Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Official Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jason Duval ca 149,700
Mantas Visockis lt 135,600
Joshua Fussner 127,800
Raj Vohra us 125,800
Craig McCorkell gb 117,800
Evan Marshall US 117,500
Tobias Peters nl 115,000
Craig Fishman us 104,900
Majid Yahyaei us 103,900
Christopher Lastiwka CA 103,800
Christopher Brammer gb 100,500
Eric Salinas US 97,300
Ashley Mason GB 96,600 96,600
Eric Baldwin us 95,900
Rupert Elder gb 93,500
Patrick Obrien US 93,300
Pedro Cabeca pt 89,800
Joey Weissman us 87,800
Eoghan O'Dea ie 87,700
Dan Martin us 86,800
Sebastion Saffari GB 81,400
Maurice Hawkins us 80,000
David Paredes us 79,600
Michel Abecassis fr 79,600
Bastian Fischer de 78,500

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Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Jason Duval Leads at the End of Day 1

YorkshirePud • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jason Duval
Jason Duval

Day a of Event #28, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament, is complete and it was a fantastic day of poker. By the time the registration desk closed there were 2,115 players who had bought into this event making it one of the best-attended tournaments of the 2013 World Series of Poker so far.

Of those 2,115 entrants, only 233 managed to navigate their way through to Sunday’s Day 2. One man who is most definitely through to Day 2 is our overnight chip leader, Jason Duval.

Duval’s final task of the night was to try to fit 149,700 chips into a single, plastic bag; a welcomed problem I am sure he will agree. Although we did not see many hands involving Duval during Day 1, each time we checked on his progress he seemed to have added more chips to his stack. If he carries on doing that on Day 2 and beyond, he is going to be in great shape to ship a coveted WSOP bracelet.

Hot on the heels of Duval is a talented group of players who each turned their 4,500 starting stacks into much more meaningful amounts. Mantas Visockis finished second in chips with 135,600 while Josh Fussner (127,800), Raj Vohra (125,800), Evan Marshall (117,500) and Tobias Peters (115,000) each had a great session.

The British and Irish players chose this event to shine and now have a handful of names at the top of our leader board. Craig McCorkell, winner of a WSOP bracelet in 2012, is the best place of them with 117,800 chips, closely followed by Christopher Brammer (100,500), Ash Mason (96,600), Rupert Elder (93,500) and former November Nine member Eoghan O’Dea (87,700).

Day 2 commences at 13:00 on Sunday and should see the money bubble burst quite early on in proceedings. There are 233 players remaining and 216 of them will be paid, so make sure you tune into PokerNews.com on Sunday to discover which unfortunate soul bursts the bubble and who will be adding a WSOP cash to their poker resume.

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Players have bagged up for the night. Here are some of the largest and/or most notable stacks.

Jason Duval ca 149,700 7,200
Mantas Visockis lt 135,600 135,600
Josh Fussner 127,800 24,800
Raj Vohra us 125,800 77,800
Craig McCorkell gb 117,800
Evan Marshall US 117,500 117,500
Tobias Peters nl 115,000 115,000
Craig Fischman 104,900 -5,100
Majid Yahyaei us 103,900 103,900
Chris Lastiwka 103,800 103,800
Christopher Brammer gb 100,500 -2,500
Eric Salinas US 97,300 -8,700
Ash Mason 96,600 6,600
Eric Baldwin us 95,900 3,400
Rupert Elder gb 93,500 83,200
Eoghan O'Dea ie 87,700 21,700
Phil Collins us 76,100 41,100
Olivier Busquet us 64,000 1,000
James Woods us 51,700 -24,100
Julian Thew gb 28,300 10,500
Men Nguyen us 24,000 -33,000
Joe Cada us 22,200 -34,800
Sean Small us 20,900 -32,100
Alex Masek us 20,900 5,700

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Four More Hands

YorkshirePud • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The clock has been stopped and the players will complete four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for chip counts of the leaders and a recap of the action.

Slow Down

YorkshirePud • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With Day 1 rapidly coming to a close and with the tournament being only 20 or so players away from the money play has drastically slowed down. There is never a good time to bust a poker tournament, but doing so now would be the nut worst.

Busquet Up to 63,000

YorkshirePud • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Olivier Busquet
Olivier Busquet

We caught Olivier Busquet adding even more chips to his stack when he called a short-stack's all in bet on a {Q-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} flop with {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades}. The shorty had made his move with just {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and couldn't find any of his outs.

A well-stacked Busquet is bad news for everyone else in this event.

Olivier Busquet us 63,000 20,000

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O'Dea Drags One with AA

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We found Eoghan O'Dea, in the small blind, facing a bet on the turn from Sean Small with the board reading {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. O'Dea called the 4,100, and the players watched a {7-Spades} come off on the river. O'Dea checked, and Small thought for a bit before checking behind. O'Dea showed {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts} and took the pot.

Eoghan O'Dea ie 66,000 27,000
Sean Small us 53,000 -9,000

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