Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em
Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Sam Barnhart Leads After Day 1

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Sam Barnhart
Sam Barnhart

Day 1 of Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold’em began with 247 entrants, and after eight levels of play, Sam Barnhart is your chip leader with 58,900 chips. Following closely behind him are a handful of players, including Michael Parizon (46,800), Micah Raskin (44,000), and Chad Brown (41,100).

Plenty of notable players came and went today, including Mike Sowers, Shawn Buchanan, Isaac Haxton, Scott Seiver, Don Zewin, and Richard Brodie. Phil Ivey registered, despite playing in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and when he arrived during Level 7, he quickly stacked off as well.

Jonathan Duhamel accumulated a lot of chips towards the end of the night, bagging up 25,700 at the end of the night. The 2010 WSOP Main Event champion busted Tyler Bonkowski – who won this event last year – and won a few pots off of fellow Canadian and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Both players will return tomorrow, looking to position themselves for a bracelet.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time, where the plan is to play ten levels. Come back then for up-to-the-minute updates from this and every event at the 2012 WSOP!

Good night from Las Vegas!

Tags: Sam Barnhart

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud
Sam Barnhart us 53,900 44,900
David Forster us 52,200
Kenny Hsiung us 47,800
Michael Parizon us 46,800
Chad Brown us 44,100
Micah Raskin us 44,000
Bruno Portaro au 41,200
Shawn Keller 40,600 6,600
Ray Henson us 39,400 12,400
Philip Tom us 35,100
Brandon Young us 34,300
Mothel Krymchantowski 33,020
John Virtue 32,100
Thomas Blizniak us 32,000
David Longood 31,900
Maria Ho us 31,500 6,500
David Steicke au 30,700 -1,300
Alex Dovzhenko ua 30,700
Baothang Nguyen 30,600
Jimmy Fricke us 30,600 -2,900
Nicholas Muraca 30,000
Mitchell Davis 29,700
Jeffrey Einsidler 29,600
Justin Bonomo us 28,900 9,900
Vinnie Vinh 28,600

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Bardah Doubles

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Ronnie Bardah doubles on one of the last hands of the night.
Ronnie Bardah doubles on one of the last hands of the night.

Robert Ferdinand, also known as "Bobby the Bus," raised in early position, and Ronnie Bardah three-bet from the small blind. Ferdinand called. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, and Bardah led out. Ferdinand called.

The turn was the {10-Diamonds}, and Bardah bet all in for just 100. Ferdinand called.

Bardah: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Ferdinand: {q-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The river was the {6-Spades}, and Bardah doubled.

Tags: Robert FerdinandRonnie Bardah

"A Whole New World"

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Maria Ho sings "A Whole New World."
Maria Ho sings "A Whole New World."

Well, that's a first.

Moments ago, over on Table 365, we heard Ali Eslami singing. When we arrived, we discovered that his eyes were fixed on Maria Ho, who just recently joined the table.

"I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?"

"Make it stop!" Todd Brunson shouted from an adjacent table.

"It's your turn," Eslami told Ho.

There was brief pause, then Ho continued the song. The two went back and forth, and we were very surprised to see that they both knew the lyrics to the Aladdin classic "A Whole New World" - until we saw that they both Googled lyrics on their respective iPads.

"Is this some kind of sick side bet?" someone at the table asked.

The pair completed the song, and received a brief round of applause from the surrounding tables. Ho was smiling from ear to ear.

"You're such a shy little bird," Eslami joked.

Ho could only giggle.

This was definitely a first for us, and if we have to put our Simon Cowell hat on, we'll say that Ho clearly outperformed Eslami.

Tags: Ali EslamiMaria Ho

Counts

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Sam Barnhart us 36,000 5,900
Shawn Keller 34,000 18,950
Jimmy Fricke us 33,500 22,500
David Steicke au 32,000 11,500
Jonathan Duhamel ca 29,000 -6,000
Ray Henson us 27,000 14,200
Chad Brown us 25,500 6,000
Maria Ho us 25,000 10,400
Leonid Bilokur ru 24,000 7,000
Dan Kelly us 21,000 5,000
Humberto Brenes cr 19,000 8,500
Justin Bonomo us 19,000 -300
David Benyamine fr 18,000
Chris Grigorian us 17,000 9,500
Ronnie Bardah us 15,200 7,125
Jeff Shulman us 14,800 -3,800
Jesse Martin us 13,500 5,900
Shaun Deeb us 12,600 -1,600
Todd Brunson us 12,400 2,650
Dwyte Pilgrim us 12,300 1,300
Al Barbieri us 12,000 4,400
Shannon Shorr us 11,600 8,300
Aubin Cazals fr 8,500 1,500
Vladimir Shchmelev ru 7,600 4,200
Scott Seiver us 6,600 -4,200

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Level:
8
Blinds:
500/1,000
Ante:
0