Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed
Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Vanessa Selbst 250,300
Erick Lindgren 208,700
Shaun Deeb 194,800 -200
Vincent Vanderfluit 194,500
Michael Mcdonald 181,800
Jamie Rosen 157,200 200
Gregory Brooks 147,000
Jesper Hougaard 142,800
John Kabbaj 138,800
Christopher DeMaci 137,700
Peter Jetten 134,000
Micah Smith 133,200
Blaz Svara 130,300
DID NOT REPORT 125,000
Joseph Ressler 123,800
Jared Ingles 122,600 33,600
Joseph Cheong 120,700
Gary Pollak 117,300
Hans Winzeler 110,100
Robert Shortway 110,100
Joseph Ebanks 106,000
Brian Rast 105,500 500
Bror Kivelio 103,400
Andy Seth 101,800 -8,200
Gregory Bastin 100,100

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Selbst, Lindgren, Deeb, & McDonald Thrive on Day 1 of Inaugural $5K PLO/Six-Handed Event!

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Vanessa Selbst is Day 1 chip leader with 250,300.
Vanessa Selbst is Day 1 chip leader with 250,300.

No one really knew what to expect today in regards to Event #35 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha/Six Handed. This was the first time a six-handed PLO event graced the World Series of Poker Schedule, so the turnout was anyone’s guess. As it turned out, the inaugural event drew an impressive 507 entrants, creating a prizepool of $2,382,900. With the top 48 finishers slated to get paid, including $619,575 that was reserved for first place, the pros turned out in full force. By the end of the night, only 110 players remained, including chip leader Team PokerStars Pro (USA) Vanessa Selbst with 250,300. A little further behind her are Erick Lindgren (208,700), Shaun Deeb (195,000), and Mike “timex” McDonald (181,100).

McDonald, who is playing in his first WSOP this summer, built his chips steadily throughout the day, but one hand was really reminiscent of his day-long heater. Late in the day, Amnon Filippi got his short stack all in preflop against McDonald:

Filippi: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}
McDonald: {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

Filippi was ahead with his aces, but the {J-Clubs}{K-Spades}{Q-Spades} flop quickly changed that by giving McDonald a straight. The {9-Clubs} turn and {6-Clubs} river improved him to a flush, but the result was the same . . . Filippi was eliminated. "This is the best I've ever run in a tournament," McDonald said after the hand. "And I run good all the time."

While McDonald and company were running good, not everyone was so fortunate. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Carlos Mortensen, Galen Hall, Sammy Farha, Barry Greenstein, Eric Baldwin, Joe Cada, Robert Williamson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Scott Seiver, and Daniel Negreanu were just a few of the pros who hit the rail on Day 1.

While many pros failed to survive, others successfully navigated the field and will be return on Day 2. They include David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Joe Hachem, Brian Rast, Layne Flack, Erick Lindgren, Andy Seth, Jeff Lisandro, and Jason Mercier. Also making it through were Kevin Boudreau and Chance Kornuth, the runner-up and winner of last year’s $5,000 PLO event (though that one was played nine handed), who happened to play at the same table much of the day.

The remaining field will return tomorrow at 2:30 PM PST for Day 2 action. We’ll surely hit the money and most likely come close to a final table. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action, hands, and eliminations from the $5,000 PLO/Six-Handed Event!

Sarah Grant give you an update on all the events.

Raptor Doubles

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David Benefield
David Benefield

On a flop of {4-Spades}{8-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, David Benefield got his last 16,900 all in against a player in middle position.

Benefield: {4-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Opponent: {8-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{9-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

McDonald was ahead with two pair but had a lot of cards to dodge. The {A-Clubs} turn was safe, so it was down to the river. The dealer burned and slowly revealed the {5-Diamonds}. Benefield's hand held and he doubled in the closing minutes of Level 10.

David Benefield 40,000 -9,500

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Three More Hands!

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The tournament supervisor has just given the dealers the go-ahead to deal three more hands before we call it a night.

Patel Picks Chips Up

The action has slowed considerably as we approach the closing stages of this Day 1, but Emil Patel has just scored a timely double-up through David Chiu.

All the money was in the middle after the flop of {2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and we got there just as the cards were tabled:

Patel: {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Chiu: {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Patel improved to trips after the turn and river came running {A-Clubs}, {A-Spades} and he's now close to 40,000 while Chiu drops below 70,000.

David Chiu 65,000 30,000
Emil Patel 38,000 9,500

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Mercier Doubles Up

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

We came to Jason Mercier's table after he had just shoved his last 20,400 on the river into a pot that had about 30,000 in it. The board read {k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, and his opponent was in the tank for a few minutes before he flung the chips in for the call. Mercier showed {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Spades} for the second nut flush, and his opponent mucked. Mercier is back up to 71,000 after that pot.

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More Chips for Cheong

The action folded to Joseph Cheong who raised to 2,000 from the button before the flop, but he found only one caller from the big blind before both checking the flop of {J-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Spades} and the turn of the {9-Spades}.

However, after the big blind checked the river of the {4-Diamonds}, Cheong led out for 2,500. The big blind called, but Cheong's two pair with {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs} was best. Cheong's now up to more than 130,000 in chips after that hand.

Joseph Cheong 131,000 36,000

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Grinder Doubles

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was all in on a flop of {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Spades} for his last 8,000 (there was at least 20,000 in the point at this point) and Bryan Colin made the call. Grinder showed {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Spades} and Colin had {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}

The turn and river were {a-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Mizrachi's full house was enough to double him up. He now has 43,000 after the hand

43,000 24,500

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