 1 of Event #23 is in the books after 384 runners turned up for the $2,500 Limit Hold'em event. After eight surprisingly entertaining levels of poker, we're left with somewhere around 100 of them at night's end.
That's pretty good work for a limit event, and the list of those eliminated reads like a who's-who of the poker world. Through the course of the day, we said goodbye to Vanessa Selbst, Phil Hellmuth (very quickly), Tom Schneider, Carlos Mortensen, Eli Elezra, Marcel Luske, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, David Sklansky, and Howard Lederer, among more than 200 others.
That leaves us with a handful of relative unknowns atop our leader board heading into tomorrow's moving day. We'll have to wait for the full official chip counts, but we've got David Webb, Richard Li, and Zach Fahmie all up around the 75,000-chip mark. Dave Baker (not to be confused with David "bakes" Baker who won a bracelet tonight) is in the mix as well, and so are the familiar faces of Justin Bonomo, JJ Liu and a few others.
That's about all we have for you for today. We'll be right back here inside the Amazon Room for Round 2 tomorrow, and we hope you'll join us here at 3:00 p.m. local time to pick up the story. Until then, goodnight and rest well!
Hoyt Corkins was just knocked out of the event at the hands of David Plastik. The Cowboy ran his mighty king-nine into Plastik's pocket rockets, and a king on the river wasn't enough to save him from elimination.
Off into the sunset...
"Attention limit players!" came the booming voice of the T.D. over the speaker.
He announced that we'll play three more hands at each table before bringing out the chip bags for the "bag-and-tag" phase of the night.
The bag-and-tag phase is our very favorite phase of the night.
Here's the top five we've got our eyes on with less than a half hour left in Day 1:
It's been an up-and-down day for Mike Leah, and the recent trend is, unfortunately, down.
In the last pot, Leah opened under the gun, and the player next to him three-bet it right back. Leah called, and the two men took a heads-up flop of . Leah check-called a bet there, and another one on the turn. The filled out the board, and both players check-checked to see a showdown.
Leah tabled a marginal , and he was done in by the , reducing his stack to about 8,900.
George Lind called a button raise from the big blind, and he and his opponent saw a flop. Lind check-raised his opponent, and got a call allowing the dealer to drop the on the turn. Lind, once again led out, getting another call leading to a river card. Lind bet again, and was qucikly called by his opponent who didn't even need to showdown a hand as Lind insta-mucked his hand, surrendering the pot.
George Lind is down to 36,000