Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 Finished; Levon Khachatryan Leads the Field

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Levon Katchatryan
Levon Katchatryan

Day 1 of the $1500 No-Limit Hold’em Event #17 has come to an end. 11 Hours have been recorded and the chips are bagged. When this event started this afternoon there were 2,105 hopeful players looking to capture gold and a bunch of money totaling up to $518,755. Fortunately 216 players will all make money but 10 players will have to bust tomorrow to do that, as there will be 226 returning for tomorrow’s action.

The chip leader going into day 2 will be Levon Katchatryan as he bagged up a whopping 176,100 in chips. His closest competitors are the likes of Kurt Jewell (131,200), Michael Borovetz (115,500), and Matt Jarvis (101,300). Other notables that will be in attendance tomorrow are: Matt Matros, Amnon Filippi (67,300), Joe Cada (60,000), Vanessa Selbst (61,300), David Sklansky (54,000), and Jerry Wong (35,000).

Not every big name made it to day 2 as the likes of Phil Ivey, Liv Boree, Eric Baldwin, Paul Volpe, Carlos Mortensen, Allen Kessler, Mike Sexton, and Annette Oberstad were sent to the rail before the end of the night. Many other pros will not be seeing another day.

The players that will be returning will be coming in at 1:00 pm PST and play another 10 levels or until a final table is determined, which ever comes first. The bubble will happen right away so stay tuned as action promises to be fast and a lot of play is still left to be done. Make sure to check in to PokerNews tomorrow for the continuing coverage of Event 17 $1500 No-Limit Hold-em. The stakes are high and the money will be pocketed shortly. For now we say goodnight and good luck to all the remaining participants.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Levon Khachatryan 176,100 10,100
Kurt Jewell us 131,200
Joshua Hillock us 126,100
Kevin Zhang 125,000
H Michael Borovetz 115,500
Robert Corcione 114,400 24,400
Steven Tripp ca 112,000
Ian Frazer 105,000
Evan Schwartz us 104,600 104,600
Matt Jarvis ca 101,300 56,300
Charles Nelson Robinson us 98,400
Joe Kuether us 98,200
Blake Purvis 97,700 97,700
Matt Matros us 96,100 84,600
Joseph Elpayaa us 95,400
Jonas Wexler us 91,000
Jake Cody gb 89,600 73,600
Sameer Aljanedi us 88,500 8,500
Alan Sugano 86,800
Iakov Onuchin ru 85,400
Jason Rock ca 85,000
Jason Everett us 81,300
Jeffrey Finkelstein 79,800
Andrew Dick 78,700

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Almost Done

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

There is 10 minutes on the clock and the floor staff has announced that everyone will be playing 3 more hands and then they will bag and tag for the night.

Greenstein Keeps It Going

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein

We walked into a hand where Barry Greenstein raised 2,300 on the button and was called by the big blind. The flop came {4-Clubs}{j-Spades}{a-Hearts}, the big blind checked, Greenstein bet 2,700 and was reraised to 6000. Barry made the call to go to the turn.

The turn card was the {2-Clubs}, and the big blind checked again. Barry bet 6,000 and the big blind folded. Greenstein showed {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, top 2-pair to keep the pressure on as the last level of the night slowly comes to an end.

Our New Chip Leader

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Levon Khachatryan is now by far our chip leader. He is siting with 166,000 courtesy of cracking an opponents {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades} when he flopped a set with his {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}. Khachatryan already had a big stack but now he is really rolling as the massive chip leader.

Levon Khachatryan 166,000

Wang Pulls A Straight Flush on the River

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We ran over to a table after we heard a loud screech, only to find Yi Wang will all his chips in the middle with {6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. The board read {5-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, giving Wang a straight flush to the eight. We can only speculate about his opponent's hand, a possible ace-high flush, but we know that Wang hit the money one-outer on the river to take down a 25,000 pot and increase his stack to around 50,000.

Yi Wang cn 50,000

Eric Baldwin's Look-Alike

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We noticed a fellow wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks hat and rocking a nice stashe. We wanted to say hi to Eric Baldwin but realized it was none other then Ryan Welch. We are not sure whether he lost a prop bet or he just admires Baldwin's looks. Either way we got to see him knock out an opponent.

It wasn't easy as he had to call a fairly large all in bet pre flop. After a while he made the call and was delighted to his opponent holding {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Welch had his man trumped by having the {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}.

The board held five cards lower to the jack and Welch knocked out his opponent. The
Baldwin look-alike is stacking and stashing 50,000.

Ryan Welch us 50,000 -9,600

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Cada vs Engel: Tank It Out

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

We just witnessed one of the biggest and longest pots of the tournament, ending in a 10 minute tank-fold by Ari Engel against Joe Cada.

The action started preflop, where Cada raised for 1,600 and Engel called.

The flop came {7-Spades}{3-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, and Cada bet out around 25,000 and Engel called. The turn was the {k-Clubs}, and Cada lead out again with an 8,000 bet--Engel called again.

The river was a confusing {5-Clubs}, since Cada checked, Engle now bet 6,800, and Cada reraised 42,000 all-in. Engel tanked for at least 5 minutes before finally releasing the hand, losing nearly 40,000 chips in the process.

Joe Cada us 80,000 16,000
Ari Engel ca 46,000 2,000