Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Daniel Smith au 229,000
Marc Sander 98,000
Barrie Pietersz nl 97,900
Jason Helder us 92,300
Gianluca Speranza it 92,100
Tommie Janssen nl 92,000
James Moutsatsos us 91,200
Thien Nguyen 86,500
Brian Roberts us 82,600
Christopher Kolla 82,400
Theodore Barrie 81,500
Mark Newhouse us 81,400
Shane Schleger us 77,000
David Singer us 76,700
Bryan Porter 76,100
Paul Lee us 74,700
Reginald Roberts us 74,200
Balazs Botond hu 73,000
[Removed:106] 71,700
Mike Wattel us 70,400
Isaac Baron us 70,100
Fabrizio Gonzalez uy 69,160
Court Harrington 69,000
Daniel Weinman us 68,500
Jon Turner us 66,400

Day 1 - Done

Marc Sander
Marc Sander

In eight short levels we have whittled our field down from 1,941 to less than 600.

The number on the board said 585 as the last three hands of the night were announced, so we will probably have ended up with just a few under that. Impressive stuff, but remember, the plan is to play down to a final table tomorrow, and with only 198 places paying out at all, we are looking at this tournament possibly even going to four days.

Our chip leader heading into Day 2 looks to be Marc Sander, on around 100,000. Plenty of big names are still in the field as well - Victor Ramdin, Dan Heimiller and Matt Hawrilenko are just a few of the folks still in with a shot at this, the last bracelet event before the Main Event. Among the folks who didn't make it were Daniel Negreanu, Roland de Wolfe and Joe Hachem.

We'll be back here at 3pm PT tomorrow when we will be starting out on the long road down to a final table. Join us back here then.

Flying Brosolo

We found Yann Brosolo checking the river of a {6-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Hearts} board, a good few chips in the middle of the table. His opponent checked behind, and Brosolo flipped {a-}{10-}. HIs opponent couldn't beat it and mucked, and Brosolo moved up to 40,000.

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Harrington Looks to be Leading

Court Harrington just lost a pot with about 30,000 in the middle preflop when he folded to his opponent's 10,000 chip bet on a {10-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop. Despite the loss, with 72,000 chips, Harrington looks to be the chip leader over in the Amazon Room.

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Turn of the Tide

We arrived just in time to see an all-in player turn over {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and Jon Turner flip a dominating {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. Another plyer at the confessed that he had folded pocket nines.

"You folded two of my nines?" said the all-in player. "Thanks for telling me that, man."

Board: {8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

Tags: Jon Turner

Heimiller Making Comeback

Not too long ago Dan Heimiller was down to about 12,000 chips. On a recent trip to his table we saw him with 37,100. Of course, we didn't catch the hands in which he accumulated them, but we are certain it happened.

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Hawrilenko Aiming High

Matt Hawrilenko is looking to finish the day on a high note. We walked over to his table just in time to see him arranging a new stack of chips after his {10-}{10-} bested an all-in opponent's {a-}{j-}. He's now up to about 37,000 chips.

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O'Connell Gets Lucky

We're not sure whether the chips went in on the flop or before it, but either way come the river Kevin O'Connell was up to 30,000 and his opponent was storming off in disgust.

O'Connell: {a-Spades}{8-Spades}
Busted opponent: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Board: {2-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades}

Tags: Kevin O'Connell

Cada Doubles

Joe Cada found himself needing some help, all in for 6,525 with {J-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against an opponent's {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}.

The {8-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} flop was decent for Cada, but he was still behind. The turn was the {10-Diamonds}, giving Cada the lead. He faded the necessary outs as the river brought the {5-Spades}.

Cada is up to about 14,000 after the hand.

Tags: Joe Cada