Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)


Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Douglas Lang 119,700
Justin Sloan 99,400
Victor Shuchleis 97,200
Sybe Smit 94,800
Stephen Kats 92,400
Markus Herbel 89,400
James Schaaf 85,700
Thomas Conway 83,100
Jeffrey Gibralter 82,600
Micah Raskin 76,600
Alain Confino 76,600
Kyle Weir 76,400
Maximilian Lehmanski 74,300
Lex Veldhuis 73,000
Brett Shaffer 72,500
Brandan Zaucha 71,700
Mihai Manole 71,600
Blake Barousse 70,800
James Oh 67,400
Ryan Kosecki 65,500
Amnon Filippi 65,400
Austin Held 65,100
Liam Stuart 64,100
Michael Clark 61,100
Joshua Field 59,900

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Doug Lang Is Chip Leader At End Of Day 1

Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis is near the top of our chip counts with 73,000
Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis is near the top of our chip counts with 73,000

The Rio was filled to the brim with players for today's Day 1 of the most recent $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. What started with 3,175 is now only 342 and at the end of Day 1 we are only 20 players from the money. Our chip leader (and as far as we can tell the only player over 100,000 chips) is Doug Lang with 119,700. Justin Sloan also came close to the 100,000 mark with 99,400. The story of the day however has to be PokerStars Team Pro Lex Veldhuis who was down to only 800 chips early on but ended Day 1 with 73,000 and near the top of our counts.

Other notables making it to Day 2 are Amnon Filippi (65,400), Yuval Bronshtein (52,400), John Phan (42,700), Jason Somerville (36,500), Scott Montgomery (32,500), Tim West (26,000), Taylor Paur (25,000), Shaun Deeb (24,000) and Gavin Smith (9,000).

Notables who didn't make it to Day 2 include, Matt Jarvis, Randall Flowers, Galen Hall, Joe Cada, Faraz Jaka, Jeff Sarwer, Antonio Esfandiari, Josh Brikis, Scotty Nguyen, Justin Young, Jeff Madsen, Liv Boeree, Eric Baldwin and many others.

Like we said, we are only 20 players from the money, so we can assume it will be an intense start to Day 2. But when the money bubble bursts we should see players being eliminated like wildfire. While we certainly won't make it to a final table tomorrow, we should see some real chip leaders emerge as the field thins and the bracelet becomes a real possibility. We restart tomorrow at 2:30 PM PST in the Amazon Room. See you there.

Final Counts

Here are some numbers right off the bags as people packed up their chips for Day 2.

119,700 34,700
Justin Sloan 99,400 12,400
Brett Shaffer 72,500 500
Amnon Filippi 65,400 20,400
Austin Held 65,100
Yuval Bronshtein 52,400 11,400
Cherish Andrews 50,200 200
John Phan 42,700 17,700
Jason Somerville 36,500 500
Scott Montgomery 32,500 -4,500
Dylan Wilkerson 31,900 2,400
Tim West 26,000 4,500
24,000 -19,000
Tom McEvoy 19,700 5,700
Gavin Smith 9,300 -1,700

Three More

The tournament director just announced that we will be playing three more hands before bagging up for Day 2. With the board reading 361 for remaining players we will likely get right up to the money bubble without hitting it.

Somerville Makes Hero Call

Jason Somerville raised it up to 1,600 preflop and got called by the big blind.

The flop came down {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}{6-Spades} The big blind checked, Somerville bet 1,800 and he got a call.

The turn was the {10-Spades} and both players checked.

The river was the {K-Clubs} and the big blind fired out 2,600 and Somerville called him down with only a pair of tens showing {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} It was good and he had the {A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} of the big blind beat. Somerville up to 36,000 after the sick call on the river.

Jason Somerville 36,000 2,000

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Lex Continues To Climb

Lex Veldhius raised it to 1,600 from the cutoff and got a call from the big blind.

The flop came down {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}{J-Spades} The big blind checked, Lex bet 2,100 and the big blind called.

The turn was the {K-Spades} and the big blind checked again. Lex bet 4,800 and again got a call.

The river was the {7-Spades} and both players checked. Lex showed {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} to beat out the {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} of the big blind and take down the pot. He is one of our biggest stacks with over 70,000.

Lex Veldhius 73,000 4,000

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Bronshtein Gets There

It folded around to Yuval Bronshtein in the small blind who completed the bet before the big blind raised to 2,100. Bronshtein re-raised enough to force the big blind all in and he called.

Bronshtein was far behind the {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades} of his opponent with just {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}. He would have to wait all the way to the river on a {3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts} board to get there but that is all that matters. With the pot, he now has a 41,000 stack as we near the end of Day 1.

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After the Count, Shaffer Gets a Notch

Brett Shaffer raised to 2,200 in middle position and the player on his left three-bet to 4,900. It folded back to Shaffer who thought for about a minute before moving all in. His opponent wasted no time in calling and the hands were turned face up.

Shaffer: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Clubs} and Shaffer's King's held. The two chip stacks were nearly identical but Shaffer's 33,000 edged out the 32,000 and change of his opponent and Shaffer earns a 72,000 stack and a notch on his belt.

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