The Rio was once again a packed house for Day 1 of Event #34: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The field started with 3,144 players but only 323 remain after ten levels of play and we just barely made the money on the last hand of the night. The chip leader appears to be Christopher 'd0r1t0s' McClung from Montreal, Canada with 114,100 in chips.
Some other big stacks near the top of the leaderboard going into day 2 are Luke Davies (109,300), Nick Petrangelo (95,000), Lee Satterwhite (84,400) and Karoon Monfared (84,200). Notables that survived the day include Team PokerStars Pro Gualter Salles (Brazil), Lars Bonding, Dwyte Pilgrim, Matt Affleck, Barry Shulman and Mike Leah.
A few players that were unfortunately eliminated throughout the day were Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (USA), Randy Lew (Online), Humberto Brenes (Costa Rica), Liv Boeree (United Kingdom) and David Williams (USA), as well as Michael Mizrachi, Erick Lindgren, Gavin Smith, Bruce Buffer, Amarillo Slim and Kathy Liebert.
While it’s doubtful that we will make it to the final table tomorrow, the field should be whittled down to a only a few tables by the end of the day. Check back in with PokerNews at 2:30 p.m. PST where play will resume in the Amazon room. Hope to see you there.
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With Bonding raising under the gun a short stack in late position moved all in for about 7,000. When the action got back to Bonding he took his time before eventually calling with . His opponent only had but he had the lead going to the flop.
Things looked good for the short stack because the cards came but the river gave the pot to Bonding.
We caught up with the action as the chips were being pushed and the cards being cleared, but from what we can gather a player moved all in holding . The very next player moved all in as well, holding . Barry Shulman was next in line to shove, holding .
The flop and turn ran out with three diamonds, culminating with the fall of a on the river. Shulman was able to triple up with his nut flush, as he was the shortest stack involved in the action. No players were eliminated this hand, but Shulman managed to build his stack to about 26,500.
We found Joshua Schoonover making it 2,400 preflop. Action folded around to the Big Blind who moved all in for 12,000. Schoonover made the call and flipped over . It was off to the races as his opponent held .
The cards came out for a straight and a decent amount of chips to boot.