Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1a completed

Official Day 1a Chip Counts (full)


*Players Listed with "1" chip did not report their chip count.

James Dempsey gb 144,100
Tommaso Briotti it 77,350
Eelke Arjaans 75,550
Dustin Dorrance-Bowman 67,175
Sean Prendiville ie 66,975
Rohn Schutsky 60,425
Mikael H Johansson 58,875
Vineet Pahuja us 57,775
Kazunori Arii 55,975
Nicolas Poloniato 55,750
Matthew Schulte 55,175
Daniel Kirsch ca 54,625
Brent Thomas 54,200
Alan Keating 50,275
Stuart Fox 48,900
Stephen Buell us 46,500
Kyle White ca 46,475
Sebastien Marin 45,375
Shannon Shorr us 45,000
Henrik Tollefsen no 44,900
Nikolay Evdakov ru 44,050
Joseph Luht 43,475
Kenny Shih us 42,800
Matthew Nieberg 42,400
Chris Dombrowski us 42,175

End of Day 1a

Eelke Arjaans
Eelke Arjaans

Day 1a of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em saw 2,340 players spread throughout both the Pavilion and Amazon Rooms. Among those who entered with the hopes of winning a gold bracelet were Tom Dwan, Chris Ferguson, Matt Hawrilenko, Berry Johnston, Faraz Jaka, Dennis Phillips and Dwyte Pilgrim. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to make it through the day.

On the other hand, a number of pros did survive and will be part of the approximately 350 players who will return for Day 2 on Saturday. Among them are Liv Boeree, Tony Dunst, Nikolay Evdakov, Shannon Shorr, Kara Scott, and Thierry Van Den Berg. Also in contention are the big stacks in the room including Eelke Arjaans, Ron Schutsky, Alan Keating, Sean Prendiville, and Tommaso Breotti.

Tomorrow a whole new field of players will take their seats at noon local time to compete for the last $1,000 gold bracelet of the series. We will also learn the total number of entries into the tournament and the subsequent prizepool. Join us then as PokerNews brings you all the latest hand updates, chip counts and action from Day 1b.

One More Hand!


Surprise! We thought we'd be making it to the end of Level 9, but in fact they've just announced players will be playing just one more hand before we stop for the evening.

A small cheer went up at the news, with some of the shorter stacks no doubt suddenly happy they've made it to Day 2.

Montgomery Out


On a board of {10-Clubs}{5-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{J-Clubs}, the player in Seat 6 bet enough to put Scott Montgomery all in. Montgomery didn't seem confident but called nonetheless. Seat 6 showed {9-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a straight which was good enough to win the pot. Montgomery flashed {K-}{K-} as he mucked his cards. He has been eliminated from the tournament.

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Arjaans Keeps Climbing


Eelke Arjaans opened with raise -- as he has often done today -- this time for 1,500 from under the gun, and the table folded back around to the player in the big blind who called.

The flop came {Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{2-Spades}. The big blind checked, Arjaans continued for 2,800, and his opponent quickly folded.

Arjaans has built one of the bigger stacks in the room so far today, and presently sits with 68,000.

Tags: Eelke Arjaans

Waxman Shines


Matt Waxman was all in preflop with {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} and received a call from a shorter stack who held {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}.

The board ran out {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{J-Clubs}. Waxman eliminated his opponent on the hand and increased his stack to 36,000.

Tags: Matt Waxman

Kessler Out


Allen Kessler got off to a good start today, using pocket rockets on one of the very first hands of the day to nearly double his starting stack. He built up further from there a bit, but gradually slid back to below average before finally busting out here in Level 9.

Tags: Allen Kessler



Even though we have watched many poker professionals fall by the wayside throughout the day, there are still quite a few remaining. Here are some of them:

Shannon Shorr
Al Krux
Allen Kessler
Alex Jacob
Sigurd Eskeland
Scott Montgomery
Thierry Van Den Berg
Matt Matros
Nikolay Evdakov
David Sklansky
Kara Scott
Tony Dunst
Liv Boeree