Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Tony Welds Leads Day 1 of Event #44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Amnon Fillipi close to chip lead
Amnon Fillipi close to chip lead

The 44th event of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued it's late trend of ever-increasing fields when 2,949 entries souls took to the felt. That figure eclipsed last years total of 2,890 entrants, an event that saw Kenneth Griffin take home his first ever WSOP bracelet in his first ever live cash.

We will have to wait for another two days to see who our next 'Kenneth Griffin' will be, but in the meantime Tony Welds leads the way. Welds bagged and tagged 131,900 chips and leads the final 297 players as we close the books on Day 1 and look forward to Day 2 in a few hours time.

When the day began - eleven long levels ago - the field was shrinking quicker than little girls called Alice when they drink out of bottles with the motif "DRINK ME" emblazoned on them. A whole raft of talent left the competition. From the ladies section we lost Kathy Liebert, Liv Boeree and Erika Moutinho and from the gentleman's section Barry Shulman Tony Cousineau, Jason Senti and Terrence Chan were shown the door.

The halls of the Rio were echoing with bad beat stories but none funnier than Govert Metaal. He was eliminated very early and told us that if we thought that exit was fast we hadn't seen anything yet. In the previous day Metaal played in the $1,500 and was eliminated so quickly he caught the same taxi home that had brought him to the event because it hadn't even moved up the line!

After the dinner break and it was a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner who topped the charts. Only days ago, Blair Hinkle, had finished 4th in Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em earning $192,734 and he received a gift just after dinner. After five-betting with {K-Clubs} {K-Hearts} his opponent tank-called with {A-} {2-Hearts}. The board ran out devoid of any aces and Hinkle was the first player to surpass the 60k mark mark.

"It must be the hat," said Ryan Julius referring to the white fisherman's hat seated on top of the Hinkle bonce.

We lost John Racener, Christian de Leon and Mathew Frankland at one end and Jake Schindler popped up with 70,000 at the other. Schindler had been seated next to Patrik Antonius's wife Maya for most of the day and he didn't have a clue who she was. Then during one of their conversations Mrs Antonius told Schindler that her husband was playing in the $50k and then revealed it was Antonius.

"Antonius? He's a huge fish," joked Schindler.

The tail end of the tournament was all about the bubble with the entire last level consumed with hand for hand play with Erik Seidel and Maya Antonius two of the notables to avoid elimination. But the bubble did burst and the play stopped dead. The battle at the top was close right to the bitter end with only 1,000 chips separating Tony Welds and Amnon Filippi when the bags were finally checked.

Day 2 starts at 1:00PM in the Amazon room and PokerNews will bring you all of the action.

Tony Welds 131,900 9,900
Amnon Filippi us 130,900 -36,100
Julian Parmann us 101,400 1,400
Mazin Khoury us 100,900 6,900
Mikhail Lakhitov ru 98,100 18,100
Jude Ainsworth ie 96,600 600
Kevin Elia 94,200 14,200
Blair Hinkle us 90,200 17,200
Keven Stammen us 77,000 -3,000

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Tony Welds 131,900 -11,100
Amnon Filippi us 130,900 123,300
Julian Parmann us 101,400 31,400
Mazin Khoury us 100,900 32,900
Mikhail Lakhitov ru 98,100 -6,900
Jude Ainsworth ie 96,600 93,600
Kevin Elia 94,200 17,200
Blair Hinkle us 90,700 28,700
Shane Weber 88,700
Gonzalo Ramirez 80,600
Carsten Luxig 79,400
Inge Forsmo 77,400
Keven Stammen us 77,000 74,300
Jacob Schindler us 76,800
Jeremy Halaska us 76,600
Shawn Van Asdale us 72,800
Joseph Vollero 70,900
Tolga Ural 70,600
Todd Keikoan us 67,400
Francisco Azares 66,600
William Jr Vogel 64,000
Fatih Dayik 63,600
Jonathan Little us 63,500 53,500
Sheldon Summers 62,700
Justin Young us 60,600

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Maya Antonius Escapes The Bubble

Maya Antonius
Maya Antonius

We are now hand for hand on the bubble and we had five simultaneous all-in showdowns. The one table we were at was Table #5 and an all-in and call involving Maya Antonius. She was all-in from the small blind for 16,200 and a player in mid-position had her covered. Antonius held {Q-Clubs} {Q-Spades} and her opponent held {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds}. The board ran out {J-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} and Antonius doubled up as did the other four players in the other hands!

Maya Antonius 36,000 18,600

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The Bubbles Approaches

With 301 players left and 297 players getting paid it is safe to say we are on the bubble. At this moment in time the two chip leaders are Tony Welds and Amnon Fillipi.

Welds has avoided our gaze for most of the day, but we did just see him make a nice call to earn himself 14,000 river chips on a board of {10-Clubs} {4-Diamonds} {A-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} {Q-Hearts} holding {A-Spades} {5-Spades} to take himself into the chip lead...just.

Tony Welds 143,000
Amnon Filippi us 137,000 129,400

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