Event #61:$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #61:$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1 completed

Official Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante
Matt O'Donnell us 269,200
Jonathan Duhamel ca 253,000
Jared Bleznick us 246,500
Alexey Rybin ru 245,600
Joseph Cheong us 244,800
Morten Stenheim NO 191,700
Scott Palmer us 190,300
Mihails Morozovs lv 171,000 -1,000
Mike Watson ca 158,500
Nicolas Faure FR 156,000
Robert Lay (Tony Lay) 156,000
James Wiese US 155,000
Christian Harder us 153,400
Elliott Hebden US 152,800
Jeremy Druckman 143,100
Paul Pierce us 141,100 -2,000
Nacho Barbero ar 137,600 -1,200
Imad Derwiche fr 126,800
Eric Cloutier ca 125,600 75,600
Vinh Ho 123,700
Edward Lawson us 123,000
Matt Stout us 121,600
Nadar Kakhmazov ru 121,300
Josh Tieman us 116,900
Daniel Alaei us 111,000 -800

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Matt O'Donnell Leads Advancing 169 Players; NBA's Paul Pierce Bags Plenty of Chips

[user153638] • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante
Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce

On the eve of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, the penultimate tournmanet—Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha—kicked off with 386 players, which represented a 30% increase over last year’s field of 297 players. After eight one-hour levels of play, Matt O'Donnell is best positioned to make a run at the $852,692 first-place prize as he leads the 169 advancing players with 269,200. Quite a few of O'Donnell's chip came in the last hand of the night, which you can read about by clicking here.

Others who bagged big stacks are Jonathan Duhamel (253,000), Jared Bleznick (246,500), Alexey Rybin (245,600), Joseph Cheong (244,800), Scott Palmer (190,300), Mike Watson (158,500) and the NBA's Paul Pierce (143,100).

Pierce was extremely active throughout the day and it seemed to pay off, especially in Level 8 when he made a full house against John Kabbaj. Pierce, formerly of the Boston Celtics and now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, will enter Day 2 with a decent stack and looks to add a gold bracelet to go with his NBA Championship ring.

Obviously not everyone was as fortunate as the aforementioned players. Among those to hit the rail on Day 1 were Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, A.P. Phahurat, John Juanda, Matt Marafioti, David Williams, Daniel Weinman, Josh Arieh, John Beauprez, Erick Lindgren, Ashly Butler, Justin Bonomo, Michael Mizrachi, David “Doc” Sands, Scott Clements, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein and high-stake online regular Hac Dang.

Dang’s elimination came on the last hand of Level 3. There was approximately 2,000 in the pot and a flop reading {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{q-Spades} when Dang checked from middle position and Justin "Boosted J" Smith bet 2,000 from the cutoff. Dang took his time before dropping in a call and then checked after the dealer burned and turned the {a-Clubs}. Smith waited about 45 seconds before betting 6,300 and Dang responded with a check-raise all in. "I call," Smith whispered.

Dang: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}
Smith: {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Dang had flopped top set but was behind the straight of Smith. The {9-Diamonds} failed to pair the board on the river and Dang rapped the table, stood and then exited the tournament.

Likewise, the defending champion, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, was unable to survive the day. He fell in the last level of the night after first being crippled by Tom Marchese and then eliminated. In the final hand, Jachtmann got his stack all in preflop holding the {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and was up against Marchese's {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. The {8-Hearts}{5-}{5-Hearts} flop gave Jachtmann the lead with a pair of eights and a flush draw, but Marchese took it back when the {K-Clubs} turn paired his king. The {A-Diamonds} river gave Marchese two pair and would be the last card Jachtmann would see in the very event he won one year ago.

While many fell there are still quite a few big-name players left in the field including Christian Harder (153,400), Nacho Barbero (138,800), Matt Stout (121,600), Daniel Alaei (111,800), Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene (89,300), Jason Mercier (83,400), Eric Baldwin (77,100), Brian Hastings (72,800), Marcel Luske (68,000), Tom Marchese (63,100), Darryll Fish (59,400), Jan Collado (36,700), Phil Hellmuth (33,200) and Daniel Negreanu (29,900).

Day 2 action will begin at 2 p.m. PDT on Saturday. Join us then as we bring you another full day of action, which will include Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event. Until then good night from the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!

Tags: Jared BleznikJonathan DuhamelMatt O'Donnell

Notable End of Day 1 Counts

[user153638] • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante
Matt O'Donnell (Matthew O'Donnell) 269,200 269,200
Jonathan Duhamel ca 253,000 207,000
Jared Bleznick us 246,500 6,500
Alexey Rybin ru 245,600 5,600
Joseph Cheong us 244,800 14,800
Morten Stenheim NO 191,700 191,700
Scott Palmer us 190,300 15,300
Mihails Morozok 171,000 171,000
Mike Watson ca 158,500 7,500
Tony Lay us 156,000
Christian Harder us 153,400 30,400
Paul Pierce us 143,100 12,100
Nacho Barbero ar 138,800 -1,200
Vinh Ho 123,700 123,700
Matt Stout us 121,600
Josh Tieman (Joshua Tieman) 116,900 116,900
Daniel Alaei us 111,800 11,800
David Paredes us 109,900 14,900
Peter Jetten ca 96,100 66,100
Ben Tollerene us 89,300 51,300
Keith Lehr us 86,400 86,400
Justin Smith us 83,800 -71,200
Jason Mercier us 83,400 -1,600
John Kabbaj gb 80,100 24,100
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua 78,800 48,800

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O'Donnell Snatches Chip Lead On One of the Last Hands

[user68268] • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

As all of the other tables were bagging and tagging, Matt O'Donnell had a raise to 82,000 in on the river against Justin Smith, who had 32,800 out in front of him. The final board was {Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{8-Clubs}, and Smith sat in the tank for a couple of minutes. Eventually, he opted to fold his hand, and O'Donnell won the pot. With this pot, O'Donnell pushed to nearly 270,000 in chips, and that should put him int he clear to be the overnight chip leader.

Tags: Justin SmithMatt O'Donnell

Pierce Shows the Bluff To Petersen

[user68268] • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

Paul Pierce limped in from early position, then John Kabbaj limped from middle position. Alexander Petersen raised to 4,000 from the hijack seat, and Pierce called. Kabbaj folded.

The flop came down {J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}, and Pierce checked. Petersen fired a bet of 6,000, and Pierce slid out a tall stack of orange T1,000 chips for a raise to 18,000. Petersen thought for a few moments, then folded. Pierce threw over the {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts} for a pair of tens, and Petersen responded by saying, "I could beat that."

Tags: Paul PierceJohn KabbajMickey Petersen

Five More Hands

[user153638] • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play five more hands before calling it a night. We're headed out to the field to catch any last-minute action and compile a list of end-of-the-night chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a recap of the Day 1 action.

Nassif Crushed by Kushner

[user153638] • Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante
Gabriel Nassif
Gabriel Nassif

Gabriel Nassif, who finished runner-up in Event #37 $5,000 Limit Hold'em for $130,852, was just eliminated at the hands of Joe Kushner.

We caught the action on a {j-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades} flop after a raising war saw Joe Kushner and Gabriel Nassif get their shorter stacks all in against the player in the small blind.

Kushner: {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Spades}
Nassif: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}
Small Blind: {2-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}

"Club," the small blind called for when the {10-Clubs} turn gave him a flush draw. The dealer did not oblige and instead put out the {10-Spades}. Kushner made a full house while Nassif was sent to the rail.

Gabriel Nassif Busted

Tags: Gabriel NassifJoe Kushner