Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 8
Eric Crain us 69,925
Michael Malm ca 61,800
Neal Friets US 50,425
Marco Johnson us 46,825
WeiKai Chang 44,150 44,150
Zimnan Ziyard gb 42,475
Andy Bloch us 36,525
Kyle Bowker us 36,000
Colin Wickersheim us 35,525 35,525
Scott Seiver us 35,275
Erick Lindgren us 34,825
Amnon Filippi us 34,300
Frank Kassela us 34,050 6,550
Jason Gola us 33,950 33,950
Josh Arieh us 33,800
Randy Ohel us 31,600 7,600
Joe Cassidy us 30,400
Jeff Madsen us 30,200 15,200
Mike Wattel us 29,950 29,950
Daniel Fuhs us 29,850 29,850
Eric Buchman us 29,725
Paul Volpe us 28,400
Hooman Nikzad 28,100 28,100
Brendan Taylor us 28,000 28,000
Chris Reslock us 26,550

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Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix
Day 1 completed

Crain Leads Day 1; Bloch, Seiver & Lindgren Bag Respectable Stacks

[user153638] • Level 8
Eric Crain
Eric Crain

Nearly nine hours ago Event #8 $2,500 Eight-Game Mix of the 2013 World Series of Poker kicked off as 388 players packed the White Section of the Pavilion Room for eight levels of play. By the end of the night, approximately 192 remained with Eric Crain and his stack of 69,925 leading the way.

The turnout was down from last year’s 477—not too surprising considering all the events taking place at the Rio over the weekend—but there was still a sizeable prize pool of $882,700 up for grabs. That will be distributed to the top 40 finishers with a healthy $225,104 reserved for the eventual winner.

So how did the jovial Crain get all his chips? Well some of them came in Level 3 off a mistake that happened while playing no limit hold’em. It took place on Table 101 on a flop of {5-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades} with 1,400 already in the pot. Crain, who was in the hijack, check-called a bet of 725 from the player in the cutoff. After the dealer burned and turned the {2-Diamonds}, Crain checked and the cutoff bet 1,375.

Crain splashed out some chips in an attempt to raise, but it wasn't enough to constitute a legal one. Instead it was counted as a call and the {A-Clubs} was put out on the river. Crain checked for a third time and watched his opponent bet 2,350.

"I was trying to raise the turn," Crain explained before calling and tabling the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} for a pair of aces. His opponent seemed a bit disgusted and mucked his cards.

Obviously not everyone was as fortunate as Crain. Among those to hit the rail were Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Matt Glantz, Alexander Kostritsyn, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein and last year’s champ David “ODB” Baker.

The exact details surrounding Baker's demise escaped us, but we do know that he was crippled by Allen Kessler, who had made a flush on a {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{6-Spades} board in a hand of Stud in Level 7. A few minutes later Baker was dispatched while playing the same game against Thomas "Thunder" Keller, who you may remember as the man who defeated Martin De Knijff heads up in the 2004 WSOP Event #13 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $382,020. We're not sure of Baker's hand but we do know Keller had made an ace-high diamond flush.

Last year’s champ may have fallen, but last year’s runner-up, Greg “FBT” Mueller, managed to survive with 20,200. Could he possibly redeem himself and finish one spot better? The possibility still exists.

Others still in contention for the top prize are Neal Friets (50,425), Marco Johnson (46,825), Kai Chang (44,150), Andy Bloch (36,525), Kyle Bowker (36,000), Scott Seiver (35,275), Erick Lindgren (34,825), Paul Volpe (28,400) and Phil Ivey (18,550), just to name a few.

The remaining players will return for Day 2 action on Monday at 2 p.m. PST. They’ll be playing in the Amazon Room, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there to bring you all the action straight from the tournament floor.

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Notable End of the Night Chip Counts

• Level 8

Here some notable stack sizes as the players call it a night.

