Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 Ends With Money Bubble Bursting

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante
WSOP bracelet
WSOP bracelet

Day 1 of Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em is a wrap with 265 players bagging their remaining chips. The day saw 3,221 hopefuls come out for the chance at bracelet glory, but as the levels increased the players decreased. The day finished with two players sharing the chip lead, both Jonas Mackoff and Clayton Fletcher finished the day with 148,500.

Most of the poker world's eyes focused on Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, but not everyone's. Today's event saw a slew of familiar faces such as Faraz Jaka, Bryan Devonshire, Jon Turner, Scott Montgomery, Shaun Deeb, and Bryan Micon all started the day with chips, but they did not end the day with any.

The money bubble burst in the middle of level 11 with the help of Alex Kravchenko, prompting cheers from all 325 players. Everyone from there on out was going to be walking away with a minimum $1,942.

Dutch Boyd made his presence known, taking a strong chip advantage over the rest of his table early on and maintaining and managed to finish the day in the middle of the pack. Chris Moorman came out of the woodwork late building his starting stack into a mountain of chips. A few other players coming back tomorrow are Justin Schwartz, Huck Seed, Matt Stout, Joey Weissman, and Sofia Lovgren.

All 265 players are expected to return tomorrow at 1:00 PM for Event: 54's restart. Play will consist of playing down until 9 players are left, or until 10 levels have been completed; whatever happens first. Stay tuned here to PokerNews for all your poker updates.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Clayton Fletcher us 148,500
Jonas Mackoff ca 148,500
Andrew Dean us 139,800 59,800
Alex Kravchenko ru 128,400
Jeffrey Fielder 111,200
Maurice Hawkins us 107,800
David Bernstein ca 103,600
Perati Muhamet 103,100
Chris Moorman gb 97,400 23,400
Mikhail Aleksandrov ru 96,100
Andreas Heissenberger 95,300 -4,700
Joseph Kuether us 94,600
Will Jaffe us 93,800 12,800
Benjamin Volpe 92,100
Joshua Ladines us 89,600
Ken Fishman us 85,400
Uri Reichenstein il 84,400
Nick Abou Risk 84,300
Jean-Philippe Rohr fr 84,300
Brad Libson us 84,200
Chae Kim 83,400
Matthew Livingston us 79,900
Bryan Paris us 78,500
Joey Weissman us 78,000 51,000
Owen Crowe ca 77,000 -12,000

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Double Dutch

Two hands involving two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion Dutch Boyd.

In the first hand we caught him calling a short stack shove holding {K-Spades} {K-Clubs}. His opponent held {A-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} and after the board ran out {Q-Spades} {10-Clubs} {6-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} Boyd had eliminated his opponent.

Then he raised to 2,500 in the cutoff, Jeff Fielder called on the button as did the big blind. The flop was {A-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {7-Diamonds}, the big blind checked, Boyd bet 3,500, Fielder called and the big blind folded. The turn {7-Clubs} brought some mutual respect after both players checked and finally we saw the {A-Clubs}. Boyd made a bet of 7,000 and Fielder made a very quick call before turning over {A-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} and Boyd slid his hand into the muck.

Jeff Fielder us 106,000
Dutch Boyd us 47,000 3,200

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The Big Stacks

As we trundle into the final level of the day we are probably going to burst the money bubble. There are 336 players left and forty-five minutes to lose twelve players.

The biggest stacks in the room include Jonas Mackoff (132k), Nick Abou Risk, (116,000), Andreas Heisenberger (100k) and Clayton Fletcher (97k).

Jonas Mackoff ca 132,000 52,000
Nick Abou Risk 116,000 30,000
Andreas Heissenberger 100,000 30,000
Clayton Fletcher us 97,000
Owen Crowe ca 89,000 44,500
Will Jaffe us 81,000 9,000
Andrew Dean us 80,000 30,000
Chris Moorman gb 74,000 29,000
Justin Schwartz us 70,000 -8,000
Joao Simao 66,000 -10,000
Mark Herm us 61,000 -19,000
David Singontiko us 39,000 1,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 35,000 10,000
Martin Finger de 29,000 15,200
John Eames gb 28,000 5,000
Joey Weissman us 27,000 -11,000
Mihai Manole ro 26,000 -1,000
Shannon Shorr us 25,000 -11,000
Pratyish Buddiga 23,000 3,000
Paul Magriel 6,000 -59,000
Todd Terry us Busted

Demers Applying Pressure While Dovzhenko and Mitchell Take Hits

There are 387 players left, and the time it takes to finish a soccer match, before this bad boy is over for the night. We have just trawled through the Golden section and this is what we saw.

We saw Gionni Demers apply maximum pressure to take down a decent sized pot without the need to play any post flop poker. The player on the button raised to 1,600, Demers three-bet to 4,400 from the small blind, the big blind four-bet to 11,300, the button folded and Demers moved all-in. The big blind fiddled, and thought for a few minutes, in absolute anguish, before eventually releasing his hand.

Alexander Dovzhenko has just lost a blind squabble that has left him perilously low. The action folded around to the player in the small blind who moved all-in holding {9-Spades} {8-Spades} and Dovzhenko called in the big blind holding {Q-Spades} {10-Diamonds}. The board ran out {8-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} {2-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} and Dovzhenko was down to just 8,000 chips.

Alexander Dovzhenko is a true live tournament grinder with over $1.5 million in earnings going back over an eleven year stretch.

Finally, we saw former Irish Open champion, James Mitchell, lose a substantial portion of his chips to Frank Piocos and this is how. There was a raise from early position and a call from Piocos on the button. Mitchell was seated in the big blind and he squeezed for a total of 4,800, the initial raiser folded but the button made the call.

Flop: {A-Spades} {9-Hearts} {6-Spades}

The flop looked perfect for both because Mitchell was holding {A-Hearts} {K-Spades} and Piocos was holding {9-Clubs} {9-Spades}. The turn {10-Spades} and river {2-Clubs} changed nothing and Mitchell was down to 11,000.

Matt Livingstone 69,000
Michael Craig 55,000 10,000
Gionni Demers us 50,000 -5,000
Yann Brosolo fr 48,000 -7,000
Sofia Lovgren se 47,000 2,000
Jia Liu 40,000 -20,000
Matt Stout us 35,400 3,400
Gianluca Rullo 30,000 -30,000
Chris Arvanitis 25,000 -19,000
Kevin Vandersmissen be 19,000 6,000
Sam Holden gb 16,000 6,500
Tom McCormick us 14,500 6,100
James Keys 14,300 -13,700
Darryl Fish 11,000 2,000
James Mitchell gb 11,000 -4,000
Alexander Dovzhenko ua 8,000 3,000
Pierre Neuville be Busted

Tags: Alexander DovzhenkoGionni DemersJames Mitchell

Double for Kessler

We don't exactly know how the action went, but the board read {10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Spades} and Allen Kessler was being pushed a pot for his double up. Kessler had {K-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for a pair of jacks which was seemingly good enough, as his opponent had subsequently mucked.

Allen Kessler us 20,000 6,000

Tags: Allen Kessler