Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 of Event #54 ($1,000 No-Limit Hold'em) Has Come to a Close!

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Barry Hutter is the End of Day Chip Leader
Barry Hutter is the End of Day Chip Leader

After 11 full levels of exciting No-Limit action, an enormous field of 2,883 runners has been whittled down to just 239, with yet another tournament reaching the payout phase during the first day of play. Along the way, a number of notables and professional players came and went, while a few unique names surged to the top of the chip counts.

The day saw several professionals try to navigate the minefield known as Day 1 of these low buy-in events, with Olivier Busquet, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Victor Ramdin, Tony Dunst, Matt Stout, Randy Lew, and Bryan Micon just a few of the pros to go busto before the money bubble burst.

Barry Hutter emerged as the overwhelming chip leader by the time bags were tagged, after amassing a stack of 251,000 to end the night. He will be joined by the regally named Marcus Aurelius (150,800), and Warwick Mirzikinian (111,700), while last year's Main Event runner-up Jesse James Sylvia (83,000) is threatening with a late charge at the end of the night.

The action will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, with the remaining 239 players returning to the Amazon Room to continue the chase for a gold bracelet. Check back with PokerNews at 1 p.m. local time to follow all of the action live from the floor of the Rio, as the field plays ten levels in hopes of reaching the final table.

Tags: Athanasios PolychronopoulosBarry HutterBryan MiconJesse SylviaMarcus AureliusMatt StoutOlivier BusquetRandy LewTony DunstVictor Ramdin

End of the Night Notable Chip Counts (full)

[user217945] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Edward Nassif us 251,000 251,000
Barry Hutter us 211,000 211,000
Marcus Aurelius 157,800 22,800
Matthew Newcombe us 126,200 126,200
Orjan Skommo no 125,200 125,200
Warwick Mirzikinian au 111,700 -8,300
Sameer Aljanedi us 111,200 111,200
Eric Rivkin us 110,200 110,200
Nicco Maag DE 105,700 105,700
Jim Collopy us 95,800 95,800
Rocco Palumbo it 93,400 93,400
Carter Swidler ca 88,100 88,100
Adam Lippert us 87,600 87,600
Rupesh Pattni us 85,900 85,900
Aaron Mermelstein us 84,000 84,000
Jesse Sylvia us 83,000 40,000
Christopher Kozlowski US 82,800 82,800
Thomas Hall gb 78,100 78,100
Ira Basil ca 77,700 37,700
James Davis us 76,700 76,700
Louis Salter gb 76,000 76,000
Jordan Knackstedt ca 74,700 74,700
Raffi Soualian US 72,500 30,475
Lee Downing US 69,300 69,300
Philippe Clerc FR 69,000 69,000

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Mirzikinian on the Double Bubble

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

Warwick Mirzikinian just put himself at risk twice on the bubble with a more than healthy stack to survive through the cash. But Mirzikinian's double bubble gamble antics paid off for him allowing to double up twice right here on bubble. The most interesting part is that he doubled twice through the same player.

We caught up to the first hand on the river. Mirzikinian had shoved all in on the river of a board reading {7-Hearts}{9-Spades}{2-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Spades} and the player across the table from him made the call. The two players sat in silence while they waited for the floor to tell them it was ok to turn up their hands. Finally, after about four minutes of waiting, the ok was given and the two men showed their hands. Mirzikinian turned up {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} for the second nut flush, and it was good as his opponent showed {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} for just a flush with his {8-Spades}.

That double up brought Mirzikinian up to just about 60,000 in chips.

The very next hand the same two players got into a tangle again. Mirzikinian ended up all in once more before the flop and the same gentleman at the other end of the table called him again, still with a covering stack. Once again the players were forced to wait about five minutes before turning up their hands and when they finally did, this is what was shown:

Mirzikinian: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}
Opponent: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

When the hands were shown, the gentleman stood up from his chair and fist pumped because he was ahead in the hand so far.

The dealer put down the flop of {7-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{6-Clubs} giving Mirzikinian no extra outs, and keeping the gentleman out front. The turn was the {9-Spades} keeping Mirzikinian's opponent ahead in the hand. But the river was everything Mirzikinian could've asked for and more when it came the {K-Spades} to grant him his second double up through the same player in two hands.

With that Mirzikinian jumped up to just about 120,000 chips while his opponent was left with just a very short stack.

That is how Mirzikinian went from just an average stack starting hand for hand play, to one of the chip leaders in the room.

Warwick Mirzikinian au 120,000 5,000

Jesse James Sylvia Brings His Posse

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jesse James Sylvia (Seen Here Playing an Earlier WSOP Event) Just Scored a Triple-Up
Jesse James Sylvia (Seen Here Playing an Earlier WSOP Event) Just Scored a Triple-Up

After a pair of players shoved all in before his turn to act, last year's Main Event runner-up Jesse James Sylvia looked down to find a pair of cowboys in the hole.

After snapping off with his {K-}{K-}, Sylvia was pleased to see his opponents both held {A-}{K-}, and after a board full of baby cards rolled out, he notched a huge triple up right before the last level of the night.

Jesse Sylvia us 43,000 38,900

Tags: Jesse Sylvia


Dunst Ducks Out

[user217945] • Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

We didn't catch all the action, but we did see Tony Dunst heading to the rail after shipping off his stack to an opponent. Dunst was holding {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} against an opponent's {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {5-}{10-}{5-}{5-}{9-} giving no improvement to Dunst's hand and he was sent to the rail.

Tony Dunst us Busted

Six-Card Royal For Anthony Spinella

[user217945] • Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Earlier we reported about how Anthony Spinella eliminated Matt Stout from the tournament. It's 3 hours later now and Spinella is stirring up trouble again for other players at his table.

On a board of {3-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} Spinella check raised all in against another opponent. The opponent called and the two went to show down.

Spinella: {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Opponent: {K-}{Q-}

"Give me that royal, one time," Spinella said to the dealer.

And the dealer obliged, giving him the {K-Clubs} on the turn for the unbeatable coconut of nuts. By that time, his opponent had got up from the table and walked out of the room realizing that he was now drawing dead and no matter what happened, he would be eliminated.

The river came the {9-Clubs} extending Spinella's royal flush to six cards where at any other table game or cash game he would've received possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately for him, his only prize is another post on PokerNews.com and the short stack of his opponent.

Oh well, could be worse.

Anthony Spinella us 40,000 13,000