Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
The last $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event of the 2010 World Series of Poker kicked-off today with a moment of silence for Amir Vahedi, who passed away ealier this year. Tournament Director Jack Effel announced that as an added bonus, and as a tribute to Amir, the winner of the tournament would win a box of his favorite cigars.
The tournament drew a field of 2,543 players who created a prizepool of $3,433,050, with $609,493 of that going to the victor. Among those who entered with the hopes of taking down a gold bracelet were Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Eric Baldwin, Chino Rheem and Vanessa Rousso. Unfortunately, none of these players managed to make it through the day.
This is not to say a few big names didn't navigate their way through the massive field. Allen Kessler, Andy Bloch, JP Kelly, Liv Boeree, David Pham, Roland De Wolfe and Chad Batista all made it through to Day 2. Also in contention are a number of big stacks including Shawn Prendiville (110,500), Kyle Knecht (104,400), Ben Eilers (110,000), Greg Roy (119,600), Andrew Gillis (120,500), Roberto Stamerra (120,100) and Guiseppe Zarbo (156,500).
Approximately 315 players will return at 2:30 PM local time for the start of Day 2 as they make their way toward the money bubble, which awards the top 270 players. From there, they will continue on their march to the final table. Join us then as PokerNews brings you all the latest hand updates, chip counts and action from Day 2 of Event #49.
The tournament staff just announced that the players will play five more hands and then action will end for the day.
Rich Ryan opened to 2,100 from early position and was called by one player.
The flop fell down and Ryan open-shoved for his last 14,000 and was instantly-snapped off by his opponent.
Although well behind, Ryan fortunately saw the and land on the turn and river to see him double through to over 33,000 in chips.
Aaron Benton found himself all in for his last 15,400 against an opponent who had him slightly covered.
The board ran out to put Benton on the rail just shy of a day two berth.
Action folded to the small blind who raised to 3,000 and Andy Bloch called from the big. The flop came and both players checked.
The small blind then checked the on the turn and Bloch bet 4,000. The small blind made the call and then moved all in for 9,100 when the hit the river.
Bloch seemed confused and thought long and hard about the hand. He cut out the chips and eventually made the call. The small blind turned over for a flush and Bloch mucked in frustration. He is down to 40,000.
We are halfway through Level 9, which translates into 570 minutes of play. At this point, only 351 of the original 2,543 players remain, which means 2,192 players have hit the rail.
If you do the math, this means an average of 4.46 players busted per minute of this tournament. It may be an understatement to say the eliminations were fast and furious.