Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller ca 94,600
Slavko Todorovic IT 64,100 100
Brent Wheeler us 57,500
Ronnie Bardah us 54,800
Brian Aleksa us 54,400 54,400
Vincent Gironda US 49,100
Jeffrey Yass 48,200 48,200
Justin Bonomo us 46,600
Brock Parker us 46,100
Juha Helppi fi 43,600 11,600
Mike Leah ca 42,700
Jeff Shulman us 42,200
Brian Tate us 42,100 42,100
Tam Hang 42,000 42,000
Ray Dehkharghani us 38,400 38,400
Todd Witteles us 38,200
Chris Kwon 37,900 500
Michael Moore us 37,300
Paul Sokoloff ca 35,700 8,700
Danny Warchol 35,500 35,500
Matthew Schreiber us 35,400 35,400
Robert Como us 35,100
Dom Denotaristefani 34,900 34,900
Brian Meinders us 34,500
Marwan Abdelal 34,100 34,100

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Mueller Holds Monster Day 1 Chip Lead; Bonomo & Bardah Thrive

[user153638] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller Chip Leader
Greg Mueller Chip Leader

The 2013 World Series of Poker continued Thursday evening with the start of Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em. The tournament attracted 170 runners—up four from last year's field of 166—and created a prize pool of $799,000. That will be distributed to the top 18 players with the eventual winner taking home $211,743. The man best positioned to make a run at the top prize of the 103 surviving players is monster chip leader Greg "FBT" Mueller, who finished with 94,600 after eight one-hour levels of play.

Given that it was a limit event, it took awhile for the action to heat up. When it did, the defending champ, Benjamin Scholl, was among the first to go. Last year Scholl could do no wrong as he captured the gold bracelet and accompanying $206,760 first-place prize. Five days ago, Scholl's run good continued as he finished runner-up to Tom Schneider in Event #29 $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $197,228. Unfortunately Scholl's momentum came to a screeching in the fourth level of the day.

It happened when Scholl, who had dwindled down to 800, raised to 600 from the cutoff. Sean Chen responded with a three-bet to 900 from the small blind, and after the big got out of the way, Scholl called off.

Scholl: {j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Chen: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

Scholl seemed a bit frustrated, and understandably so as he was having the polar-opposite experience than a year ago. With that said, he was drawing to live cards. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Scholl had a 30.98% of surviving the hand, though that dropped to 16.36% on the {k-Spades}{a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} flop. Scholl was looking for some help on the turn, but instead the {K-Diamonds} left him drawing dead as Chen improved to trips. The meaningless {7-Spades} was run out on the river for good measure as Scholl made a beeline for the exit.

Others who joined him over the next five levels were Micah Raskin, John Hennigan, Carlos Mortensen, John Monnette, Mothel Santoro, Andy Bloch, Josh Arieh, Dan Kelly, JC Tran, Sam Grizzle, Maria Ho and Nick Abou Risk.

Not everyone was as unlucky as the aforementioned. Among the notables who survived the day were Todorovic Slavko (64,900), Brent Wheeler (57,500), Ronnie Bardah (54,800), Justin Bonomo (46,600), Brock Parker (46,100), Mike Leah (42,700), Jeff Shulman (42,200), Todd Witteles (38,200), Terrence Chan (35,000), Joe Cassidy (32,200), David Chiu (32,400), Ben Yu (30,300), Barry Greenstein (29,600), Mohsin Charania (27,700), Phil Ivey (24,200), Alexander Kostritsyn (17,000) and Daniel Negreanu (15,900).

Day 2 action is set to begin at 14:00 PST, so join us then as we bring you all the limit hold’em action you can handle from the Amazon Room inside the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!

