Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Official Day 1 Chip Counts
There is tons of action is Sin City today. Sarah Grant has all the details from inside the Rio.
Day 1 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Chance tournament is in the books and the starting field of 1,340 players has been whittled down to 165. The action on the felt was fast and furious right from the start, as many of today’s participants opted to utilize their two $1,500 chip “rebuy lammers” right from the start to bully opponents into submission.
Peter Hernandez is our chip leader with 124,700. Hernandez used a combination of great calls and good luck to climb to the top of the leaderboard. J.C. Tran has amassed a stack of over 110,000 and will be looking to capture his third WSOP bracelet when play resumes. Englishman Steve Watts, playing in the WSOP on the advice of his friend Sam Trickett, has also made the most of his three chances by building his stack to 99,500.
Former WSOP Main Event winners were spotted all across the Pavilion Room early in the day, as Jaime Gold, Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scotty Nguyen each attempted to run the gauntlet and add more hardware to their collections. Unfortunately for the aforementioned group, glory was not in the cards today as the former champions fell one by one.
Carlos Mortensen (57,100) is the last Main Event champ left standing after ten levels of play today and will look to make his move during tomorrow’s Day 2 action.
Other notable names to bust during Day 1 of the WSOP’s 12th bracelet event include Tom Dwan, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Annette Obrestad, Gavin Griffin, Jason Mercier, TJ Cloutier, and Chad Brown.
Notable big stacks to keep an eye on tomorrow include Ted Forrest (54,500), Issac Haxton (47,200) and Bruce Chen (40,900).
Day 2 of the tournament will begin tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. PST in the Amazon Room and the players will be looking to break through the money bubble. Follow PokerNews for the latest updates as the players duke it out to decide who will cash and who will go home empty handed.
Knowing it was the last hand before the chips were bagged, and sitting with just 4,700, 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada went all in with . A player behind him isolated the action with and the two went heads up for Cada's tournament life.
The board provided Cada no solace when it ran out and he will not be one of the people returning tomorrow.
On one of the last hands in the evening we found Sam Simon and another player with a flop of . Simon called a 6,100 bet and the turn came . The other player bet 14,500 and Simon went all in for 34,100. The call was made and the hands were tabled.
Simon needed an ace on the river for his tournament life, but he missed when it came .
While making our rounds through the tournament area, we heard one player scream in agony and we rushed over to catch the carnage. Apparently, after the flop fell , Luke Schwartz and the screamer got all the chips in the middle.
Both players had flopped sets and Schwartz was drawing nearly dead, with exactly one out left in the deck that could save him.
When the dealer peeled the on the turn, our unnamed opponent shouted in disbelief and jumped up from his seat screaming "No! No way!" His over set had been crushed by the quad deuces of Schwartz and now it was he was the one begging the dealer for a one-out miracle.
Schwartz had completed the comeback from 96% underdog to winner and grew his stack to 43,000 chips in one of the last hands of the night. To add insult to injury, the unnamed player was dealt one last hand before the players bagged their chips. His holding? You guessed it, pocket sixes. Poker folks, you have to love it.
Tournament officials have announced that the field will play four more hands then bag and tag chips.
The player on the button opened for 1,800 and Steve Watts called from the small blind. The flop rolled out and both players checked. They checked again on the turn. Finally the came on the river and the button checked and Watts bet 3,500. The player called and mucked when Watts tabled . Watts is at 115,000.