Event #53: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Theo Tran us 45,000
Pat Pezzin ca 45,000
Andre Braender 45,000
Nam Le us 45,000
Steve Stolzmann 45,000
Cornel Cimpan us 45,000
Brandon Gerson 45,000
Chau Giang us 45,000
Bjorn Eder 45,000
David Besser 45,000
Russell Cooper 45,000
Gregg Merkow us 45,000
Omar Mehmood us 45,000
Brian Tate us 45,000
Marcel Luske nl 45,000
Bradley Libson 45,000
Jonathan Little us 45,000
Claudio Rinaldi it 45,000
Michael Schneider us 45,000
Yueqi Zhu cn 45,000
John Esposito us 45,000
Timothy Vansant 45,000
Adam Tyburski 45,000
Jonathan Tamayo us 45,000
Jason R Bellamy 45,000

End of Day 1

What they're all playing for.
What they're all playing for.

We started Day 1 of Event #53 with 548 runners and now we are down to 64. All of the remaining players are guaranteed $4,135, but are surely eyeing the $184,950 first-place prize and of course the gold bracelet.

Tomorrow, there will be eight eight-handed tables filled with very tough players. Among the returning players are Terrence Chan, Kirk Banks, Jonathan “FatalError” Aguiar, Jonathan Little, Pat Pezzin, Nam Le, Chau Giang, Barry Shulman and Yevgeniy “atimos” Timoshenko.

Be sure to check in at 3 p.m. PST where our coverage will resume and we will play down to an eight-handed final table!

We Have a Winner


After a grueling, four-hour heads up match, we have a winner for Table 303.

Cornel Andrew Cimpan defeated Tommy "Nhan" Le with just five minutes remaining in Level 9. Cimpan held {a-Spades}{a-Hearts} and Le needed help with {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}.

The board ran {7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Cimpan's aces were good enough for the win sending him into tomorrow.

Tags: Cornel Andrew CimpanTommy Le

Bränder Busts Bronshtein, Advances


Andre Bränder had Yuval Bronshtein all in and at risk after a series of betting before the flop and the hands were opened:

Bränder: {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Bronshtein: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}

Bronshtein was safe after the {2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop and the {7-Diamonds} on the turn, but the {10-Spades} spiked on the river eliminating him from the tournament.

Bränder meanwhile will have an opportunity to parlay this victory into a potential bracelet run tomorrow when he returns for Day 2.

Tags: Andre BränderYuval Bronshtein