Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Just like that another Day 1 has come and gone. It only took eight levels of play to cut the field of 482 starters down to just about a quarter of that in what was a very lackadaisical poker day compared to what we're normally used to seeing.
For a solid hour or even more, the entire field could care less about what was happening at their table and had all eyes locked in on the NBA Finals Game 7 between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers won, but they failed to cover the spread, making for a very interesting sweat as the clock ticked away in the game. Players were so worried about the game that you were almost shot if you happened to stand in someone's view of the TV screen. This really put a damper on our ability to get in the field and move around without getting screamed at. It was the same for floor staff, cleaning staff and dealers as well. Heck, even Chris Ferguson, who was seated right in front of the TV screen, removed his hat for the benefit of all the other players watching. Some players even tried to lobby to have the tournament clock paused while everyone watched the game.
Despite all of this, there was poker to be played. Justin Smith was extra busy multi-tabling the $5,000 six-handed event and this one along with Phil Ivey. The two ran back and forth and back and forth between events and it seemed to work for the most part as they both made it to the end of the day here. Smith finished out better than Ivey, bagging up 130,000 chips. In fact, Smith eclipsed the rest of the remaining field and will be the overnight chip leader going into the second day of action.
Also remaining are Shaun Deeb, Victor Ramdin, Ashton Griffin, Jesper Hougaard, Joe Serock, Andy Black, Liv Boeree and Jeffrey Lisandro.
A few of the notables to hit the rail were Greg Raymer, Matt Vengrin, Chau Giang, John Juanda, Layne Flack and Scott Clements. Daniel Negreanu had himself one heck of a roller coaster ride while it laster for the first few levels before he was too eliminated.
Play resumes tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. local time here in Las Vegas at the Rio for Day 2 where all the remaining players will still be in contention for the $260,517 first-place prize and the gold bracelet. Be sure to get right back here for all the live coverage as only PokerNews can bring it to you! We'll see you tomorrow.
Team PokerStars French Pro Thomas Bichon was sent to the rail recently. He was involved in a three-way all-in hand against Tommy Hang and a third opponent.
The board rolled out as Bichon's flopped set was run down by Hang's straight. Tommy is up to about 52,000.
Matt Vengrin, Max Pescatori, Dan Heimiller, Eli Elezra and Alex Outhred have all been eliminated.
Tony Cousineau raised to 1,750 from early position and action folded to the player in the big blind. She asked to see how much Cousineau had behind and upon finding out it was 900, she raised enough to cover Cousineau.
He made the all-in call with and was racing against . The board came down and Cousineau was sent to the rail just before the end of Level 7.
Three players put out 1,400 chips into the middle preflop and watched the flop come . Kevin MacPhee was up first and checked before the next player checked to Allen Bari. He also checked.
The turn card was the and MacPhee fired 2,652. Only Bari made the call.
The river card was the and MacPhee check-called a bet of 3,575 from MacPhee.
Bari tabled the and MacPhee mucked, dropping to 11,000 in chips. Bari improved to about 36,000.