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!
The Tournament Director has announced that there will be just six more hands for the evening!
Jeff Sluzinski opened to 2,500 from early position only to have Darus Suharto move all in from the small blind for over 20,000.
Sluzinski made the call tabling his dominating against Suharto's .
The board blanked out and Suharto hit the rail as Sluzinski climbed to 58,000 in chips.
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 and Oliveira fired a 3,000-chip bet. The turn card was a and both players checked. The river brought a 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 .
Is it possible?
Surely not, but either way it's just 45 more eliminations until we hit the money!
Facing a raise to 3,500, Carlos Mortensen made the call from the cutoff to see a 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 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.
The river landed the to see Mortensen eliminate his opponent and move to 111,000 in chips.
315 players left, 40 minutes of play . . . two eliminations a minute?
Anything is possible right?
Pieter de Korver
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!