Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Nicolas Fierro Leads The Final 249; Matt Berkey Not Far Behind

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Matt Berkey- Towards The Top
Matt Berkey- Towards The Top

Today’s $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament got more runners then any of the preceding $1,500 events, with the exception of the “Millionaire Maker”, as 2,161 players took to the felt today. After 11 grueling levels of poker, Nicolas Fierro leads the final 249 players, after bagging up a huge stack of 176,500. He is 30,000 clear of the next two stacks, Jonathan Driscoll (142,000) and Jeremy Menard (141,100), who were sitting elbow-to-elbow for the last half of the day.

As is always the case in these events, we lost a ton of notables on the way to completing the day. Some of the many who came and went today included David “ODB” Baker, Phil Ivey, Victor Ramdin, Bertrand Grospellier, Matt Waxman, Greg Raymer, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jake Cody, amongst many others.

It wasn’t all bad news for our notables, as there were plenty of familiar faces who bagged up tonight. This list includes Matt Berkey (126,600), Jake Balisger (85,600), Jeremy Ausmus (70,000), Tuan Le (59,000), Garry Gates (51,900), Matt Salsberg (35,400), and our very own Frank Op de Woerd, who will come into tomorrow with 43,600.

The 249 survivors from today will be back tomorrow at 1 PM to play ten more levels of poker, with the hopes of getting down to a final table, though it is unlikely. Only 243 of them will make the money, meaning six unfortunate players will be walking away empty handed. As always, we will be here the entire day bringing you all the action, so be sure to come back to check out our coverage. Thanks for tuning in, and good night from the Rio!

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Nicolas Fierro cl 169,000 169,000
Jeremy Menard us 144,100 -900
Jonathan Driscoll CA 142,000
Ryan Spittles gb 139,300 139,300
Jason Wheeler us 134,000 134,000
Matt Berkey us 126,600 26,600
Joel Tushnet (Joe Tushnet) 119,600
Joao Dorneles Neto BR 109,900
Nick Maimone us 103,500
Marc Davis 101,500
David McMann CA 97,800 97,800
Mathew Moore us 96,100
Sean Prendiville ie 95,500
David Nicholson US 94,500 34,500
Steve Bartlett 93,900
Charlie Prom 93,700
Alex Santiago 91,600
Daniel Cascado 91,300
Noam Lior 89,300
Griffin Benger ca 87,800 16,000
Asher Conniff us 86,000
Zachary Guinn 85,800
Jake Balsiger us 85,600 23,600
Nir Ventura 81,300
Thomas Kettel 81,000

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Near the Top

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Marc Davis, who looks to be near the top of the leaderboard as we approach the end of play tonight, currently sits with 122,000 in chips.

He requested we publish a personal message, which is not usually what we post, but we elected to make an exception for Marc. He says he misses his kid, and he looks forward to returning home next week. Here's hoping for a happy reunion!

Three More Hands

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The tournament director has announced that each table will play three more hands before players bag their chips for the night.

At the moment, it looks like the two probable chip leaders are seated directly next to each other. Jeremy Menard has 145,000, and Jonathan Driscoll sits with 141,00 directly to his left.

Jeremy Menard us 145,000
Jonathan Driscoll CA 141,000 6,000

Ausmus Makes Right Call to Chop

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We walked up to the table to see Jeremy Ausmus and Tuan Le in the middle of a heads up pot. The board was on the turn, reading {4-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{6-Spades}, and Ausmus fired 5,500 into the middle of a pot that had about 11,000. Le made the call, and the river was the {8-Hearts}, putting a straight on board. Ausmus checked, and Le took it as an invitation to fired out 9,000. Ausmus thought for about 30 seconds before calling, and Le turned over {10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, playing the board. Ausmus showed {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}, and the two players chopped up the pot.

After that hand, Ausmus is at 82,000, while Le is sitting on 39,000.

Jeremy Ausmus us 82,000 20,000
Tuan Le us 39,000 -4,000

Tags: Jeremy AusmusTuan Le

No More Vu

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Tommy Vu went all in to put himself at risk. He held {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and his opponent had {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. He was racing for a chance to keep his gloves on and continue his day.

The board did not bring any help when it came {9-Hearts}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. Vu was done and he can go enjoy the rest of his Perrier.

Tommy Vu us Busted
Level:
11
Blinds:
500/1,000
Ante:
100

Scott give Nicholson a High Flopped Five

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

The board read out {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and the two opponents going into battle for a large pot were Kara Scott and David Nicholson. The action was on Scott and she moved all in for 12,000.

Nicholson went into thinking mode. He decided to see what Scott had and made the call. Scott turned over {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} for a flopped set. Nicholson mucked and Scott took down the pot. She moved up the board with 40,000.

David Nicholson US 60,000
Kara Scott gb 40,000 21,000