Main Event
Main Event
Day 1 completed

Mike Bennett Leads Final 249 After Two Starting Flights

[user196676] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Mike Bennett - Chip Leader
Mike Bennett - Chip Leader

On Saturday, the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event kicked off. A total of 646 total entrants ponied up the $1,675 entry fee in hopes of making the illustrious second day of play. Mike Bennett was the man sitting on all of the chips at the end of the first flight as he was able to overcome the 388 entrants and build his stack to 213,900. The second flight drew 258 entrants and saw Jonathan Bakhshian accumulate the largest stack as he finished the night with 149,300 in chips.

Bennett accumulated a solid chunk of his stack toward the end of the first flight when he was involved in a hand during the 500/1,000/100 level. He opened with a raise, an opponent three-bet to 5,100, and action folded back to Bennett when made it 12,000 to go. His opponent called, and the flop brought {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{A-Spades}. Two checks prompted the {8-Hearts} to appear on the turn, and Bennett fired 10,000. His opponent flat-called, and the {7-Clubs} completed the board. Bennett moved all in .and his opponent debated calling off his last 16,000. Eventually, the player released his cards, and Bennett showed the {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} for top set.

Also moving forward to Day 2 is Jared Jaffee, who, despite several setbacks throughout the day, managed to finish his run in the first starting flight with a stack of 80,700. Jaffee was forced to make big lay downs throughout the day, and our Live Reporting Team was fortunate enough to catch two examples of these folds.

Jaffee first had to release pocket jacks in a large pot. A few hours later, he was forced to fold queens before the flop, doing so face up.

Other notable names and big stacks moving on from the first starting flight include Chris Rauscher (165,300), Mark Kerness (154,400), Natasha Barbour (133,200), Tripp Kirk (89,300), Pedro Rios (62,200), Lee Childs (61,300), Bryan Campanello (59,300), Jonathan Tamayo (53,400), Mark Maletic (34,300) and Adam Levy (30,500).

As the first flight came to a close and 139 players bagged up for Day 2, the second round of runners took their seats for their shot at poker glory. The field included both first-time participants in the event as well as those who busted from the first flight and wished to re-enter.

As previously mentioned, Bakhshian finished the second flight with the largest stack in the room. He bagged 149,300 and earned a good portion of those toward the end of the night when he slayed Aaron Overton.

The flop read {5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}, and Bakshian snap-shoved all in at the sight of the flop for more than two times the pot. Overton quickly called for his tournament life.

Bakhshian: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}
Overton: {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

Overton's set of fives were ahead, but he met his ultimate demise when the {K-Clubs} turned and the {10-Clubs} rivered, giving Bakhshian a club flush and the best hand.

Notable names among the 110 runners to advance from the second flight include Ryan Carter (141,200), Harrison Gimbel (106,900), Clint Tolbert (96,100), Josh Arieh (85,500), David Nicholson (77,600), David Diaz (43,200), Rex Clinkscales (33,300) and Ylon Schwartz (29,600).

Players who were unable to survive either one or both starting flights include Shaun Deeb, Huy Nguyen, DJ MacKinnon, Cary Marshall, Ari Engel, Sam Cohen, Travell Thomas and John Esposito.

Play resumes on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST where the final 249 players will once again take to the felt. Be sure to join PokerNews as we provide you with all of the big pots, bad beats and bust outs moving forward.

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A Few End-of-Day Counts

[user101598] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jonathan Bakhshian 149,300 -700
Ryan Carter 141,200
Harrison Gimbel us 106,900 89,900
Clint Tolbert us 96,100
Josh Arieh us 88,500 46,500
Will Souther 84,500 64,500
David Nicholson 77,600 38,600
Joey Brown 61,500
Nancy Birnbaum us 45,000 -25,000
Steven Merrifield 44,100
David Diaz us 43,200 -16,800
David Inselberg us 35,300 -32,700
Rex Clinkscales us 33,300 -6,700
Ylon Schwartz us 29,600 8,600

Over for Overton

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Aaron Overton - Eliminated
Aaron Overton - Eliminated

Aaron Overton and Jonathan Bakhshian were heads up in a three-bet pot with the board reading {5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Bakshian instantly moved all in, wagering what looked like more than two times the pot, and Overton instantly called.

"You flopped it?" Bakhshian exclaimed.

"Yeah," Overton said, turning over {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for a set of fives.

Bakhshian unhappily spiked {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} onto the felt.

"You still have outs," Overton said, annoyed.

The turn was the {k-Clubs}.

"There's one," Overton announced.

The river was the {10-Clubs}.

"And there's the other," said Overton. "Fun."

Bakhshian made a flush, eliminating Overton from the tournament. Bakhshian now sits with around 150,000 chips.

Jonathan Bakhshian 150,000
Aaron Overton us Busted

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Yang Shows The Bluff

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Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang

The action folded to Jerry Yang, who tanked for a bit before raising to 3,000 in the small blind. The player in the big blind three-bet to 8,100, and Yang made the call.

The dealer fanned {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, and Yang led out for 12,000. His opponent sat quietly for less than a minute, then folded his hand.

Yang triumphantly tabled {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds} for eight-high, and raked in the pot.

Jerry Yang us 43,000 13,000

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Final Level

[user101598] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

This is the 11th and final level of Day 1b. The remaining 135 players will play 30 more minutes, and then play a set number of hands once the clock reads "10:00."

The surviving players will then bag and tag for the evening.


Nicholson Takes a Hit

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David Nicholson and an opponent were heads up on a board of {5-Spades}{9-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. The player check-called a 4,500-chip bet from Nicholson, and the river brought the {6-Diamonds}.

Both players checked.

Nicholson's opponent turned over {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for a pair of queens, prompting Nicholson to unhappily toss his cards into the muck.

David Nicholson 39,000 -23,000

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Nicholson Grabs It

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Rex Clinkscales raised to 1,800 and was called by David Nicholson, David Diaz, and the player in the big blind. The four players saw a flop of {K-Spades}{3-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and the big blind and Clinkscales tapped the table. Nicholson dipped into his stack and came out with a bet of 3,200 and just like that all three of his opponents got out of the way.

"Gooood foooold!" boomed Nicholson as he dragged in the pot. He's sitting on about 45,000 in chips.

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