Michael Mizrachi entered today with just 4,700 in chips, so he would need an early double up. When action folded aroudn to him on the button, he raised, but Dan Kelly reraised in the big blind. Mizrachi decided to make a stand, and went all in, with Kelly instantly calling.
Mizrachi was in about as bad a shape as you can be in, and any shot at a miracle flush or trip sevens virtually went out the door when the flop came . The turn brought the and the river was the , and Kelly scored the knockout, sending Mizrachi to the rail.
On a board reading , Erik Cajelais got the remainder of his short stack all in holding and was up against the of Jason Mercier. The river blanked and Cajelais receiveed an early double, though he is still quite short.
We caught up with the action on a board where the betting was capped between David Baker and JC Tran. On the river, Baker bet and Tran just called. Baker showed for top set while Tran turned over for a lower set on the flop as he mucked.
Action folded to Nacho Barbero on the button and he did what he does best, put the pressure on with a raise. Dan Kelly responded with a three-bet from the small blind, Todd Witteles called from the big, and Barbero came along for the ride.
It was three-handed to the flop, which Kelly immediately bet. Both Witteles and Barbero made the call and watched the hit the turn. Kelly bet yet again, but this time Witteles raised. Barbero got out of the way and Kelly insta-mucked behind.
We are just a few hands in, but we have already suffered our first casuality of the day: David Benyamine. He came into the day with 13,400 chips, but those are all gone after he ran into Mikhail Smirnov. Benyamine raised in middle position, and Smirnov put in a third bet in the small blind. Benyamine called, and they took a flop of . Smirnov quickly bet and Benyamine quickly called. The same occured on the turn, and the players saw the hit the river. Smirnov bet again, and this time Benyamine raised. Smirnov didn't slow down though, and put in a three bet that put Benyamine all in. He called, and flipped over for a rivered pair of queens, but Smirnov had for an overpair. Benyamine left the table, and Smirnov collected the chips to up his stack to 105,000.
Day One of the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship came to an end yesterday with 106 players remaining from a 152-player field. All were competing for their share of a $1,428,800 prizepool, $378,642 of which is reserved for first place. With the fall of Matt Keikoan late in Day 1, this event is guaranteed a new winner.
The man best positioned to make a deep run is fan favorite Daniel Negreanu, who begins the chip leader on a stack of 118,800. Negreanu has two limit hold'em WSOP bracelets to his name, so we expect he’ll make a deep run here in Event #27.
Negreanu’s day won’t be easy. A number of big-name pros will be in action today including:
Josh Arieh - 107,000
Shawn Buchanan - 92,000
Maria Ho - 75,700
Carlos Mortensen – 76,600
Barry Greenstein - 74,400
Jeff Shulman – 66,700
Isaac Haxton – 66,300
Below is a graph showing the champions of this event from the past five years. Who will be the next to join this prestigious list?
Former $5,000-$10,000 Limit Hold’em Champions
Event #28 ($5,000)
Event #18 ($5,000)
Saro Jason Getzoyan
Event #30 ($10,000)
Event #33 ($10,000)
Event #29 ($10,000)
Event #27 ($10,000)
Day 2 is set to begin at 3 PM local time, which is about a half an hour from right now. Be sure to join us then for all the action, hands, and eliminations from the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.
Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Day 2 started