Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Direct from the WSOP staff!
|Roland De Wolfe||2,960,000|
The World Series of Poker has reached an all-time high, not just for its own history, but also for poker history across the globe. The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop became the largest buy-in in poker history today as it kicked off with 48 players plopping down the massive seven-figure price of entry. At the end of the first nine levels of play, 37 players remained with Brian Rast on top of them all with 10.71 million.
Going into the day, the excitement was building and you could feel the electricity in the air. An elaborate Cirque du Soleil performance highlighted the introductions as each of the participants was announced one by one to the spectators as the ESPN cameras rolled. A little bit before 2:00 PM in the afternoon, the cards were in the air and the chips were flying.
The first player eliminated on the day was Justin Smith. He lost a massive hand for nearly all of his chips right before the first break when he paid off Frederic Banjout on the river with an eight-high straight. Banjout had backed into the nut flush to win the pot. On the first hand back from the break, Smith's lost to Rast's .
Rast then claimed the scalp of Andrew Robl when he made the nut flush against Robl's pair of kings. On the flop in a four-bet pot, Rast and Robl got all the money in. Rast held he versus Robl's and spiked as the board ran out with the and .
The other players that were eliminated on the day included Jens Kyllönen, Jonathan Duhamel, Paul Phua, Erik Seidel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Nick Schulman, Eugene Katchalov, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Giovanni Guarascio.
Mizrachi was the second-to-last player eliminated on the day, falling at the hands of Mike Sexton. On the board, Mizrachi moved all in for his last 180,000 with the . Sexton called with the . After the river landed with the , Mizrachi's million dollar tournament was over with.
Of those advancing to Day 2 are Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Ben Lamb, Sam Trickett and Phil Ivey. Twelve-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth also survived and will be taking 8.395 million in chips to Day 2.
Action for Day 2 will begin at 12:00 PM PT and the plan it to play all the way down until the final table of nine is set. With over $18.3 million up for grabs for first place, everyone will be bringing their best game to the felt and looking to run it up. It's going to be an absolutely amazing day of poker and you won't want to miss out on any of it.
Be sure to join us right back here on PokerNews for all of the live coverage and until then, goodnight from Las Vegas!
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|Roland De Wolfe||2,960,000||210,000|
In the very last hand of the night, Brian Rast opened for 80,000 from middle position, Sam Trickett called from a seat over, and Giovanni Guarascio, sitting to Trickett's left, called as well.
It folded back to Frederic Banjout in the blinds who fired a reraise to 300,000, forcing folds around to Guarascio. He thought for a while, then finally shrugged and put his remaining chips out before him — a reraise to 365,000 total.
Banjout hesitated for a moment, unsure at first just how much Guarascio had shoved. When it was explained he only owed 65,000 more, he called.
"Wait!" said Trickett with a grin, pointing at a stack of his own lavender chips he had sneakily set closer to Guarascio before pulling it back with a grin.
The table chuckled, and the players tabled their hands — for Guarascio, and for Banjout.
The board came , and Guarascio won't be joining the 37 coming back for tomorrow's day 2.
Phil Galfond and Paul Newey were heads up on a flop of . Galfond led for 115,000, and Newey raised to 275,000. Galfond called.
Both players knuckled after the turned, and the completed the board. Galfond checked, and Newey fired 275,000. Galfond took of his glasses, and studied both the board and Newey. Finally, he released his cards, and Newey raked in the pot.
A few hands later, Galfond raised to 80,000 from early position, and Roland De Wolfe three-bet to 225,000 on his direct left. The action folded back to Galfond who tank-folded, and De Wolfe told him it was a good fold.
"I thought I was going to go with that one," Galfond admitted.
The tournament staff just announced the players will play three more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night. They'll then return at Noon PST on Monday to play down to a final table.
A group of 48 players have each paid $1,000,000 to set poker history today as they take part in the biggest buy-in tournament ever seen in poker history.