Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em
Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Three Rounds in the Books; 32 Return for Day 2

[user196676] • Level 9: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Phil Hellmuth Among 32 Returning Players
Phil Hellmuth Among 32 Returning Players

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 {8-Clubs}{9-Spades}{K-Clubs} board. Volpe held {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and was in the lead over Galfond's {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Despite having the clubs covered, Volpe fell behind when the {7-Spades} paired Galfond on the turn and the {5-Diamonds} 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!

Tags: Phil HellmuthPhil Galfond

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user68268] • Level 9: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Don Nguyen us 240,000
Markus Gonsalves us 240,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez uy 240,000 120,000
Justin Smith us 240,000 120,000
Phil Galfond us 240,000
Brock Parker us 240,000 120,000
Phil Hellmuth us 240,000 120,000
Thiago Nishijima br 240,000
Sam Stein us 240,000
Randy Lew us 240,000
AP Phahurat us 240,000
Keith Block us 240,000 120,000
Mark Radoja ca 240,000 120,000
Joel Micka us 240,000 120,000
Jason Mercier us 240,000
Russell Rosenblum us 240,000
Ben Sulsky us 240,000
Warwick Mirzikinian au 240,000 120,000
Sean Winter us 240,000 120,000
Ali Eslami us 240,000
Micah Raskin us 240,000
Alexander Venovski us 240,000 120,000
Bryan Pellegrino it 240,000 120,000
Michael Mizrachi us 240,000
Ankush Mandavia us 240,000 120,000

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Sulsky Bests Peters to Advance

[user196676] • Level 9: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

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 {K-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and was up against Sulsky's {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}.

Sulsky found gin on the flop as it came {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades}, giving him a ten-high straight. The {A-Hearts} on the turn sealed the deal for Sulsky's victory and the {7-Hearts} finished off the board. With this win for Sulsky, only one match in the room remains for the evening.

Ben Sulsky us 240,000 120,000
David Peters us Busted

Tags: Ben SulskyDavid Peters

Rosenblum Doubles; Back to Even

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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: {Q-Spades}{6-Spades}
Gross: {3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

Rosenblum was looking to improve but couldn't find any help on the {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{10-Spades} flop. The turn brought the {10-Hearts} and paired the board, giving Rosenblum some additional outs, but in the end he paired up with the {6-Hearts} on the river to double up. The two are now relatively even in chips once more.

Tags: Steve GrossRussell Rosenblum

Peters Finds a Double

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After a series of raises, Ben Sulsky and David Peters were all in before the flop for Peters' tournament life. Sulsky held {3-Clubs}{3-Spades} and was flipping with Peters' {A-Spades}{j-Clubs}.

The flop fell {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{K-Hearts} and Sulsky's treys retained the lead. The {9-Diamonds} hit the turn and Peters was in dire need to help to stay alive. He found exactly that as the {J-Hearts} completed the board and gave him the best hand with jacks and eights.

Tags: David PetersBen Sulsky