Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Yun Lo US 140,000 140,000
Tue Phan US 115,000 115,000
Michael Gathy be 109,500 100,500
Brent Becker us 108,400 108,400
Tripp Kirk us 101,300
Thomas Butzhammer de 92,900
Charles Nelson Robinson us 91,400 91,400
Lily Newhouse US 90,300 300
Craig Carrillo us 88,800 88,800
Thomas Lutz us 87,800 87,800
Robert Bonneau CA 86,500 86,500
Jeremy Joseph us 84,800 84,800
Ryan Riess us 84,600
Mark Wahba us 84,200 84,200
Govert Metaal nl 80,900
Daryl Katz US 80,800 80,800
Sergei Stazhkov RU 80,000
Russell Crane us 79,700
Derek Dempsey US 79,400 -600
Dario Pavan CA 79,000 79,000
Gordon Vayo us 78,000 18,000
Walter Metella CA 77,300 77,300
James Anderson us 77,000
Joshua Schiffman us 76,200 76,200
Taras Kripps CA 75,000 75,000

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Tripp Kirk Leads as Bubble Looms in Event #49

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Tripp Kirk
Tripp Kirk

Tripp Kirk looks to be the chip leader going into Day 2 of Event #49, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Kirk turned his 4,500 starting stack into a tournament leading 101,000 chips and is the man to catch when play resumes on Friday afternoon.

Kirk is a regular on the WSOP Circuit where he has 19 cashes and a handful of final table appearances. Kirk also has two WSOP in the money finishes on his poker résumé; a 70th place finish in a $1,000 buy-in event in 2010 and a 16th place finish in a $1,500 event in 2011.

Hot on Kirk’s heels are a plethora of talented players and big name professional players. Germany’s Thomas Butzhammer has 92,900 chips, which are enough to place him second overall going into Day 2. Butzhammer has two cashes so far at the 2013 WSOP and is odds on to make the money in this event.

Other notables vying for the $546,080 first place prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet include Lily Newhouse (90,000), Ryan Reiss (84,600), Dutchman Govert Metaal (80,900), the in-form Russell Crane (79,700), Eric Baldwin (73,900), Matt Stout (56,500), Erica Lindgren (43,400), David Peters (42,600), and Faraz Jaka (23,500).

Day 2 gets underway at 2 p.m sharp on Friday inside the vast Amazon Room and the players will continue to bet, raise, three-bet and bluff until 10 60-minute levels have been completed. The money bubble is guaranteed to burst because from the 2,247 players who started the day with high hopes only 257 remain and of those, 243 will receive prize money.

Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team from 2 p.m local time as we bring you all the action, as it happens, from Event #49 of the 2013 WSOP.

**Late Edit** We received a message through that indicates Kirk may not be the chip leader, but a Brent Becker is. Becker has apparently bagged up 108,400 chips which would make him the man to catch. As soon as the official chip counts are in from the WSOP, we will update accordingly.

Final Day Chip Counts

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Tripp Kirk us 101,000 -300
Thomas Butzhammer de 92,900 3,900
Lily Newhouse US 90,000 -300
Ryan Reiss 84,600 71,100
Govert Metaal nl 80,900 3,900
Sergei Stazhkov RU 80,000 80,000
Russell Crane us 79,700 5,700
Eric Baldwin us 73,900 36,900
Matt Stout us 56,500 16,500
Erica Lindgren us 43,400 -600
David Peters us 42,600 600
Katie Dozier US 40,300 40,300
Barney Boatman 37,000 37,000
Simon Deadman gb 31,200 7,200
Faraz Jaka us 23,500 10,500
Ruben Visser nl 20,400 4,400
Neil Channing gb 18,000 1,300
Melanie Weisner us 17,700 1,700
Tim Duckworth au 16,700
Kelly Kim us 15,300 -6,200

Three More hands

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With ten minutes on the clock the tournament director announced that the players will play three more hands and then they will bag up for the night.

Counts as the Day Draws to a Close

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We've around 13 minutes left of Day 1 of this event. Here's how a few of the bigger names stack up.

Thomas Butzhammer de 89,000 31,000
Govert Metaal nl 77,000 51,000
Russell Crane us 74,000 24,800
Matthias De Meulder be 48,000 31,600
Erica Lindgren us 44,000 4,000
Robin Ylitalo se 43,000 -16,600
David Peters us 42,000 21,000
Matt Stout us 40,000 23,600
Eric Baldwin us 37,000 -3,800
Katie Stone us 35,000 22,600
Jamie Rosen us 34,000 17,900
Marko Neumann de 34,000 34,000
Barny Boatman gb 33,000 15,000
Simon Deadman gb 24,000 1,000
Shane Schleger us 20,000 2,800
Andrew Teng gb 17,000 -18,500
Neil Channing gb 16,700 700
Ruben Visser nl 16,000 -19,000
Melanie Weisner us 16,000 -13,000
Alex Goulder gb 13,700 7,200
Faraz Jaka us 13,000 3,400
Tim Duckworth au 11,000 -9,000

Waking Up With Aces in the Short Stack

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Nicolas Vaca-Rodon was all in as a short stack. Fortunately for him he was holding {a-Spades}{a-Hearts} and got called by his opponents {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}. The board ran out {8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{3-Spades} and with that Vaca-Rondon got the double. It must be nice to wake up with aces when short stacked and with that Vaca-Rondon went up to 22,000.

Nicolas Vaca-Rondon CO 22,000

Engel Left With Six Big Blinds

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Ari Engel was flying high at one point today with over 50,000 chips, but that large stack has been toppled and he now has only 6,000 at his disposal.

Engel lost a large pot when his {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} fell foul to his opponent's {K-Spades}{K-Hearts} when the board ran out {10-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

Ari Engel ca 6,100 -45,400

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Quads Get Knockout After a River Switch

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The floor was called over as Bryan Buonocore and his opponent were playing on the board of {k-Spades}{8-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and they were also seeing the {5-Hearts} on the river.

The reason the floor was called over was because Bounocore's opponent never checked on the turn. What had happened was on the turn the dealer only saw Bouncore check and never saw that the opponent never checked. The floor ruled that the {5-Hearts} was going to be brought back and Bounocore's opponent had action back on the turn.

The opponent elected to check and Bouncore also checked.

The new river was the {10-Hearts}. Bounocore's opponent then bet out 5,000. This got Bounocore to push all in and the opponent called. Bounocore showed {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} for quad jacks! His opponent had to muck but not before showing that he had {a-}{q-}. That meant the new river gave the opponent the nut straight. If he would have just gone along and checked right away or the dealer didn't miss the action on the turn then Bounocore would not have doubled with quads and his opponent would not have busted.

It was all good for Bounocore as he loved the river to give himself a near double and move up to 28,000 after the crazy hand.

Bryan Bounocore 28,000

Duckworth Doubles

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Tim Duckworth is back in business after coming from behind to secure a double up.

We caught Duckworth all in for 9,000 with {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and facing the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} of his opponent, who covered him. Duckworth took the lead on the {A-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop and his hand stayed best when the turn and river fell {3-Spades} and {2-Clubs}.

Tim Duckworth au 20,000

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