Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em
Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Victor Figueroa Leads; Noah Vaillancourt Close Behind

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Victor Figueroa
Victor Figueroa

Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em began today with 1,629 players and true to its “turbo” format, the tournament lost 1,594 players at a record pace to end the day with just 35 players and well into the money.

After 17 levels of play, the first four of which were 30-minutes long and the remaining thirteen were 40-minutes, it appeared that Victor Figueroa (354,000) has the largest stack in the room. Some of the other top stacks included: Noah Vaillancourt (301,000), Michael Gathy (256,000) and Mikk Matiiesen (255,00). You can also find Jason Duval (193,000), Jake Cody (190,000), Jennifer Tilly (113,000) and Russell Crane (100,00) still in the field with respectable stacks. Duval is on the hunt for his second bracelet within a week.

Some of the notable players falling victim early in the day included three former Main Event Champions Joe Cada, Greg Raymer and Jonathan Duhamel. Additionally, we saw Maria Ho, David Williams, Erik Seidel and Alan Cunnigham hit the rail during the day. The tournament payed 171 players and plenty of notables including: Antonio Esfandiari (139th), David Peters (132nd), Eric Crain (98th), Shannon Shorr (95th), Melanie Weisner (93rd) and DJ MacKinnon (91st) made the money but won’t be fortunate to be coming back for day two.

The word on the floor was that the players liked this format, with faster levels on Day 1 and full sixty-minute levels on Day 2. They will be back on the felt tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Amazon Room and will be playing until a champion is crowned and the first-place prize of $278,613 and the bracelet is awarded. Keep it here, on PokerNews, for the live updates from the tournament floor.

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariDavid PetersDavid WilliamsEric CrainErik SeidelGreg RaymerJoe CadaJonathan DuhamelMaria HoMelanie WeisnerShannon ShorrVictor Figueroa

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user68268] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Victor Figueroa us 354,000
Noah Vaillancourt ca 301,000 301,000
Michael Gathy be 256,000 -54,000
Mikk Matiiesen 255,000 40,000
Joe Attila 251,000 -1,500
Tom Alner gb 221,000 -24,000
Simon Charette ca 203,000 23,000
Jason Duval ca 193,000 -16,000
Jake Cody gb 190,000 138,000
Marc MacDonnel 172,000 29,000
Daniel Bishop us 172,000 172,000
Calogero Maltese 168,000 168,000
Benjamin Reason us 167,000 7,000
Norbert Szecsi hu 146,000 146,000
Sergey Rybachenko ru 143,000 18,000
Russ Krueger 134,000 -22,000
Yueqi Zhu cn 131,000 -9,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 129,000 1,000
Jennifer Tilly us 113,000 -2,000
Philip Tzeng 112,000 112,000
Sarah Tolagson 107,000 -61,000
Sam Greenwood ca 107,000 42,000
Gordan Vayo 101,000 101,000
Russell Crane us 100,000 9,000
Joe Ford 90,000 -15,000

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Charette Busts One

[user68268] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

From early position, Simon Charette raised to 8,000. Victor Figueroa called from the cutoff seat, and the small blind called as well before seeing the {K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop. The small blind moved all in for 54,500, Charette re-shoved all in, and Figueroa folded.

Charette tabled the {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} and was crushing his opponent's {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}. We all know how poker is, though, and the turn card brought a nice sweat with the {6-Clubs} giving the at-risk player a flush draw. The river {10-Diamonds} kept Charette clear of the suckout and he was able to win the hand to send his opponent to the rail.

Victor Figueroa us 370,000 -4,500
Simon Charette ca 180,000 95,000

Tags: Simon CharetteVictor Figueroa

Duval Forced To Fold

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The {5-Spades}{4-Spades}{q-Spades} flop was on the board when Jason Duval bet 12,000 and found a call from the player in the hijack seat.

Duval led for 24,000 on the {k-Spades} turn and the hijack called. Duval kept control by betting 32,000 on the {10-Clubs} river. Instead of calling, the hijack moved all in forcing Duval to fold.

Jason Duval ca 120,000 -82,000

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Updated Chip Counts

[user68268] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Victor Figueroa us 375,000 34,500
Michael Gathy be 310,000 -65,000
Tom Alner gb 245,000 141,000
Jason Duval ca 202,000 -1,000
Russ Krueger 156,000 3,000
Marc MacDonnel 143,000 14,000
Sergey Rybachenko ru 140,000 65,000
Yueqi Zhu cn 140,000 60,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 128,000 79,000
Jennifer Tilly us 115,000 40,000
Alex Masek us 110,000 5,000
Russell Crane us 91,000 -89,000
Aaron Massey us 88,000 29,000
Simon Charette ca 85,000 43,000
Jamie Rosen us 85,000 -35,000
Sam Greenwood ca 65,000 65,000
Jake Cody gb 52,000 21,000

Kruger Busts Brady and Another

[user68268] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Action folded to the player on the button, and he moved all in. Russ Krueger went all in from the small blind, and then Matt Brady called all in from the big blind. The button held the {J-Spades}{7-Clubs}, Krueger had the {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, and Brady had the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. Krueger had both of his opponents covered.

The board ran out {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, and Krueger won the pot to bust both players. He now has 153,000 in chips.

Russ Krueger 153,000 -2,000
Matt Brady us Busted

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Gathy Eliminates Himatsingka In Dramatic Fashion

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

We came to the action with the board reading {5-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. There was 17,000 bet in front of Michael Gathy and Devvrat Himatsingka had the the all in button in front of him. Gathy was faced with a difficult decision with one card to come.

He made the call and tabled {q-Clubs}{8-Spades} for a pair of eights. Himatsingka was in the lead with {k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for a pair of kings and flush draw. The {q-Spades} river gave Gathy two pair and eliminated Himatsingka, who had a large stack for most of the day.

Michael Gathy be 375,000 360,000
Devvrat Himatsingka Busted

Tags: Devvrat HimatsingkaMichael Gathy