Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
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.
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.
The deuces stayed ahead on the flop, but there was a very real danger of them becoming counterfeited by the river. The landed on the turn followed by the on the river, busting Niekerk and sending Israelite through to Saturday's Day 2.
David Israelite opened to 1,600 and Caroline Niekerk called. She then led for 1,600 on the flop and Israelite called.
The turn brought the 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.
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.
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 , 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.
Mike O'Grady's opponent was down to his last 7,000 in chips and moved all in with . O'Grady took a quick look at his cards and called. He turned over . 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 . 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 . 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 .
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.
Anthony Augustino has added a third WSOP cash to his record by reaching Day 2 of this event. His table was four-handed for what seemed like an age, but three eliminations in quick succession left Augustino with all the chips.
Rupesh Pattni had an easy call when his much shorter stacked opponent moved all in and he looked down and saw . "I call," he said, quickly turning over his hand. His opponent had an over with the and he would hit a jack on the turn to give himself a few more outs but the river was the to end the match.