Event 43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 Ends Short of the Money, Barnhart Leads

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Sam Barnhart leads the field.
Sam Barnhart leads the field.

Day 1 of Event 43, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, of the World Series of Poker is in the books after 2,770 entrants took to the felt. When action wrapped up just 320 players remained in the field. Leading them all is Sam Barnhart with 169,300.

Chasing Barnhart are Henry Lu (141,600), Andres Sanchez (115,000) and John Nelson (114,000). There are plenty of notables remaining in the field including: Randy Lew, Pius Heinz, James Mackey, Chino Rheem, Mark Radoja, Tommy Vedes, Ryan Tepen, Neil Channing, Nick Rampone, Cherish Andrews, Andy Frankeberger, Carter Phillips, Marvin Rettenmaier and Huy Nguyen.

With so many eliminations many notables hit the rail today. David Williams, Liv Boeree, Rene Angelil, Faraz Jaka, Robert Iler, Carlos Mortensen, Bernard Lee, Vanessa Rousso, David “Doc” Sands, Phil Collins, Darryll Fish, Jake Cody, Kara Scott, Joe Cada, Andre Akkari and Barry Greenstein were some of them.

After the dinner break the field was trimmed to just 770 players, a full 2,000 players had been eliminated. Up to that point an average of three players were busting every minute.

Barnhart joined the leaderboard after he got in a hand with an opponent on a {Q-} {Q-} {2-} flop. Barnhart bet and was called all the way to the river. On the river Barnhart committed ¾ of his stack and his opponent insta-shoved all in. Barnhart snap-called and tabled {Q-} {2-}. His opponent held {2-} {2-} a paid Barnhart off in full.

Sands had an above average stack for most of the day. But his day turned sour quickly after the dinner break. Sands was on the button and had his stack whittled down. The player in the cutoff open-shoved and Sands thought about his action. After just 20 seconds a player not involved in the hand called the clock on Sands.

A floorman was summoned and as per their procedure asked the dealer if Sands had had sufficient time to act on his hand. The dealer replied no and an argument ensued between the player that called the clock and the floorman.

The floorman ended the argument to point out a hand was still in play. Sands shoved holding {K-} {Q-} and the player in the cutoff had pocket eights. Sands bricked on the board and left in frustration.

Day 2 will see cards in the air promptly at 1:00 p.m. PST in the Purple Section of the Amazon Room. Follow all the WSOP action live as we play down to a final table on PokerNews.com.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Sam Barnhart us 169,300
Christopher Rauscher 144,000
Henry Lu us 141,600
Andres Ibarguen 115,700
Roch Cousineau 110,100 70,100
Mark Ketteringham 108,000
Balazs Botond hu 104,000
Cody Slaubaugh us 103,600
Anders Taylor 100,500
James Mackey us 96,400
Michael Leibgorin 91,900
Ryan Huling 90,000
Ryan Schmidt 82,000
Randy Lew us 81,800
Najib Kamand gb 81,200
David Johnston 81,100
Tom Alner gb 80,100
George Griffith 79,000
Pius Heinz de 78,700 400
James Tolbert 77,400
Chino Rheem us 76,300
James Sileo us 75,600
Guy Short 75,100
Tom Rafferty au 74,700
Michael De Gilio 74,000

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An Assortment of Chip Counts

Sam Barnhart us 169,300 44,300
Henry Lu us 141,600 -28,400
John Nelson us 114,000 -11,000
Mark Ketteringham 108,000 8,000
Balazs Botond hu 104,000 -8,000
Anders Taylor 100,500 -9,500
Randy Lew us 81,800 -3,200
Pius Heinz de 78,300 -9,700
Chino Rheem us 76,300 -15,700
Ryan Tepen us 68,600 29,800
Alex Masek us 60,200 43,200
Alex Outhred 59,700 24,700
Neil Channing gb 57,100 14,100
Nick Rampone us 56,400 23,400
Cherish Andrews us 52,700 4,700
Carter Phillips us 49,200 -3,800
Roch Cousineau 40,000 -55,000
Huy Nguyen us 38,800 -11,200
Andrew Lichtenberger us 32,600 -3,400
Marvin Rettenmaier de 32,500 -1,500
Tommy Vedes us 31,100 -8,900
Andy Frankenberger us 25,800 8,800
Michael "Carwash" Schneider 17,200 2,400

Five More Hands

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The field will play five more hands and then bag and tag for the evening.

Sanchez Cripples Cajelais and Busts Marchese


Just before end of Level 10, Tom Marchese went all in for about 6,200 from middle position. Erik Cajelais three-bet to 12,000 on the button to isolate, but Andres Sanchez in the big blind four-bet all in for 53,600 after about 90 seconds in the tank. Cajelais called and we had about a 115,000-chip pot on our hands.

Marchese: {K-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Cajelais: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}
Sanchez: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}

Sanchez took it down when the board ran out {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, ending Marchese's tournament and leaving Cajelais very short on chips.

A few hands later, Cajelais busted.

Andres Sanchez 115,000 62,000
Tom Marchese us Busted
Erik Cajelais ca Busted

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Queens For Nguyen


After the under-the-gun player opened to 1,600, the next player to act three-bet to 3,400. Huy Nguyen called from middle position, the original raiser called, and the flop fell {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

The UTG player checked it to the three-bettor who bet 4,400. Only Nguyen called to see the {5-Spades} turn. Both checked and did the same when the {8-Hearts} river fell.

Nguyen tabled {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}, besting his opponent's hand to win the pot.

Huy Nguyen us 50,000 8,000

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