Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 Concludes, Cash Bubble Still Intact

Shamus • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

It was a fast-paced day of poker in this the last of the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em events of this year's WSOP. Another whopping field turned out for this one, with 2,798 players together creating a huge $3,777,300 prize pool.

Eliminations came at a rapid pace throughout the day, but when bagging time commenced, it had yet to be decided who exactly among the entrants would be dividing that prize pool. A total of 305 players made it through 11 one-hour levels today, and just 297 spots pay, meaning the bubble bursting will be happening in short order when play resumes tomorrow.

Among the hundreds who didn't make it through Day 1, the three currently chasing the record for most WSOP cashes in a single year all fell short of the goal in Event 56. Neither Konstantin Puchkov (currently tied for the record with 10 cashes), Terrence Chan (9 cashes), or Joe Tehan (9 cashes) survived the day.

Meanwhile others prospered, with Donald Vogel, Danny Johnson, Carlos Lopez Neira, Michael Graydon, and Scott Freeman ending the night atop the counts. Also sporting top tier stacks are Blake Cahail, Shankar Pillai, Will Failla, Sam Holden, and Ashton Griffin.

Daniel Negreanu ended the day with above average chips, having come to play Event 56 following his bustout earlier in the day from Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop.

And also in the mix tomorrow will be Adam Levy, Chance Kornuth, Cherish Andrews, David "ODB" Baker, Eric Mizrachi, Maria Ho, Jennifer Leigh, Peter Eastgate, Jeff Madsen, J.C. Tran, and Jennifer Tilly.

Join us again tomorrow at 1 PM Vegas time for Day 2 of Event 56 to see who cashes for the minimum, who survives to secure more serious paydays, and who makes the deep run toward the final table and next WSOP gold bracelet.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Donald Vogel 145,200 -8,800
Danny Johnson 131,000 -14,000
Carlos Lopez Neira 128,400
Mick Graydon 128,000
Scott Freeman 120,700
[Removed:85] 119,200
Mark Maletic 113,700 -7,300
Michael Compolongo 113,100
Mohamad Kowssarie 111,200
Blake Cahail us 109,700 -300
Patrick Lee 107,700
Selim Oulmekki fr 107,200
Daniel Erlandsson se 104,000
Stefan Raffay dk 98,500
Arthur Kalantzis au 97,700
David Borg 95,200
Shankar Pillai us 94,300
Barbara Martinez fr 91,600
Jason James ca 89,100
Konstantinos Kamaras 87,200
Logan Headley 86,000
Brandon Poe 84,800
Brian Altman us 83,300
Glafiro Valle 83,100
Alexander Queen us 81,500

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Scouting the Big Stacks, Continued

Shamus

"Is he the chip leader?"

So asked Will Failla, jerking a thumb toward Danny Johnson sitting beside him. Johnson had a smile on his face, probably caused by a combination of Failla's funny stories and the big stacks of chips sitting in front of him.

Johnson's 145,000 was one of the biggest stacks we saw in the Gold section, although Donald Vogel appeared to have nudged ahead of him during a final pass of his table. 2011 November Niner Sam Holden also was sitting behind a healthy stack of about 105,000 as the last hands of the night were playing out.

And Joe Urgo was smiling with about 92,000, too, as Level 11 came to a close. There are others in the room with stacks approaching or exceeding 100,000, but anyone in that vicinity has reason to smile after bagging up and leaving tonight.

Donald Vogel 154,000
Danny Johnson 145,000
Sam Holden gb 105,000 78,000
Joe Urgo 92,000

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A Royal Time for Harraka

Shamus

We just saw a hand that produced a decent-sized pot, but a whole lot of excitement.

It started as a three-way hand, but just two players remained by the end, one of them being the relatively short-stacked George Harraka.

All in with {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} against an opponent's {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}, the board rolled out {K-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, giving Harraka a royal flush and the main pot. He survives with just 13 eliminations left until the money.

George Harraka 42,000

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Cherish the Jack

Shamus

Cherish Andrews opened for 2,100 from under the gun, and the player to her right reraised to 6,100. It folded back around, and Andrews called the reraise.

Both players checked down the {Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{J-Hearts} flop, {Q-Spades} turn, and {6-Clubs} river. Andrews turned over {A-Spades}{J-Spades} for queens and jacks, and her opponent flashed {A-}{K-} before mucking.

Cherish Andrews us 48,000 7,000

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Scouting the Big Stacks

Shamus

"There's no one notable here."

So said a player spotting your humble reporter, scouting the tables here near evening's end in the effort to locate some of the larger stacks around. At just 35 spots away from the cash, most of those left with chips are ultimately going to be notable, insofar as they'll become part of the WSOP record books for having cashed in the event.

A tour through the Silver section revealed a few players who have edged over the 100,000-chip mark, a milestone that appears at the moment to put players among the leaders at present.

Terris Preston is currently sitting with right at 100,000, while Blake Cahill looks to have about 110,000. And Mark Maletic is hovering at 120,000.

"They're gonna write about you, man," said Maletic's neighbor as we noted his stack. Good read.

Mark Maletic 121,000
Blake Cahail us 110,000
Terris Preston 102,000

Byrraju Lets Go of Cards, Some Chips

Shamus

Rahul Byrraju has seen his stack slide a bit here during the last hours of play while others in the field are starting to rise up around him. Just now we came upon a hand in which there was about 25,000 in the middle, Byrraju's opponent had pushed all in for 20,000 following a {5-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} flop, and Byrraju was in the tank.

"You have ten-jack?" he asked of his opponent. "You have a set?" Byrraju clearly seemed to want to call, but ultimately talked himself out of it.

Rahul Byrraju in 71,000 -27,000

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Cash Bubble Within Shouting Distance

Shamus • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

As we begin the last level of the night, there are 369 players still with chips. That's a little over 70 eliminations away from the cash — close enough for players to start thinking about it, but far enough away that the short stacks are going to have to act rather than try to wait it out.

The Record Stands Another Day

Shamus

It appears Konstantin Puchkov's efforts to secure a World Series of Poker record 11th cash this summer have been thwarted, as far as Event 56 is concerned. He'd battled with a short stack for much of the evening, but a recent check of his seat reveals his battle appears to have come to an end.

Speaking of those also chasing Nikolai Evdakov's record of 10 WSOP cashes that Puchkov has tied, Joe Tehan and Terrence Chan (both with nine cashes currently) were eliminated earlier today as well, although as Chan tweeted earlier, more attempts await:

Konstantin Puchkov ru Busted
Terrence Chan ca Busted
Joe Tehan us Busted

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