Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

The Money Bubble Looms As Day 1 of Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Ends

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Chip Leader Michael Malm
Chip Leader Michael Malm

Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em started rather slow, with nearly half the entrants posted on the board taking at least half a level to take their seats.

As the day wore on, more and more turned up leading to a grand total of 2,396 entrants by the time registration closed. What that meant is a $3,234,600 prize pool was created with some $582,321 and a shiny World Series of Poker gold bracelet reserved for the winner. In all, 243 players will get paid and that number was almost reached by the time they played 11 levels.

In the end, they did get down to 268 players, meaning the money bubble should burst soon after the 1 p.m. restart Sunday.

While a number of players picked up steam and built big stacks in the late levels, most seem to dip as the day did, leading to a flurry of activity in the last half of the last level of the night to decide who the chip leader was.

It literally came down to the last hand of the night, but it appeared Canadian Michael Malm grabbed that lead over names like Zo Karim, Aaron Massey and Brandon Cantu.

No matter how you slice it, this tournament is tight at the top and it should take the good part of the day Sunday to separate the wheat from the chaff.

They will pay another ten levels or down to a final table of nine then and as always, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will endeavor to follow all the action as it happens. Of course, you're all welcome to come along for the ride as well.

Tags: Aaron MasseyBrandon CantuMichael MalmZo Karim

Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Michael Malm ca 127,000
Zo Karim US 117,400 -4,600
Erkut Yilmaz us 116,000
Aaron Massey us 108,600 6,600
Jack Salter gb 106,400
Kaspars Kazaks 105,200
Mark Schmid us 100,200
Brandon Cantu us 96,000 -24,000
Fernando Diaz 93,100
Alen Bilic ba 92,100
James Dorrance us 88,700
Franck Yenigotchian 87,600
Scott Blackman 85,700
Jonathan Andero 85,100
Georgios Kapalas gr 82,800
James Gladwell us 82,800
Shechter Ofer 81,400
Davide Suriano it 80,700 700
Greg Feirman 80,400
Gilles Huet fr 79,000
Anthony Gaglione US 78,500
Kyle Ho ca 78,400
Zhenghua Lei TD 77,900
Nicholas Nowak 77,500

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Five More Hands

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The dealers have been told to deal five more hands before play will end for the night.

Ten Cate Cut Down

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Jonas Ten Cate bet 12,500 into a pot of about the same size on a board reading {a-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. His heads up opponent called.

The river came the {2-Diamonds} and Ten Cate checked. His opponent bet out 20,000 and without much hesitation, Ten Cate mucked. Add that to the fact he doubled one shorty a little earlier and he's dropped a hefty amount of chips over the last few minutes.

Jonas Ten Cate nl 130,000 -30,000

Ho Makes a Run

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

After cashing out in 300th place in the Monster Stack earlier today, Duy Ho registered for this tournament on the dinner break.

He figured why not, since he'd made 6th place in a $1,000 event earlier this summer for $51,198. Sure enough, he's run it up from 4,500 to 75,000 in just a few levels.

Moments ago he raised with {8-}{2-} from the button and got called by the big blind. The flop came {7-}{5-}{2-} with two clubs and when the big blind shoved for almost 18,000, Ho figured he was bluffing.

He called and was wrong, the big blind had {6-}{7-} and looked good to double. That is until Ho hit an {8-} on the turn and sent him home hungry.

Duy Ho us 75,000 -3,000

Micon Doubles

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Bryan Micon got it in with {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} on a {6-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Spades} flop and looked to be headed to the exits against {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

The {k-Diamonds} turn had him half way out of his chair, but Micon spiked the {5-Clubs} on the river to make a straight and survive.

Bryan Micon us 30,000 11,350

Tags: Bryan Micon


• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Eddy Sabat just busted another short stack at his table making quad sixes.

It was only 4,700 chips but Sabat had to take a photo and spread it all over the various social media outlets. How often does one really get quads anyway?

Eddy Sabat us 56,000 12,000