Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Odette Tremblay 43,700
David Levi us 43,300
Daniel Studer ch 42,600
Jonathan Bascom 38,000
David Warga us 37,000
Debbie Hickok 32,500
Jeffrey Lisandro au 32,400
Richard Burke gb 31,900
Colby Pitt 31,400
Charles Barker us 29,500
Allyn Marshall 28,400
Daniel Habl 28,200
James Richburg us 28,000
Blair Rodman us 27,900
Robert Campbell au 27,600
Stephen Su 27,600
Eric Kurtzman us 26,300
Dale Phillips 26,100
Mark Provenzano us 25,700
James Schaaf us 25,600
Esther Taylor us 25,600
Dutch Boyd us 25,100
Eric Conti 24,600
Maxwell Troy us 23,700
Edward Gleason 23,600

End of Day One

Odette Tremblay
Odette Tremblay

The chips have been bagged and tagged and the room has now emptied with 208 exhausted competitors heading home for a well deserved 40 winks. Among them are a smattering of big names, the likes of John Juanda, Marcel Luske and 2009 Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro all eying up that shiny, gold bracelet and the small matter of $208,682. Also surviving the opening day is one Tom "durrrr" Dwan, the online titan not regarded as particularly apt in seven-card stud, but still capable of scaring a few pros if he were to go deep.

However, despite the foreboding shadow of poker's giants, it's Odette Tremblay who's risen highest, her rampage over today's event leaving her the end-of-day chip leader with 43,700. But snapping on her heels like an alligator with toothache are David Levi and Daniel Studer who have 43,400 and 42,600 respectively.

I won't lie, tomorrow will be a real slog as we look to whittle down the remaining field to our final table, but your blogging team will be back in the Rio at 3pm sharp to bring you all the highs and lows of Day Two. Make sure you join us.

Tags: David LeviOdette Tremblay

Tremblay Before the Mighty Chip Leader

Odette Tremblay: {6-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{q-Spades} / (XX) {q-}
Opponent gentleman: {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{j-Spades} / (XXX)

We just caught the tail end of the action, but from what we gathered during the briefest of glimpses at the cards before they were whisked away, Odette Tremblay made trip queens and her opponent failed to make a high hand better than that or any kind of low, meaning that Tremblay scooped the pot.

A big stack before the hand, this one put Tremblay up to 45,000 and the chip lead.

Tags: Odette Tremblay

Sklansky Doubles Through

David Sklanksy is back up to 4,000 after doubling through with a flush and eight low. His opponent reluctantly called seventh street after being two-bet on sixth, but mucked upon seeing the bad news.

Sklanksy: {2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}/{7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Opponent: {X}{X}{X}/{4-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}

Tags: David Sklansky

Levi Stack Increases


David Levi: {q-}{q-}{2-} / {4-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Player 2: {6-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts} / {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Spades}{8-Spades}
J.W.: {a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{j-Spades}, in no particular order

There was a massive amount of chips in the middle and three players in the hand. The gentleman known only as J.W. (we asked him his name repeatedly during Event #21, and every time he told us, "J.W. is fine,") was all in by the time we caught up with the action, and the cards were flipped over.

David Levi's queens full of deuces was good for the high and thus the entire side pot that he and Player 2 had amassed, as well as half the main pot. He was up to 33,000 after that. J.W. meanwhile took the other half for the low to stay in the game.

Tags: David Levi

Hoivold Takes One Down

John Juanda: {X}{X}{X}/{3-Clubs}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Andreas Hoivold: {X}{X}{X}/{8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Spades}
Michael Mizrachi: {X}{X}{X}/{9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

Although Mizrachi led sixth street, receiving two callers, he checked on seventh, triggered a bet from Hoivold. Both opponents folded, although Juanda seemed the more tempted of the two.

"Well, I made half of it," smiled Hoivold revealing the {2-Hearts}.

Tags: Andreas HoivoldJohn JuandaMichael Mizrachi

Boyd Up

Dutch Boyd
Dutch Boyd

Out of the notable players in the field, Dutch Boyd is perhaps doing the best with a sumptuous 27,000. Having said that, he just lost a pot against Scott Celemnts' {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{K-Clubs}, Boyd calling bets on fifth and sixth street with {3-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}, but folded to action on the end. Clements on 9,500.

Tags: Scott ClementsDutch Boyd


Men Nguyen was very close to pushing up the poker daisies during the final level. He survived with just a pair of eights to claim half the pot.

Nguyen: {8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{J-Hearts}/{7-Spades}{K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Opponent: {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{5-Spades}/{9-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}{6-Clubs}

Nguyen is back up to 4,500, whilst his opponent was left to wonder how he failed to send "The Master" home.

Tags: Men Nguyen

Latest Chip Counts

26,000 16,200
23,000 -1,000
21,000 13,600
20,000 -3,000
17,000 11,900
15,500 5,500
15,500 1,500
15,000 6,800
15,000 10,400
15,000 5,200
14,500 500
14,000 -2,000
14,000 14,000
13,000 6,400
11,000 -3,000
10,500 700
10,000 -5,000
10,000 -2,000
10,000 3,700
9,500 3,500
9,000 1,500
9,000 -1,000
6,000 -400
5,000 -6,900
4,000 -6,400

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