Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
We started Day 1 of Event #41 with 538 players and now we are down to 60. All of the remaining players are guaranteed $4,118, but all have their eyes on the first-prize $167,060 and of course, the shiny gold bracelet.
Tomorrow, there will be 10 six-handed tables that play down to our final table of 10. We started with an extremely stacked field including, Tom Dwan, Eric Baldwin, J.C. Tran, David Benyamine, Todd Brunson, Greg Mueller, Jean-Robert Bellande, Chau Giang, Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Jason Somerville, Lex Veldhuis, Humberto Brenes, Jonathan Little, and Barry Greenstein, all of whom did not make it.
Of those who won their tables and are still in contention for the bracelet and first prize money are Noah Boeken, Hoyt Corkins, Ari Engel, Jacobo Fernandez, and Sergey Rybachenko. Also included are Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) and Victor Ramdin (USA) who both came back from 20-1 chip defects in heads-up play to take down their tables and make it to Day 2.
Be sure to check in at 2:30 p.m. PST where our coverage will resume and we will play down to our ten-handed final table.
Dwyte Pilgrim raised, Yegor Tsurikov re-raised, and Pilgrim called. Pilgrim called a bet from Tsurikov on the flop, turn and river with the board ending up . Tsurikov showed the which was good and Pilgrim was left with 7,000.
Shortly thereafter Pilgrim got the last of his chips in on a board reading . Tsurikov showed for king high which was good enough and Pilgrim was the last player eliminated in round one.
Thomas Schulze and his opponent got it all in on the turn with the board reading , Schulze showing and his opponent showing . The river was a and Schulze won the second to last table of the day.
There are only two tables left playing heads up. Dwyte Pilgrim is one of the players remaining. We don't expect play to last too much longer on either table, but you never know!
Our remaining heads up tables are now on a 20 minute break.
Ray Henson raised and Todd Witteles called. After the flop came , Witteles checked to Henson who bet. Witteles then raised and Henson called. The turn brought the and Witteles bet and Henson called. The river was the and both players checked.
Witteles showed the for a ten-high flush and Henson was left with only 1,200 in chips.
Henson got the remainder of his chips in shortly thereafter holding the against Witteles' . The board ran out and Witteles' pair of tens was best eliminating Henson.
Witteles is now moving on to round two!
On a board we found Ivo Donev's opponent three betting all in, and Donev calling. Donev held while his opponent had . The river brought the and gave Donev two pair for the victory.