Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
After five, two-hour levels of grueling poker, Day 1b of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event is history, and your chip leader is Ben "Benba" Lamb with 188,925 chips.
Talk about a heater.
Lamb currently sits second in the race for WSOP Player of the Year, with four cashes totaling more than $1.3 million, three final tables and a victory in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship event. Lamb's incredible run seems to be continuing, and it will be interesting to see if he can parlay his early success into a deep run in the Main Event.
There are a few other players sporting big stacks after Day 1b. Javier Ramirez (152,600), Mark "PokerH0" Kroon (130,975), Edwin Kim (123,650), Thomas Young (122,775), Carlos Mortensen (105,025) and Sam Stein (101,825) were all able to end the night above six-figures.
A sum of 985 runners ponied up $10,000 here on the second of the four initial heats. There were countless familiar faces in the crowd, including 2010 November Niner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Justin Smith, Tuan Le, Nicolas Levi, and Noah Schwartz. However, none of these players listed were able to make it out of the day. Mizrachi had an especially tough day, losing over half of his stack on one of the first hands with on a board. His opponent, Mac Sohrabi, had , and Mizrachi was drawing dead heading to the river. He later busted with against the of Robin Fisher, when the board ran , and will not be making a return trip to the final table.
Some notables that successfully navigated their way to Day 2 include Kevin Saul, Sam Simon, Guillaume Rivet, Patrik Antonius, Garry "Beast Mode" Gates, Dan "djk123" Kelly, Mike "Timex" McDonald, and 2010 November Niner and runner-up John Racener.
Team PokerStars was well represented here on Day 1b, too. Maxim Lykov, Dario Minieri, Martin Hruby, Eugene Katchalov, John Duthie, and Leo Fernandez all advanced, while we said goodbye to Pierre Neuville, Nacho Barbero and 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari.
For the remaining 600 or so players it's off to Day 2b on Tuesday, where they'll combine with the survivors from Day 1d.
We're calling it a night here at the Rio, but make sure you check in tomorrow at noon local time for exclusive, up-to-the-minute updates of Day 1c of the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
With ten minutes remaining on the tournament clock the staff has just announced that each table will deal three more hands and then bag and tag for the night.
Vivek Rajkumar raised to 1,050 from under the gun only to have a player in middle position re-raise to 3,250. Action folded back around to Rajkumar who asked the other player "You have around fifty or sixty?" trying to determine what the players total stack was. He decided to call and they both saw the flop come . Both players checked and the turn brought the . Rajkumar tossed out a bet of 5,500 and the other player gave up his hand allowing Rajkumar to rake in the pot.
We caught up with the action to see Dario Minieri bet out 6,000 on a board of and his opponent made the call. With about 19,000 in the pot, Minieri's opponent checked to him. Minieri announced that he was all in for his remaining roughly 52,000 in chips.
His opponent had him covered and pondered a call for a while. Eventually his opponent mucked and Minieri was awarded the pot.
"Show a bluff, it's good for the game", the player to Minieri's right said.
"Alright", Minieri replied, complying with his request by tabling the . His opponent could only shake his head as Minieri stacked his chips.
We don't know exactly what happened, but we know a short stack player was all in and up against Eugene Katchalov.
The cards came out and with a pair of queens Katchalov was able to grab hold of some much needed chips.
Patrik Antonius raised to 1,150 in the hijack and was met with a re-raise to 2,800 from Javier Martinez in the cutoff. Antonius made the call and both players checked the flop and turn. On the river however, Antonius led for 4,025 and Martinez upped it to 12,000 straight. Antonius went into the tank and began shuffling yellow T1000 chips. He then put those back in his pile and started to shuffle orange T5000 chips. Eventually, Antonius slowly pushed his cards into the middle and Martinez took it down.
When we got to Garry Gates's table, we saw him up against a short stack with all of his chips in the middle. The short stack held , and Gates was in the lead with . The flop came out , giving the short stack an open ended straight draw. The turn helped neither, coming the , and the river did the same, as it brought the . Gates collected the bounty, upping his stack to just under 60,000.
We're down to 70 tables remaining in the Amazon Room which means there's between 621 and 630 players currently left in Day 1b.