Event 60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
Event 60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
Day 1 completed

Day 1 in The Books: Konstantin Puchkov Poised to Make History

• Level 8: 400-800, 200 ante
Mike Wattel Near the Top
Mike Wattel Near the Top

And that’ll do it for tonight! 101 of the best players in the world ponied up the $10,000 entry fee for this event, and 54 of them survived the night. At most tournaments, we are lucky to find two or three famous faces at the same table. Well at this tournament, it was rare to see two or three faces that we DIDN’T recognize. It truly was a star studded field and at the end of the night your chip leader is none other than Konstantin Puchkov who bagged 133,400. Puchkov is looking to make WSOP history, as a cash in this event would be a record breaking 11th for him on the series. Not far behind are Hertzel Zalewki (107,700) and Hasan Habib (104,700).

The big story of the night was the return of the 10-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan, who made his first appearance at the Rio all summer. Chan cashed in this event last year, finishing 12th, but he will not be able to top that this year, as he was eliminated just before the end of the night.

Some of the players who joined Chan out the door included Phil Hellmuth, Brandon Cantu, Chad Brown, Shaun Deeb, Josh Brikis, Bryn Kenney, and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.

It was a great day for former champions of this event. Last year’s winner John Juanda is looking to defend his title, and he will come into tomorrow with 63,000 chips. David “Bakes” Baker won this event two years ago, and he has 37,900 chips. In 2009, Nick Schulman took down the event, and he is also still alive with 65,000. Before 2009, this event played out as a $5,000 with rebuys, and the champions of that in 2008 and 2007, Mike Matusow (33,400) and Erik Seidel (91,200), will also return tomorrow looking for another bracelet!

In addition to those players, there is a near endless list of big names who are moving on to tomorrow. Just a few include Daniel Negreanu (94,200), Jason Mercier (89,000), Michael Binger (86,300), Tom Schneider (82,900), Ali Eslami (75,800), and Phil Galfond (41,200), amongst several others.

The 54 remaining players have bagged and tagged their chips, and they will come back tomorrow at 2 pm. They will play ten levels, or until they reach the final seven players, whichever comes first. Be sure to tune in tomorrow, as it should be an exciting end to the preliminary events here at the 2012 WSOP! For now, good night from Las Vegas!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud
Konstantin Puchkov ru 133,400
Rep Porter us 115,400
Hertzel Zalewski 107,700
Hasan Habib us 104,700
Jose-Luis Velador 98,400
Mike Wattel us 96,700 4,000
Benjamin Parker 95,500
Daniel Negreanu ca 94,200
Erik Seidel us 91,200
Andy Bloch us 89,100
Jason Mercier us 89,000
Michael Binger us 86,300
Tom Schneider us 82,900
Calvin Anderson us 77,600
Ali Eslami us 75,800
Michael Watson ca 71,000
Jesse Martin us 69,000
Nick Schulman us 65,000
Todd Barlow us 63,300
John Juanda id 63,000 -2,000
Jean-Robert Bellande us 62,500
Vincent van der Fluit nl 62,000
Marco Traniello it 58,500
James Bechtel 58,000
Jared Bleznick us 54,600

Read full

End of the Night Counts

[user196676]
Konstantin Puchkov ru 133,400 106,400
Hertzel Zalewski 107,700
Hasan Habib us 104,700 56,700
Daniel Negreanu ca 94,200 16,200
Mike Wattel us 92,700
Erik Seidel us 91,200 35,700
Andy Bloch us 89,100 -10,900
Jason Mercier us 89,000 -6,000
Michael Binger us 86,300 16,300
Tom Schneider us 82,900 18,900
Ali Eslami 75,800 34,800
John Juanda id 65,000 -43,000
Nick Schulman us 65,000 -8,000
Jean-Robert Bellande us 62,500 33,500
Vincent van der Fluit nl 62,000 3,000
Marco Traniello it 58,500 16,500
Jim Bechtel us 58,000 28,000
David Bakes Baker us 57,900 9,900
Jared Bleznick us 54,600 16,600
Phil Galfond us 41,200 -3,800
George Danzer de 40,500 -27,500
John Monnette us 40,100 -900
Justin Bonomo us 38,900 -3,100
Mike Matusow us 33,400 3,400
Ville Wahlbeck fi 32,500 2,500

Read full

Chan Busto

There will be no bracelet 11 for Johnny Chan. He has just been eliminated. We didn't catch the action, but we do know that the hand that beat him was {9-}{8-}{7-}{4-}{2-}. Chan his the rail just moments before the day is done.

Johnny Chan us Busted

Seventy-Six Trombones

[user196676]
Jason Mercier Flirts with 100,000
Jason Mercier Flirts with 100,000

We caught up during the draw to see Jason Mercier take one card while Scott Fischman stood pat. With about 5,500 in the pot Mercier bet 5,400.

Fischman called the bet and Mercier showed a seventy-six in the form of {7-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-}. Fischman mucked his hand and Mercier scooped another sizable pot. He's currently at about 95,000.

Jason Mercier us 95,000 27,000
Scott Fischman 13,000 -2,000

Tags: Jason MercierScott Fischman

Pokernews to Table 357!

• Level 8: 400-800, 200 ante

These were the words we heard Ali Eslami shout from his table, so we wandered over to take a look. As we arrived, it seemed obvious why. Marco Traniello has been holed up at that table all day, and there was recently an empty seat that was formerly filled by Bryn Kenney. However, after his elimination, a new player had to be brought in, and of all the people to fill the seat, it was Jennifer Harman. For those of you that don't know, Traniello and Harman are happily married and have twin boys together. Let's hope this tournament doesn't cause any problems at the house!

New Table of Death

[user196676] • Level 8: 400-800, 200 ante

A new super stacked table has emerged for the last half hour of play of the evening.

Seat 1: Mike Wattel
Seat 2: Mike Matusow
Seat 3: Todd Brunson
Seat 4: Daniel Negreanu
Seat 5: Phil Galfond
Seat 6: Nick Schulman
Seat 7: Erik Seidel

Seidel was the most recent addition to this table and Matusow was the first one to note how many "sickos" were seated at this table. Fortunately for all of the players there, they will only have to deal with the talents of those around them for thirty more minutes before bagging and tagging at the end of the night.