Event #18: $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship
Event #18: $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship
Day 1 completed

Butzhammer Tops Tough Day 1 Razz Field

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Thomas Butzhammer
Thomas Butzhammer

Day 1 of Event #18: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship has come to a conclusion with Thomas Butzhammer leading the field.

Not only was today the biggest buy-in Razz tournament in WSOP history, but not since 2003 have we seen one over the $5,000 buy-in mark. More amazingly is that today marked the first time since 1977 that more than two Razz tournaments have been run in the same series.

Players from near and far took to the felt as a better-than-expected 112 players formed a $1,052,800 prizepool that ensured $294,792 and a WSOP gold bracelet was reserved for the victor. As the likes of Michael and Robert Mizrachi, Billy Baxter, Todd Brunson, Chris Tryba, Calvin Anderson, Josh Arieh, Shawn Buchanan, John Hennigan and Phil Ivey all hit the rail, approximately 74 players would survive with Thomas Butzhammer bagging an impressive 141,300 in chips.

Snapping on his heels include Todd Dakake (136,400) while Brian Hastings (92,700), Eric Rodawig (81,700), Dan Shak (73,100) and Wade Townsend (72,200) are also amongst the chip leaders. Matt Glantz (69,400), Daniel Negreanu (66,100), Brandon Shack-Harris (70,900), Ted Forrest (30,300) and Doyle Brunson (27,500) are just a few of those that have survived into Day 2.

Play is set to resume at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday afternoon with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team providing extensive coverage live from the Amazon Room as we look to play down to the money-paying top 16 and then to the final table.

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts

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Thomas Butzhammer de 141,300 18,500
Todd Dakake us 136,400 19,400
Brian Hastings us 92,700 25,700
Eric Rodawig us 81,700 -3,300
Bill Chen us 81,200 7,200
Brent Keller 77,600 -12,400
Mike Gorodinsky us 77,100 -14,900
Roland Israelashvili us 76,700 2,700
Dan Shak us 73,100 14,100
Brandon Cantu us 73,000 -9,000
Wade Townsend 72,200 27,200
Todd Barlow us 71,500
Daniel Harmetz us 71,000
Brandon Shack-Harris us 70,900 29,900
Matt Glantz us 69,400 -3,600
Naoya Kihara jp 67,300 15,300
Daniel Negreanu ca 66,100 6,100
Ami Barer ca 62,700 22,700
John Monnette us 61,100 9,100
Jonathan Duhamel ca 60,700 30,700
Brian Tate us 60,000 -11,000
Dan O'Brien us 55,500 6,500
Justin Bonomo us 54,500 32,500
Yuval Bronshtein il 54,300 -27,700
Jared Bleznick us 52,500 30,500

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Oppenheim Survives

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Nearly the entire table saw fourth street for the minimum, but it would be Mercier betting out 1,000 only to have David Oppenheim raise. Wade Townsend then three-bet and Mercier four-bet with Oppenheim calling as Townsend made it 5,000 as Mercier and Oppenheim called.

Oppenheim took the lead on fifth before moving all in for his last 400 on sixth as both Townsend and Mercier called and then checked seventh.

Mercier: (X-X) / {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{6-Spades}{Q-Hearts} / (X)
Oppenheim: (X-X) / {9-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Clubs} / (X)
Townsend: (X-X) / {J-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} / (X)

Townsend tabled his {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for a jack-low, but it would be Mercier's {7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{4-Spades} bettering that.

However it would be Oppenheim's {A-Clubs}{4-Hearts}/{8-Hearts} that would see him scoop the monster main pot to triple through to 25,000.

Jason Mercier us 49,000 -6,000
Wade Townsend 45,000 -33,000
David Oppenheim us 25,000 14,000

Tags: David OppenheimJason MercierWade Townsend

The Fun Zone

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"It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt."

That line has been heard time and time again. Over at Table 364 in the corner of the Orange Section in the Amazon Room, Bill Chen and his table mates have been having quite a good time. The beers are flowing and the fun is being had, but recent happenings weren't so much joyful for Stephen Chidwick.

Chen: (X-X) / {8-}{4-}{9-}{3-} / (X)
Chidwick: (X-X) / {6-}{A-}{J-}{8-} / (X)
Wade Townsend: (X-X) / {2-}{8-}{10-}fold

Picking up the action on fourth street, Chidwick had the best hand showing and bet. Both his opponents called, and then Chen picked up the best hand showing on fifth street. He bet, Chidwick raised, Townsend folded, and Chen called.

On sixth street, Chen led with a bet, and Chidwick called. Then on seventh, both players checked.

Chen showed {K-}{7-}{2-} for an eight-seven-four low. Chidwick turned up {J-}{7-}{5-} for an eight-seven-six low and lost the pot.

Wade Townsend 78,000 -7,000
Bill Chen us 74,000 14,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 40,000 -18,000

Tags: Bill ChenStephen ChidwickWade Townsend

Ivey vs. Greenstein

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Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey and Barry Greenstein have long been good friends, but everyone knows there are no friends at the poker table.

Ivey: (X-X) / {3-}{5-}{4-}{K-} / (X)
Greenstein: (X-X) / {6-}{4-}{9-}{A-} / (X)

Picking up the action on fifth street, Ivey bet, and Greenstein called. The sanction was reversed on sixth street with Greenstein betting and Ivey calling. Then on seventh street, Greenstein bet, and Ivey called.

Greenstein showed {7-}{5-}{A-} for a seven-six low, and Ivey mucked.

Barry Greenstein us 56,000 24,000
Phil Ivey us 23,000 -17,000

Tags: Barry GreensteinPhil Ivey