Event #30: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Markus Lehmann 135,200
Thupten Thondup 123,000
William Kakon ma 117,500
Carlos Mortensen es 108,500
Neil Channing gb 107,700
Steve Gross us 103,800
Christian Jeppsson se 103,600
Dmitry Stelmak ru 95,200
Bahador Ahmadi ca 94,100
Bruce Liebowitz 91,000
Tyler Cornell us 90,100
James Johnson 88,700
Stanley Wasserkrug 88,700
David Diaz us 88,500
Richard Mask 88,400
Pedro Fernandez mx 86,100
James Guinther 84,800
Alexander Barlow 84,600
Jason Hallee ca 83,900
Pierre Neuville be 80,000
Angela Jordison us 79,300
Fatolla Shahen 78,800
Allen Stern 78,600
Joel Bullock 76,700
Anthony Pope 75,000

Day One Done and Dusted!

All bagged up in Event #30!
All bagged up in Event #30!

After ten levels of play and over 2,000 eliminations we are done and dusted with day one of Event #30: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em!

2,394 players took to the felt today surpassing the number set last year in this subsequent event, and also bettering the prizepool and 581,851 first prize that is on offer for the remaining players.

Last years champion Eric 'basebaldy' Baldwin was an early casualty along with Kirk Morrison, Andrew Black, Gavin Griffin, Barry Shulman, Jonathan Aguiar, Nenad Medic and John Juanda. Crowd favorite's Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan and Hevad Khan also fell to the rail as unofficially 288 players remain.

Leading the charge into day two is Markus Lehman with an amassed 135,200 in chips, but is closely trailed by Carlos Mortensen (108,500), Neil Channing (107,700) and Steve Gross (103,800).

Still in contention are Matt Stout (74,800), Dan Kelly (54,500) and Nam Le (16,900) as tomorrow will see the field compacted to just nine all bidding for their chance of claiming the Event #30 gold bracelet.

Play will kick off at 2:30 pm PST tomorrow with PokerNews providing continuous live coverage of every rivered flush, turned straight and flopped set live from the 2010 World Series of Poker!

Carlos Oliveira Busto

Carlos Oliveira
Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira opened the pot in middle position with a 2,200-chip raise and was called by the player on the button.

The flop ran out {5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{7-Spades} and Oliveira fired a 3,000-chip bet. The turn card was a {2-Spades} and both players checked. The river brought a {q-Spades} and Oliveira went all in.

His opponent tanked for five minutes, flipped a coin and eventually made the call. Oliveira mucked his hand as his opponent tabled {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

Tags: Carlos Oliveira

Mortensen Over 100k


Facing a raise to 3,500, Carlos Mortensen made the call from the cutoff to see a {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop fall.

The preflop aggressor continued for 5,000 only to have Mortensen min-raise it to 10,000.

After some deliberation, Mortensen's opponent made the call as the {8-Diamonds} landed on the turn and he checked over to the 2001 WSOP Champion.

"I move all in" uttered Mortensen in his heavy Spanish accent.

With Mortensen having roughly 62,000 behind, he well and truly covered his opponent and his last 20,000.

A minute went by and Mortensen's opponent made the call.

Mortensen: {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

The river landed the {A-Diamonds} to see Mortensen eliminate his opponent and move to 111,000 in chips.

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Final Level

We're approaching the end!
We're approaching the end!

With roughly 360 players remaining in the field and 243 of these receiving a part of the $3,231,900 prizepool, the question is will we get to the money?

At the rate that we have been losing players recently, there is a good chance, but after years of being behind the computer covering tournaments around the room, it is unlikely due to the bubble fear factor.

However, this PokerNews blogger loves to be proved wrong!