Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
After a total of 566 runners entered Event #38 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed) here at the 2013 World Series of Poker, the shorthanded action began in earnest, with multiway pots and positional three-bets becoming norm. With a full ten levels of play now in the books, only 64 players survived to bag and tag by the end of the night, with many notable names booking their seat for Day 2 tomorrow.
Among the pros to weave their way through the minefield known as Day 1 were Ivan Demidov (149,500), John Hennigan (68,400), John Juanda (67,200), Jon Turner (58,600), Faraz Jaka (31,200), and Maria Ho (24,900). Each will return tomorrow afternoon for a chance to reach a WSOP final table, win a gold bracelet, and pocket more than $300,000 in cash.
While these pros managed to survive the onslaught of action flops and four-bets brought on by the four-handed format, many of their peers were culled from the field during today's action. Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi, Jennifer Tilly, Eugene Katchalov, Dan Kelly, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari were just a few of the notables to fall short here on Day 1, with the bustouts occurring at a steady clip throughout.
By the end of the evening, just a few eliminations stood between 64 fortunate players and a spot in the payouts list, and after a thirty minute period of hand-for-hand bubble play, Scott Baumstein knocked out the unfortunate bubble boy.
Nick Schwarmann will return as the Day 2 chip leader, having built a massive stack of 193,500 on, of all things, his birthday. Schwarmann will be looking to add a WSOP title to a poker résumé that already includes a victory Heartland Poker Tour.
Check back with PokerNews at 1:00 p.m. local time to follow all of the action, as the remaining 64 players take to sixteen tables, with the goal being to play their way to the Mothership main stage, and a shot at WSOP glory.
Action folded to Scott Baumstein in the small blind who made it 2,000 to go. The player in the big blind three-bet the action to 6,200 and Baumstein replied by moving 40,000 into the middle. The big blind sat and pondered for quite some time before announcing a call. This was, however, not a call for all of his chips, as he still had several thousand behind.
The flop came and Baumstein announced all in. His opponent called and after action at other tables was finished, their hands were turned over:
The turn was the , ending it there and bursting our bubble. The board finished with the and Baumstein's set of queens was officially able to burst the bubble. He'll return tomorrow with a sizable stack of 128,800.
With just one elimination to go until play concludes for the evening, and the money bubble bursts, the tournament has entered hand-for-hand play.
With a few minutes of spare time on their hands after 10 grueling hours of Texas Hold'em action, poker pros Justin Young and Jon Turner took full advantage of their reprieve from the card table.
Breaking open a deck of cards, Turner and Young began a fevered session of open-faced Chinese, getting in a few deals before retaking their seats.
The end of the level has been reached. Tournament staff is now racing and coloring off the green t25 chips and when the players return from break, they'll play until one more player is eliminated and the money is reached before bagging and tagging for the night.
With just two eliminations standing between the field and the cash, players can be seen standing up after every hand they fold, wandering the Brasilia Room's Gold section to monitor the short stack situation.
The tournament director just announced that play will continue until the bubble has burst, so players who are short on chips will be forced to make some moves if they hope to cash.