Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Huge Field, Brisk Pace Marks Day 1 of the $1,500 Six-Max

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
End-of-Day-1 chip leader Steven Hensley
End-of-Day-1 chip leader Steven Hensley

They came early, they came late and they came often as some 1,587 players filled the Brasilia Room and Part of the Pavillion for the first six-handed event of the 2014 WSOP today — a number that absolutely crushed the 1,069 this same $1,500 event drew last year.

But as fast as they came, they left just as quickly, and by the level before the dinner break a third of the field had been sent packing. Such is the way with six-max poker, as ranges are loosened up and aggression rules the day.

North of 1,500 players meant they played through 11 levels on the day and the money bubble burst rather quickly into the day’s final stanza. Speaking of money, once registration closed it was announced the prizepool reached a healthy $2,142,450 and while it’s not a Millionaire Maker, a first-place prize just under half a million dollars will be awarded to the winner of this one. A total of 162 people will get paid, and with 134 left when play was done, some already have.

Among the players who built big stacks on the day and have an inside track on the big money up top are Nicholas Immekus, Luis Camprlo, Blake Whittington, Chris MacNeil, Jason Wheeler, and Abraham Korotki, who all appear to have bagged up over 100,000. A group of well known pros including David Peters, Erik Cajelais, Eddy Sabat, Mike Sowers, Jason Mercier, Olivier Busquet, Jeff Madsen and Noah Schwartz are all also within striking distance.

All will be chasing Steven Hensley, however, who finished the night with the chip lead after collecting 184,200.

The hunt for $449,980 and a much coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet will continue at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and if this brisk pace continues we should be looking at a final six by the time ten levels are through. The plan is to play to whichever comes first. To catch it all tune into the PokerNews Live Updates page right here, early and often.

Tags: Abraham KorotkiBlake WhittingtonChris MacNeilDavid PetersEddy SabatErik CajelaisJason MercierJason WheelerJeff MadsenLuis CamprloMike SowersNicholas ImmekusNoah SchwartzOlivier BusquetSteven Hensley

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user68268] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Steven Hensley 184,200 64,200
Nicholas Immekus 159,900 -100
Christopher MacNeil 147,000
Luis Campelo BR 146,000 1,000
Noah Schwartz us 139,900 75,900
Blake Whittington us 135,400
119,200
Niel Mittelman us 113,100
Dean Buchanan 110,500
Tanner Millen us 107,300 68,300
Andrew Kelsall us 106,200 26,200
Abraham Korotki us 104,800 1,800
Charles (Dave) Dawson 103,900
Vincent Moscati us 103,600
Robert Edelstein 100,800 52,300
Erik Cajelais ca 98,700 9,700
Lucas Fridriksson us 97,900
Nicholas Castagna (Nicholas Palma) 93,100
Olivier Busquet us 88,900 20,900
Will Failla us 86,300 44,300
Mohammad Siddiqui 83,000
Michael Hahn us 80,700
Eddy Sabat us 75,700 -10,300
Charlie Coultas 75,400
David Peters us 73,300 -16,700

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Four More Hands Tonight

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Just four more hands tonight with 141 players left.

Play resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Amazon Purple

Pay out!

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The dealers have been instructed to yell out pay out and their table number when a player busts out.

With all remaining players in the money it’s like a dam has burst as cries of “Pay out.” ring around the room.

From 162 to 151 remaining in under five minutes with more on the way.

Double up or go home time.

Hand-For-Hand - Or Not

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With 164 players remaining, the dealers were told to halt play. And when the latest hand was over all around the room, hand-for-hand play was expected to commence.

Instead, two people busted in that final hand and the rest of the field is in the money.

A rather muffled cheer was heard around the Brasilia Room. Then Will Failla cursed rather loudly. No penalty was issued. We move on.

A Few Chip Counts From Around The Room

[user139916] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Hans Winzeler us 83,000 19,750
Raj Vohra us 79,000 29,400
Olivier Busquet us 68,000 29,900
Nicholas Palma us 65,000
Noah Schwartz us 64,000 54,150
Daniel Strelitz us 64,000 -13,500
Sheddy Siddiqui us 62,000
Mike Sowers us 61,000 13,500
Timothy Finne us 57,000
Justin Bonomo us 50,000
Ty Reiman us 50,000 300
David "Bakes" Baker us 47,000 -24,000
Will Failla us 42,000 -7,800
Jesse Capps us 42,000 32,000
Thayer Rasmussen us 32,000
Ryan Franklin us 26,000
Nabih Zaczac 25,000
23,000 -21,000
Leo Wolpert us 22,000 -6,100
Jamie Kerstetter us 18,000 -7,000
Burt Boutin us 17,000
Peter Jetten ca 13,000 2,000
Greg Ostrander us 13,000 -8,200
Tony Cousineau us 7,000 -18,300
Ronit Chamani za 7,000 -7,800

Raise It Up Let's See if She Salutes

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Eddy Sabat has been on the grind all day and has now built his stack up close to 90k.

His latest climb up the chip count ladder came courtesy of a big river raise that appeared to work. Heads-up with an opponent who threw out 9,500 into a 13k pot with the board reading {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} Sabat spent a few minutes counting out chips.

Eventually he fired back, making it what appeared to be 30k total to get a glimpse of his holdings. His opponent folded and Sabat returned to stacking up chips.

Tags: Edward Sabat