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

Chip Counts

Jason Baker 932,000 -38,000
Daniel Quach 370,000 70,000
Edward Marcus 246,000 16,000
Adam Falk 235,000 21,000
Claudio Falcaro 192,000 28,000
Sean Drake 190,000 10,000
Richard Kozlowski 182,000 -46,000
Christopher Perez 105,000 -5,000
Joseph Zeman 95,000 -22,000


• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The remaining players are on a 20-minute break.

Falcaro Doubles

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Claudio Falcaro raised all in for 81,500 pre-flop and was called by chip leader Jason Baker.

Falcaro: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Baker: {4-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} allowing Falcaro's kings to hold and his stack to increase to around 180,000.

Tags: Claudio FalcaroJason Baker

Perez Doubles Through Marcus

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Claudio Falcaro opened the pot with a raise to 21,000 from middle position and Edward Marcus popped it to 60,000 from the cutoff. A short-stacked Christoher Perez stuck in his remaining 38,000-ish into the middle, resulting in a fold from Falcaro.

Marcus: {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
Perez: {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

Things looked bleak for Perez, but the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} to bring him back in the game with about 110,000. Marcus slipped to roughly 230,000.

Tags: Christopher PerezEdward Marcus

Marcus Making Ground

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Pre-flop Sean Drake raised to 20,000 and was only called by Edward Marcus. The flop came {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Marcus checked and Drake bet 31,000. Marcus raised to 80,000 and after a bit of contemplation Drake folded his hand.

Drake now sits at around 180,000 and Marcus is up to around 260,000.

Tags: Edward MarcusSean Drake

Stefan Martin Eliminated in 10th Place ($4,865)

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Table chip leader Jason Baker raised to 30,000 from middle position and was called by Stefan Martin. The flop fell {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Baker led out for 45,000. Martin announced all in and Baker quickly called, turning over {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. A discouraged Martin flipped up {J-}{J-} and was behind the trip fours of Baker. The turn and river brought the {9-Spades} and the {7-Diamonds} respectively. This hand brings Jason Baker up to around 970,000 in chips.

With this elimination, the final table of this year's first event is set!

Tags: Jason BakerStefan Martin

Final Table of Ten

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Edward Marcus180,00011
Stefan Martin270,00012
Joseph Zeman117,00013
Chris Perez63,50014
Daniel Quach280,00015
Richard Kozlowski228,00016
Jason Baker700,00017
Sean Drake255,00018
Claudio Falcaro164,00019
Adam Falk214,000110

Robert Gullickson Eliminated in 11th Place ($4,865)

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The action folded around to Robert Gullickson in the small blind who min-raised to 16,000. Chip leader Jason Baker made the call from the big blind and they saw a flop of {8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Gullickson opened the betting by announcing that he was all in for 136,000 and Baker made the call flipping over {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} for top set. Gullickson meekly flipped over {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}.

When the {6-Diamonds} turned, Gullickson picked up outs in the form of any remaining 7, but his hopes were dashed when the {A-Clubs} fell on the river. This hand put Baker around 700,000.

The remaining ten players have combined to one table and when the next player is eliminated, the WSOP's first official final table will be set.

Tags: Jason BakerRobert Gullickson

Marcus Doubles

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Edward Marcus is still alive after he went all in pre-flop with the {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} against Christopher Perez's {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}. The board ran out {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{2-Diamonds} giving Marcus a pair of jacks to win the hand

After the hand Perez was down to around 80,000 while Marcus doubled to around 175,000.

Tags: Christopher PerezEdward Marcus

Quach and Martin At It Again

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Daniel Quach and Stefan Martin have been getting tangled up in a lot of pots together. The most recent victory went to Quach when his {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs} made three of a kind on a board of {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. On the river, Quach bet 40,000 and Martin called, but Martin mucked his hand when he saw Quach's fours.

Quach is now has around 330,000 while Martin is down to around 265,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachStefan Martin