A number of Team PokerStars pros came out for Day 1b, with several having already left us. Among those not making it through to tomorrow's Day 2 are Grayson Physioc, Darus Suharto, Chad Brown, Nichoel Peppe, Pat Pezzin, and Chris Moneymaker.
We do still have a few in the field, however. George "Jorj95" Lind of Team PokerStars Online has been thriving all day and presently sits with a well above average stack of 38,500. Florian Langmann of Team Poker Stars Germany is doing well, too, with 19,000. And South African Raymond Rahme has about 8,500 as we approach the end of Level 8.
Yuval Bronshtein opened from under the gun with a raise to 2,300, and the player sitting to his left reraised to 6,000. It folded around to George Lind who called from the small blind. The big blind folded, then Bronshtein reshoved all in. The UTG+1 player called, and Lind got out.
Bronshtein showed while his opponent tabled . The community cards came , and Bronshtein's hand was best.
He's chipped up to 53,000 now and is among our leaders for Day 1b. Lind still has nearly 30,000.
"Attention players in Event #54, the $1K no-limit hold'em... you now have a clock!"
So came the announcement just a moment ago. Event #56 has now gone on dinner break, which has freed up the screens surrounding our event. So now we get to follow an Event #54 clock.
We'd been playing without a visible clock since well before dinner, so our players showed their appreciation of having a way to see how much time is left in the level and how many players remain with a small cheer.
We appreciate it, too. There are 41 minutes left in Level 8. And 370 players (from Day 1b) remain. (Hooray.)
Yueqi Zhu is here. That's the Zhu whose high point this WSOP was a third-place finish in Event #25, the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, and whose low point was the disqualification from Event #53, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.
Zhu still has chips in this one, although a recent bit tangling by Zhu with our leader Andrew Talbot almost sent him to the rail just a short while ago.
Talbot had opened with a raise to 675, and Zhu reraised all in with his last 3,750. Talbot called, showing . Zhu turned over .
The board came , and Zhu doubled to about 8,000. Talbot still has about 53,000.