Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em


• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

David "Doc" Sand is kicking up a fuss over at Table 3. He is extremely active and is picking up chips left right and centre. Here is the man in action.

There was an early position raise to 1,250, Sands called on the button as did the big blind. The flop was {10-Spades} {4-Spades} {2-Spades} and Sands won the pot with a 1,750 bet.


The player in the hijack seat made it 1,300 to play and Sands three-bet to 3,350 in the cutoff. The player in the hijack seat asked for a count and the dealer pulled the bet into the pot to leave the raise isolated on the felt.

"You shouldn't pull in the bet unless the player asks," Sands chastised the dealer.

The dealer apologised, the hijack called and we moved onto the flop.

Flop: {7-Hearts} {5-Spades} {2-Hearts}

The player in the hijack seat checked and Sands picked up the pot with a 3,425 bet.

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Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Sadan Turker gb 158,100
Eli Elezra us 155,900
Ryan Snickles us 142,400
Brandon Cantu us 130,100
Peter Campo us 125,500 62,500
Michael Lee us 109,200
Nicholas Verkaik ca 105,600
Thad Mitchell 99,700
William Ryan 95,300
Elliot Shmukler 95,200
Cody Zartman 93,300
Evan McNiff us 90,300 10,300
Joseph Cino 90,100
Deepak Bhatti 88,300
Grzegorz Derkowski pl 85,600
Azim Popatia ca 83,300
Andras Stumpf 83,300
Marco Palacios us 79,300
Kenneth Strickland 78,200
Jason Sagle ca 75,000
Candida Ross-Powers 74,900
Layne Flack us 74,500
Ubaid Habib us 73,500
Kwinsee Khoa Tran 72,900 -19,100
Bradley Craig 72,400

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Sadan Turker Leads Event #1 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

After 11-hours of poker, Event #2 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em has managed to whittle itself down to 240 players from a huge field of 2,101. We didn't make the money but boy were we close. The man with more chips than anyone else is Sadan Turker, who bagged and tagged an impressive haul of 158,100 chips. Turker is no stranger to finding his way through huge fields after finishing 2nd in last years $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. That event contained 4,178 entries and he earned $377,411 for that finish, but there is $517,725 up for grabs if he can go one place further this time around.

Hot on the heels of Turker are WSOP bracelet winner Eli Elezra with 155,900, Ryan Snickles with 142,400 and multiple WSOP bracelet winner Brandon Cantu with 130,100. Other superstars of poker returning for Day 2 are the likes of Phil Hellmuth with 44,600, Jason Mercier with 41,900, John Juanda with 60,700 and Vanessa Selbst with 52,300.

Day 2 will commence in the Amazon room at 13:00 where the money bubble will be breached, so make sure you join us at Pokernews for all of the action.

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Big Stacks And Notables at the End of Day 1

Sadan Turker gb 158,100 63,100
Eli Elezra us 155,900 48,900
Ryan Snickles us 142,400
Brandon Cantu us 130,100 25,100
Mike Lee 109,200 20,200
Deepak Bhatti 88,300 9,300
Layne Flack us 74,500 21,500
Bradley Craig 72,400
Noah Schwartz us 69,700 29,700
Andrew Badecker us 69,500 -26,500
John Juanda id 60,700 25,700
Jean-Robert Bellande us 58,900 -13,100
Tyler Bonkowski ca 55,500
Vanessa Selbst us 52,300 9,300
Adam Wessley 47,900 -32,100
Terrence Chan ca 46,700 -7,300
Phil Hellmuth us 44,600 14,600
JP Kelly gb 43,100 3,100
Jason Mercier us 41,900 -6,100
Dylan Linde us 40,400 22,400
Carter Gill 40,200 25,200
Daniel Idema ca 37,100
David 'Doc' Sands 37,100 5,100
Kenny Hallaert be 29,300 7,300
David Levi us 15,300

Selbst Stacking Chips


We caught this hand on the turn, with the board reading {j-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Selbst, who was under the gun, checked, and her opponent checked as well.

The river was the {8-Diamonds} and Selbst began counting out a bet, but before she could even put it in the pot, her opponent instamucked.

Selbst has been slowly chipping up and is now sitting around 43,000 chips.

Vanessa Selbst us 43,000 15,000

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The Rise of Mercier


Jason Mercier has been on the rise in the last level as he went from just 8,000 chips all the way up to 48,000. He told us what happened and we quickly wrote down what the champ had to say.

First he jammed from the button with {Q-}{10-} and the big blind called with {A-}{K-}. "I won", Mercier said as he moved on to the next big pot. Mercier raised with {A-}{J-} and got called by a short stack after which the flop brought out {A-}{4-}{4-}. Mercier bet 1,100 and his opponent moved all-in for 8,000 chips. Mercier called and was up against {2-}{2-}. He won.

The third and final hand he told us started with an under the gun raise from Mercier. The big blind called and on a {A-}{2-}{5-}{A-}{10-} board his opponent check-called on all streets. "The river was all-in", Mercier said who is now sitting pretty comfortable with an above average stack.

Jason Mercier us 48,000 40,000

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A Pair of JP Kelly Hands

JP Kelly hoping to cash in event #2
JP Kelly hoping to cash in event #2

Here are two hands involving JP Kelly. In the first hand JP Kelly must have raised and then called a three-bet jam for just under 10,000. When the cards were turned over JP Kelly had {7-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} and his opponent had {A-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds}. The ace high held true and JP Kelly shipped some chips to his left.

Then JP Kelly raised to 2,200 in first position and the small blind called. The action checked through to the river on a board of {10-Hearts} {9-Hearts} {6-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs} and Kelly picked up the pot with an uncontested bet of 4,200.

JP Kelly gb 40,000 -6,000

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The Payouts

Happy_Freaked • Level 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante