Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Day 1 of Event #50 is in the books, as is the dreams of winning a bracelet for almost 600 people. At least for tonight, anyway. Of the 814 players that entered today’s tournament, just 236 remain with chips.
Easily one of the most star-studded fields to date, the players we lost included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth (in dramatic fashion, as always), Humberto Brenes, Tony Dunst, J.C. Tran, Vanessa Selbst, Shaun Deeb and Jonathan Duhamel. We were even lucky enough to have eight of the most recent November Nine in our field today, with the exception of Michael Mizrachi who is busy playing Heads Up for a bracelet as we speak in Event #47.
If you were skillful and lucky enough to make your way through today’s field onto Day 2, don’t expect to coast by tomorrow. Every table will most certainly be filled with at least a couple of notables, as well as some hidden gems the WSOP unearths every year. We will have a who’s who of talent coming back tomorrow including Andy Black, Lex Veldhuis, Josh Arieh, Gavin Smith, Carlos Mortensen, Jake Cody, Barry Greenstein and not one, BUT TWO, Hachem brothers, Joe and Tony.
However, they will all be chasing Mark Herm who was able to amass 148,400 chips. Not far behind him though are James Akenhead with 144,000 and PokerStars Team Pro Johnny Lodden with 132,600. More importantly, these players not only a lot of chips but plenty of skill to back them up.
This event will be paying 81 places, so with about three times that left starting in the field tomorrow, we should get into the money by mid-day. Be sure to join us before, during, and after the money-bubble pops as the action will be furious all day long. The cards are back in the air at 2:30 p.m. local time and as always, we will see you there with all the coverage!
We were given the call for four more hands a few minutes ago, and the action is wrapping up on the felt. We'll be right back with some closing words.
Jason Mercier is sort of busy trying to win another bracelet in the other room, but he is doing us the courtesy of stopping by on breaks. Just a moment ago, Mercier came running back to his table right in front of our desk. He sat down for about three minutes, then stood up.
"Wow, I run bad," he said, giving his chips a push forward and running back to Event #49 where he's just, you know, the chip leader with 21 players left.
We didn't walk up until the money was already going in on the flop, but we'll tell you what we know. The board showed after the first burn, and Martin Kabrhel was already all in when we approached. Richard Trigg got his last 41,300 into the middle as well, and a third player was deep in the tank considering the big call. After some time, he surrendered, showing as he did.
Kabrhel showed up for a set of his own, but Trigg had flopped the world with . Somewhere, Norman Chad just bolted upright out of a deep sleep yelling, "Royal flush draw!" He didn't need any more help, though as the turn and river came and to keep his flush in front.
With that big pot, Martin Kabrhel is dashed down to just 2,800 chips while Trigg leapfrogs to the head of the class with about 108,000.
Our world just took an upside-down turn when we walked by Table 23. David Baker has been sitting there for a while, and he was just joined by David Baker. What in the world?
When he saw us staring with our mouths gaping, David "ODB" Baker spoke up. "Feel free to reverse our chip counts," he said with a smirk. He's sitting with just 9,600 now to the 75,000 or so that "Bakes" has piled in front of him.
Which Smith, you ask? Gavin Smith.
With a raise to 1,900 and a call in front of him, he shoved from late position for 25,600. However, it didn't fold around. The player in the big blind moved his stack in for more than Smith's raise. The two other players folded and Smith was flipping for his tournament life.
Right on the flop, Smith got what he was looking for when it ran out . The turn was the and left his opponent drawing to just two outs. The river bricked and Smith is up to 57,000.