Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Matthew

Day 1 of the Casino Employee Event is complete, and here are the end of day chip counts.

Jordan Dhooghe 129,800
Thanh Ngo 101,400
Ahmad Alashkar 92,800
Anthony Nicholson 85,100
John Pack 84,800
Jason Baker 79,400 9,400
Robert Gullickson 75,800 4,800
Claudio Falcaro 73,700
Christopher Perez 68,800
Joseph Zeman 61,600
Christopher Ooley 56,600
Aaron Lashlee 56,300 28,300
Richard Kozlowski 55,500
Michael Anderson 53,000
Florence Mclaurin 50,300
Romeo Samblero 48,800
Ronald Saccavino 44,900
Robert Omara 44,800
Diana Zhao 39,700
Garrett Winslow 39,000
William Mccool 38,500
Donald Michael 37,100
Edward Marcus 36,400
David Okimoto 36,000 17,500
Tammy Murray 34,700
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Casino Employees Get to the Money as Day 1 Concludes

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Jordan Dhooghe
Jordan Dhooghe

We had to wait an extra 30 minutes for Event 1 of the 2011 World Series of Poker to start, but the wait was well worth it. 850 casino employees started the day and after ten levels just 77 players still have chips. Jordon Dhooghe leads the field with 129,800, followed by Thanh Ngo with 101,400.

Both players have been leading the pack for the last couple of levels of the day, each attacking the bubble effectively. Alex Alashkar and Robert Gullickson are within striking distance though and there will likely be a lot of chips moving to start day 2 as players mix it up having already made the money.

While there are not any household names left in the field, there were a few notables who entered. Jean-Robert Bellande entered late but exited early when he flopped top two pair against a straight. Defending champion Hoai Pham looked poised to repeat but was unable to gain any momentum after the dinner break. Matt Savage, Ty Stewart and Jack McClelland all survived through a few levels but none made it to the money.

Be sure to check back tomorrow when play begins at 2:30pm local time. Until then, goodnight from the Rio!

Swaney Out in 81st

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Although we missed his bust out hand, Danny Swaney was the first player to leave the tournament with more money than he had at the beginning of the day. On his way out he seemed bummed out, but understandably happy that he made it through the bubble.

Tags: Danny Swaney

The Slowroll and the Bubble Burst

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

There is a rule on the bubble at the WSOP that all-in hands can not be shown until action on all other hands is completed. Ray Flora should have had the sweat of his life as his tournament life was on the line against two other players and the river had already been dealt. But pre-flop action on another table hadn't been finished yet and wouldn't be finished for a another couple of minutes. What the other players didn't know is that Flora already had a boat with {3-}{3-} on a {4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Spades} board so he wasn't too nervous.

The other hand that had not been completed yet was what eventually burst our bubble. {A-}{Q-} was all in against {10-}{10-}. The board ran a very dry {9-}{6-}{3-}{J-}{7-} and we have 81 very happy casino employees here at the Rio.

Tags: Ray Flora

Johnson Survives

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

A short-stacked Billy Johnson opened the pot to 3,500 on the button and the player in the big blind re-raised, leaving Johnson to a decision for his remaining stack.

Johnson did in fact call, showing {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. He had his opponent's {K-Clubs}{4-Hearts} in bad shape and Johnson held through the {Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} to up his stack to about 19,000.

Tags: Billy Johnson

A Few Chip Counts From Around the Room

Thanh Ngo 111,000 2,000
Jordan Dhooghe 101,000 6,000
Robert Gullickson 71,000 10,500
Martin Lavallie 34,000 -4,000
Chuck Thompson 14,000 -7,000
Rich Baker 13,000 -7,000
Danny Swaney 8,700 -9,300

Ray Flora Avoids the Bubble... For Now

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

We caught the action with one card left and Ray Flora's tournament life at risk. Flora held {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and well behind the {7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} (seven high) of his opponent for just a 6,000 chip pot.

The board read {A-}{2-}{9-}{9-}. Flora, who works at The Orleans here in Vegas, had five outs to split but didn't need them. The {4-} was one of the seven outs he had to win the hand, completing the wheel and he was able to avoid the bubble.

Tags: Ray Flora

Thanh Ngo Crosses 100k

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Thanh Ngo continues to add to her large chip stack.

We caught up with her in a hand with the flop showing {q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{8-Clubs}. Her opponent checked and Ngo bet 4,000. He called and the turn came the {a-Diamonds}. Her opponent checked again and Ngo bet another 4,000. The {2-Diamonds} landed on the river and for a third time Ngo's opponent checked. Ngo fired away 8,000, taking down the pot after her opponent folded.

Ngo increased her chip stack to about 109,000.

Tags: Thanh Ngo

Diamonds Are a Short Stack's Best Friend

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Michael Sussman was getting frustrated as his stack was getting smaller and smaller. When we caught up with him he was all in with the {6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} against another players {j-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} giving Sussman a flush to boost his stack to around 27,000.

Tags: Michael Sussman