Tags: Benjamin SchollGreg MuellerJustin Bonomo

Notable End of Day 1 Counts

[user153638] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller ca 94,600 4,600
Slavko Todorovic IT 64,000 27,000
Brent Wheeler us 57,500
Ronnie Bardah us 54,800 14,800
Vincent Gironda US 49,100
Justin Bonomo us 46,600 7,600
Brock Parker us 46,100 -100
Mike Leah ca 42,700 21,700
Jeff Shulman us 42,200 7,200
Todd Witteles us 38,200
Chris Kwon 37,400 -7,600
Michael Moore us 37,300 -10,700
Robert Como us 35,100 35,100
Brian Meinders us 34,500 18,000
Joe Cassidy us 33,200 -1,800
J.J. Liu 33,100 -1,400
David Chiu us 32,400 5,400
Antoine Saout fr 32,100 32,100
Ron Burke 31,500 16,500
Ben Yu us 30,300 -4,700
Barry Greenstein us 29,600 9,600
Mohsin Charania us 27,700 6,700
Ben Stark 26,100 7,600
Joseph Cheong us 25,900 1,900
Matt Lefkowitz 25,900 -3,100

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Three More Hands

[user153638] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the floor to catch any last-minute action and to compile some end-of-the-night chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Ivey v. Chiu in the Blinds

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Phil Ivey was in the small blind, and everyone folded around to him. He raised, and David Chiu called in the big blind. The flop was {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{k-Diamonds}, and Ivey bet. Chiu called, and the dealer turned the {j-Hearts}. Ivey bet again, and Chiu called again. The river was the {10-Hearts}, putting a straight on the board, as well as three hearts. Ivey bet again, and Chiu chuckled a bit to himself before acting. After a few moments, he folded, exposing a {10-Spades} as he did so to show he had a straight before the river that he felt was no longer good.

Phil Ivey us 27,500 4,500

Tags: David ChiuPhil Ivey

Mueller Primed to Bag Chip Lead

[user153638] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

With just 30 minute left in the night, Greg "FBT" Mueller is more than likely going to finish as the chip leader. After eliminating yet another player, the two-time bracelet winner is sitting with a little over 90,000 in chips! That's almost double many of the other big stacks.

On a separate note, Josh Arieh and Andy Bloch won't be bagging up any chips tonight as they've both hit the rail here in the last

Greg Mueller ca 90,000 18,000
Josh Arieh us Busted
Andy Bloch us Busted

Tags: Greg Mueller

Eight-High Good for Negreanu

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Danny Qutami raised preflop, Daniel Negreanu called from the small blind and J.J. Liu called from the big blind. The flop was {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. Negreanu and Liu both checked, and Qutami bet. Negreanu then raised. Liu folded, and Qutami called the raise. The turn was the {k-Clubs}, and both players checked. They checked again on the {q-Clubs} river, and Negreanu announced, "Eight High." He turned over {8-Spades}{7-Spades} for a missed flush draw. Qutami then tabled {6-Spades}{x-Spades} for a six-high flush draw, and Negreanu won the pot with his eight.

Danny Qutami us 28,000 -4,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 12,000 3,900

Tags: Daniel NegreanuDanny Qutami

More Chippies

[user153638] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller ca 72,000 22,000
Tommy Heng 49,000
Justin Bonomo us 39,000 -5,000
Ben Yu us 35,000 3,500
Marco Johnson us 30,000 15,000
Sorel Mizzi ca 28,500 5,000
Bruno Fitoussi fr 27,000 12,000
David Chiu us 27,000 -2,000
Paul Sokoloff ca 27,000 12,000
Steve Landfish us 26,500 11,500
Pat Pezzin ca 23,000 8,000
Mohsin Charania us 21,000 -5,000
Andre Akkari br 20,000 -5,000
Gabriel Nassif FR 20,000 5,500
Barry Greenstein us 20,000 6,500
Daniel Idema ca 19,000 2,500
Eric Froehlich us 17,500 3,500
Joe Kuether us 17,000 -4,500
Alexander Kostritsyn ru 17,000 2,000
Jeff Lisandro au 14,000 1,500
Justin Smith us 13,000 5,000
Michael Winnett 12,000 -3,000
Andy Bloch us 4,600 -400
Bill Chen us 2,500 -12,500
Dan Kelly us Busted