Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Day 1 completed

End of Day 1 - Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante
John Racener - pictured in the 10-game earlier in the series.
John Racener - pictured in the 10-game earlier in the series.

Play has now finished for the day with around 127 players remaining from the initial 168 who started. WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener looks to be the chip leader with 95,200 just ahead of Akio Ishii (90,400).

Other players who finished strongly include: $10,000 Stud 3rd place finisher Maxwell Troy (88,000), David Benyamine (82,200), Brandon Cantu and Felipe Ramos (both 80,000 exactly) and Allen Kessler (79,500).

We lost a number of big names today including former POY and winner of this event last year Frank Kassela as well as Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Alexander Kostritsyn, Brian Hastings, John Hennigan and John Juanda. The last of these having bet Jason Mercier @ 200-1 that he wouldn't win the event when Mercier was short stacked but the Team PokerStars Pro is one of the survivors going into tomorrow's restart.

All the rest will be coming back tomorrow for a 3pm start as we attempt to whittle this field as close to the final table as is possible. Join us back on PokerNews tomorrow as Day 2 of this latest Championship event plays out some more.

Sarah Grant gives you the daily update.

Three More Hands

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante

Our tournament director has just informed us that each table will play three more hands before bagging up for the night. Play is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 3 p.m. PDT.

Benyamine Continues to Climb

Benyamine: {x-}{x-} / {Q-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Spades} / {x-}
Hennigan: {x-}{x-} / {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} / {x-}

David Beyamine raised and John Hennigan called, the latter led out on fourth and fifth with Benyamine calling. Hennigan then check-called a bet on sixth before seventh was checked down. The Frenchman showed {Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades} for a solitary pair of queens but it was enough as Hennigan mucked.

Hennigan was left with just 2,000 after that hand and busted shortly afterwards.

David Benyamine 69,000 6,000
2,000 2,000

Tags: David BenyamineJohn Hennigan

No Halt in Hellmuth

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante

Phil Hellmuth: {x-}{x-} / {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs} / {x-}
Owais Ahmed: {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{8-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} / {x-}

Starting on third street, Hellmuth completed and Ahmed called. Ahmed then proceeded to check-call Hellmuth until seventh street, where both players then checked.

Hellmuth flipped over {6-Spades}{2-Spades}{5-Spades} for two-pair which was good enough to scoop the pot, as Ahmed mucked.

Tags: Owais AhmedPhil Hellmuth

Ship It to Sexton

• Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 200 ante
Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton: {x-}{x-} / {8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} / {x-}
Player 2: {x-}{x-} / {3-Spades} FOLDED
Seat 7: {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{3-Clubs} / {x-}

Player 2 had the bring in and Sexton completed. The player in seat 7 called and player 2 mucked. Seat 7 check-called a bet from Sexton on fourth. On fifth and sixth, seat 7 led out and Sexton called. Both players checked down on seventh.

Seat 7: {A-Spades}{6-Spades}{J-Hearts} for a pair of kings.
Sexton: {7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} for the scoop with a pair of aces.

Tags: Mike Sexton

Forrest Grows

Forrest: {x-}{x-} / {5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{A-Clubs} / {x-}
Opponent: {x-}{x-} / {5-Spades}{4-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} / {x-}

Ted Forrest had the other player all in by fifth holding {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} in the whole, his opponent showed {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}, currently ahead but then Forrest caught the ace on sixth to take the lead. Forrest picked up the {3-Hearts} on seventh to make a low, his opponent mucking his seventh card, unable to win.

Ted Forrest 73,000 21,000

Tags: Ted Forrest

Chip Counts

Allen Kessler 79,000 37,000
Erik Seidel 40,000 10,000
36,000 6,000
Bill Chen 33,000 8,000
Matt Hawrilenko 18,000 -12,000
Men Nguyen 16,000 -4,000
David Bach 16,000 8,000
9,000 -1,000
Dario Alioto 8,000 -18,000
Michael Binger Busted
Tom Schneider Busted
John Cernuto Busted
Level:
8
Limits:
1,000/2,000
Ante:
200

Benyamine Scoops Hennigan and Sheikh

• Level 7: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Aurangzeb Sheikh: {x-}{x-} / {6-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} / {x-}
David Benyamine: {x-}{x-} / {9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} / {x-}
John Hennigan: {x-}{x-} / {2-Spades}{J-Spades}{4-Clubs}{A-Clubs} / {x-}
Player 4: {x-}{x-} / {J-Hearts}{3-Clubs} FOLDED

Action began with player 4 completing and Sheikh raising. Benyamine and Hennigan called behind, as did the original raiser. On fourth, player 4 checked and Sheikh bet again. Benyamine and Hennigan called again but player 4 folded. Not deterred, Sheikh fired out on fifth and sixth and both players flatted each time. However, Sheikh slowed down and checked on seventh, prompting a bet from Benyamine, which both Sheikh and Hennigan called.

Benyamine tabled {2-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and both players mucked, chipping Benyamine up to 63,000. Hennigan and Sheikh are both down to a dime a piece.

Tags: Aurangzeb SheikhDavid BenyamineJohn Hennigan