Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Peter Hernandez 124,700
Jonathan Karamalikis 122,700
J.C. Tran 111,200 -5,800
Bradley Mcfarland 101,300
Steve Watts 99,500
Richard Trigg 95,700
Ben Tollerene 95,300
Paul Dewald 89,100
Eric Ladny 87,500
John Myung 86,100
Andy Black 85,300
Mikhail Lakhitov 84,100
Matt Sterling 78,000
Martins Adeniya 73,100 -1,300
Arthur Lim 71,700 -5,000
Mihai Manole 71,300
Sam Abueid 71,200 -1,800
Christopher Johnson 70,000
David Diaz 67,500
Philippe Plouffe 64,800
Brandon Poe 62,200
Paul Deng 62,000 1,500
David Zeitlin 61,800
Brian Benhamou 61,000
Eric Guth 59,400

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Peter Hernandez Is Our Chip Leader After Day 1

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Peter Hernandez, Chip Leader After Day 1
Peter Hernandez, Chip Leader After Day 1

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.

No Day 2 for Cada

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Joe Cada Done on Day 1
Joe Cada Done on Day 1

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 {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. A player behind him isolated the action with {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} and the two went heads up for Cada's tournament life.

The board provided Cada no solace when it ran out {5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and he will not be one of the people returning tomorrow.

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D'oh!

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Sam Simon is out.
Sam Simon is out.

On one of the last hands in the evening we found Sam Simon and another player with a flop of {10-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {5-Clubs}. Simon called a 6,100 bet and the turn came {J-Hearts}. The other player bet 14,500 and Simon went all in for 34,100. The call was made and the hands were tabled.

Simon: {A-Clubs} {Q-Spades}
Player: {K-Hearts} {K-Diamonds}

Simon needed an ace on the river for his tournament life, but he missed when it came {10-Hearts}.

Tags: Sam Simon

Schwartz Sinks Set of Sixes With Quads on Turn

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Luke Schwartz
Luke Schwartz

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 {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, Luke Schwartz and the screamer got all the chips in the middle.

Showdown:
Schwartz: {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}
Opponent: {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}

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 {2-Diamonds} 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.

River: {J-Clubs}

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.

Tags: Luke Schwartz Spikes The One-Outer

Four More Hands

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Tournament officials have announced that the field will play four more hands then bag and tag chips.

Watts At Full Power

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Steve Watts
Steve Watts

The player on the button opened for 1,800 and Steve Watts called from the small blind. The flop rolled out {A-Clubs} {Q-Clubs} {Q-Spades} and both players checked. They checked again on the {8-Diamonds} turn. Finally the {4-Spades} came on the river and the button checked and Watts bet 3,500. The player called and mucked when Watts tabled {5-Clubs} {5-Spades}. Watts is at 115,000.

Tags: Steve Watts