Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Tony Ruberto was the lone player to top the 200,000 mark, as he bagged 203,300 to end Day 1 of Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship. The Massachusetts native was followed in the top five by well-known pro John Juanda (171,200), Frenchmen Michel Abecassis (165,100) and Benjamin Pollak (156,800), and Russian Alex Bilokur (156,500).
The return of the $10,000 PLHE event after a year off seemed to be well-received, as the 160 total entrants wasn't far off the 195 who played for $5,000 last year. The field was chock-full of notable names, and Antonio Esfandiari (144,300), Chino Rheem (122,700), Mike Matusow (94,000), and the legendary Phil Ivey (24,500) were among those bagging stacks at the end of the night.
Greg Merson, Matt Marafioti, Faraz Jaka, Bertrand Grospellier, David Paredes, and Jason Somerville were among the fallen here on Day 1, as 66 players made the cut for tomorrow's Day 2.
The survivors will return at 2 p.m. tomorrow to get back to battle, and we at PokerNews will be on hand to bring you all of the relevant live updates, so be sure to come back then.
As the players at Table 368 bagged up, JC Tran, Mike Matusow, Erik Seidel, and Isaac Baron each threw down $100 on the high card draw, with Seidel collecting the pot with the .
Matt Marafioti has gone broke.
He ran into Erik Seidel's and although Marafioti flopped a flush draw on the flop, Seidel turned the case king to leave him drawing dead.
The tournament director just ordered the dealers to deal seven more hands before play wraps up for the night.
Antonio Esfandiari put Brock Parker to the test for his last 13,000 on a board. Parker thought for about a minute before calling it off.
Esfandiari showed , and Parker couldn't beat it.
Dan Shak's big day just came to a crashing halt. He still has chips, but the majority of the stack he spent the day building was just shipped one seat over to John Juanda.
The board read and from what we can gather, Shak bet the river, then called when Juanda potted it all in for his last 65,000. Shak's had been outdrawn by Juanda's belly buster.
Tony Ruberto just took all of former November Niner Sylvain Loosli's stack in a hand we didn't see, and he's now the chip leader with 185,000.