Event #5: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Stephen Foutty us 207,400 400
Dwyte Pilgrim us 202,000 102,000
Chris Moorman gb 161,400 41,400
Trevor Savage 125,600 121,100
Jesse Fulmer 121,400 -27,600
Taylor Mcfarland us 118,900 114,400
Praz Bansi gb 118,700 8,700
Lars Bonding dk 106,600 102,100
Dustin Pattinson us 103,300 98,800
Matthew Schwarmann 102,200 -17,800
Tomer Berda us 102,000 97,500
Christopher Petrick 101,900 97,400
Markus Gonsalves us 99,000 94,500
Georgios Kapalas gr 96,900 92,400
Scott Vener us 94,000 89,500
Getty Mattingsley 90,900 69,900
Louis Lau 90,800 86,300
Kobi Waldfogel 90,400 85,900
Joseph Gotlieb 88,400 83,900
Jason Somerville us 84,300 -15,200
Vincent Jacques ca 83,700 79,200
David Tuthill us 83,600 -3,400
Benjamin Kleyman 79,400 74,900
Lawrence Sharp 78,400 73,900
Donald Offord 77,000 -3,000

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So Long Day 1!

We've played through 10 levels in the Pavilion today and Day 1 of Event No. 5 is already becoming a distant memory - especially for the 1,856 players who won't be returning to try making the money tomorrow.

It was a real back and forth race for the chip lead during the last level. That was until Stephen Foutty won a 90,000 pot in a QQ vs. AK race.

The tournament brought out a large field, featuring a number of big name pros, but as statistics gurantee, a large percentage of those pros didn't make it to the end of the day. Some, such as Humberto Brenes, Chris Moorman, Praz Bansi, Yuvai Bronshtein and Andrew Lichtenberger, Zack Clark, Lauren Kling and Jason Somerville will be back tomorrow for Day 2.

Players will return at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, hoping to make the money and then play down to the final table. With over $500,000 coming to the tournament's eventual winner, it'll be worth the effort.

Foutty Surges to 209,000

With no time to spare, Stephen Foutty has rocketed to a commanding chip lead. He had been facing a preflop raise of 2,300 when he three-bet to 6,400. Foutty's opponent shoved all in for 90,000 and Foutty took a few minutes to think, saying "I am 99% sure I have you beat here." Fouty did indeed make the call.

Foutty: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

The board came down {3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} and Foutty is now sitting on 209,000 chips. Not too bad.

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Don't Tank Too Hard

Joe Bartholdi and Yuval Bronshtein had seen a flop of {8-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{10-Hearts} when Bartholdi bet 4,200 and was called by Bronshtein. The two checked around on the {5-Hearts} turn and Bartholdi checked the {6-Hearts} on the turn. Bronshtein didn't realize that Bartholdi had already checked and appeared to go into the tank for quite a long time. Eventually Bronshtein caught on and checked.

At this point, Bartholdi said "I thought I was about to get bluffed so hard," to which Bronshtein replied, "I thought you were tanking."

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So Long Champ

Joe Cada has vacated his seat and his chips are nowhere to be seen. None of us have worked for special investigations units, but we're left to assume that Cada has been eliminated from today's event.

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Daniel Negreanu Doesn't Live to See Day 2

Daniel Negreanu got his money all in with {3-}{3-} and was unable to stay ahead of his opponent's {k-}{9-}. He finished about 75 players from the money as the bubble quickly approaches. We expect play to tighten up somewhat as players try to make Day 2 and earn a paycheck in the process, but so far eliminations have been coming steady.

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Two Hands to Boost Somerville

Jason Somerville was just involved in two hands that helped boost him back towards the front of the pack.

We were a little late getting to the first hand and caught a board reading {k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. Somerville check-called a bet of 12,500 from his opponent and showed {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, which was enough to beat his opponent's {9-}{9-}.

On the very next hand, against the very same opponent, Sommerville called a preflop bet of 1,700. The flop came down {3-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{9-Clubs}.

After seeing the flop, Somerville check-called a bet of 2,800 from his opponent. Both players checked the {q-Clubs} on the turn. When the {4-Clubs} came on the river, Somerville led out with a bet of 4,800 and was called by his opponent.

Somerville showed {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and his opponent mucked. After this hand, Somerville is up to 99,500;

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