Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Keep ‘Em Coming

• Level 1: 25-25, 0 ante

The number of entrants is up to 1,204 as they near the end of the first level.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on numbers and names as the day progresses. The event appears set to best the total of 2,086 who played in Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

Mickey Petersen dk 4,500 4,500
Barry Shulman us 4,500 4,500

Obrestad Tangles

• Level 1: 25-25, 0 ante

Annette Obrestad is well known as an active and aggressive player and it looked like she had accumulated a few early chips before meeting some resistance in a hand that recently went down.

Obrestad and her opponent in the small blind had reached the turn with the board reading {2-Clubs}{a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. It checked to Obrestad who bet 300, then her opponent check-raised to 900 and Obrestad called. The river {k-Hearts} then saw a leading bet from the player in the small blind for 1,000, and Obrestad gave it up.

Annette Obrestad no 4,200 -300

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The Laak Show

• Level 1: 25-25, 0 ante
Phil Laak
Phil Laak

Phil Laak just got caught bluffing an opponent and was keen to muck his cards sight unseen. The rules are, though, that cards must be shown if a bet is called. Laak said he much preferred the cash game rules where you can muck and save yourself the embarrassment of turning up your cards.

That didn’t stop him getting involved in the next hand, however, where he led into two opponents on a {5-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop with a bet of 175 and saw a small pot pushed his way to repair a bit of the damage.

“Come on put it in. Put something in there,” he told the folders.

Phil Laak us 3,500 -1,000

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A Few More Familiar Faces From Around the Rooms

• Level 1: 25-25, 0 ante
Frank Rusnak us 4,500 4,500
Kathy Liebert us 4,500 4,500
Maurice Hawkins us 4,500 4,500
Martin Staszko cz 4,500 4,500
Eric Baldwin us 4,500 4,500
Thayer Rasmussen us 4,500 4,500
Jeremy Ausmus us 4,500 4,500
Athanasios Polychronopoulos us 4,500
Ryan Laplante us 4,500 -500
Jonathan Duhamel ca 4,500 4,500
Phil Collins us 4,500 4,500
David Ulliott 4,500 4,500
Phil Laak us 4,500 4,500
Scott Montgomery ca 4,500 4,500
Dwyte Pilgrim us 4,500 4,500
Tamas Lendvai hu 4,500 4,500

Big Fields, Big Names Go Bracelet Hunting in Event #26

2014 WSOP Gold Bracelet
2014 WSOP Gold Bracelet

The third week of the 45th annual World Series of Poker, now celebrating 10 years at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, has begun and today sees Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em get underway shortly.

This marks the second full-ring, $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em event of the 2014 WSOP (outside of the Millionaire Maker), with a field of 2,086 taking part in the first one, Event #19, won by Ted Gillis of Houston, Texas.

We are expecting another huge field today as more and more players arrive in Vegas and those who haven’t yet cashed will no doubt be jumping in, too, trying to put that right. We are expecting a strong showing from the well-known pros as well as those desperate to burst on to the scene and write their names into the history books of poker.

Cards are in the air at 12 noon for 11 levels of play today. Come back then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will bring you all the action over the next three days as we find out together who the next bracelet winner will be.

Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
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