Event #24: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #24: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Holmes Leads, Wasicka Also Soaring

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Paul Wasicka
Paul Wasicka

Day 1 of the $1500 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 24 has come to a close. The tournament started off with 1,731 players, and only 198 remain. All 198 are in the money and they are eyeing a top prize of $432,411. They will still need to complete a task of 10 levels tomorrow to get to the final day.

The chip leader after the first 11 hours is Ashton Holmes, who bagged 126,300 in chips at the end of the day. He will hope to continue his success tomorrow with other players with high chip counts like Paul Wasicka (126,100), Mohsin Charania (122,800), and Huy Nguyen (116,100). Other notables to make it to day 2 are Daniel Strelitz (97,400), Victor Ramdin (74,900), Rob Salaburu, (41,800), and AP Phahurat (26,100).

Casualties fell like always today and many big names went home empty-handed. Antonio Esfandiari, Melanie Weisner, Kevin Saul, Faraz Jaka, Carlos Mortensen and Mario Ho all went home, as well as many other well-known names.

The final 198 come back tomorrow at 1:00 PM PST to attempt to play down to a final table. Make sure to check for PokerNews updates to see who will come out on top in this $1500 No-Limit Hold’em Event. Action will already be in the money, and everyone will get paid. Find Out tomorrow! For now, we'll leave you with Lynn Gilmartin who has all the highlights from around the Rio.

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Ashton Holmes US 126,300 126,300
Paul Wasicka us 126,100 16,100
Jarred Solomon za 123,800 119,300
Mohsin Charania us 122,800 2,100
Arkadiy Tsinis us 118,500 118,500
Huy Nguyen us 116,100 -3,900
Sam Cohen us 109,000 109,000
Wade Townsend US 103,000 -7,000
Annie Wang US 102,300 102,300
Daniel Strelitz us 97,400 62,400
Russell Thomas us 94,000 94,000
Clement Thumy fr 93,600 93,600
Ryan Franklin us 89,600 89,600
Bryn Kenney us 87,500 72,500
Daniel Davies CA 87,200 87,200
Robert Tepper US 86,800 86,800
Michael Delvecchio us 86,500 86,500
Arshin Gamini us 85,300 85,300
Samm DiStasio us 82,600 82,600
Matthew Goldman US 82,500 82,500
Walter Fisher us 82,300 82,300
Kevin MacPhee us 78,600 50,600
David Tighe GB 77,700 77,700
Salvatore Dicarlo us 77,600 77,600
Christopher O'donnell GB 77,000 77,000

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Bubble Burst Thanks To Strelitz

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Daniel Strelitz flipped up his two pair {5-Clubs}{3d] on a board of {2-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{6-Spades} when some of the other tables were waiting to see if his two pair could win to eliminate the bubble. In fact it was the winning hand as the player had {a-}{j-} and with that all players are in the money and play is over for today.

Hand-for-Hand

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The staff has just announced that since we are two spots away from the money, we will be playing hand-for-hand until we have reached our final 198 players. Once we hit that mark, we will be done for the night.

Aguiar One of the Bubble Boys

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We didn't catch the hand as it happened, but we found out that Jonathan Aguiar was crippled down to his last 200 chips after losing {q-}{q-} to {k-}{k-} all in preflop. Shortly after, Russell Thomas raised it up to 2,000, and Aguiar called it off. Another player raised it up to 4,900, and Thomas reluctantly folded.

Aguiar: {k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}
Thomas: {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The board ran down {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, and Aguair was one of the last players to bust before the money.

Jonathan Aguiar us Busted

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Wasicka With Chips

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On a flop of {3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} Paul Wasicka bet out 4,700 when his opponent checked. His opponent called and the turn came the {j-Clubs}. Wasicka bet again and his opponent called. The river came the {a-Clubs}. Wasicka's final bet was 12,500. This was good enough to get his opponent to fold and Wasicka moved up to over 110,000.

Paul Wasicka us 110,000 18,000

Turbo Finds a Double Up

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Los Angeles based poker pro Phong Nguyen, nicknamed "Turbo" for his multiple deep runs in live turbo events, has been grinding an average stack the entire day. We just caught Nguyen putting his tournament life at risk preflop, and ultimately reaping the benefits of it, scoring a full double up.

Action started with a player in middle position making it 1,900. It folded around to Nguyen, and he moved all in for his last 17,700. It folded back around to the original raiser, and after about 90 seconds of thought, he made the call.

Nguyen: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

Nguyen was looking to pair up one of his big cards, and he did just that on the {3-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} flop. Nguyen now needed to dodge a ten to hold up, and the dealer completed the board with the {4-Diamonds} om n the turn, and the {6-Spades} on the river. After that hand, Nguyen jumped up to 38,000.

Phong "Turbo" Nguyen 38,000 15,000

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