Event 27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Event 27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Day 1 completed

"Skip" Wilson Leads Day 1 with 165 Remaining; Cunningham, Idema & Elezra Lurking

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Allen Cunningham will return on Day 2 with a healthy stack of 55,200.
Allen Cunningham will return on Day 2 with a healthy stack of 55,200.

The 2012 World Series of Poker continued on Wednesday with Event #27 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., which attracted 889 entrants and created a prize pool of $1,200,150. The top 96 players are slated to take home a minimum payday of $2,676, with the eventual winner taking home $267,081. The man best positioned to make a deep run is Karle “Skip” Wilson, who finished Day 1 as chip leader with 165 players remaining.

Play was low key for the first couple of levels, but then the eliminations began. One of the earliest was runner-up in this event in 2009, Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri. His demise came when an unknown player in Seat 2 had the bring-in with the {4-Hearts} and Barbieri, who was fresh off a third-place finish in Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $84,388, completed. A player in Seat 7, who was showing the {2-Spades}, made the call as did the bring-in and it was three-way action to the turn.

Barbieri proceeded to bet, which both his opponents called, and then he fired again on fifth street. Seat 2 got out of the way while Seat 7 called and then raised when Barbieri bet sixth. The raise was enough to cover the short-stacked Sugar Bear, and he committed his stack.

Barbieri: {2-Clubs}{6-Clubs} / {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} / {7-Hearts}
Seat 7: {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} / {2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{A-Hearts} / {3-Diamonds}
Seat 2: (x-x) / {4-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} fold

Seat 7 had a low but needed help if he was going to take the high. Unfortunately for Barbieri, the {3-Diamonds} on seventh gave his opponent a pair and the scoop. "Good game guys," Barbieri said. Other early eliminations included Shaun Deeb, Maxwell Troy, Owais Ahmed, Erick Lindgren, Greg Raymer, James Woods and PokerNews’ own Rich Ryan.

The middle stages of Day 1 were characterized by eliminations as the blinds caught up with the stacks. An extensive list of pros met their end during this time including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Glantz, Men “The Master” Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel.

The 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion fell during limit hold’em when action folded to him in the cutoff and he raised. Both the button and small blind got out of the way, but Ben Lukas opted to defend from the big. The {9-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop saw Lukas check and Duhamel, who had 1,400 left, put out a bet. Lukas sprang to like with a check-raise, Duhamel three-bet before calling off to a Lukas four-bet.

Showdown

Duhamel{10-Spades}{9-Spades}
Lukas{K-Clubs}{9-Hearts}

Both players had flopped middle pair, but Duhamel had kicker issues. Neither the {J-Clubs} turn nor {6-Diamonds} river would provide him the help he needed and he exited in the middle of Level 7.

The defending champion of the event, Aaron Steury, put up a good fight but ultimately succumbed in the last level of the evening during Razz. It happened when he had a {5-} out in front of him and was faced with a completion by an opponent behind him who was showing an {A-}. Steury then raised it up and his opponent quickly made it three bets to go. Steury flicked in his last remaining chips and the two players turned their hands over.

Steury: {6-}{8-}/{5-}{10-}{Q-}{7-}/{4-}
Opponent: {6-}{2-}/{A-}{4-}{3-}{8-}/{7-}

By the time fifth street had rolled around, Steury had got to his feet and started leaving the tournament area, ensuring that there would be a new champion.

While hundreds fell, some players managed to survive. Tom Schneider (28,300), Marcel Luske (28,900), Linda Johnson (30,500), Eli Elezra (35,500), Christian Harder (37,100), Rep Porter (41,500) and John Monnette (42,000) all advanced to Day 2.

Of course some managed to do more than just survive, they thrived. Joining Wilson toward the top of the chip counts is Steve Brown (73,600), Jason Brown (71,200), Daniel Idema (58,100), Justin Young (57,000), Mike O’Donnell (56,300), Allen Cunningham (55,200), Huck Seed (52,000), Chip Jett (49,000) and David Williams (45,600), just to name a few.

Day 2 will begin at 1 PM PST on Thursday, so join us then as the remaining field looks to play through the money en route to the final table.

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Various End of Day 1 Chip Counts

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Skip Wilson 74,900
Steve Brown 73,600 16,600
Jason Brown 71,200 14,700
Daniel Idema ca 58,100 2,100
Justin Young us 57,000 30,000
Mike O'Donnell 56,300 -10,700
Allen Cunningham us 55,200 20,200
Bruce Hoyt 53,300
Yuval Bronshtein il 53,000 33,000
Huck Seed us 52,000 7,000
Chip Jett us 49,000
David Williams us 45,600 20,600
John Monnette us 42,000 21,000
Rep Porter us 41,500 22,500
Christian Harder us 37,100 16,100
David Sklansky us 35,700 24,700
Eli Elezra us 35,500 -16,500
Cary Katz us 35,400 20,400
Steve Landfish us 35,400 5,400
Sam Grizzle us 31,900 7,900
Linda Johnson us 30,500 23,000
Tristan Wade us 29,300 10,300
Marcel Luske nl 28,900 9,900
Tom Schneider us 28,300 8,300
David Plastik us 26,000 5,000

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Three More Hands

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The tournament staff has just announced that the players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging. We're off to get some chip counts, so stayed tuned for those and a complete recap of Day 1 action.

Seed Plants Smith

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Razz:

We didn't catch the betting, but we do known that Gavin Smith was all in against two opponents, one of which was 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Huck Seed. Action checked on seventh between Seed and an unknown player, prompting Seed to show an 8-6-5-4-3 low.

Seed: {4-}{8-} / {6-}{5-}{3-}{K-} / {3-}
Smith: (x-x) / {8-}{Q-}{Q-}{5-} / (x)

"Good game," Smith told Seed before taking his leave minutes shy of Day 2.

Huck Seed us 45,000 23,000
Gavin Smith us Busted

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PokerNews Podcast: Running Pure feat. Aaron Steury

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Even though he just busted, we thought you might like what the 2011 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. champion had to say about this year's event over the dinner break in the latest PokerNews Podcast.

In this edition, the PokerNews crew breaks down all the news from the WSOP, previews Day 3 of the $5,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Split event, and talks to Aaron "NDGrinder" Steury about defending his title in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event.

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Champ Sent Home

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RAZZ

When we arrived at Aaron Steury's table, the defending champ had a {5-} out in front of him and was faced with a complete by an opponent behind him who was showing an {A-}. Steury then raised it up and his opponent quickly made it three bets to go. Steury then flicked in his last remaining chips and the two players turned their hands over.

Steury: {6-}{8-}/{5-}{10-}{Q-}{7-}/{4-}
Opponent: {6-}{2-}/{A-}{4-}{3-}{8-}/{7-}

By the time fifth street had rolled around, Steury had got to his feet and started making his way out of the tournament area.

Aaron Steury us Busted

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