Event #50: $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Event #50: $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Mark Herm 148,400
Vladimir Mefodichev 148,000
James Akenhead 144,100 49,100
Gregory Back 141,200
Daniel Reijmer 135,400
Joe Patrick 134,900
Johnny Lodden 132,600 83,600
Ryan Young 129,700
Tom Mclaughlin 125,200
Nicolas Yunis 120,300
Frederik Jensen 115,200
Richard Trigg 114,700 6,700
Benjamin Volpe 114,100
Masaaki Kagawa 113,500
Vanessa Peng 111,600 86,600
Ishak Noyan 111,000
Bolivar Palacios 107,100
Alexander Regler 106,000
Michael Benvenuti 105,300
Jannick Wrang 105,000
Allen Bari 104,900 71,600
Eric Haddad 104,100
Mikhail Petrov 103,800
Dylan Linde 102,100
Josh Arieh 101,800 6,800

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Un-Shuffle Up Your Cards and Place Them Back in The Rack

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
James Akenhead is 2nd In Chips After Day 1
James Akenhead is 2nd In Chips After Day 1

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!

Four More Hands

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

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.

No More Multitabling For Mercier

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

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.

Tags: Jason Mercier

Chip Counts

Masa Kagawa 95,000 -13,000
Men Nguyen 88,000 51,000
Andy Black 80,000 15,000
Tony Hachem 78,500 21,500
Carter Gill 73,000 13,000
Mike Leah 58,500 36,275
Eric Froehlich 47,000 -50,000
Vitaly Lunkin 45,500 -4,900
Shannon Shorr 36,000 11,000
Jason Somerville 26,200 -6,200
Nick Binger 25,000 14,000
Joe Hachem 23,200 9,200
Andy Frankenberger 21,000 2,000
Steve O'Dwyer Busted
Shaun Deeb Busted
Andre Akkari Busted
Vanessa Rousso Busted
Frank Kassela Busted

Trigg Bisects Kabrhel

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

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 {Q-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {8-Clubs} 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 {10-Hearts} {10-Diamonds} as he did.

Kabrhel showed up {8-Diamonds} {8-Spades} for a set of his own, but Trigg had flopped the world with {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs}. 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 {6-Spades} and {7-Hearts} 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.

Tags: Richard TriggMartin Kabrhel

Seeing Double

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
The Davids Baker
The Davids Baker

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.

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Smith Doubles

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

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.

Smith: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Opponent: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Right on the flop, Smith got what he was looking for when it ran out {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and left his opponent drawing to just two outs. The river {4-Spades} bricked and Smith is up to 57,000.

Tags: Gavin Smith