Event #36: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #36: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Marvin Rettenmaier 174,100
Dan O'Brien 168,300
Sudhakara Kattamuri 163,200
Michael Michnik 136,800
Keith Ferrera 132,500
Dmitry Stelmak 128,700
Jack Ellwood 124,700
Nicholas Petrangelo 120,000
Jerry Wong 112,000
Dwyte Pilgrim 110,000
Brian Phelps 107,800
Gavin Smith 103,900
Chance Kornuth 101,900
Martins Adeniya 101,600
Randy Dorfman 100,000
Rob Akery 96,400
Lars Bonding 93,400
Barry Woods 90,800
Zach Clark 88,700
Peter Murphy 87,700
Justin Filtz 86,500
Edgar Delatorre 84,900
Thomas Middleton 83,700
Ed Sabat 83,000

Day 1 Ends with Martin Rettenmaier Atop the Leaderboard

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Marvin Rettenmaier ended with the chiplead and a massage.
Marvin Rettenmaier ended with the chiplead and a massage.

Day 1 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em is in the books and Marvin Rettenmaier is your chipleader with 174,100. The day began with 1,734 players and the field has been whittled down to 296 runners. Joining Rettenmaier at the top of the leaderboard are Dan O’Brien, Jack Ellwood and Brian Phelps.

Also moving on to Day 2 are notables Dwyte Pilgrim, Martins Adeniya, Gavin Smith, Randy Dorfman, Eric Baldwin, Matt Marafioti, Lars Bonding, Leo Wolpert, J.C. Tran, Tim Phan, Nam Le, Randal Flowers and Terrence Chan.

One of the most interesting hands of the day occurred when Tommy Vedes shoved on the button, not expecting a call, with only one card. After the call was made Vedes asked the dealer for another card. The floorman was summoned and the ruling was that since Vedes was on the button the top card obviously belonged to him.
Vedes only held the {Q-Clubs} and the dealer peeled off the top card and it was the {A-Clubs}. He was up against {A-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} and won the hand after pairing his queen.

Plenty of notables were sent to the rail including: Andy Frankenberger, Dan Fleyshman, Nenad Medic, Jordan Young, Liv Boeree, Jason DeWitt, Nick Binger, Jonathan Duhamel, Isaac Haxton, Sorel Mizzi and Matt Stout.

Tom Dwan was in the tournament today, albeit for just one hand. Dwan played the first hand after the dinner break after his stack had been blinded off down to just over 4,000. He shoved on the button with {7-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds}, got called by a player with {K-Clubs} {9-Clubs} and the board gave his opponent two pair. Dwan literally never took his seat, he played his one hand in what Eric Baldwin called a “runner’s stance.”

Before the dealer could award the pot to his opponent Dwan bolted over the Amazon Room for his PLO event. Today was a triple dip for Dwan; he was one of the top chip counts in the $5,000 PLO event and had a stack in the $10,000 HORSE Championship as well.

Sarah Grant scooped Tom Marchese for a quick chat.

Day 2 will begin at 2:30 p.m. PST in the Amazon Room in the Purple section. Be sure to follow all the WSOP live at Pokernews.com.

Smith Closing In On a Century

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

We picked up the action on the flop as the dealer rolled out {9-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {3-Spades}. A player in middle position checked, and Gavin Smith bet 1,800 into a pot of slightly more than that. His opponent called, and the {2-Clubs} drew another check-call from him. It was 3,800 on the turn, and he checked again on the {A-Spades} river. Smith figured all was safe, and he slid out one final bet of 8,600. Oops. His opponent check-raised all in over the top, and Smith was put to the decision for his full stack of 39,600. Smith spent some time in the tank, and he eventually made the call for his tournament life with {A-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs}.

It was good. The other player's cards hit the muck, and Smith collected the double to move up to about 95,000.

Tags: Gavin Smith

Three More Hands

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

The tournament clock has reached the ten minute mark and the field will play three more hands. Then they will bag and tag for the night.

Rettenmaier to the Front

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Marvin Rettenmaier opened to 1,700, and he found calls from both the small and big blinds to go three ways to the flop.

It came {4-Diamonds} {2-Spades} {7-Spades}, and Rettenmaier continued out with 2,600 more chips. The small blind called, but the big blind check-raised to 10,400 total. Rettenmaier called that raise only to see the small blind shove all in for a few thousand extra. Not to be outdone, the big blind reshoved for a bit more than that, and Rettenmaier called down both opponents with a chance at the double knockout.

Rettenmaier: {4-} {4-}
Small Blind: {A-Spades} {J-Spades}
Big Blind: {2-} {2-}

Rettenmaier's set was the best hand as the cards lay, but he needed to fade a deuce and nine spades to earn the knockout. The turn {Q-Diamonds} was a blank, and the {K-Hearts} river was, too. Red cards are just what Rettenmaier wanted to see, and the double knockout has pushed him up to chip-daddy territory with 165,000 now.

Tags: Marvin Rettenmaier

Diaz Calls with Weak Ace

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

We found this hand as David Diaz was making a tough decision. Diaz was in late position and had opened with a raise and the big blind moved all in on him for 13,700. Diaz took a few moments to think but then called. His opponent tabled {A-Spades} {9-Spades} and Diaz was all smiles as he turned over {A-Diamonds} {6-Clubs}.

The board ran {Q-Spades} {2-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {K-Spades} and Diaz didn't seem to mind shipping over the 13,700. He slipped down to 25,500.

Tags: David Diaz

A Little Mistake

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

A player under the gun opened to 1,600, and he was called by both Jonathan Little (late position) and Mike Bennington (small blind). They three saw a {Q-Clubs} {4-Clubs} {3-Spades} flop, and the raiser continued out with another 2,700 chips. Little called, and Bennington check-raised to 10,000 straight. The raiser flatted now, and Little responded with an all-in shove, shipping his last 28,000 across the line. Bennington called, and that finally shook the under-the-gun player loose as he double-checked his cards and threw them into the muck.

Little was at risk with the mighty {K-Spades} {J-Spades}, and he was in a big hole as Bennington tabled {Q-Clubs} {3-Clubs} for top and bottom pairs. The turn {J-Clubs} gave Little some outs, but the river {4-Diamonds} was a blank, cueing his exit just before the end of the night.

Tags: Jonathan LittleMike Bennington

Big Stack Watch

We're scanning, and these are the big stacks we see right now:

152,000 118,500
110,000 10,000


• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

A player in middle position opened with a raise, and Noah Schwartz had an easy three-bet shove for his last 8,000. He had {A-Spades} {J-Diamonds}, and the news would not be good as the caller turned up {A-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds}.

That news was bad for Schwartz, and the {10-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} flop did him no good at all. The {6-Clubs} on the turn provided some chop outs, but the river {6-Spades} means Schwartz's day is done early enough to beat the rush to the parking lot.

Tags: Noah Schwartz