Event 39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event 39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1 completed

Sage, Kushner Lead after Day 1

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Benjamin Sage - chip leader
Benjamin Sage - chip leader

Day 1 of Event 39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha is in the books, and after ten levels of play, Benjamin Sage is your chip leader with 358,400 chips. Following Sage is Joe Kushner (352,500), who won a mind-boggling, five-way all in against Brian Hastings, John Juanda, and two other opponents. Kushner had a pair of aces on a {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} board, and the {3-Diamonds} on the turn gave him a full house. No one could top that, and he raked in a massive pot.

Event 39 attracted 293 runners, generating a total prize pool of $2,754,200. The top 36 finishers are guaranteed a minimum of $16,801, while the winner will take home $661,000 and the World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Joining Sage and Kushner in the running for the top prize are Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Jerome Bradpiece, Andrew Brown, Jason Mercier, John Riordan, Nikolai Yakovenko and 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada.

Phil Ivey was one of the first players to make an exit today, and plenty of notables followed him out the door, including Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Martin Staszko, Viktor Blom, Tom Marchese, Joseph Cheong and Brian Hastings.

Kushner wasn’t the only player to partake in a crazy hand, Mike Cameron was involved in two, and in both of them he lost to quads! In the first hand, Cameron turned quad fours, but his opponent, Mohsin Charania, rivered quad eights. In the second hand, Cameron had tens full of fives on a {6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{k-Clubs} board, but Will “The Thrill” Failla had flopped quad fives. Cameron was later eliminated, and was none too happy about how his day went.

Play will resume tomorrow at 1:00 PM local time, and we’ll play ten more levels (unless we reach a final table). For now, good night from Las Vegas!

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Benjamin Sage 358,400
Joe Kushner 352,500
Jan-Peter Jachtmann de 250,000
Jerome Bradpiece gb 228,800
Andrew Brown us 202,100
Nestor Martinez 193,800
Loren Klein us 193,400
Bahram Zohri 193,100
John Riordan us 188,900 12,900
Jason Mercier us 187,100
Christopher King 170,000
Wilfried Haerig 164,400
Cory Wood us 163,800
Timothy Flanders gb 161,800
Chris DeMaci us 159,300 113,300
Brandon Crawford 159,100
Nikolai Yakovenko ru 157,800 -7,200
Nenad Medic us 157,600 2,600
Adam Kornuth 147,700
Matt Stout us 146,900 1,900
Michael Binger us 143,000 -13,000
Naoya Kihara jp 140,600 14,600
Hans Winzeler us 138,100
Bryn Kenney us 131,200 57,200
Andy Seth us 130,100 30,100

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Bagging and Tagging

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The players are bagging and tagging their chips, which means it's the end of the night. Stay tuned for the recap coming shortly.

Four More Hands

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The players have been instructed that they will all be playing four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Updated Chip Counts

Joe Kushner 349,000 9,000
Jason Mercier us 196,000
John Riordan us 176,000 176,000
Michael Binger us 156,000
Nenad Medic us 155,000 -5,000
Matt Stout us 145,000 110,000
Anton Ionel 145,000 90,000
Alexander Kravchenko ru 121,000 59,000
Brock Parker us 110,000 13,000
Allen Cunningham us 106,000 68,500
Keith Lehr us 93,000 76,000
Ted Lawson us 91,000 -1,000
Ville Wahlbeck fi 80,000 40,000
Jens Kyllönen 80,000 -25,000
Will Failla us 75,000
Aubin Cazals fr 65,000 32,000
Sammy Farha us 65,000 5,000
Joe Cada us 62,000
Shawn Buchanan ca 60,000 -15,000
Jeremy Kottler 57,000 30,000
John Kabbaj gb 55,000 25,000
Sam Stein us 38,000 -19,000
George Lind III 38,000 -6,000
Peter Jetten ca 37,000 -10,000
Eric Cloutier ca 30,000 -40,000

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Cada Can't Hero-Call


Joe Cada opened to 3,000 from middle position, and a player on the button called. The flop fell {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades}, and Cada continued for 4,000. His opponent called.

The turn was the {4-Clubs}, and Cada fired another bullet - this one was worth 11,500. His opponent again called.

The {2-Clubs} completed the board, and Cada slowed down, checking to his opponent who immediately reached for orange T5,000 chips and fired 20,000 into the pot. Cada screwed up his face, and re-checked his cards. He cut out enough chips to make the call, and shuffled them while he studied the board.

Eventually, he mucked, and the player proudly tabled {10-}{9-}{5-}{4-} for a pair of fours and a busted straight draw.

"I almost called with a pair of eights," Cada lamented.

Cada couldn't pull the trigger, and his stack slipped to around 60,000 chips.

Joe Cada us 62,000 -12,000

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Racener Extracts Some Revenge On Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel (Event 37)
Jonathan Duhamel (Event 37)

From early position, 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel raised to 3,000. Action folded to the man he beat heads up to win the title, John Racener, in the big blind and he reraised to 11,200. Duhamel moved all in for around 20,000 and Racener quickly called.

Racener held the {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and was against Duhamel's {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

The flop, turn and river ran out {K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{J-Spades}{4-Hearts} and Racener made a Broadway straight to win the pot and bust Duhamel.

Duhamel wished Racener luck as he left. After Duhamel was gone, Will "The Thrill" Failla piped up and said, "Too bad you couldn't do that in November," citing that Racener lost heads up in the Main Event to Duhamel.

"I know, right," responded Racener. "I can beat him now when there's 100 people left."

John Racener us 65,000 23,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca Busted

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