Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Official Day 1 Chip Counts
It certainly was an exciting day here in the Rio. A total of 2,890 players were spread across multiple rooms to start the day but only 304 are moving on to Day 2. Our chip leader at the end of the night was Jon Lane who has amassed a stack of 141,600.
One of the most amusing parts of the day had to be the prop betting antics that went on courtesy of Antonio Esfandiari. (Click here to read all the hilarious details)
Esfandiari is still in the field and ended the day with 70,300. Other notable players still in the hunt include Phil Hellmuth (25,600), Matt Graham (30,000), Jean-Robert Bellande (21,000), and Blair Hinkle (27,400).
Amongst the many players who busted today there were quite a few familiar faces including Chris Moneymaker, Hoyt Corkins, Freddy Deeb, Tom Dwan, Scott Clements, David Singer, and David Chiu.
A total of 297 players will be cashing in this event so we're sure the money bubble will burst early tomorrow which will make for another exciting day of poker!
Stick with PokerNews for all your WSOP updates and goodnight from the Rio!
"Can you make an announcement to tell them to play tighter?"
So was the joke on the sidelines here following the recent announcement regarding the number of hands left to be played.
With 10 minutes remaining on the tournament clock, it has been announced that we will play six more hands and then bag and tag for the night. (The number of hands is determined by a draw of cards, with the range being from a low of three to a high of seven.) It is still possible they might make it down to 297 and the money during that stretch.
The big board is showing 317 left -- that's just 20 spots shy of the cash. The question of the hour has been whether or not we'll reach the money tonight. We're just a couple of minutes away from the stopping of the tourney clock with 10 minutes to go, at which point they'll play a scheduled number of hands before concluding.
With the field shrinking fast, the big stacks are starting to become increasingly conspicuous.
In addition to Jonathan Driscoll, we're seeing at least a couple of others with 100,000-plus chip stacks at the moment. Eric Baudry is sitting with about 110,000 at the moment, and John Lane with about 115,000.
We passed by Phill Hellmuth's table and noticed him fixing his famously intense gaze on an opponent seated to his direct right, an opponent who happened to hold over 100,000 chips at the moment.
Jonathan Driscoll had raised to 1,700 from the button and Hellmuth defended his small blind with a three-bet to 6,700. While Driscoll thought over his options, Hellmuth put his hands to his face and stared his man down. The heat did nothing to dissuade Driscoll and he announced himself all-in.
The trademark theatrics began immediately as Hellmuth hemmed and hawed, berating himself for opening the door for a massive reraise. "You raise here and let 'em have a chance, that's why you just call" Hellmuth whispered to himself before tossing his cards into the muck. As we stopped to ask Driscoll for a count of his towering castle of chips, Hellmuth sternly reprimanded him, saying "Hey, it's your ante kid!"
Jonathan Driscoll has already cashed in two of this year's $1,000 buy-in events, including a 10th place finish for $38,128 in Event # 8. With his commanding chip lead here on Day 1, we expect him to keep his streak alive with a third cash in this tournament.
Phil Hellmuth, on the other hand, would tend to disagree. As we were departing the table we heard the Poker Brat telling the table, "It's OK, this is the guy that's going to get it in against me drawing dead." Seasons change and time marches onward, but it seems that Hellmuth will forever remain Hellmuth.
Phil Hellmuth continues to build his stack late into Day 1. He limped in early position to put him heads up against the big blind pre flop. The flop came . The player in the big blind checked and Hellmuth made it 1,600. His opponent made the call.
The turn brought the and the player in the big blind checked again. Hellmuth quickly moved all in and his opponent folded. He folded face up . Saying to his opponent that "that turn was a bad turn for you. I limped in with Kings preflop."
Just as we were reporting Prahlad Friedman's steady progress, two hands in rapid succession suddenly erased all of the fruits of his day's labor.
In the first, an overpair vs. two pair situation resulted in the loss of the majority of Friedman's stack, knocking him back to less than 5,000. Soon after he was all in with against a player holding , and his opponent spiked a six to send Friedman to the rail about a hundred spots shy of the cash.
Prahlad Friedman has been steadily accumulating chips throughout the day. Just now he raised from middle position to 2,000, then the player in the cutoff made it 4,700 total. It folded back around and Friedman made the call.
The flop came all babies -- -- and Friedman sat still for a moment before checking. His opponent quickly set out a short stack of chips -- a bet of about 6,000 -- and deciding not to risk anymore of his, Friedman let his hand go.
Friedman still has about 38,000.