Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
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.
Players are playing three more hands and bagging it up for the night.
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 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 for the second nut flush, and it was good as his opponent showed for just a flush with his .
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:
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 giving Mirzikinian no extra outs, and keeping the gentleman out front. The turn was the keeping Mirzikinian's opponent ahead in the hand. But the river was everything Mirzikinian could've asked for and more when it came the 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.
Players are quickly approaching the money bubble and hand-for-hand play has begun.
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 , Sylvia was pleased to see his opponents both held , and after a board full of baby cards rolled out, he notched a huge triple up right before the last level of the night.
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 against an opponent's .
The board ran out giving no improvement to Dunst's hand and he was sent to the rail.
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 Spinella check raised all in against another opponent. The opponent called and the two went to show down.
"Give me that royal, one time," Spinella said to the dealer.
And the dealer obliged, giving him the 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 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.