Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Event #44 kicked off today with 507 runners turning up for some $2,500 Mixed Hold'em shenanigans. After ten levels of half-and-half play, that number has been dashed to seventy or less.
A veritable laundry list of notables hit the felt just after noontime to kick off this event, everyone looking to cash in on one of these final few shots at snagging a bracelet in 2010. A glance at some of the early casualties hints at what a strong field this event has featured; they included Allen Cunningham, Antonio Esfandiari, David Williams, Joe Sebok, Michael Mizrachi, Sorel Mizzi, Tom Dwan, David Benyamine, and on and on the list goes.
With chips flying around the felt, there were a few players who managed to accumulate some sizable stacks by night's end. Eli Elezra was the biggest beneficiary of the late action, and he appears to be leading the pack into Day 2 with his finishing count of 165,400. Also in the mix is Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy with 140,400. Jarred Solomon finished with 127,600, and Dwyte Pilgrim is another dangerous six-figure finisher with 109,500 in his bag.
All signs point to Day 2 being another exciting day of card playing, and we'll be right back here to keep you up-to-date on all the goings-on of the day. Play is set to resume at 2:30 p.m., and we'll welcome back the survivors to play on down to a final table. We hope you'll join us to pick up the story as well, but for now, it's time to turn out the lights and lock up the bags.
We'll see you tomorrow.
Jeff Sarwer was all in for his last 1,900 chips before the flop, and his was in rough shape when an opponent looked him up with .
The board failed to save Sarwer as it ran , and he can beat the traffic rush out of the parking lot.
We came upon this one near the end of the action. Piecing things together somewhat after the fact, we learned Jonathan Aguiar was all in early on after a few bets with , Praz Bansi was subsequently all in as well with , and a third player who had them both covered was there, too, with .
The board meant pocket kings were best, and both Aguiar and Bansi hit the rail just prior to the conclusion of play tonight.
We've hit that magical ten-minute mark on the clock, and it's been paused to draw a card. It was a five (again), and we'll play that many more hands before calling for the chip bags.
Pat Pezzin raised to 2,800 to open the pot, and Jim Collopy reraised enough to put Pezzin to the test. When the table folded back around to him, he called all in for his last ~25,000 chips.
The flop was pretty safe for the at-risk Pezzin as it came out . The turn was a big sweat, though, giving Collopy a world of outs to score the knockout. The river was most certainly one of those knockout outs, and Collopy's flush sends Pezzin out the door about a half hour earlier than the rest of the field.
Soon after doubling up his short stack, Team PokerStars Pro Darus Suharto had slipped back down again to 7,900, and was shoving all in once more, getting called this time by Jeff Sarwer. Sarwer tabled and Suharto smiled as he showed his hand -- . (And who was saying he was a nit!)
The board came , and the 2008 WSOP Main Event final tablist is out.
As we cruise into the last half-hour of play -- the limit round of Level 10 -- we are down to 82 players.