Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Day one of Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’Em (Six-Handed) is in the books. The unofficial chip leader after 10 levels of play is Jesse Wilkie with 187,700 in chips. He leads the 129 players who remain from the starting field of 807.
Following Wilkie are Victor Ramdin (184,000), Ryan Olisar (154,500), Danny Doucet (140,000), Scott Seiver (132,000), and Maurice Hawkins (100,500). Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth both survived late into the day, but both were knocked out and will have to wait until another day to add to their bracelet count.
Only 90 players will be paid, so 39 who return for day two will walk away empty-handed, but all players still in the tournament surely have their eyes firmly fixed on winning the $506,764 first prize and the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Play resumes at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Rio. PokerNews.com will be here all day to bring you live updates as Event #21 continues.
Here's a selection of chip counts from the biggest stacks and most notable names. Full chip counts will appear here, as if by magic, overnight.
Luke Vrabel got his last 24,600 in the middle pre-flop with against . The flop gave the players a sweat, coming , give Vrabel a pair of aces but leaving him vulnerable to another diamond on the turn or river. It didn't come though, as the board completed with the and the , and Vrabel doubled up.
On a board reading Maurice Hawkins bet 14,600 into Dan Kelly. After falling into the tank for at least two minutes, Kelly finally called.
Hawkins showed for the third nuts and Kelly mucked.
Both players still have well above average chip stacks.
On a flop reading the small blind bet 2,500 and British pro JP Kelly called. The turn saw the small blind check-call a 4,800 bet from Kelly, but the small blind led out for 9,000 on the river. Kelly made it 20,000 to play and his opponent called.
Kelly showed for a straight and his opponent mucked and headed for the rail believing he had busted out of Event #21. However, he was not eliminated as he still had 600 chips remaining,
In a span of just a few hands Phil Ivey has left us. On the first hand we saw Ivey call off most of his stack on a board of . For just about 80 percent of his chips, Ivey called, then mucked when his opponent showed .
It took a few hands for Ivey to get the rest of his chips in but when he did it was from under the gun. Ivey moved his last 2,000 chips in and a player reraised to 4,800 from the cutoff. He wasn't called and he pulled back the excess bet.
Ivey was holding and was looking to catch up against his opponents .
The board ran out and there wasn't any help for Ivey. He was eliminated and quickly left the Brasilia room.
We did not see the hand go down but Frenchman Manual Bevand has busted out of this tournament and judging by how he exited the tournament area it was in cruel circumstances,
Bevand blasted past us causing a huge draft he was that fast. As he approached the rail he let out an angry growl and put his hands on the back of his neck and continued, at pace, towards the exits.
Bevand came close to winning at bracelet at the 2012 WSOP when he busted in fifth place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship.
Rhonda Sebastian and Roman Valerstein saw a flop of , and both checked. Sebastian checked again when the fell on the turn, and Valerstein bet 2,100. Sebastian called, and the river paired the board with the . Both players checked, and Sebastian showed for a pair of tens. Valerstein mucked, and he is now down to 30,000. Sebastian sits with 24,000 after raking in the pot.
After the hand, Antonio Esfandiari, who is also at the table, mentioned only half-jokingly that Rhonda Sebastian doesn't like to be pushed around.
Randy Dorfman is gone from the field and here's what happened and the aftermath:
William Reynolds opened from the hijack seat to 1,600. From the cutoff, Scott Seiver raised to 3,800. Dorfman moved all in from the small blind. The player in the big blind tanked for a while before folding. Reynolds folded. As the last player to act, Seiver made the call.
"Please," Dorfman pleaded upon seeing the hands. "Let me suck out one time in 2013."
The flop came and Dorfman was very pleased to see the flop.
"Finally!" he said. "I got one suck out this year."
The turn was the keeping Dorfman in the lead, but the river was the , giving the lead back to Seiver.
Dorfman was very upset with this river. Seiver stood up and attempted to hug Dorfman as a consolation prize.
"You can hit me once," he told Dorfman. Dorfman obliged and hit Seiver, but then stood up and tried to hit him again. "But you can't hit me twice!" he shouted trying to get away.
"That didn't count," Dorfman said chasing after Seiver.
"That definitely didn't count kid," Antonio Esfandiari said from one table over.
After all was said and done, Dorfman may have hit Seiver, but Seiver has definitely been getting hit with the deck and has one of the biggest stacks in the room.
"How do you do it?" Dorfman asked Seiver.
"Do what?" Seiver asked. "I just sit here and wait for good cards."