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

Pavilion Room Update

• Level 6: 150-300, 25 ante

Dutch Boyd is among the four most recent survivors that will move on to Day 2. Meanwhile there are two compelling heads up matches taking place. Amanda Musumeci holds about a 2:1 chip lead on Max Pescatori while Allen Kessler faces a slightly bigger deficit against Galen Hall.

"I'm a huge underdog," said the always cheery Kessler as we walked by his table.

Sean Winter us 36,000
Dutch Boyd us 35,775
Kody Muir US 35,400
Steven Geralis US 31,700

Merson Makes It Through to Day 2

[user169806] • Level 6: 150-300, 25 ante
Greg Merson
Greg Merson

The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson is safely through to Day 2 in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Merson sent Brandon Meyers to the sidelines to give himself a massive chip advantage over Yosuke Sekiya. In the penultimate hand, Sekiya moved all-in for 2,500 chips (around eight big blinds) and Merson contemplated calling for a few moments before deciding against it.

The next hand, Merson set Sekiya all in and Sekiya called.

Sekiya: {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Merson: {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Sekiya held a narrow 57.34% to 42.14% equity advantage over the former world champion, which increased to almost 62% when the {10-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs} flop came into view. The turn was a game changer as the {9-Hearts} improved Merson to a straight and left Sekiya needing a king to win or an eight to split the pot. The river was the {5-Clubs}, sending Sekiya to the rail and Merson to the next round.

Greg Merson us 35,875 22,375

Tags: Brandon MeyersGreg MersonYosuke Sekiya

Negreanu Gone

• Level 6: 150-300, 25 ante
Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu survived as a short stack for quite some time three handed but he just walked by our table with a nod and exited the Brasilia Room.

Daniel Negreanu ca Busted

Mass Casualties in Brasilia

• Level 6: 150-300, 25 ante

They are dropping fast now and we've just had 15 players move on in the Brasilia room including a handful of big names. Among those that will take part in Day 2 action tomorrow are Christian Harder, Joseph Cheong, and Jared Jaffee.

Johnathan Clancy 36,875
Jesse Wilke US 36,050
Rob Tepper us 36,000
Jordan Young us 36,000
Jared Ludemann 36,000
Christian Harder us 36,000 12,800
Joseph Cheong us 35,975 16,675
Joshua Reynolds US 35,975
Jared Jaffee us 35,975 31,475
Luis Silva us 35,825
David Malka US 35,800
Jesse Smith us 35,725
Archie Van Horn 35,700
Nicholas Palma us 35,650
Russell Rosenblum us 35,550

Interesting Tables in the Pavilion Room

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There is a trio of interesting tables over in the Pavilion Room that is adjacent to the Brasilia Room from where we're based, two of which are heads-up and the other being contested three ways.

Amanda Musumeci holds a slight chip advantage over the flamboyant Italian Max Pescatori, but their match seems to be played to a small-ball style that Daniel Negreanu is famed for.

Next to their table, Allen Kessler and Galen Hall are locking horns, Hall has a solid advantage there, but again neither player is giving much away.

A couple of feet away from those two tables is one that is the home to Greg Merson, Brandon Meyers and Japan's Yosuke Sekiya, the latter being the shortest stack and in need of a double up sooner rather than later.

Amanda Musumeci us 18,400 11,100
Galen Hall us 15,200 11,100
Max Pescatori it 14,000 9,500
Allen Kessler us 11,000 -9,500

Tags: Allen KesslerAmanda MusumeciBrandon MeyersGalen HallGreg MersonMax Pescatori


Bakes Progresses

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David "Bakes" Baker has progressed to Day 2 after emerging victorious from his table.

Baker is considered to be one of the best all-round players in the world, one who is equally adept at any variant or format that is thrown at him. He will return to the Rio on Saturday with 35,725 chips.

David "Bakes" Baker us 35,725 19,725

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Joshua Pollock Advances

• Level 5: 100-200, 25 ante

Joshua Pollock was facing a 500 raise from his opponent and moved all in for an effective 7,000. His opponent made the call with {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and was racing against Pollock's {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}.

The board would run out {10-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{10-Hearts} and the 2013 bracelet winner of Event #22: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha moves on to the next round.

Joshua Pollock 36,050

DeMaci Demolished

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As the title suggests, Christopher DeMaci's tournament has come to an abrupt end, losing two big pots in quick succession.

Christopher DeMaciHad almost all the chips in the shoot out. Lost 55 to A10 and lost 99 to A3 for all of them. #wsop6
Christopher DeMaci Busted

Tags: Chris DeMaci