Event #7: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)


Official counts from the WSOP at the end of Day 1.

Binh Nguyen 159,000
Sunny Chattha 142,000
Dan Fleyshman 133,700
James Dempsey 132,300
Men Nguyen 129,900 129,900
Darren Kramer 125,800 700
McLean Karr 125,500
Martins Adeniya 124,800
Owen Crowe 123,500
Brandon Adams 114,000
Steve Billirakis 111,400
Matt Marafioti 110,700
Justin Bonomo 109,800
John Dwyer 107,600 -22,400
Christopher Oliver 104,400
Daniel Negreanu 103,400 26,400
Josh Arieh 94,300 -18,700
Daniel Stern 93,700
Mark Dickstein 92,700
Eric Baldwin 90,300
Gary Rabin 90,200

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Event #7: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 1 completed

PLH Championship Day 1: 120 Players Hit the Rail; Levi Chip Leader with 137,000

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Matt Marafioti finished in the top ten chips counts.
Matt Marafioti finished in the top ten chips counts.

The $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship kicked off Day 1 with eight levels of action-packed play as 249 players entered for their shot at the first $10K championship of the year. While that number was down slightly from last year’s 268 entrants, the quality of the field was not diminished in the least. In fact, many of the event’s former champs were in attendance including Nenad Medic (2008- $794,112), Allen Cunningham (2007- $487,287), and last year’s winner, Hungarian Valdemar Kwaysser (2010- $617,214). When the sun set on Day 1 approximately 129 players remained.

As many know, Pot-Limit Hold’em is extremely popular with the European contingent of players. That fact was evidenced by the players who had traveled from around the world to enter the event. Among them were PokerStars Team Pro UK members JP Kelly, James Akenhead, and Liv Boeree; and European superstars Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vladimir Schemelev, Maxim Lykov, and Praz Bansi. Although, about half of those players would be eliminated during the day.

Obviously Europeans weren’t the only players in action. Some big names who played and even survived the day include Erik Seidel, David “Bakes” Baker, Dwyte Pilgrim, Erick Lindgren, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Hoyt Corkins, and Pat Pezzin. Even more impressive, former champs Cunningham, Medic, and Kwaysser all survived to Day 2.

However, all of those players are trailing those at the top of the chip counts: Binh Nguyen (159,000), Sunny Chattha (142,000), Dan Fleyshman (133,700), James Dempsey (132,300), Darren Kramer (125,800), McLean Karr (125,500), Martins Adeniya (124,800), Owen Crowe (123,500), Steve O'Dwyer (122,200), Brandon Adams (114,000), Josh Arieh (113,000), Sam Stein (111,000), Matt Marafioti (110,700), and Justin Bonomo (109,800).

Not all the big-name pros were as lucky as Levi. Huck Seed, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Tom Marchese, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Alaei, Frank Kassela, Scott Seiver, John Racener, and Michael Mizrachi were among those eliminated as the day wore on. In addition, PokerStars Team Pro members Vanessa Selbst, Alexandre Gomes, Jonathan Duhamel, Ville Wahlbeck, Vanessa Rousso, Lex Veldhuis, and Leo Fernandez all failed to make it through to Day 2.

Tomorrow, the remaining 129 players will return to compete for their share of a $2,340,600 prizepool, which will be distributed among the top 27 players with first place receiving $573,456. Here is a look at the payouts:

1st- $573,456
2nd- $354,460
3rd- $264,651
4th- $198,927
5th- $150,453
6th- $114,525
7th- $87,702
8th- $67,596
9th- $52,406
10th thru 12th- $40,890
13th thru 15th- $31,183
16th thru 18th- $25,348
19th thru 27th- $20,129

The $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship will resume tomorrow at 3 PM local time with the start of Day 2 as the remaining field marches toward the final table. Join us then for all the action, eliminations, and excitement from the Amazon Room.

