Event #6: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Event #6: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day 1 completed

Host Of Stars Progress To Day 2 of the Shootout

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Greg Merson
Greg Merson

Day 1 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout took place on Friday and its 948 entrants were spread across 120 tables meaning the entire Brasilia Room was full and the space in the vast pavilion Room utilized. By the time the curtain came down on proceedings only 120 players remained and they will return to the Rio on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and whittle the crowd down further.

The sit-and-go format is a popular one and it attracted amateurs and professional players alike. Stellar names such as Eugene Katchalov, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Christian Harder, Josh Arieh, Shannon Shorr, Joseph Cheong, David "Bakes" Baker and 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson being a small selection of the superstars who progressed to Day 2.

Of course, not all of the big names had an enjoyable day at the felt and Event #6 ended early for such luminaries as Scott Seiver, Stephen Chidwick, Jake Cody, Daniel Negreanu, the self-proclaimed "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth and the legendary Phil Ivey.

Each of the 120 returning players sit down on Saturday safe in the knowledge they are in the money and will be leaving the tournament with at least $4,411 in cold, hard cash. However, by the time Day 2 ends, this amount will more than triple and the minimum prize will be a more substantial $14,615.

Play on Day 2 takes place in the Amazon Room and PokerNews will be on the tournament floor from 1 p.m. local time bringing you the best of the action, as it happens, from Day 2 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Until then, why not enjoy this interview with Vanessa Selbst who won her third WSOP bracelet by taking down the $25,000 Mixed Max event earlier in the day.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user68268] • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante
Scott Vener us 37,025
Jonathan Clancy US 36,875 36,875
Benjamin Reason us 36,500 500
Isaac Baron us 36,100 25,600
Eugene Katchalov ua 36,050
Jesse Wilke US 36,050
Josh Pollock us 36,050 36,050
Joseph McKeehen us 36,025 36,025
Paul Balzano us 36,025
Ismail Abousharkh US 36,025 -600
Cody Slaubaugh us 36,025
Dinesh Alt ch 36,025
Tom Slifka US 36,025 36,025
Timothy Bishop us 36,025 36,025
Masaaki Izushima US 36,025 -25
Chad Burum US 36,025
Josh Arieh us 36,000
Leo Wolpert us 36,000
Paul Evans us 36,000
Frank Patti US 36,000
Chad Wassmuth us 36,000
Jordan Cristos us 36,000
Kevin Kalthoff US 36,000
Jarod Ludemann us 36,000 36,000
David Vamplew gb 36,000

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Israelite Is Through

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Caroline Niekerk was first to act and she opted to move all-in from the button. David Israelite checked his cards, looked again and announced his intention to call.

Niekerk: {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}
Israelite: {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}

The deuces stayed ahead on the {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} flop, but there was a very real danger of them becoming counterfeited by the river. The {J-Clubs} landed on the turn followed by the {3-Diamonds} on the river, busting Niekerk and sending Israelite through to Saturday's Day 2.

David Israelite us 35,425 17,425
Caroline Niekerk Busted

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Chop It Up

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David Israelite opened to 1,600 and Caroline Niekerk called. She then led for 1,600 on the {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} flop and Israelite called.

The turn brought the {5-Clubs} into play and Niekerk wasted little time in moving all-in.

"Oh boy!" said Israelite before adding that only a flush beat him.

After a few moments, probably 30 seconds, Israelite called.

Israelite: {9-Hearts}{6-Spades}
Niekerk: {J-Hearts}{6-Clubs}

Both players had the same straight, although Niekerk held a club and could win the pot with a flush. That didn't happen as the river bricked off and the pot was split.

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Neck And Neck In The Final Match

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Caroline Niekerk and David Israelite have been playing heads up for hours now and their match shows now sign of finishing any time soon.

A few hands of note included Israelite opening from the button then folding to an all-in bet and being shown {K-Spades}{K-Spades}, then a couple of hands later Niekerk opening to 2,200 and folding to Israelite's shove.

Matters were evened up when Israelite raised to 1,600 and folded to Niekerk's 4,600 three-bet, although he didn't look overly happy about folding.

Caroline Niekerk 18,000 18,000
David Israelite us 18,000 18,000

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Mike O'Grady Wins His Table, One Table Left

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Mike O'Grady's opponent was down to his last 7,000 in chips and moved all in with {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. O'Grady took a quick look at his cards and called. He turned over {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}. His opponent seemed certain he would lose, standing up.

"You're live," said O'Grady. His opponent shook his head as if he had no chance of winning.

The flop didn't change those thoughts as it came {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{4-Spades}. O'Grady's opponent grabbed his bag and started to walk away. The turn gave him a tiny sliver of hope as it was the {5-Diamonds}. The river looked as if it might hit him when the dealer turned the card over but it was not a five or seven, it was the {6-Diamonds}.

O'Grady whose wife is 8 months pregnant told us "I'm lucky my wife let me come here for this." The wife will probably be glad she did when O'Grady lets her know that he's made the money.

Mike O'Grady 36,000

Rupesh Pattni Advances

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Rupesh Pattni had an easy call when his much shorter stacked opponent moved all in and he looked down and saw {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. "I call," he said, quickly turning over his hand. His opponent had an over with the {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and he would hit a jack on the turn to give himself a few more outs but the river was the {A-Clubs} to end the match.

Rupesh Pattni us 35,525