Event 49: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
Event 49: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Sameer Aljanedi us 177,000
John Hayes us 104,400
Mustapha Kanit it 104,300 6,300
Justin Schwartz us 104,000
Lorenzo Sabato 102,200
Zachary Humphrey us 101,700
Jon Turner us 97,800
Terrance Eischens 95,800
Samad Razavi gb 81,200
Raymond Matthaei us 80,800
Bryan Pimlott us 80,600
Chris DeMaci us 79,800
Ryan Hughes us 76,100
Denys Drobyna ua 71,700
Amanda Baker us 71,600
Erick Lindgren us 71,400
Mike McDonald ca 68,500
Jeff Williams us 67,300 16,300
Daniel Witcher 65,300
Byron Kaverman us 64,500
Eugene Du Plessis za 63,700
Daniel Buzgon us 62,600
Keith Williams 59,500 -15,500
Mike Leah ca 59,500
Jeffrey Dobrin us 58,200 17,200

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Al Janedi Leads First-Ever Ante Only Event

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Justin Schwartz is in contention with a big stack
Justin Schwartz is in contention with a big stack

Day 1 of the much talked about Event 49, $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em, of the World Series of Poker has wrapped up. A solid 939 players took to the felt to play the first ever ante only event in WSOP history. At the end of bagging and tagging just 110 players remain with Sameer Al Janedi leading the field with a healthy 177,000.

Chasing Al Janedi are John Hayes, Just Schwartz and Zach Humphrey. Notables Jon Turner, Mclean Karr, Amanda Baker, Erick Lindgren, Mike McDonald, Mike Leah, Martins Adeniya, Jeff Williams, Melanie Weisner and Mickey Petersen remain in the field.

Plenty of notables gave the event a try but did not advance to Day 2, including: Daniel Negreanu, Bryan Slick (inventor of the variant), Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Kara Scott, Shane Schleger, Andrew Lichtenberger, David Williams, Neil Channing, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, David “Bakes” Baker, Vanessa Rousso and Eugene Katchalov.

The field approached the money bubble with just 17 minutes left in the evening. Hand-for-hand play lasted just one hand. Morgan Machina was the unfortunate bubble boy after his {A-Hearts} {K-Hearts} was beat by a nine-high flush.

At the start of play many players weren’t exactly sure of the structure. The ante would increase with the levels but the bring in bet would be the smallest denomination chip in play. So in Level 9 there was a 300 ante with a 100 bring in.

The action was fast at the start and each tabled seemed to settle in pattern unique to them. Players that would move from broken tables almost always had a comment concerning about the average opening bet was a little different.

Jeffrey Dobin joined the field as the only player to have won a live ante only event. The WSOPC experimented with the format during the Caesars Palace Circuit stop earlier this year. Dobin took home $25,931 and a WSOPC gold ring after defeating a field of 203 players and will advance to tomorrow with 58,200.

Grant Levy didn’t survive the day but he did have one of the most notable hands on the day. He was all in preflop for 2,500 and had two callers – one that had him covered and one with slightly less. Levy held pocket aces and was looking to hold against pocket tens and pocket fours. The flop sealed the pot for him when it came {A-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {5-Clubs}. The shorter stack left the table before the river card was dealt and the other could only sit and watch.

Day 2 of the event will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. PST in the Purple Section of the Amazon Room. Join us and follow all the WSOP action live on PokerNews.com.

Some End-of-Day Counts


Here is how some of the bigger stacks and notable names look at the end of Day 1. We will have a full chip count list posted as soon as possible.

Sameer Aljanedi us 177,000
John Hayes us 104,400
Justin Schwartz us 104,000 -21,000
Zach Humphrey 101,700
Jon Turner us 97,800 44,800
Terrance Eischens 95,800 17,800
Mclean Karr us 95,400 60,400
Sam Razavi gb 81,200 9,200
Bryan Pimlott us 80,600 -4,400
Amanda Baker us 71,600 47,000
Erick Lindgren us 71,400 25,400
Mike McDonald ca 68,500 18,500
Mike Leah ca 59,500 39,500
Melanie Weisner us 48,100 30,100
Jeff Madsen us 47,300 47,300
Men "The Master" Nguyen us 31,100 22,100
Mickey Petersen dk 26,200 -14,800
Max Pescatori it 13,900 -24,700
Yuval Bronshtein il 12,100 -3,900

Just Three More

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The clock has been paused and the call for just three more hands has been made. Stay tuned for some notable end-of-day chip counts and a recap of today's action.

Bubble Has Burst


With just a few minutes before the clock is paused and three more hands are played, we have burst the bubble! The unlucky player to go home empty handed for all his work was Morgan Machina.

We arrived at the table with a board showing {k-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Hearts} and with one player shoving into the short stack of Machina. After just a few moments, Machina called and tabled {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. It wasn't strong enough for his opponent's {9-Spades}{2-Spades}, with the flopped flush prevailing to eliminate our bubble boy.

With that, we are in the money!

Morgan Machina us Busted

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Hand-for-Hand Begins

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The tables are now hand-for-hand. The next player elimianted will be the bubble boy, while 117 players are guaranteed a $2,409 min-cash. Keep in mind that there is only 20 minutes left in the day.

Nassif Eliminated Close to the Money


Gabriel Nassif was just looking good to triple up late in the night, holding {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} against not one, but two, opponents who held {a-}{k-}. Unfortunately for Nassif the flop housed a {k-} and he was eliminated. Immediately following Nassif's elimination the tournament director asked the dealers to stop dealing and it is looking like we are about to go to hand-for-hand play.

Gabriel Nassif Busted

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Hellmuth Eliminated Three Off the Money

Phil Hellmuth exited politely.
Phil Hellmuth exited politely.

We found Phil Hellmuth betting 1,000 of his 2,100 stack on a flop of {K-Hearts} {6-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}. "Go ahead buddy put me in, double me up," Hellmuth said to Frank Baris- who was mulling his decision.

Baris did just that and then Men "The Master" Nguyen called behind him. Hellmuth tossed in the rest of chips and the other two players had a side pot.

The turn came {3-Spades} and both players checked. The river came {8-Hearts}, Baris bet and Nguyen folded. Baris tabled {J-Hearts} {10-Hearts} for a flush and Hellmuth stood up and reluctantly showed {K-Spades} {4-Spades}.

He told Baris "Good game and good luck," shook hands with all the players and exited the Brasilia Room on good terms with his tablemates - not an usual Hellmuthian exit.

Phil Hellmuth us Busted

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