Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day 1 completed

Forty Players Return for Day 2 Including Seidel, Galfond, and More

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Erik Seidel Among the Returning 40 Players
Erik Seidel Among the Returning 40 Players

After playing into the early hours of the morning, Day 1 of Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout has come to a close. A total of 389 players came out for this event and by the end of the night just 40 players bagged up to return for Day 2. Each of these players was the last one standing at their starting table and will come back to do it all over again tomorrow.

Each returning player is guaranteed a payday of at least $7,805. The final 40 will return to play 10 four-handed tables. That means that just three competitors stand in each player's way of making the official final table of ten on Day 3.

The day saw several notable players defeat their respective tables and advance onto the second round. Some of the players who are still in contention for the $254,891 and the gold WSOP bracelet are Sorel Mizzi (88,800), Taylor Paur (88,800), Dimitar Danchev (88,700), Christophe de Meulder (88,700), Faraz Jaka (86,600), Alexander Venovski (88,600), David Tuthill (88,300), Eric Wasserson (88,300), Eric Froehlich (88,200), Jake Cody (88,100), John Dolan (87,800), Phil Galfond (80,600), Tamer Kamel (80,500), Humberto Brenes (80,300), Josh Brikis (80,300), and Erik Seidel (80,300).

While these players all advanced, others were not as fortunate. Calvin Anderson, for example, saw an exit from the tournament within the first minutes of the tournament, running a large pocket pair into an Hal Lubarsky's pocket aces. Lubarsky, however, also fell to his opponents by the end of the day. Other players to hit the rail include Jason Somerville, Todd Terry, Galen Hall, Annette Obrestad, David Vamplew, David Williams, Sam Trickett, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Scott Baumstein, Joe Kuether, Jason Koon, and Erick Lindgren.

Main event champions Joe Cada and Greg Merson drew the same table, but neither player was able to advance. Cada fell in fourth and Merson was eliminated in third. The table was eventually won by Dylan Linde. Reigning Main Event champion Ryan Riess also participated, but was eliminated in third place at his table.

Some notable players experienced the greatest heartbreak a shootout can offer - making it to heads up play only to find elimination. Players like Josh Arieh, Griffin Benger, 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel, and Matt Salsberg all made it to heads up at their tables but were unable to seal the deal.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Tan section of the Amazon room. Here the players will attempt to win their four-handed table to clinch a seat at Monday's final table. As always, be sure to check out PokerNews for all of the latest updates from this and every other exciting bracelet event!

Tags: Erik SeidelGreg MersonHal LubarskyHumberto BrenesJake CodyJoe CadaRyan Riess

The Survivors (full)

[user68268] • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
David Daneshgar us 89,300 89,300
Mike Pickett US 88,900 88,900
Luke Graham us 88,900
Sorel Mizzi ca 88,800
Taylor Paur us 88,800
Stewart Newman US 88,700
Dimitar Danchev bg 88,700
Alex Bolotin us 88,700
Christophe de Meulder be 88,700
Faraz Jaka us 88,600
Andres Garcia US 88,600 88,600
Jackduyph Duong (Jack Duong) 88,600 88,600
Daniel Alaei us 88,600
Joel Tushnet us 88,600 88,600
Noah Bronstein us 88,500
Nick Abou Risk CA 88,400 88,400
Raymond Dandrea US 88,400
Chris Bell us 88,300
Alexander Venovski us 88,300
David Tuthill us 88,300
Eric Wasserson us 88,300
Michael Stonehill us 88,200
Eric Froehlich us 88,200
Jake Cody gb 88,100
Ira Marcus us 88,100 88,100

Read full

Level:
12
Blinds:
1,000/2,000
Ante:
300

Even Steven

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Daniel Alaei and his opponent are currently even in chips with each holding about 44,000 in chips.

Loosli, Mizzi Advance

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

After a hefty heads up match, November Niner Sylvain Loosli has advanced to Day 2. On the final hand, Loosli opened to 3,600 on the button and his opponent three-bet shoved all in for 25,800 from the big blind. Loosli called and the hands were turned on their backs.

Loosli: {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Opponent: {Q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

The board came down in dramatic fashion {2-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Spades}, giving Loosli's opponent the lead on the turn, but putting a pair of deuces on the board on the river to give Loosli the win. He'll return tomorrow with a stack of 80,000.

Immediately afterward, Marcus Mizzi won his heads up match and bagged up 80,600. Now just one match remains before Day 1 comes to an end.

Marcus Mizzi ca 80,600
Sylvain Loosli fr 80,000 32,000
Level:
11
Blinds:
800/1,600
Ante:
200

Break

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The final 3 matches are taking a 15-minute break.

Bolotin and Brenes Bag Up

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Alex Bolotin and Humberto Brenes have bagged up for the evening. Brenes used his big stack to put pressure on Phil Tom until he was eliminated from play. Bolotin played a long match against Cary Katz then ultimately ended in Katz's elimination.

Bolotin bagged up 88,300 while Brenes will bring 80,300 to the second day. There are now just three heads up matches left in the Amazon room.

Alex Bolotin us 88,700
Humberto Brenes cr 80,300 12,300
Phil Tom us Busted
Cary Katz us Busted

Tags: Alex BolotinCary KatzHumberto BrenesPhil Tom