Event #23: $2,500 Limit Hold'em / Six Handed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Alexander Queen us 74,400
Richard Li 74,200
David Webb 62,400
Keith Ferrera us 61,700
Justin Bonomo us 56,900
Brian Meinders 52,400
David Baker us 51,100
George Lind us 49,600
Albert Minnullin 49,100
Casey McCarrel us 47,800
[Removed:113] 46,600
Domenico Denotaristefani 46,000
Tommy Hang us 46,000
JJ Liu 45,600
Phil Gordon us 44,900
Shawn Buchanan ca 44,800
J.C. Tran 41,700
Javed Abrahams gb 40,800
Charles Danielsson 40,500
Vincent Vanderfluit 40,400
Soheil Shamseddin 40,000
Greg DeBora ca 38,000
Alex Melnikow 37,400
Russ Salzer 36,900
Chris Tryba us 36,400

One and Done

The other David Baker
The other David Baker

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 [Removed:115] 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!

Corkins Sent Away

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...

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Almost Home

"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.

Some Stacks To Sleep On

60,000 15,000
54,000 2,000
48,000 1,000
46,000 -2,000
44,500 12,500
43,500 5,500
42,000 22,500
40,000 -18,000
34,000 4,000
32,000 10,000
28,000 -2,100
28,000 10,000
23,000 -2,000
20,000 2,000
17,000 8,000
16,500 -8,500
15,000 2,500
13,200 -8,800
13,200 -10,800
13,000 -18,000
8,000 -2,500

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Big Stack Watch

Here's the top five we've got our eyes on with less than a half hour left in Day 1:

58,000 3,000

Leah Losing Ground

Mike Leah
Mike Leah

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 {K-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {7-Spades}. Leah check-called a bet there, and another one on the {2-Clubs} turn. The {10-Spades} filled out the board, and both players check-checked to see a showdown.

Leah tabled a marginal {5-Clubs} {5-Hearts}, and he was done in by the {J-Diamonds} {J-Hearts}, reducing his stack to about 8,900.

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Lindsta Muck


George Lind called a button raise from the big blind, and he and his opponent saw a {6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop. Lind check-raised his opponent, and got a call allowing the dealer to drop the {10-Clubs} on the turn. Lind, once again led out, getting another call leading to a {6-Spades} 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

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