Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a completed

Scott Seiver Leads the Way After Day 1a

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver

The action got started bright and early today, at least for your average poker player, with Event #3, the $1,000 Re-Entry starting at 11 AM local time. After eight levels of play, we have whittled 1828 players all the way down to 321 players, and at the end of the night, the 1a chip leader is none other then high stakes regular Scott Seiver. He bagged up a big stack of 65,000 in chips, and will be in prime position heading into tomorrow. Following Seiver closely is Eric Hicks, with 63,125.

The action was fast and furious today, with plenty of chips flying early. You could make quite an impressive final table lineup with the players who bowed out early today, including Jason Mercier, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, David “ODB” Baker, and David Williams.

Some other players who hung around for most of the day before ultimately going bust were Jake Cody, Matt Salsberg, and Lauren Kling. We also lost Phil Ivey in the penultimate level of the day, when his top pair couldn’t fade his opponent’s pair and flush draw combo.

Despite losing all these players, we still have a ton of notables who will be moving on to Day 2. Some of the players on that list are Amanda Baker (47,025), Amanda Musumeci (36,500), Jacob Balsiger, (36,500), Justin Young (34,400), Nam Le (31,500), Carlos Mortenson (18,000), and Michael Phelps (8,825).

The action in Day 1a is done for the night, but play will continue in Day 1b into the late hours of the night. The survivors from that flight will join those who survived today, and from there, they will play another full day of poker tomorrow. As always, Pokernews.com will have all the live coverage for you, so be sure to check out the Day 1b coverage, and goodnight from this section of the Rio!

Three More Hands

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

The floor has just announced that we will be playing three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Young's Aces Get It Done

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

We didn't catch the exact betting action, but we know that Justin Young raised it up in early position. His opponent two spots over three bet it to 1,800, and another player shoved all in for his last 13,000. Action got back around to Young, and he didn't take too long to shove all in. The original three better regrettably folded, and the players tabled their cards.

Young: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}
Opponent: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Young was in great shape for the knockout, and to show off, he flopped a set, as it came down {3-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. No miracles came for his opponent, as the board completed {10-Hearts} and {4-Diamonds}.

Justin Young us 35,000 18,000

Ivey Can't Fade the Flush, Busts

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

We couldn't have had more perfect timing, as we saw that Phil Ivey was in the middle of a huge pot on the flop as we were walking by the table. Here's what we saw. The flop read {j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}, and after his opponent had bet 2,000, Ivey raised it to 7,000. His opponent moved all in, and after a few moments of thought, Ivey said "alright I call."

Ivey: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Opponent: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

Even though Ivey had the best hand at the time, his opponent actually had a 53% to 47% edge in the hand, according to our Pokernews odds calculator. Sure enough, the {2-Diamonds} on the turn sealed Ivey's fate, and the {9-Hearts} hit the river completing the board.

Ivey's opponent had him slightly covered, and Ivey wished everyone good luck, and quickly headed for the exits. He will have the option to come back for Day 1b.

Phil Ivey us Busted
Level:
8
Blinds:
200/400
Ante:
50

Decent Table Draw for Stout

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante

Matt Stout was recently moved from the bronze section to the white section, and he recognized the player that was on his immediate left. Of the 400 some odd players still alive in this event, it's probably the worst player he could have seen. We'll let him tell you himself who he's rubbing elbows with.

Matt StoutTable change. Seems pretty reasonable to have Phil Ivey on my left with lots of chips in an insanely soft $1k NL. #ANottttttt
Phil Ivey us 19,000
Matt Stout us 7,650 2,650

Chippies!

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante

Here are updated counts for most of the notables still alive in Day 1a.

Amanda Baker us 44,000 -6,000
Scott Seiver us 40,000 4,000
Tyler Phillips us 27,000 10,000
Ari Engel ca 26,000 20,000
Steve Dannenmann us 23,000 7,000
Theo Tran us 23,000 17,550
Kathy Liebert us 19,500 6,500
Phil Ivey us 19,000 15,800
Amanda Musumeci us 17,500 7,925
Michael Phelps 17,500 9,400
Nam Le us 17,000 17,000
Justin Young us 17,000 14,000
Ryan Lenaghan us 17,000 -3,000
Carlos Mortenson 16,000 16,000
Mclean Karr us 14,000 14,000
Xuan Liu ca 11,200 7,800
Christian Harder us 10,000 5,900
Bernard Lee us 9,500 -3,000
Bruce Buffer us 9,000 -500
Victor Ramdin us 9,000 2,800
Ashkan Razavi ca 9,000 3,200
Christina Lindley us 7,000 -1,500
AP Phahurat us 6,200 2,500
Lauren Kling us 4,400 -1,900
Jake Cody gb 3,800 -1,450

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