Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Gavin Cochrane 175,500
Victor Ramdin 174,700
Brian Lemke 171,900
138,800
Dave Sands 138,100
Jordan Morgan 136,900 500
Matthew Braund 135,600
Jamie Rosen 133,900
132,600
Joe Tehan 129,900 31,900
Brandon Cantu 129,500
Lee Cox 124,200
Abbey Daniels 124,000
Frank Rusnak 121,600
Bryn Kenney 114,600 32,600
Marc-David Delimal 114,400
Darren Elias 112,700 35,700
Shane Schleger 112,700 20,700
John Hoang 112,300
Jason Potter 108,100 14,100
Cary Katz 105,900
Erick Lindgren 102,200
Peter Gilmore 102,000
Steven Levy 101,100 31,100
Martin Kabrhel 100,800 71,800

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Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1 completed

Day 1a in the Bag; Cochrane, Ramdin and Lemke Out Front

[user80015] • Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Chip leader Gavin Cochrane
Chip leader Gavin Cochrane

The third day of the 42nd World Series of Poker welcomed one of the marquee events of the series with the Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Holdem kicking off in the Pavilion Room.

Today's event was a true test of how Black Friday would effect the World Series, and when the dust settled on registration, a whopping field of 865 settled down to battle it out the felt; which bested the 792-player field from last year.

Nearly every table was stacked with a seasoned veteran or a dangerous online whiz kid as players sought to take advantage of a generous structure. Reigning champion Jason DeWitt led an array of causalities throughout the day as highly-talented players such as Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Tom Dwan, Jonathan Duhamel and Huck Seed all managed to find an early exit.

With the chips bagged and tagged, the board still reads that 246 players remain in contention for taking a piece of the $4,065,500 prizepool home - but more importantly the $874,116 first prize.

Leading the field into tomorrow Gavin Cochrane who amassed a 175,500-chip stack which just pipped PokerStars Team USA Pro Victor Ramdin who bagged a 174,700-chip stack mainly courtesy of winning an ace-king versus queens flip late in the day. 2009 champion Brian Lemke sits third on our leaderboard with 171,900, and when you throw in the dangerous Jordan Morgan (136,400), Brandon Cantu (129,500) and Erick Lindgren (102,200) alongside Jennifer Tilly (61,900), Maria Ho (47,000) and Lauren Kling (27,800), and tomorrow's field is certainly stacked.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will again be providing continuous live coverage as we play firstly down to the money-paying top 81, before making a run at the final table. Make sure to join us from 2:30 pm PST as we continuing writing the history of the 2011 World Series of Poker live from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino!

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Lee Finishing Strong

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Bernard Lee has been working to finish strong in the last level of the day. He mentioned that he three-bet opponents twice in the last level, once with {K-}{K-} and the other with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. Both times his opponent folded and Lee was able to pick up a few chips. He rounded out the day with 52,400 in his stack.

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Gotta Be Chip Leader Right?

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Facing an early position raise to 1,800 and a three-bet to 5,400, Victor Ramdin pushed out 15,000 into the pot from the button.

The original raiser moved all in for 61,100, and once the three-bettor passed, Ramdin made the call.

Ramdin: {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}
Opponent: {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

Fortunately for Ramdin, the poker Gods were smiling down on him as the board dropped {A-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs} to see him bump his opponent to the rail while sending him soaring up to 177,000.

"That's gotta be a chip leader pot. Gotta be!" exclaimed Ramdin in excitement.

Yes it is Victor.

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King James, But It Ain't LeBron

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Noah Schwartz in earlier day action
Noah Schwartz in earlier day action

Mega Miami Heat fan Noah Schwartz broke tables, and on the first hand at his new location, bumped it up to 2,200 from middle position.

A few spots over, James Bord shuffled chips and ummed and ahhed for over ninety seconds before moving all in for 16,600. The action passed back to Schwartz and he made the call to the WSOP Europe Champion at risk.

Bord: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}
Schwartz: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}

With Bord in the lead, the {9-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop would ensure his double to over 35,000 as Schwartz slipped down to 30,000.

James Bord 35,000 20,000
Noah Schwartz 33,000 -18,000

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Lindgren Sends Seed Sailing

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Huck Seed raised under-the-gun to 2,000 and was called by a player in middle position, Erick Lindgren on the button and the big blind.

The flop came {4-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Seed c-bet 6,000 after the big blind checked. The middle position player folded and Lindgren raised to about 30,000, which was enough to put Seed all in. Seed made the call.

Showdown
Seed: {7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Lindgren: {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}

Seed was in bad shape despite having a straight-flush draw. The {5-Hearts} turn was no help and the {A-Hearts} river sealed the deal for Seed, sending him to the rail.

Lindgren now stands with a healthy stack of 110,000

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