Dwan and Lew Among Late Eliminations

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After doubling Erik Seidel, Randy Lew was left with short-stacked. We're sorry to report that he has been eliminated from this tournament, though we don't have the details on said elimination.

On the same token, we didn't catch the specifics of another elimination, one that saw the railbirds flock to the table. We're talking of course of Tom "durrrr" Dwan, who was eliminated on the second to last hand of the night.

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My Sets Better! Mizrachi Eliminated

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Action folded around to Michael Mizrachi in the hijack who opened for 1,800 only to have Hoyt Corkins reraise to 5,500 from the small blind. Mizrachi called.

Both players checked the flop of {7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{J-Clubs}, before Corkins lead out an even 5,000 on the {4-Clubs} turn. Mizrachi contemplated for a moment, calling the bet to see the {A-Hearts} fall on the river.

Corkins again bet 5,000 only to have Mizrachi raise all in for a few thousand more. Corkins called.

"I have a set!" announced Mizrachi after his opponent called, only to be stunned as Corkins rolled over {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}. Mizrachi meaninglessly tabled {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} before heading out the room.

With that elimination, Corkins moved up to 47,000.

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Four More Hands

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The tournament officials just announced that the remaining players will play just four more hands before calling it a night.

Kelly Eliminated

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JP Kelly
JP Kelly

Action folded to JP Kelly in the cutoff and he raised to 1,800. The player on the button made the call as did Phil "Unabomber" Laak in the big blind. When the flop fell {3-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, action checked to the button and he quickly bet 3,800. Laak folded, Kelly moved all in for 15,500, and the button snap-called.

Kelly: {9-Spades}{6-Spades}
Button: {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

Kelly had flopped two pair and was ahead, but his opponent had a plethora of draws. Unfortunately for Kelly, one of those draw was filled when the {5-Diamonds} hit the turn, giving the button a flush. The {5-Hearts} river was no help to Kelly and he was eliminated late on Day 1.

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Seidel Fades Lew's Flush Draw to Double


On a flop of {3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Erik Seidel checked from the big blind and allowed Randy Lew to bet 2,400 from the under-the-gun position. Seidel then check-raised to 5,400, Lew put in a big raise, and Seidel called off for a total of 18,200.

Lew: {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Seidel: {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

Seidel had flopped trips but needed to fade Lew's flush draw to survive. The {Q-Spades} turn paired Lew and gave him a couple more outs, but the {J-Hearts} blanked on the river. Seidel laid claim to a much needed double late on Day 1.

Erik Seidel 50,000 20,000
Randy Lew 16,800 -36,200

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Robl Busts

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We didn't catch the hand that caused it, but Andrew Robl was just seen exiting the tournament area. Strangely enough, we also saw Daniel Negreanu running... and we mean RUNNING... out of the room around the same time. He returned to the table shortly thereafter.

Your guess is as good as ours as to the reason for his sudden sprint out of the room.

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Chip Counts . . . Part II

McLean Karr 160,000 -3,500
Isaac Haxton 85,000 49,000
Daniel Negreanu 77,000 43,000
Tom Dwan 75,000 14,000
Jennifer Tilly 70,000 -8,000
Nick Binger 68,000 33,000
Valdemar Kwaysser 61,000 -13,000
Annette Obrestad 61,000 -1,000
Shannon Shorr 56,000 16,000
Randy Lew 53,000 5,000
Todd Brunson 52,000 -8,000
David Benyamine 48,000 -2,000
Will Failla 45,000 15,000
Beth Shak 40,000 10,000
Jeffrey Lisandro 39,000 -6,000
Steve Gross 37,000 -3,000
Mike Matusow 35,000 9,000
Jason Mercier 31,000 7,000
Allen Cunningham 30,500 6,000
Erik Seidel 30,000 5,000
Chau Giang 30,000 2,000
Andy Frankenberger 29,000 -4,000
Marco Traniello 28,000 1,000
Erick Lindgren 27,000 -31,000
Vitaly Lunkin 24,000 -10,000

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