Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
A wild Day 1 of Event 51, the $1,000 buy-in Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship is in the books. And all of those who bagged up chips are in the money, too, as the original field of 936 managed to play all of the way down to 117, meaning everyone who returns tomorrow will be sharing in the $842,400 prize pool.
There were a number of familiar faces among that huge field that nearly filled the spacious Brasilia ballroom to capacity, although most would leave us before we reached the night's exciting, bubble-bursting conclusion.
As the day wore on, Monica Hinojosa, Rae Rocco, Lara Boutros, and Delia Jones all took turns at the top of the chip counts as the field continued to winnow away. Then late in the day, Gaelle Baumann of France surged ahead to claim the lead, and more or less kept it right until the night's final hand.
In that final hand, it was J.J. Liu adding considerably to her stack after flopping a flush versus Halli Pinson, with the latter getting all of her chips in on the turn with two pair. The river provided no help for Pinson, and play concluded.
With that one Liu joined Lara Boutros, Anna Lundholm, Myra Thompson, Sofia Lovgren, and Erica Schoenberg in the group just behind Baumann at the top of the counts heading into Day 2.
Players will be returning at 2 PM tomorrow to continue the quest to find who among them will be earning the next WSOP gold bracelet. Come back then to follow along.
|Gaelle Baumann||Winamax Team Pro||77,300|
|Leo Margets||Winamax Team Pro||42,700|
|Suzanne Thompson Matzura||Onnit||38,400|
On the fourth hand of hand-for-hand play, most of the tables had completed their hands when a big hand developed on Table 4 between J.J. Liu and Halli Pinson.
The board read and about 14,000 sat in the middle. The rest of Pinson's chips were sitting in a column out in front of her, and enough to call those chips were sitting in front of Liu.
Their hole cards were still on their backs, and when the other 13 tables were all finished, the players' holdings were revealed.
Two pair for Pinson, but a flopped flush for Liu. The dealer then burned and turned over the river... the . Pinson was eliminated, play was concluded for the night, and the 117 remaining players get to go home knowing they've all earned some share of that $842,400 prize pool.
We've reached the end of Level 10 and a scheduled color-up, and so players are taking a 10-minute break before we continue and see who among the 118 that are left will be finishing shy of the cash.
We're just one elimination away now, with 118 players left. The tournament will now be played hand-for-hand across the 14 remaining tables.
We've been wondering all day whether or not we'll be reaching the money before play concluded tonight, and now we have our answer.
There are 123 players left at the moment, meaning just six more eliminations and the 117 left will be dividing up the $842,400 prize pool. There are 15 minutes left on the tourney clock, but if the level ends and the bubble hasn't burst, play will continue until it does.
|Gaelle Baumann||Winamax Team Pro||72,000||24,000|
Sarah Grant was just now all in before the flop with against Rae Rocco's .
The community cards came , and Grant's better pocket pair held up to grant Grant a double-up.
Monica Hinojosa was an early leader in this event during the afternoon hours, and while others have caught and passed her, she continues to maintain an above-average stack.
Just now Hinojosa was involved in a preflop all-in situation versus an especially short-stacked opponent who held versus Hinojosa's . The board came , and Hinojosa suffered but a small hit to her stack.