Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Kal Raichura bagged up 68,100 to notch a slim chip lead over Konstantin Puchkov (65,800) here at the conclusion of Day 1 of Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low. Puchkov already has a World Series of Poker bracelet and more than $2 million in live cashes to his name, while the Canadian has $122,000 in cashes.
The winner of this one will take home $283,275 for outlasting a total field of 1,036 runners, a very slight increase over last year's field of 1,014, topped by Calen McNeil. McNeil returned to defend his title, and he had a very swingy day, ultimately gasping to the finish and bagging just 7,400. He'll certainly have his work cut out for him tomorrow.
Other notables bagging stacks included Eric Baldwin (43,000), George Danzer (39,300), Allen Cunningham (36,200), the legendary Phil Ivey (33,500), Stephen Chidwick (32,100), former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela (31,600), Erik Seidel (29,600), David "Gunslinger" Bach (20,300), and former Main Event champion Greg Raymer (10,800).
A total of 220 survivors made it through the 10-level grind today, and they'll return for Day 2 tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Amazon Room. Be sure to tune back in to PokerNews as we let you know what happens as the field is pared down and the money starts flowing.
On one of the last hands of the night, six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack busted out at the table right by the media table in a hand we didn't see.
Four more hands will be played until the day is done.
Yuebin Guo got his last 3,000 all in before the flop against a player who was under the gun and George Danzer in the big blind.
By fourth street, the board read , and Danzer got the rest of his live opponent's stack in the middle.
Under the gun:
"I've got the freeroll," Danzer said, since he and the under-the-gun player both had wheels but Danzer had a higher straight draw. Guo, meanwhile, held the nut flush draw.
The dealer burned and turned the to give Danzer the nut straight to go with his nut low, quartering the under-the-gun player.
"Don't write that he played that hand," one of the players at the table joked of the sponsored pro. "He'll lose his sponsorship. Next time we see him, he'll be a free agent!"
The table erupted with laughter as Danzer stacked his chips.
We found Kal Raichura considering a preflop raise from an opponent who was short-stacked.
"You can fold now," Raichura's opponent joked. "I would not be mad if you folded now."
Raichura called though, and the flop came . Raichura's opponent bet, and Raichura raised. His opponent called off the remainder of his stack.
Raichura's opponent had seen one of the worst possible flops for his baby-filled hand, and the turn and river did not bring enough improvement to overtake Raichura. Raichura appears to be the chip leader with about 30 minutes left.