Event #44: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em
Event #44: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Eli Elezra us 165,400
Jim Collopy us 140,400
Jarred Solomon za 127,600
Daniel Idema ca 124,200
Dwyte Pilgrim us 109,500
Jonathan Tamayo us 108,800
Timothy Finne us 104,200
Ray Henson us 100,900
Eric Froehlich us 97,600
Jamie Rosen us 94,300
Steven Goosen 86,300
Elliot Smith ca 85,300
Aaron Steury us 81,700
Kenny Hsiung us 81,100
Roberto Romanello gb 80,700
Alexander Freitez 79,700
Eduard Scharf de 79,200
Valdemar Kwaysser hu 76,400
Brian Aleksa us 72,100
Michael Michnik us 66,700
Alexandre Gomes br 65,000
Matt Stout us 62,000
Matt Matros us 59,400
Kyle Ray us 58,800
Manish Patel 58,100

Day 1 is Bagged and Tagged

Jim Collopy is in the mix of overnight chip leaders
Jim Collopy is in the mix of overnight chip leaders

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.

Sarwer Goes Under


Jeff Sarwer was all in for his last 1,900 chips before the flop, and his {10-Clubs} {4-Spades} was in rough shape when an opponent looked him up with {K-Clubs} {K-Clubs}.

The board failed to save Sarwer as it ran {J-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {8-Hearts} {6-Clubs}, and he can beat the traffic rush out of the parking lot.

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Aguiar, Bansi Busto



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 {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, Praz Bansi was subsequently all in as well with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, and a third player who had them both covered was there, too, with {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}.

The {Q-Spades}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{K-Spades} board meant pocket kings were best, and both Aguiar and Bansi hit the rail just prior to the conclusion of play tonight.

Tags: Jonathan AguiarPraz Bansi

One For Every Finger

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.

Pezzin Dispensed


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.

Pezzin: {10-Clubs} {10-Spades}
Collopy: {K-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}

The flop was pretty safe for the at-risk Pezzin as it came out {J-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {2-Spades}. The turn {9-Diamonds} was a big sweat, though, giving Collopy a world of outs to score the knockout. The {8-Diamonds} 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.

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Updated Chip Counts

Eli Elezra 90,000
Jonathan Tamayo 89,000 16,000
Brian Aleksa 85,000 -40,000
Jeff Shulman 82,000 7,000
Ray Henson 79,000 49,000
Brian Rast 78,000 3,000
Eric Froehlich 74,000 -11,000
Aaron Steury 69,000 2,000
Valdemar Kwaysser 68,000 12,000
Matt Stout 66,000 25,500
Matt Matros 64,000 27,000
Jamie Rosen 63,000 23,000
Alexandre Gomes 59,000 -3,000
Grant Hinkle 52,000 23,000
Dwyte Pilgrim 47,500 18,000
Erica Schoenberg 47,000 9,000
Svetlana Gromenkova 47,000 19,000
Gavin Smith 44,000 5,000
Steven Kelly 44,000 -39,000
Jim Collopy 44,000 19,000
Andreas Hoivold 38,000 -16,000
Jeff Sarwer 37,000 5,000
Andy Bloch 36,000 -4,000
Luke Vrabel 33,000 2,000
Tyron Krost 30,000 11,000

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Daring Darus Meets His End



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 {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Suharto smiled as he showed his hand -- {10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}. (And who was saying he was a nit!)

The board came {6-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}, 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.

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