Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Day 1 completed

End of Day 1

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante
Alexander Kostritsyn - Up into 2nd Place
Alexander Kostritsyn - Up into 2nd Place

Play has now finished for the day and Frenchman Sebastien Sabic is the chip leader with 129,900 ahead of the Russian Alexander Kostritsyn who has 105,600. We started the day with 126 players (a decrease over around 16% on last year) and lost around a quarter of the field by the end of the day, the remainder coming back tomorrow including last year's winner Men Nguyen who finished the day with 65,400.

Players we lost today include the 2009 winner Freddie Ellis, Huck Seed, Michael Mizrachi, David Singer, Eugene Katchalov and PokerStars Team Pro Alex Kravchenko. Still in though are a whole host of names including Jennifer Harman, Scott Clements, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel as well as Team PokerStars Pros Pat Pezzin, Chad Brown, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Ville Wahlbeck and Daniel Negreanu.

The restart will be at 3pm tomorrow, there's a long way to go and we'll be expecting to make full use of tomorrow's ten levels.

We'll see you all tomorrow!

Play is Done for the Day

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante

The last hand has been completed and the players have begun bagging up their chips. We will have some chip counts and our Day 1 recap up shortly.

Sabic Surging, Dwan Struggling

Dwan: {X-}{X-} / {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades} / {X-}
Sabic: {J-Spades}{A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} / {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{2-Spades}

We caught up with the action on fifth where Sebastien Sabic bet and got raised by Tom Dwan. Sabic called and then check-called sixth. On seventh, Sabic check-raised Dwan who called only to be shown aces up which quite possibly made Sabic our Day 1 chip leader while Dwan’s stack struggles.

Sebastien Sabic 126,000 56,000
Tom Dwan 20,000 -64,000

Tags: Sebastien SabicTom Dwan

Full Level

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante

By this point of the day we would usually have a last "x" amount of hands, however there are no blinds in stud, only antes so there is no need according to the floor.

Monnette Donezo

John Monnette
John Monnette

Opponent: {X-}{X-} / {8-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} FOLDED
Monnette: {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs} / {Q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{X-}{X-} / {X-}
Benyamine: {J-Spades}{9-Spades} / {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts} / {J-Clubs}

John Monnette raised after the opponent completed only for David Benyamine to reraise. The opponent cold called and Monnette went all in. Benyamine raised again and the opponent called which closed the action for the street. On fourth, all it took was one bet from Benamine to get the opponent to fold. Monnette expressed his displeasure at the opponent having costed him kings up by calling on third and now Monnette would need some help against the trips of Benyamine. We missed the rest of his cards but Monnette bricked out and was eliminated while Benyamine caught up with some of the bigger stacks at the table.

Alexander Kostritsyn 105,000 40,000
Chris Tryba 90,400 43,400
Justin Smith 32,000 -4,000
Nick Schulman 17,000 -20,500
John Monnette Busted

Tags: David BenyamineJohn Monnette

Gonzalez <3 Hearts

Gonzalez: {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} / {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Racener: {X-}{X-} / {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts} / {X-}

John Racener completed and called when Fabrizio Gonzalez raised. On fourth Gonzalez bet and Racener called. Both players checked fifth and Gonzalez check-raised sixth which Racener called. On seventh Gonzalez bet once more and Racener made the call only to be shown the six hearts of Gonzalez for a flush that had all of Racener’s straight flush blockers. Gonzalez slightly overtook Racener in chips from that hand but both we’re still sitting atop the rest of the table’s stacks.

Fabrizio Gonzalez 62,500 32,500
Shawn Buchanan 60,000
John Racener 60,000 40,200
Eli Elezra 56,000 9,000
Scott Seiver 32,000 -14,000
Humberto Brenes 19,000
Chau Giang 7,200 -8,300

Tags: Fabrizio GonzalezJohn Racener

Men at Work

Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen

Men Nguyen is up to 70,000 after making a flush on seventh to eliminate one player before winning another decent pot against Tom Dwan when he turned over kings and tens against the latter's open pair queens.

Men Nguyen 70,000 50,000

Tags: Men Nguyen

Kan't Katch a Break

Eugene Katchalov has been knocked out, he was down to 1,000 after being crippled by Matt Glantz, Glantz had managed to make aces and kings against Katchalov's queens and deuces. The Ukrainian Team Pro was knocked out soon after.

Eugene Katchalov Busted