Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
It was an action packed day here in the Amazon room of the Rio as 162 players came out to participate in Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em. Three full rounds of play were completed which leaves only 32 players returning for Day 2 where the top 16 will cash and continue on their path toward the coveted WSOP bracelet and the $331,190 in first-place prize money.
After three long rounds of play, the returning field is stack with some of the biggest names in poker. Just a few of the returning players include Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, Melanie Weisner, Sam Trickett, Michael Mizrachi, Ali Eslami, AP Phahurat, Randy Lew, and Ben Sulsky.
The day began with 34 players participating in round one while 128 players received a bye to the second round. The players who were eliminated in this first round received $5,000, or half of their buy in back. Despite being only 34 players, this field was fairly stacked. Some of the biggest names in poker participated in round one and were unable to find the first victory necessary to continue their quest to glory. The likes of Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, Tom Marchese, Jonathan Duhamel, Dario Minieri, and Ben Lamb all found themselves eliminated from play in the first round.
Once the first round saw its conclusion, there came a bit of controversy over the draw of the bracket. This led to the tournament being put on half for about thirty minutes in order to create a new re-draw for the players. Once this round kicked off, 128 of pokers elite squared off in head to head competition against one another. As the field gets cut in half every round, it is expected to see many of the game's great fall and this round was no exception. Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, Faraz Jaka, Antonio Esfandiari, and Andrew Lichtenberger are just a small sample size of those to hit the rail.
The final round of the night began with 64 players and would not come to a close until 32 remained. During this round, Martin Jacobson, Byron Kaverman, Chino Rheem, Ludovic Lacay, and many others fell victim to their opponents. Fireworks also occurred during the match between Paul Volpe and Phil Galfond that saw the latter moving on to the round of 32. The two got it all in for Volpe's tournament life on a board. Volpe held and was in the lead over Galfond's . Despite having the clubs covered, Volpe fell behind when the paired Galfond on the turn and the on the river sealed the deal for Volpe's elimination.
Round of 32
|AP Phahurat||-||Melanie Weisner|
|Fabrizio Gonzalez||-||Randy Lew|
|Phil Galfond||-||John Parker|
|Ben Sulsky||-||Michael Mizrachi|
|Micah Raskin||-||Craig Bergeron|
|Ali Eslami||-||Don Nguyen|
|Bryan Pellegrino||-||Markus Gonsalves|
|Keith Block||-||Sean Winter|
|Justin Smith||-||Alexander Venovski|
|Ankush Mandavia||-||Mark Radoja|
|Thiago Nishijima||-||Phil Hellmuth|
|Marc-Andre Ladouceur||-||Sam Trickett|
|Russel Rosenblum||-||Joel Micka|
|Sam Stein||-||Davidi Kitai|
|Warwick Mirzikinian||-||Keven Stammen|
|Justin Bonomo||-||Jason Mercier|
Players will return to the Amazon room at 2:00 PM PST on Saturday to play their final match before hitting the money. They will play down to the final 4 players on Day 2. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the latest updates from this exciting and unique poker event!
Russell Rosenblum had the button. He opened with a shove all in and Steve Gross tank called all in for his last 86,000.
The board fell down and Rosenblum became the final player to advance to the round of 32.
According to the dealer, after a series of raises all of the money went in before the flop during the final hand of Ben Sulsky and David Peters' heads up battle. Peters held and was up against Sulsky's .
Sulsky found gin on the flop as it came , giving him a ten-high straight. The on the turn sealed the deal for Sulsky's victory and the finished off the board. With this win for Sulsky, only one match in the room remains for the evening.
At 4,000/8,000, Russell Rosenblum opened with an all in shove for 61,800 from the button. Steve Gross called and the hands were tabled.
Rosenblum was looking to improve but couldn't find any help on the flop. The turn brought the and paired the board, giving Rosenblum some additional outs, but in the end he paired up with the on the river to double up. The two are now relatively even in chips once more.
Mark Radoja has defeated Ari Goott here in Round 3 and will advance to the round of 32 tomorrow.
After a series of raises, Ben Sulsky and David Peters were all in before the flop for Peters' tournament life. Sulsky held and was flipping with Peters' .
The flop fell and Sulsky's treys retained the lead. The hit the turn and Peters was in dire need to help to stay alive. He found exactly that as the completed the board and gave him the best hand with jacks and eights.