Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 8: 300-500, 0 ante
Thomas Blizniak us 45,700 45,700
Miguel Proulx ca 45,100
Luis Benitesneri US 41,100 41,100
Chiduziem Obi US 40,800
William James US 40,400
Steve Gee us 39,800
Arkadiy Tsinis us 37,800 37,800
Matthew Kelly us 35,700 35,700
John Zipperer US 33,500 33,500
Winston Chen 32,200 32,200
Amos Segev il 32,200 32,200
Tyler Schwecke us 32,100 32,100
Nick Schulman us 31,800
Farid Labib-Kiyarash us 31,700 31,700
Kevin MacPhee us 28,700
Billy Huynh US 28,400 28,400
Eric Froehlich us 28,400 24,200
Malissia Zapata us 28,200 28,200
Brian Aleksa us 28,200 28,200
Larry Wright us 27,600
John Monnette us 27,300
Matt Lefkowitz US 27,300 27,300
Tom Schneider us 27,100
Michael Moore us 27,100 27,100
Kyle Zartman 27,100 -7,900

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Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Octo-Niner Among Leaders After Day 1

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante
Steve Gee
Steve Gee

Day 1 of Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em is in the books, and among the leaders of the 177 remaining players are Miguel Proulx, Chiduziem Obi, William James, and Octo-Niner Steve Gee. Gee, who finished ninth in the 2012 World Series of Poker, won a bracelet in 2010, besting a field of 3,042 runners. Proulx also won a bracelet in 2010, taking down a $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $315,311.

Event #10 attracted a total of 645 players, generating a prize pool of $870,750. The top 72 players are guaranteed $2,455, every player at the final table will take home at least $14,585, and the winner will bank $191,605 along with the gold bracelet. There were plenty of notable grinders in the field, including Jason Mercier, John Racener, Randy Lew, Michael "Squeaky" Winnett, Scott Seiver, Justin Bonomo, Carlos Mortensen, Rep Porter, Jeremy Ausmus, Matt Glantz, Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein. Unfortunately for all of the players mentioned above, they were unable to survive the day.

Many of the big names registered late - some because the basketball game was on, others because they were deep in other tournaments - and Phil Ivey was the very last player to take his seat. Despite making a hero call in the last level of the day, he was unable to get anything going and bagged just 3,900 chips. Daniel Negreanu was also one of the players who registered very late, and he too took a hit during the last level of play when he ran kings into aces, but bounced back. Kid Poker ended up bagging 16,000 which will be 13 big bets to start Day 2.

Todd Witteles had a roller coaster day which saw him peak as high as 24,000 chips and drop down as low as 2,400. He was also involved in the craziest hand of the day, where he eliminated three opponents including NBA forward Earl Barron. Witteles flopped a flush draw against two sets and a gut-shot straight draw, and made his flush on the river to score a rare triple knockout.

The Day 1 survivors will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time, and play until they reach a final table or they complete 10 levels. We're wagering that it will be the latter, and we hope you return for all of our up-to-the-minute updates straight from the tournament floor.

Until then, goodnight from Las Vegas!

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Unofficial End-of-Day Counts

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-500, 0 ante
Chiduziem Obi US 40,800 40,800
William James US 40,400 40,400
Steve Gee us 39,800 26,800
Nick Schulman us 31,800 5,300
Kevin MacPhee us 28,700 19,300
Eric Froehlich us 28,400 24,200
Larry Wright us 27,600 15,600
John Monnette us 27,300 2,300
Tom Schneider us 27,100 11,100
Roland Israelashvili us 24,700 12,500
Lee Goldman US 23,600 20,600
Alex Keatling 21,700 21,700
Mike Sowers us 21,200 -2,800
Mark Gregorich us 20,000 20,000
Terrence Chan ca 18,800 9,300
Daniel Negreanu ca 16,000
David "ODB" Baker us 15,200 200
Gabriel Nassif FR 7,100 -3,400
Don Zewin us 5,600 -6,800
Phil Ivey us 3,900 -3,100

Taking Over

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

Nick Schulman, aka "The Takeover," had a short-stacked opponent all in and at risk preflop holding {a-}{j-}. The player was in good shape to double, that is until the turn brought an ace. The player couldn't make a set of kings on the river, and was eliminated.

Nick Schulman us 26,500 8,500

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Negreanu Runs Kings into Aces

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A player check-raised Daniel Negreanu on a flop of {10-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{2-Spades}, and Kid Poker made the call. The turn was the {5-Spades}, the player led out, and Negreanu quickly raised. The player called.

The {10-Clubs} completed the board, and the player check-called one last bet.

"Kings," Negreanu said, showing two cowboys.

The player opened up {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} however, and Negreanu shook his head before mucking his hand.

Daniel Negreanu ca 3,800 -8,700

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Ivey is a Hero

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After losing a few pots, Phil Ivey's stack dwindled down to a few big bets. At that point, he opened in middle position, and was called by two players, one on the button and the other in the big blind. The player in the big blind check-called a bet on a flop of {q-Clubs}{k-Spades}{3-Hearts}, then both players checked when the {6-Diamonds} turned.

The {8-Diamonds} completed the board, and the player led out. Ivey thought long and hard before tossing two purple chips forward, prompting the player to show {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} for jack-high. Ivey tabled {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for essentially fifth pair, and raked in the pot.

Phil Ivey us 7,000 3,000

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