Event #6: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Event #6: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)


End of day counts from the WSOP for day 1.

Edward Nassif 92,000
Jerrod Ankenman 61,900
Jason Kim 59,900
Chris Tryba 57,300 -10,000
Sean Nguyen 55,500
Damien Leforbes 55,300
Bryan Pimlott 55,000
Chris Overgard 51,300
Paul Schumer 49,100
Jonathan Aguiar 46,100
Melanie Banfield 45,500
Scott Zakheim 41,400
Michael Winnett 41,000
Archie Karas 40,800
Michele Limongi 39,000
Jose Nacho Barbero 38,800
Barry Shulman 35,600 6,600
Arkadiy Tsinis 35,600

Tryba Grabs Hold of Day One

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante
2011 WSOP Bracelets
2011 WSOP Bracelets

We've officially closed the books on the first day of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event! Today's field began with 675 players and we played down to the final 130 today. At the end of ten levels of play, Chris Tryba emerged as our Day One chip leader, finishing the day with 67,300 in chips. Close behind are Jason Kim with 59,900 and Sean Nguyen with 55,500.

Today's field started out slow in terms of big name professional players, but by the day's end we ended up with a field packed full of notables. Some thrived and some faltered in the face of this $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. Among those that fell out of the running today include Daniel Negreanu, Jean-Robert Bellande, Allen Cunningham, Joe Sebok, Steve Billirakis, and Phil Gordon.

However, while many big names were eliminated from the field, there still remained players who rose to the top and survived on to compete in Day 2. Among those moving on are Barry Shulman, Tom Schneider, Matt Matros, Chino Rheem, and the femme fatales Jennifer Harman and J.J. Liu. Each of these players has a shot of grabbing the event's top prize of $205,065 and it will be interesting to see who rises to the top during day two play.

Join us tomorrow here on PokerNews when we resume play of this $1,500 Limit Hold'em event, where the remaining players will compete for a prize pool of $911,250. Our live coverage will continue tomorrow at 2:30pm PST from the Amazon Room here at the Rio if you'd like to come and rail the action!

Tags: Barry ShulmanChris TrybaJennifer Harman

That's It!

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

We started with 135 players in the last three hands, and we ended up with all 135 players after the last three hands. Sometimes, we'll have a flurry of last-minute attempts to double up, but in this case, it was a more sedate finish.

Time to wrap this up - we'll have a full recap of the action from Day 1 for you soon.

Three More Hands!

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

The tournament director has advised the dealers to deal three more hands before we bag and tag for the night.

JRB Can't Compete With Jacks

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

We got to the table in time to see Jean-Robert Bellande contemplating moving the rest of his stack in on a board of {Q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. A pot committed Bellande stuck the rest of his stack in and was called by his opponent's {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}. Bellande's {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} was looking for an ace or a non-jack diamond, but the river came up short and he was eliminated. Bellande graciously shook hands with the players at his table before departing from the Pavilion.

Tags: Jean-Robert Bellande

Nguyen's Makin' Moves

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

Leo Torosyan has been cut back to 28,500 in chips after losing a big pot to Sean Nguyen.

The action was heads-up on a board that read {J-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}; Torosyan opened and Nguyen called, then Torosyan opened again on the river {J-Spades} and Nguyen called once again, showing down {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} against Torosyan's {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

As a result, Nguyen has catapulted to the top of the counts, now being dwarfed by a stack worth more than 58,000 in chips!

Tags: Leo TorosyanSean Nguyen

Shulman Loses in Battle of the Blinds

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

After a player opened for a raise from the cutoff and a player called from the small blind, 2009 WSOPE Main Event Champion and CEO of CardPlayer Magazine, Barry Shulman, three-bet from the big blind and was called by both players.

The flop fell {9-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and the small blind checked to Shulman who led out. The cutoff laid it down and the small blind made the call. The turn was a {9-Spades} and Shulman's opponent once again checked to him. After Shulman fired a second bullet, his opponent decided to raise and Shulman made the call. The {J-Clubs} was laid out on the river and and the small blind decided to throw out a bet this time. Shulman called but was dejected to see his opponent flip up {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}. "If you're just calling it's not good enough to win it" said Shulman's opponent as his full house was moved up to the center of the table and the chips were pushed away from Shulman's direction.

This hand left Shulman with 29,100 in chips.

Tags: Barry Shulman

JJ Gives it the Ol' College Try-ba

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

JJ Liu has chipped up through Chris Tryba as we reach the business end of Day 1 of Event #6 at the Rio.

We caught the action on a flop that read {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}; two players in early position both checked to Tryba who opened the betting. Liu was the only caller, so it was heads-up the turn of the {J-Spades}.

Tryba check-called Liu's bet and check-called again after the dealer produced the river {6-Hearts}. Liu showed down {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} for two pair and Tryba mucked his hand.

Both players are now holding stacks worth 33,000 in chips.

Tags: Chris TrybaJJ Liu

Who's Shippin' and Who's Slippin'?

There's been a fair amount of movement across the chip counts, with Eric Lopez storming up to first place with 51,500 in chips, just ahead of Leo Torosyan, who's not far behind with 48,500. Damien Leforbes, Paul Schumer, Chris Overgard and Chris Tryba are also staking their claim for a top ten spot.

Only 153 players remain with 45 minutes to go in the final level of play.

Leo Torosyan 48,500 4,500
45,000 15,000
Damien Leforbes 42,000
Paul Schumer 40,000
Chris Overgard 39,000
Bryan Pimlott 38,500 10,500
Chris Tryba 35,500
34,500 -500
Tobin Banks 34,000 6,000
Barry Shulman 27,000 6,500
JJ Liu 24,000 2,000
Tom Schneider 22,000 12,000
Jean-Robert Bellande 20,500 10,500
Jon Aguiar 19,000 -24,500
Jennifer Harman 12,500 -5,300
5,000 -4,400