Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Trivett Holds Sizable Lead

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Michael Trivett sits in first place.
Michael Trivett sits in first place.

A larger-than-expected field of 898 players entered Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em. After 11 levels and over 14 hours, we've seen that number chopped down to 55.

Michael Trivett leads the way with 133,900 chips, putting him well clear of Sean Small's second-place stack of 103,700. Small boasts four World Series of Poker Circuit final tables on his resume. Rounding out the top five stacks are Chad Holloway (99,400), Wyatt Gibson (96,900) and Kevin Weathers (91,300).

Play resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Amazon Room here at the Rio, where where the field will be pared down to a winner who will claim $84,915 in prize money and a WSOP bracelet.

Tags: Chad HollowayKevin WeathersMichael TrivettSean SmallWyatt Gibson

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Michael Trivett us 133,900 41,400
Sean Small us 103,700 44,700
Chad Holloway us 99,400 54,600
Wyatt Gibson US 96,900 96,900
Kevin Weathers US 91,300 26,300
Troy Wilcoxon US 86,700 41,300
John Harris us 84,400 9,400
John Podobnik 74,800
Robert Jones us 74,700 46,900
Steven Karr 73,300
Christopher Derossi 72,700
Tyrone Smith US 72,600 -13,400
Van Vo 72,200
Daniel Anton us 69,700
Michael Barela 68,000
Sergio Gonalez 67,400
Jake Revelle 66,300
Dennis Glover 65,800
Hieu Le us 65,400 -21,600
Kevin Kalthoff 60,100
Vincent Petrino 59,700
Josh Cahlik US 58,300 -3,200
Farres Boutros 55,800
Frank Nguyen us 55,200
Kaylan Tangermann 54,500

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Rubino Doubles Through Anton

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

David Rubino raised all in for 8,700 from middle position with {k-Spades}{9-Spades} and on his direct left, Danny Anton called with {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}.

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{4-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Spades} giving Rubino a flush and a double up. Anton still has a healthy stack of around 65,000.

Danny Anton 65,000 65,000
David Rubino US 21,400 3,625

Tags: Danny AntonDavid Rubino

Harris Uses Aggression

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

A player in middle position raised to 4,700, the button called, and John Harris squeezed to 12,000 from the small blind. The middle-position player called, and the button folded. Harris saw no reason to slow down on the {2-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop, continuation-betting 15,000. His opponent asked for a rough count, but folded shortly thereafter.

John Harris us 75,000 4,000

Tags: John Harris

Weathers Busts A Player

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Kevin Weathers opened to 3,100 from middle position and the player on his direct left raised all in for 11,600. Weathers showed {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and his oppoonent turned over {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}.

The pocket fours of Weathers took the pot with a board of {2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{6-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}.

Kevin Weathers US 65,000 65,000

Tags: Kevin Weathers

Poon's Aces Cracked

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

A player under the gun raised to 3,600, and Tommy Poon made it 8,000 to go in the hijack. The player UTG called, and a flop of {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} prompted him to move all in for 12,200. Poon snap-called, revealing {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}. His opponent was in bad shape with {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}, and things looked more dire after a {5-Clubs} turn. A miracle {k-Spades} hit the river, causing Poon to rock back in his chair in amazement as he was forced to double his opponent up.

Tommy Poon 27,000 -32,000

Tags: Tommy Poon


Final Break of the Night

• Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The players have gone on a final 20-minute break, after which one more level will be played before Day 1 ends.