Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Official Day 1 Chip Counts

John Cernuto 52,700 18,700
David Benefield 51,700
Rob Hollink 49,100
Brandon Adams 47,325
Dan Heimiller 46,875 13,375
44,625
Shaun Deeb 42,450 8,450
Sam Silverman 41,875
Justin Gardenhire 41,450
Owais Ahmed 41,250
John D'Agostino 41,050 5,650
Sam Grizzle 40,100
Greg Raymer 39,375 -625
39,100
Jordan Morgan 39,000
Jean-Robert Bellande 38,475
Stuart Rutter 37,550 -950
36,825
Alexander Wice 36,525
Freddy Deeb 36,350 12,350
McLean Karr 35,275 23,275
Ben Yu 34,725
34,675
Brent Roberts 34,450
34,100

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Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed
Day 1 completed

Bring Out the Bags; Day 1 is a Wrap

• Level 8
Greg Raymer finds himself near the top after Day 1
Greg Raymer finds himself near the top after Day 1

The inaugural ten-game event at the WSOP is one day old, and it's already proven to be quite the success. An impressive 431 players turned up, making this -- we're assuming but fairly confident here -- the largest ten-game tournament in the world with a prize pool just shy of $1 million.

Spread the games the fish like to play and you're sure to attract the sharks, and we had no shortage of sharp-toothed poker players here today. World Champs? Had those. Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and John Juanda all played and survived, while Scotty Nguyen came and went rather quickly this afternoon. Math whizzes? How about Bill Chen and David Sklansky at the same table to start the day. Bracelet winners? By the bunches. Just to name a few, Steve Billirakis, John Kabbaj, Jeff Lisandro, Greg Mueller, Dutch Boyd, Erick Lindgren, Jason Mercier, and Frank Kassela all played. A few new 2011 bracelet winners like Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Eugene Katchalov were here, too. John Monnette, who won his first bracelet about fifteen hours prior to the start of this event, was also in the field, but his day was a short one. Even a few of the old guard like Sam Grizzle and Mickey Appleman showed up to play this new event.

When the chip bags came out after eight levels, there was a clog at the top of the chip counts. For now, it looks like Rob Hollink's 49,100 chips are good enough to give him the overnight lead, though a few tables were playing big pots right as the night ended. Also in the mix of leaders are Brandon Adams (39,975), Grizzle (40,100), Jordan Morgan (39,000), and Jean-Robert Bellande (38,475).

Only about 162 players survived this brisk opening day, and they'll be back inside the Amazon Room for Day 2 at 3:00 P.M. tomorrow. We'll be there too, and we hope you'll join us for some more ten-game action. Until then, all that's left is goodnight.

You're Turning Violet, Violette

• Level 8

Limit Hold'em

We lost track of Cyndy Violette a bit, but she's popped back up on our radar. In the last limit pot, she opened with a raise, and Sam Grizzle made the call in position. Grizzle called a bet on the {4-Clubs} {Q-Hearts} {7-Diamonds} flop. When Violette bet again on the {6-Hearts} turn, he raised, and Violette called the extra bet. She check-called after the {6-Clubs} on fifth street, too.

Grizzle tabled the surprise {K-Hearts} {K-Clubs}, and that pot moves him up to 42,000 and into contention for the chip lead. Violette is far from that with just 5,000 chips left.

Tags: Cyndy VioletteSam Grizzle

Fricke Falters

• Level 8

Stud

Jimmy Fricke just got himself crippled in a three-way stud pot. We're not sure if Binger called or completed on third street, but we know Matt Glantz raised behind him. Fricke called, Binger reraised, and both Glantz and Fricke called. We joined live on fourth street.

Fricke: (x-x) / {8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{5-Clubs} / (x)
Matt Glantz: (x-x) / {4-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{J-Spades} -- MUCK
Michael Binger: (x-x) / {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{K-Spades} / (x)

Binger bet fourth street, and both opponents called. On fifth, Glantz folded to a bet, but Fricke raised and Binger bet-called. On sixth, Binger paired his door card and fired again, and Fricke called. On seventh street, Fricke called one last bullet.

Binger turned up {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} for kings full, and Fricke's muck knocks him all the way back to just 2,000.

Tags: Jimmy FrickeMichael Binger

More Chips

Greg Raymer 40,000 26,000
Stuart Rutter 38,500
Rob Hollink 36,000 11,000
Chris Bjorin 34,500
Shaun Deeb 34,000 22,000
Steve Sung 30,000 1,000
Marco Traniello 29,000 13,000
Joe Hachem 28,000 20,000
Brian Powell 24,000
Freddy Deeb 24,000 11,000
Matt Vengrin 23,000 15,700
Jason Potter 23,000 -1,800
David Bach 22,000 14,000
Daniel Alaei 20,000 8,000
Steve Zolotow 20,000 16,000
Huck Seed 19,500 5,100
Erica Schoenberg 17,200 4,200
Shannon Shorr 16,800 12,900
Noah Boeken 16,000 -4,500
15,000 9,000
Jon Aguiar 14,700 7,200
John Juanda 12,700 6,700
McLean Karr 12,000
John Hennigan 10,700 -200
Shawn Buchanan 10,300

It's Going to Be a Grind Now

• Level 8

2-7 Single Draw

A player opened to 600 before Michael Mizrachi three-bet to 1,500. A couple seats over, a third player reraised all in for 4,875. Mizrachi called him down, and both players took one card. Mizrachi broke a jack, and the at-risk player broke a queen.

The player all in drew to {10-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-}, and MIzrachi's {8-}{5-}{3-}{2-} was live for the knockout. His last card paired though, and another {3-} on Mizrachi's board means his opponent has doubled up.

After that slip, Mizrachi is left with just about 3,300 chips.

Tags: Michael Mizrachi

Karr Gets Into Gear

• Level 8

2-7 Single Draw

When we walked up to the table, McLean Karr was squeezing all in for 5,325 in front of a raise and a call. The initial raiser called the shove, the caller folded, and Karr was heads-up for his tournament life.

The caller turned stood pat and turned up {10-}{9-}{8-}{7-}{2-}, and Karr showed his first four cards: {8-}{6-}{5-}{3-} He was drawing live to the eight, and he peeled his last card: {10-}.

"Wee," Karr said, the beneficiary of a fresh double-up. He's back over 11,500 now, back in the game.

Tags: McLean Karr

Bellande Moves North

Pot-Limit Omaha

We were late to the party for this hand, only walking up as the dealer put the turn card down on a {3-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {K-Hearts} {A-Hearts} board. Cole South checked, then called a bet of 1,900 from Bellande. On the river, the {2-Spades} was pretty safe, and Bellande bet another 4,300. South check-called there, too, and Bellande showed him {Q-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {A-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} for the nuts.

That pot pushes JRB up to 51,000, the big stack in the room.

Jean-Robert Bellande 51,000 8,000
Cole South 25,000

Tags: Jean-Robert BellandeCole South

The Board Says...

• Level 8

We're heading off into Level 8, the last level of the night.

The big blue board tells us that just 204 of our 431 starters have survived to this point.