Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Official Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Matt Matros us 145,000
Jake Balsiger us 129,100
Thiago Nishijima br 116,800
Zennawi Petros CA 110,800
Nghia Nguyen US 110,000
Niall Farrell gb 104,000 -2,000
Norbert Szecsi hu 100,800
Thomas Butzhammer de 98,800
Wang Tat Cheng CA 93,500
Keith Block us 91,700
Rubem Mourao BR 91,000
Jonathan Bennett us 88,800
Yuri Dzivielevski br 88,300
Daniel Neilson au 86,300 83,625
Robert Merulla US 83,000
Damian Salas ar 82,100
Dana Buck us 78,200
Samuel Grafton GB 77,700
Mike Ellis gb 73,000
Gregory Bejamins TH 71,200
Denis Gnidash us 70,000
Mark Jun us 70,000 3,000
Jordan Cristos us 68,200
Rachel Kranz US 67,300
Nicolas Salas US 66,600

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Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 of Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Ends With Matt Matros in the Lead

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Matt Matros
Matt Matros

A grueling 11 hours of play is over and today has had its fair share of ups and down for players and fans alike. The day began with 2,100 entrants each starting with 3,000 chips and by the end of the night there were only 168 contenders left, each of whom had locked up a min cash by the end of the day. The apparent leader at the end of Day 1 was Matt Matros who seemingly came out of nowhere to grab the chip lead at the beginning of the day. From there he never looked back and locked up the top chip stack with 145,000 chips going into day two. Just before one of the breaks, Matros was able to reclaim his chip lead when his pocket queens held up against pocket tens and {Q-}{5-}.

Jake Balsiger looked to give Matros a run for his money, but at the end of the day he finished with 15,000 less than Matros. Balsiger was able to use the power of the bubble pressure to increase his stack from just about 80,000 to 130,000 in just about an hour. That was good enough for what looked like second place at the time. Balsiger will be looking to capture his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet tomorrow while Matros looks to grab his fourth in four years, which would be an incredible feat for any poker player.

There was plenty of players who came and went here on Day 1. Some of the notables who didn't quite make it to the money were Vanessa Selbst, J.J. Liu, Jesse Sylvia, John Eames, Amit Makhija, Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Little, Jan Heitmann and many more. Alongside them were plenty of notable players who made it through to the money and some even on to Day 2. Neil Channing and Will Failla each made it into the money, but busted at the end of the day, without moving on. Ari Engel, Victor Ramdin, David Chiu, Ryan Laplante, Ryan Tepen, Allen Kessler, James Mackey, Alex Queen and many more all made it through to tomorrow which will prove surely to be a very interesting day.

Action begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Amazon room here at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. PokerNews.com will be here with all the updates all day long so be sure to stay tuned as we follow on the road to crown the next World Series of Poker bracelet winner.

Notable End of Day 1 Chip Counts:

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Matt Matros us 145,000 6,000
Jake Balsiger us 129,100 -900
Zenni Petros 110,800 14,800
Niall Farrell gb 106,000 15,000
Sam Grafton gb 77,000
Ryan Tepen us 61,800 800
David Chiu us 50,000 25,400
Tony Dunst us 39,000 4,000
Neil Willerson us 38,800
Ari Engel ca 37,800 4,300
Victor Ramdin us 30,000 -5,700
Alex Queen us 27,300 11,200
Alex Phahurat us 24,000 -16,000
Ryan Laplante us 22,500 3,100
Allen Kessler us 14,800 1,300
James Mackey us 7,100 -54,900
Neil Channing gb Busted

Matros Retakes the Chip Lead

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Matt Matros
Matt Matros

While at different tables Matt Matros and Jake Balsiger are fiercely battling for control of the chip lead here on Day 1 of Event #42.

We just caught Matros play a hand that vaulted him slighty past Balsiger for control of the biggest stack in the room, for the time being at least.

Preflop a player on the button raised to 2,000. Matros called from the big blind after the small blind folded. The flop came down {K-Hearts}{5-Spades}{A-Spades} and Matros check called a bet of 1,500 from his opponent. The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and this time both players checked. The river came down the {9-Diamonds} and Matros led out with a bet of 3,600. The player looked at his hand several times before releasing it into the muck.

With that, Matros collected the pot that put him back in control of the chip lead.

Matt Matros us 139,000 51,000

Mackey Get Crippled at the End of Day 1

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On the last hand of the night before the bag and tag James Mackey got involved in a huge pot with another player at his table by the name of Dana Buck. The money got all in preflop and Mackey was behind with {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} to Buck's {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}

The board rolled out {8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and that was good for Buck to double through Mackey on the last hand of the night.

Dana Buck us 78,200
James Mackey us 7,100

Failla Done In By Petros

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Zenni Petros and Will Failla began dueling when Failla arrived at the table. At the end of the battle it was Petros who came out as the winner. When we came by the table Failla had already been eliminated and Petros looked to be stacking all of the chips into his stack. Petros looks to be one of the chip leaders in the room now after taking out one of the biggest threats.

Zenni Petros 96,000
Will Failla us Busted

Jake Balsiger: The True Winner on the Bubble

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jacob Balsiger
Jacob Balsiger

If there was any winner of money bubble it was not all the players who just cashed, but Jake Balsiger. Balsiger was able to take advantage of the pressure of the money bubble to greatly increase his stack size over the course of the last level.

Balsiger started after the last break with just about 80,000 chips but now he's up to a smooth 130,000 and looks to have taken over the chip lead here in the Brasilia room.

Jake Balsiger us 130,000 77,000

Bubble is Burst

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On the fourth hand of hand-for-hand play the money bubble was popped. We missed the bubble boy but all the players are now in the money.

Don Zewin the First Casualty of Hand-For-Hand Play

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Don Zewin in a tournament earlier in the series.
Don Zewin in a tournament earlier in the series.

Hand-for-hand play has been going on for three hands now without losing a single player. On the first hand Shelly Fine managed to double up with pocket nines against pocket tens by turning a four flush.

Two players need to be lost to reach the money and the first to fall was Don Zewin who fell on the third hand of hand for hand play.

Zewin was in the big blind and called a shove from a player on the button. When the hands were turned up Zewin was ahead with {A-Spades}{10-Clubs} against an opponent's {Q-}{6-}. The board ran out and gave a straight to the player on the button and Zewin was eliminated in 218th place.

With one player left to bust the bubble, another player doubled up on the fourth hand with pocket fives against pocket aces after rivering a set to stay alive.

We're still waiting to catch that bubble boy which could be any second now.