Event #57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
Event #57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Gary Bolden 98,300
Eric Crain 96,500
Austin Marks 89,500
Juan Caridad 78,500
Max Pescatori 72,000
Alexandre Gomes 70,400
Joe Tehan 69,500
Daniel Fuhs 66,400
Ali Eslami 64,400 17,400
Daniel Shak 62,600 2,600
Anders Taylor 59,900
Allen Kessler 58,500 1,500
Bryce Yockey 58,200
Erik Seidel 57,500
Tobias Reinkemeier 56,400
David Paredes 55,900
Darin Thomas 53,500
Chris Bjorin 53,400
Maurizio Guerra 53,200
Mikhail Savinov 51,100
Javed Abrahams 51,000
Matthew Vengrin 50,000 3,000
David Bach 49,900 2,900
Raymond Dehkarghani 48,800
Nick Binger 48,400 18,400

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Gary Bolden Day 1 Chip Leader; Pescatori, Gomes, & Tehan Hots on His Heels

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Day 1 Chip Leader Gary Bolden
Day 1 Chip Leader Gary Bolden

After a delayed start, Event #57 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better got underway with 352 players entering the event, nearly 25% more than last year's field. That meant the runners were competing for their share of a $1,654,400 prize pool, $397,073 of which was reserved for first place. By the end of the night, approximately 189 players remained with Gary Bolden appearing to be the Day 1 chip leader (98,300).

Hot on his heels are Eric Crain (96,500), Austin Marks (89,500), Max Pescatori (72,000), Alexandre Gomes (70,400), and Joe Tehan (69,500).

The last tournament before the Main Event drew some of the biggest names in poker; however, not all of them were able to gain momentum. Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Mitch Schock, Humberto Brenes, Sammy Farha, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Tom Dwan, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, and Chris Bell, who will not be defending his 2010 title.

While dozens of pros hit the rail, others were able to navigate their way through the field and have advanced to Day 2. They include the always outspoken Mike “The Mouth” Matusow (20,700); the only remaining former Main Event winner, Huck Seed (14,400); online powerhouse David “Doc” Sands (33,600); all-time money winner Erik Seidel (57,500); and consummate grinder and structure guru, Allen Kessler (58,500).

The tournament will resume tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. PST and we expect it’ll be a day full of action as the players do their best to reach the money. Join us then as we bring you all the hands, chip counts, and eliminations from the floor of the $5K PLO8.

A Few Notable Chippies

Gary Bolden 98,300
Eric Crain 96,500
Austin Marks 89,500
Max Pescatori 72,000
Alexandre Gomes 70,400 -2,600
Erik Seidel 57,500 3,000
Noah Boeken 46,600 24,600
Nacho Barbero 34,100 6,100
Mike Matusow 20,700 1,450
David Williams 19,800 -200
Pat Pezzin 18,900 1,400
Jason Mercier 15,800 3,300
Huck Seed 14,400 -6,600

The Final Four

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We've reached that magical ten-minute mark in Day 1, and the clock has been paused. We'll play four more hands at each table, color up and race off the green T25 chips, and bag up for the night.

Nobody Can Spare a Quarter For Hachem

• Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

A player in middle position raised to 2,200, and Joe Hachem got his last ~9,500 into the middle to put himself at risk. Cards up, gents.

Hachem: {A-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {2-Diamonds}
Opponent: {A-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {2-Hearts}

Mr. Opponent flopped a pair as it came {8-Spades} {9-Clubs} {J-Hearts}, and the turn and river came the {Q-Diamonds} and the {6-Diamonds}. "Ah, three-quarters," Hachem lamented, incorrectly thinking he'd chopped the low. After just a moment, he realized his mistake. "Ah, no low." And with that, he was gone.

Tags: Joe Hachem

Catch the WSOP on ESPN Beginning July 26

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While this event won't be on television, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, which is down to just 11 players at this moment, will be. Here is a look at the WSOP/ESPN TV schedule:

ESPN’s 2011 WSOP TV Schedule

DateTime (EST)EventEpisode #
July 268:00 PMRematches: Chan vs. Hellmuth + Seidel vs. Chan1
July 269:00 PMRematches: Moneymaker vs. Farha2
August 28:00 PM$25,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em3
August 29:00 PM$25,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em4
August 98:00 PM$50,000 Poker Player’s Championship5
August 99:00 PM$50,000 Poker Player’s Championship Final6
August 168:00 PMMain Event7
August 169:00 PMMain Event8
August 238:00 PMMain Event9
August 239:00 PMMain Event10
August 308:00 PMMain Event11
August 309:00 PMMain Event12
September 68:00 PMMain Event13
September 69:00 PMMain Event14
September 138:00 PMMain Event15
September 139:00 PMMain Event16
September 208:00 PMMain Event17
September 209:00 PMMain Event18
September 278:00 PMMain Event19
September 279:00 PMMain Event20
October 49:00 PMMain Event21
October 410:00 PMMain Event22
October 119:00 PMMain Event23
October 1110:00 PMMain Event24
October 189:00 PMMain Event25
October 1810:00 PMMain Event26
October 259:00 PMMain Event27
October 259:00 PMMain Event28
November 19:00 PMMain Event29
November 110:00 PMMain Event30
November 89-11:00 PMMain Event Final Table31/32

This and That

Max Pescatori 72,000 1,000
Joe Tehan 60,000 6,000
Galen Hall 55,000 -200
Darryll Fish 34,000 3,000
Daniel Alaei 20,000 -8,000
Mike Matusow 19,250 1,250
Kevin MacPhee 12,000 -37,000
Alexander Kravchenko Busted
Dario Minieri Busted

Watkinson Stacks One

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Under the gun, Dan Heimiller limped in, and a player in middle position raised to 2,500. Lee Watkinson called in position, Heimiller folded, and it was heads-up to the flop.

The dealer spread out {2-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {10-Hearts}, and the raiser continued out with another 6,500 chips. Watkinson tanked for a while, then plunked the call into the pot. On the turn, the {2-Spades} paired the board, and the bettor slid his last ~5,300 into the middle. This time, Watkinson snap-called, and the cards were on their backs.

Watkinson: {A-Spades} {2-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} {Q-Spades}
Opponent: {K-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} {A-Diamonds} {4-Clubs}

Mr. Opponent's kings had been run down by Watkinson's deuce, and the latter improved further to a full house as the {Q-Clubs} filled out the board. With that, Watkinson sends one out, moving up to about 46,000 in the process.

Tags: Lee Watkinson