Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Day 1 completed

Duhamel Leads Day 1 of The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship

[user196676] • Level 5
Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

The first five levels of one of the most prestigious events offered at the World Series of Poker are officially in the books. This was the eighth time this event has been offered on the WSOP schedule and it remains a very vocal favorite of the top professional players who participate. With this unique tournament, players are offered the chance to participate in an eight-game mix with very deep stacks in order to get maximum play. After bagging and tagging at the end of the evening, it was none other than 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel to emerge as the biggest stack in the room with 401,300 from the 150,000 starting stack.

Duhamel began his path to the big stack fairly early on in the day when he clashed with Vanessa Selbst in a pot-limit Omaha hand. Both players turned a straight and after getting all of the chips in Selbst quickly found out that Duhamel's was higher. She missed her re-draw outs and Duhamel ended up finishing the hand with a winning full house. This hand crippled Selbst and saw Duhamel vault into one of the top chip positions, which was a status that he never relented as the day progressed. Selbst, on the other hand, was not as fortunate and found herself without chips before the day concluded.

Bagging up the second biggest stack was Jared Bleznick, with two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jason Mercier sitting in third position to end the day. Pot-limit Omaha was also kind to Mercier fairly early on in the day, as a confrontation with Ralph Perry allowed Mercier to gain a very powerful double. The two got it all in after Mercier had flopped top two pair and he was able to hold against Perry's pocket aces. Perry busted soon after but Mercier thrived and finished the day with 340,600.

Last year the first day of play saw just one elimination but this year was a different story. Joining Selbst and Perry on the rail were 10-time WSOP champion Johnny Chan who fell at the hands of Barry Greenstein and Matt Glantz who was eliminated by Calvin Anderson.

Other big stacks returning for Day 2 include Justin Smith (336,600), Brian Rast (319,900), George Lind (294,400), Anderson (290,500), Greg Mueller (261,500), and Mike Leah (248,000). A small sample size of other notable players include Doyle Brunson (232,000) who is playing his first WSOP event of the year, Phil Hellmuth (206,300), Joe Cassidy (198,400) David Bach (198,800), Erick Lindgren (176,000), Daniel Negreanu (127,900), and Scott Seiver (119,400).

Play resumes on Monday at 2:00 p.m. PDT. Be sure to check back here on PokerNews for all of the latest updates from the tournament floor. Until tomorrow!

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Various End-of-Day Chip Counts

[user68268] • Level 5
Jonathan Duhamel ca 401,300 11,300
Jason Mercier us 340,600 -9,400
Justin Smith us 336,600 118,600
Brian Rast us 319,900
George Lind us 294,200 49,200
Calvin Anderson us 290,500 -33,500
Greg Mueller ca 261,300 3,300
Mike Leah ca 248,000 -12,000
Michael Glick us 235,000 -7,000
Doyle Brunson us 232,000 -23,000
Tom Koral us 231,100 -900
Robert Mizrachi us 211,900 65,900
Andrey Zaichenko ru 208,200 3,200
Phil Hellmuth us 206,300 11,300
David Bach us 198,800 34,800
Joe Cassidy us 198,400 400
George Danzer de 177,700 -26,300
Erick Lindgren us 176,000 56,000
David Chiu us 174,300 4,300
Dee Tiller US 167,000 5,000
Daniel Alaei us 160,000 10,000
Harry Thomas Jr. us 150,000
Nacho Barbero ar 143,800 28,800
Allen Kessler us 143,700 13,700
Allen Bari us 136,900 18,900

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A Few More Counts

Shamus • Level 5
Doyle Brunson us 255,000 35,000
George Lind us 245,000 119,000
Barry Greenstein us 221,000 -28,000
Justin Smith us 218,000 -102,000
Mike Wattel us 170,000 52,000
Dee Tiller US 162,000 2,000
Joe Hachem au 156,000 42,000
Yuval Bronshtein il 156,000 -59,000
Cole South us 152,000 -42,000
Daniel Alaei us 150,000 -15,000
Owais Ahmed us 145,000 -5,000
Tom Schneider us 140,000 26,000
Scott Bohlman us 140,000 12,000
Allen Kessler us 130,000 -30,000
Scott Clements us 95,000 7,000
Mike Sexton us 88,000 -17,000
David "Bakes" Baker us 80,000 -22,000
Abe Mosseri us 61,000 -39,000
Alexander Kostritsyn ru 28,000 -52,000

Some Updated Chip Counts

Shamus • Level 5
Brian Rast us 275,000 -27,000
Greg Mueller ca 258,000 40,000
Michael Glick us 242,000 21,000
David Bach us 164,000 -39,600
Jeff Lisandro au 160,000 -20,000
Michael Mizrachi us 136,000 -114,000
Justin Bonomo us 128,000 -27,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 128,000 24,000
Erick Lindgren us 120,000 10,000
Konstantin Puchkov ru 118,000 7,000
Dan Kelly us 84,000 -36,000
Jeremy Ausmus us 80,000 -50,000
Ville Wahlbeck fi 75,000 -40,000
Ray Dehkharghani us 75,000
Ismael Bojang at 70,000 -22,000

Cassidy Knocks Arieh Lower

[user68268] • Level 5

Limit Hold'em

Action folded to Joe Cassidy in the cutoff seat, and he raised. Josh Arieh reraised on the button, and action folded back to Cassidy. He called, and the flop came down {8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}. Cassidy checked, Arieh bet, and Cassidy called.

The turn was the {7-Clubs}, and both players checked to see the {J-Hearts} land on the river. Cassidy led with a bet, and Arieh called. Cassidy showed the {10-Spades}{7-Spades}, and Arieh mucked.

Joe Cassidy us 198,000 34,000
Josh Arieh us 36,000

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Selbst Sunk

Shamus • Level 5

Vanessa Selbst has joined the small group of players eliminated here on Day 1. After losing about two-thirds of her starting stack earlier in a big PLO hand versus Jonathan Duhamel, Selbst battled gamely but then met with more misfortune in a stud hand.

Vanessa SelbstWas up to 30k then one outed in stud in huge pot,have 8k now.

Selbst would lose her remaining chips not too long after, and joins Ralph Perry, Matt Glantz, and Johnny Chan on the rail.

Vanessa Selbst us Busted

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