Eric Crain us 69,925
Michael Malm ca 61,800
Neal Friets US 50,425 50,425
Marco Johnson us 46,825 9,825
Kai Chang 44,150 44,150
Zimnan Ziyard gb 42,475
Andy Bloch us 36,525 8,025
Kyle Bowker us 36,000 36,000
Scott Seiver us 35,275 275
Erick Lindgren us 34,825 12,825
Amnon Filippi us 34,300 -700
Josh Arieh us 33,800 20,800
Joe Cassidy us 30,400 30,400
Eric Buchman us 29,725 29,725
Paul Volpe us 28,400 -7,600
Chris Reslock us 26,550 -6,450
Chad Brown us 24,125 10,625
Robert Mizrachi us 22,175 19,575
Andrey Zaichenko ru 20,475 2,475
Greg Mueller ca 20,200 1,700
Christian Harder us 20,075 8,075
Phil Ivey us 18,550 1,550
David Williams us 16,900 3,600
Jeff Lisandro au 16,500 3,500
Chris Bell us 16,225 16,225

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Cheap Exercise

• Level 8

We found Eric Crain walking around the room. He said that it's time for PLO at his table, and he would rather pay 300 chips and get some exercise than lose thousands of chips and be angry because he only knows how to play PLO "not well."

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Late Night Double for Ivey

[user153638] • Level 8

PLO

As we were on our last pass through the room for chip counts we happened to see the great Phil Ivey double. We arrived at the end of the hand to see the dealer counting out chips. Ivey had {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{2-Spades} laid out in front of him on a {6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} board while his opponent's hand had already been mucked. It was a nice double for the nine-time bracelet winner as he now sits with a stack of 17,000.

Meanwhile, 2007 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Tom Schneider and online legend Andrew Robl have been eliminated.

Phil Ivey us 17,000 8,500
Andrew Robl us Busted
Tom Schneider us Busted

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And a Final Round of Counts

[user153638] • Level 8
Chris Reslock us 33,000 25,500
Andy Bloch us 28,500 21,000
Mike Leah ca 23,500 16,200
Justin Bonomo us 20,000 4,000
Todd Brunson us 17,000 8,000
Jeff Lisandro au 13,000 5,500
Christian Harder us 12,000 12,000
Kathy Liebert us 11,000 3,500
Calvin Anderson us 11,000 3,500
Greg Raymer us 10,000 -13,000
Bryan Devonshire us 9,000 1,500
Fabrice Soulier fr 7,000 -500
David Oppenheim us 6,700 -800
Andrew Robl us 1,025 -6,475
Barry Greenstein us Busted
Kevin Calenzo us Busted

Another Round of Counts

[user153638] • Level 8
Aaron Steury us 78,500 56,500
Eric Crain us 70,000 6,000
Chris Tryba us 37,000 17,000
Amnon Filippi us 35,000 5,000
Scott Seiver us 35,000 -2,000
Frank Kassela us 27,500 7,500
Randy Ohel us 24,000 -1,000
James Van Alstyne us 23,000 3,500
Erick Lindgren us 22,000 15,300
Berry Johnston us 20,000 -3,000
Andrey Zaichenko ru 18,000 18,000
Vanessa Selbst us 14,000 2,000
Jon Turner us 13,000 -1,000
Tim Burt us 12,800 4,000
Brett Richey us 11,000 2,500
Mel Judah gb 9,500 1,200
Layne Flack us 8,000 -1,750
David Sklansky us 7,600 -600
Jason Somerville us 5,700 -2,800
Larry Wright us 600 -2,400

Fours for Filippi

• Level 8

Stud Eight or Better

We found Amnon Filippi involved in a large Stud Hi/Lo pot with a four on board against an opponent showing mostly high cards. Filippi was betting the whole way, and fired a final bet on seventh street, which his opponent called. Filippi showed a set of fours to take the pot.

Amnon Filippi us 30,000 22,500

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