Event #15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Event #15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Ronald Lee 122,700
Jeff Kimber 95,500
James Carroll 92,300 63,800
Luke Marsh 89,700
Eric Ladny 83,700
Nick Davies 82,000
Daisuke Endo 77,600
Dennis Jeffrey 69,800
Davidi Kitai 69,800 24,800
Bradley Craig 69,700
Tommy Felice 66,400
Matt Widdoes 65,700
Ali Eslami 62,000 17,500
Balazs Botond 62,000 -28,000
Dajuan Whorley 61,900
Justin Daley 61,100
Ariel Celestino 58,900
Sean Nolan 58,800
Elias Brussianos 55,800
Nick Brancato 55,200
James Dempsey 53,800 13,800
John Racener 52,200 2,200
Stephen O'Dwyer 50,100
Christian Harder 46,500 -8,600
John Dolan 46,000

That's a Wrap!

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Chip Leader Ronald Lee- 122,700
Chip Leader Ronald Lee- 122,700

We've officially wrapped up the first ten levels of play in today's $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event. When the day began we had 765 entrants. Now, after ten strenuous hours of play, we're down to the final 88 . Ronald Lee, 3rd place finisher in the 2010 WSOPE Main Event, finished today as our chip leader with 122,700 in chips. Trying to stay on the heels of Lee is James Carroll with 92,300.

We saw several big names enter the tournament, only to hit the rail before play ended for the day. Notable eliminations from today's field include Layne Flack, David Sklansky, Paul Magriel, Antonio Esfandiari, Humberto Brenes, and Liv Boeree. That being said, there are still some big names still alive in the field including this event's defending champion James Dempsey with over 50,000. While his stack is not the biggest in the room, he has navigated the waters of this tournament before and it will be interesting to see how he fairs against the field in day two. Other notables still alive include Joe Sebok, Ali Eslami, John Racener, John Dolan, and Alessio Isaia.

Play will resume tomorrow at 2:30 PST in the Amazon Room here at the Rio. Join us for full coverage tomorrow as we play ten more exciting levels of pot-limit hold'em!

Defending Champ Doubles Up

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

When we caught up with the action, James Dempsey got his entire stack in preflop holding {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} against his opponent's {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}.

The board ran out {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Dempsey's winning trip tens boosted his stack up to 40,000.

Tags: James Dempsey

Newburger Takes a Hit

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Jason Newburger opened with a raise from the button and was reraised when the player in the big blind shoved in the rest of his stack. Newburger made the call and we were off to the flop.

Newburger: {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs}
Opponent: {Q-Clubs}{9-Spades}

The board fell {4-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Newburger doubled up his opponent and was knocked down to 44,500.

Tags: Jason Newburger

Flitz Finds Chips

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

From late position, Justin Flitz raised the action to 1,600. He was called from the player on the button as well as Paul Magriel from the big blind. The flop came {3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Magriel checked. Flitz fired out 3,000 which was called by the button, while Magriel mucked his cards. The turn came the {4-Clubs} and the action went check-check. When the {J-Hearts} rivered, Flitz moved out two large stacks of chips. His opponent folded his {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} face up quite quickly, causing Flitz to win a pot and climb to 40,000.

Tags: Justin FlitzPaul Magriel

Spades Still an Issue

[user68268] • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Back in Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, PokerNews reported an issue with the decks in use. Jon Turner had spotted a marked card in that event while at the final table and upon review, all of the decks that were checked had a mark on the {4-Spades}. You can read about the incident here and here.

The tournament staff moved the players to a standard table in the Amazon Room rather than on the feature table. The lighting was a bit less and the "marked" cards were unable to be found once the players relocated to the new table. Now there seems to be another incident in this event.

On the table with Steve O'Dwyer, Ali Eslami, Matt Hawrilenko and Noah Schwartz, the players brought some markings on cards to the attention to the floor staff. The players complained in order to get a new setup for the table, but is this issue really squashed? Here are some tweets from some of the players at that table.

Ali "@Indigoae" Eslami: #WSOP cards are marked! There's a minor printing error on the BACK of small spades. Do those cards matter in the NL 2-7 main on now?

Steve "@steveodwyer" O'Dwyer: [email protected] it is insane that the @wsop has not replaced the decks. when I sit in the 1 or 9 at almost any table I can see the marked spades.

@WSOPTD I first noticed it in the 5k nl and called the floor but they dismissed my concerns and I forgot about it until the 1k nl ft

@WSOPtd I'm now in the 9 seat in the plhe and am clearly able to identify the 2-5s when they are at the center of the tbl under the light...

@WSOPtd ...and I've been able to point them out when they are face down in front of me. if this isn't fixed by the morning @wsop is pathetic

Todd Terry and Jon Aguiar played in this event earlier, but have since busted. Still, they voiced their opinions on Twitter as well.

Todd "@toddbterry" Terry: After reading @steveodwyer re being able to identify marked cards, I join him in calling for @WSOP to bring in new decks immediately @WSOPTD

Jon "@JonAguiar" Aguiar: follow @steveodwyer for some scary info about how many of the WSOP decks are marked due to a printing error, 2s-5s easily visible face down

WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel repsonded on Twitter shortly after.

Jack "@WSOPTD" Effel: Dennis just gave you guys three pulls to draw one of the defective cards, & nobody could find them.

Will this be a reoccurring issue here at the 2011 World Series of Poker? Or will the WSOP swap out the entire thousands of decks of cards for new ones? Only time will tell. One thing is for certain, there's plenty of money on the line that could warrant all precautionary measures to be taken.

Tags: Ali EslamiJon AguiarMatt HawrilenkoNoah SchwartzSteve O'DwyerTodd Terry


Updated Chip Counts

Christian Harder 55,100 42,100
John Dolan 46,000 -11,500
Davidi Kitai 45,000
Ali Eslami 44,500 2,500
Alessio Isaia 43,900 -12,100
Ronald Lee 42,400
40,000 33,000
38,000 -6,000
35,600 7,600
34,000 -1,000
34,000 -3,500
James Dempsey 31,000 16,000
Dan Heimiller 30,500 14,500
30,000 3,000
James Carroll 28,500 5,500
Jeff Hakim 27,100 8,100
Allen Kessler 23,500 -1,000
21,500 -6,500
Paul Magriel 20,600 3,100
20,000 -3,000
20,000 -8,000
19,000 2,000
Hoyt Corkins 13,800 1,300
Ted Lawson 10,400 -5,600

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