Event #48: $2,500 Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
Event #48: $2,500 Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
Day 1 completed
Level:
9
Blinds:
600/1,200
Ante:

Day 1 of Event #48 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed) Has Reached its Limit

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Paul Mattioda Pushed the Limit All Day, and He Was Rewarded With the Unofficial Chip Lead Heading to Tomorrow's Second Day of Play
Paul Mattioda Pushed the Limit All Day, and He Was Rewarded With the Unofficial Chip Lead Heading to Tomorrow's Second Day of Play

A total of 343 runners took their spots at the starting line this afternoon for Event #48 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed), and after eight full levels of limit action, just 119 have survived the slow but steady carnage.

When the day began, the atmosphere in the Brasilia Room was subdued relative to the usual excitement generated at World Series of Poker events, with much of the energy in the Rio being devoted to the Big One for One Drop high-roller event being held across the hall. Nonetheless, the action gradually picked up its pace, with professionals trickling in throughout the late registration period to try their hand at Hold'em's traditional variant.

Among the notable names to fall short here on Day 1 were Barry Greenstein, Andre Akkari, Jeffrey Lisandro, J.C. Tran, Kenna James, Chris Tryba, Ylon Schwartz, and Dwyte Pilgrim. Phil Hellmuth also hit the rail, in the particularly cruel fashion that has become the "Poker Brat's" trademark, after getting four bets in preflop with {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, Marco Johnson went exploring with a marginal hand, and he found trips on the river to send Hellmuth home in a huff.

Circuit grinder Paul Mattioda emerged from the fray as the unofficial chip leader, weaving through the minefield known as Day 1 to steadily build a stack of 57,900 when play concluded. With this ammunition in his arsenal heading into Day 2, Mattioda will be looking to add his first WSOP cash, a final table run, and perhaps even a shiny gold bracelet to his growing poker resume.

Mattioda has company when it comes to stack size, however, with dangerous pros like Marco Johnson (46,600), Jon Turner (43,800), Tom Schneider (38,000), David "Bakes" Baker (35,800), and Joe Cada (20,400) hot on his heels. In addition to these notable names, defending champion Ronnie Bardah (30,200) will also return tomorrow with an above average chip stack, looking to win this event for the second consecutive year.

Check back with PokerNews tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time to follow all of the action live from the Rio, as the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event continues!

Tags: Andre AkkariBarry GreensteinChris TrybaDavid "Bakes" BakerDwyte PilgrimJC TranJeff LisandroJoe CadaJon TurnerPaul MattiodaPhil HellmuthRonnie BardahTom SchneiderYlon Schwartz

Unofficial End of Day Chip Counts

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Here are the unofficial chip leaders and counts for notable names at the end of this first day of play.

Paul Mattioda us 57,900
Ray Henson us 53,900 -11,100
Marco Johnson us 46,600
Jon Turner us 43,800
Danny Warchol US 41,600
Tom Schneider us 38,000 -200
David "Bakes" Baker us 35,800 11,200
Otto Richard fr 31,800
Ronnie Bardah us 30,200 10,800
Joe Cada us 20,400 11,500
Hal Lubarsky 19,100 10,600
Max Pescatori it 14,100

Bagged and Tagged

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The remaining 119 players have bagged and tagged their chips for the evening, and we will have unofficial end of day chip counts for you shortly.

Mr. Buzzkill

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Phil Hellmuth made his stand by getting four bets in before the flop, and two other players called to see the {7-Spades}{k-Spades}{8-Clubs} hit the felt.

After a bet put Hellmuth all in, the two players checked down the turn ({10-Diamonds}) and river ({8-Spades}).

"I've got aces!," announced Hellmuth, obviously expecting to win the hand. "You've got the jack-eight offsuit?!"

Marco Johnson had quietly rolled over the {J-Spades}{8-Hearts} for trips on the river, and this sent Hellmuth storming towards the exit, but not before he got one last word in for his former tablemates.

"Yeah, you got four bets in with the jack-eight off, I saw that," shot Hellmuth, the disdain dripping from his every word as the other players laughed it up. "I'm glad you all are having so much fun."

Phil Hellmuth us Busted

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

No Chance in (Hell)muth

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Phil Hellmuth (Seen Here in an Earlier Event) Has Failed to Gain Any Momentum Thus Far
Phil Hellmuth (Seen Here in an Earlier Event) Has Failed to Gain Any Momentum Thus Far

With the a flop of {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{k-Spades} already spread across the felt, Phil Hellmuth tried to move his opponent off the hand with a raise to two bets.

Unfortunately for the "Poker Brat," the player flatted to see the {8-Clubs} drop in on the turn. Hellmuth slowed down with a check, and he tanked for a bit after a bet into him.

Eventually, after squeezing the life out of his cards, Hellmuth flashed the {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} to his opponent before mucking his hand.

Despite failing to gain any traction here thus far, Hellmuth's patience is legendary, and he is more than capable of running up a stack in a hurry.

Phil Hellmuth us 6,800 400

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

Pros Push it to the Limit

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Tom Schneider is Just One of the Many Pros to Dominate Here on Day 1
Tom Schneider is Just One of the Many Pros to Dominate Here on Day 1

As the field has been whittled down, slowly yes, but steadily throughout the day, the professionals have demonstrated their natural aptitude for the limit format.

Multiple bracelet winners Phil Hellmuth, Eric Froehlich, David "Bakes" Baker, Barry Shulman, Max Pescatori, Tom Schneider, and David Chiu have all survived through nearly eight levels of play.

Defending champion Ronnie Bardah is also still alive as he attempts to win this event in consecutive years, while 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada has also built a stack with which to make a Day 2 run.

There are also many pros still with chips who are attempting to win their first WSOP bracelet, including Jonathan Little, Jon Turner, Mike Leah, and Ray Henson.

With the limit format demanding extreme patience, an ability to read hands accurately, and a knack for controlling the size of the pot, the fact that so many recognizable pros are still competing for this title is a testament to their skills, and to the subtle beauty of Limit Hold'em.

Tags: Barry ShulmanDavid "Bakes" BakerDavid ChiuEric FroehlichJeff ShulmanJoe CadaJonathan LittleMax PescatoriMike LeahPhil HellmuthRonnie BardahTom Schneider

Fencing Ace

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Eric Froehlich Went Ace Against Ace With Phil Hellmuth Here on Day 1
Eric Froehlich Went Ace Against Ace With Phil Hellmuth Here on Day 1

We caught the tail end of a clash between Phil Hellmuth and Eric Froehlich, with the "Poker Brat" coming up on the short end of the stick.

Neither player made a pair by the river, but when "E-Fro" rolled over the {A-}{Q-} his kicker gave him the advantage over Hellmuth's {A-}{10-}.

Hellmuth winced noticeably when he saw the bad news, but he quickly regained his composure to knock the table and offer his fellow pro a "nice hand."

Tags: Eric FroehlichPhil Hellmuth

Level:
8
Blinds:
500/1,000
Ante: