Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
After eight full levels of action here at the Rio, Day 1B of the Little One for One Drop whittled a total of 2,523 entrants to just 588 survivors. The reentry format allowed players to fire multiple bullets today, which accounts somewhat for the staggering turnout, but the atmosphere here today suggested that the poker community simply loves playing for a charitable cause.
Just like yesterday's Day 1A, a star-studded cast of professionals turned out, with Phil Ivey, David Williams, Jonathan Little, Jennifer Tilly, Pius Heinz, Joe Cada, and Carlos Mortensen just a few of the notable names to try, and try again, on this second flight. Unfortunately for this group, the end of the line came early, but many familiar faces will be returning when the fields combine tomorrow afternoon.
Humberto Brenes (67,775), Bryn Kenney (58,000), Antonio Esfandiari (53,800), Henry Van Tran (56,250), Cliff Josephy (29,050), Victor Ramdin (23,900), Aaron Massey (19,575), and Kenny Nguyen (18,500) all survived to bag and tag chips by the end of the night, but they will have work to do if they hope to catch the Day 1B chip leader.
Suraj Dutt took down a massive three-way all-in pot to emerge as the chip leader, and his stack of 90,125 puts him well ahead of the majority of the field. Belgian pro Philip Meulyzer nearly caught Dutt with his stack of 86,950, and he will return tomorrow to try and take over the chip lead.
All told there were 4,746 entries to this unique event, and this amazing turnout generated $526,806 in donations to the One Drop's assortment of water relief causes. Tomorrow the surviving 1,016 players will reconvene at 1 p.m. local time to play Day 2, and we expect the action to be fast and furious from the very beginning. Check back with PokerNews then to follow all of the action live from the floor of the Rio, as one of the last events of the WSOP marches on.
We noticed Phil Ivey's seat was empty, and Anthony Todd Anderson smiling from ear to ear.
A quick investigation revealed that the native of Chetwynd, British Columbia busted a short-stacked Ivey holding just the , after spiking a jack to run down Ivey's .
The tournament director has asked his dealers to deal five more hands and then play will end for the night.
Whenever four players are standing around a table this late in a tournament, one of them is sure to emerge with a massive stack.
Sure enough, Suraj Dutt just took over the chip lead late in Day 1B, after taking out two opponents and putting a big dent in a third.
The action was caught on the river, with the board reading and a crowd developing around the table to watch the action. One player was already all in for a relatively short stack, another called that bet, and Dutt had moved all in over the top for a large amount. The action was back on a fourth player, and he agonized over the decision for his tournament life.
"Queens full?," he asked, fishing for information before sudenly sliding his stack forward. The player who had called the short stack's all in folded his face up, after committing a sizable portion of his own stack, and it was time to table the cards.
Short Stack All In:
Dutt's pocket rockets prevailed over the cowboys and the naked ace, giving him what had to be the largest pot of the evening, and the overwhelming chip lead heading into the bag-and-tag phase.
With two enormous stacks pushed forward, we caught Richard Dubini racing for heaps, and his gave him a head start over his opponent's .
With that, Dubini's pocket pair propelled him into the upper echelon of today's chip counts, and the Argentinian will be bagging and tagging one of the larger stacks in the room in just a few minutes.
While walking around the tournament area looking for the biggest stacks we found two players who have manage dot turn their 4,000 into much more meaningful amounts.
Gabriel Ohana is sat with 30,500 chips and is looking set for a Day 2 seat. Ohana won a $240 re-entry tournament in March for just shy of $5,000. Can he repeat that success here in this special re-entry tournament?
Gaetano Buda is up to 50,000 and in the hunt for his second WSOP cash of his career. Buda cashed in the $1,500 Triple Chance in 2011.
British pro Paul Foltyn was all in for 3,275 chips and facing eliminated because his was dominated by his opponent's .
Foltyn fell further behind on a flop and looked certain to bust when the landed on the turn. However, the river improved both players to the same Broadway straight and Foltyn survived.