Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1 completed

Loren Klein Bags Wide Chip Lead in Event #3

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Loren Klein leads the remaining 106 players.
Loren Klein leads the remaining 106 players.

Loren Klein bagged up 133,900 to lead the 106 surviving players here at Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. No other player was in shouting distance of Klein, as he was the only player to crack six figures. Klein is no stranger to big-time tournament poker, as the Golden, Colo., native has over $400,000 in live cashes to his credit. His best World Series of Poker finish was a second-place cash for about $195,000 in a $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2010.

Plenty of notable names bagged up stacks tonight, including John O'Shea (89,000), Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis (73,800), Phil Laak (65,700), Ashton "theASHMAN103" Griffin (51,500), online cash crusher Doug "WCGRider" Polk (39,500), 2012 Main Event champion Greg Merson (33,200), Stephen Chidwick (21,700), and Jason Somerville (16,400).

Players busting today included Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Huck Seed, Dan Smith, Phil Hellmuth, Erick Lindgren, Michael Mizrachi, Christian Harder, Dan Kelly, and Jason Mercier.

We had 1,128 entrants buy in today, and the 106 survivors will return tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Amazon Room, where they will trim the field for Day 3. Be sure to tune back in tomorrow for all of the live updates here on PokerNews.

Tags: Loren KleinAshton GriffinChristian HarderDan KellyDan SmithDaniel NegreanuDoug PolkErick LindgrenGreg MersonHuck SeedJason MercierJason SomervilleMichael MizrachiPhil HellmuthPhil IveyPhil LaakStephen ChidwickSteve Billirakis

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Loren Klein us 133,900 133,900
John O'Shea IE 89,000 -1,000
Allan Le us 88,200 88,200
Iori Yogo jp 79,900 79,900
Steve Billirakis us 75,800 24,800
John Gordon us 73,100 73,100
Joe Monro 65,900
Phil Laak us 65,700
Paul Phillips 65,700
Steve Brown 59,200
Matthew Ryan 59,100
Leif Force us 58,100 27,100
Morgan Popham us 56,580
James Morris gb 56,200
Mark Johnson us 51,600
Ashton Griffin us 51,500 8,500
Brandon Shack-Harris us 51,000
Mark Thoennes 50,700 -16,300
Erik Gorman 49,400
Philip Siegel 46,900 -11,600
Scott Stanko us 46,800
Scott Simon 46,700
Yves Kupfermunz be 46,100
Jorg Perleberg 45,700
Sean Remz us 45,500

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Griffin Takes a Hit

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We found Ashton Griffin with a three-bet in front of him on the button, only to see his opponent who had opened shove for just over 17,000. Griffin made the call.

Griffin: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

The {2-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop gave Griffin a flush draw and a pair, increasing his equity, but the {8-Clubs} and {9-Diamonds} were blanks.

The former online grinder known as "theASHMAN103" lost a chunk, but he still has a well above-average stack.

Ashton Griffin us 43,000 15,000

Tags: Ashton Griffin

In the Money

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After a couple of quick eliminations around the bubble, Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha has made the money. The tournament staff paused play for a few brief moments to verify the field count and it was then announced that everyone left has earned a cash.