Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

David Martirosyan Wins Massive Pots Late to Claim Day 1 Chip Lead

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
David Martirosyan
David Martirosyan

Day 1 of the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em event is completed and what a fantastic day of poker it was. By the time registration closed there were 557 player who had bought in. Fast forward to the end of the tenth level of play and only 69 of those had chips that they needed to bag up.

One man who has chips aplenty is Russia’s David Martirosyan who had the welcomed problem of figuring out how to cram 119,500 chips into his overnight chip bag.

Martirosyan first came to our attention during the last level of the night when he made a big lay down that ultimately saved his tournament life. Jesse Yaginuma raised to 2,000 from the cutoff, Martirosyan three-bet to 6,000 from the small blind and Yaginuma called.

The flop came down {5-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Martirosyan led for 5,000 and Yaginuma called. Martirosyan fired again on the {9-Clubs} turn, making it 11,500 to play. Again, Yaginuma called. The river was the {A-Diamonds} and Martirosyan tapped the table and checked only to see Yaginuma move all-in.

Martirosyan went deep into the tank for several minutes before folding his hand. He would later inform us that he “made a big fold.”

As play was drawing to a close, Martirosyan doubled through Yaginuma when the chips went into the middle of a {7-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop, Martirosyan holding {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Yaginuma {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. A {6-Spades} on the turn saw Martirosyan fall way behind but a {10-Clubs} spiked on the river to gift him a straight and the double up was complete.

A couple of hands later he got his stack in with {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and ran into the {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} of Shankar Pillai. Again the turn came to Martirosyan’s rescue as he hit the {Q-Hearts} to improve to a set. That hand pushed him to 95,000 and he added an additional 20,000 before play ended for the night.

Martirosyan’s nearest rival ended Day 1 only 1,900 chips behind him. Matt Damadeo was down to 2,550 during the early levels, but quadrupled up in a crazy four-way all-in. Damadeo took full advantage of his new chips and ended with 117,500.

Joining Martirosyan and Damadeo on Day 2 are some of poker’s most talented players. Joseph Cheong (67,200), Jesse Yaginuma (52,500), Darryll Fish (49,500), Phil Collins (39,700), David Peters (31,400), Phil Ivey (31,300), reigning world champion Ryan Riess (27,700), Keven Stammen (20,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier are all still in the hunt for the $169,225 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet.

Play resumes at 1p.m Las Vegas time and the money bubble should burst during the first level of play because only 69 players are returning and 63 of those get paid.

Lock your browsers to PokerNews.com and return to our Live Reporting pages on Wednesday at 1 p.m. as we continue our coverage of Event #12 of the 2014 World Series of Poker.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
David Martirosyan US 119,500 24,500
Matthew Damadeo 117,600
Ryan Schoonbaert us 81,000
Gregory Kolo us 70,700
Joseph Cheong us 67,200 46,200
Paul Cogliano us 65,000
Ahmed Amin us 59,600
Ryan D'Angelo us 54,200
Joseph Pergola 54,000
Jesse Yaginuma us 52,500 -11,500
Sean Rice us 52,000
Anton Smirnov ru 51,100
Nick Petrangelo us 50,000
Darryll Fish us 49,500 18,500
Jerry Payne us 49,300 18,300
Hendrick Latz 47,800
Allan Le us 47,700 15,700
Paul Varano us 46,800 26,800
Benton Blakeman 45,200
Tom McCormick us 45,100
Carlos Loving us 44,700
Jeremy Menard us 44,000 -4,000
Jared Koppel us 42,500
Dustin Bush us 40,700
Jacob Toole us 40,100

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Martirosyan Vaults Up the Ladder

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
David Martirosyan
David Martirosyan

In two incredible hands, David Martirosyan went from short stack to at or near the chip lead.

First, Martirosyan got involved with Jess Yaginuma when Yaginuma opened for 2,000 from early position and Martirosyan three-bet to 4,400 from middle position. Yaginuma made the call and, after a flop of {7-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts} they got it all in.

Martirosyan turned over {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Yaginuma said "you're good," as he tabled {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. He was quickly not good however on the {6-Spades} turn. The {10-Clubs} spiked on the river, though and Martirosyan doubled up with the straight.

A couple of hands later, Martirosyan tangled with another former chip leader in Shankar Pillai when they got it all in preflop.

Martirosyan: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Pillai: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

The board ran out {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{6-Spades}{q-Hearts}{3-Spades} and again, Martirosyan makes a big hand after being behind to double up and race toward the chip lead.

David Martirosyan US 95,000 95,000
Jesse Yaginuma us 64,000 -29,000
Shankar Pillai us Busted

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Late Night Chip Counts

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

As you can see, both Dylan Linde and David Peters are doing OK for themselves as Day 1's end approaches.

Other notables still in the hunt for the bracelet include Barny Boatman, Ryan Riess, Joseph Cheong and Phil Collins.

Dylan Linde us 43,000 4,000
David Peters us 36,000 -4,000
Barny Boatman gb 29,000 -500
Ryan Riess us 29,000 -25,000
Phil Collins us 21,100 8,400
Joseph Cheong us 21,000 -17,000
Kevin Allen gb 19,000 -3,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 13,300 -3,700
Pratyush Buddiga us 12,000 7,700
John Racener us 11,400 -600

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Ivey Still Building

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey raised to 2,000 from early position and the player in the big blind made the call. The flop was the {9-Spades}{a-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Ivey's opponent checked. Ivey bet 2,000 and was met with a raise to 4,500. Ivey made the call and the turn was the {8-Spades}; both players checked.

The river {7-Spades} brought a fourth spade and Ivey's opponent again checked. Ivey fired 8,000 and his opponent folded.

Phil Ivey us 29,500 14,500

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Yaginuma Wins A Massive Pot and Claims the Chip Lead

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Jesse Yaginuma opened to 2,000 from the cutoff and then called when David Martirosyan in the small blind three-bet to 6,000. The flop came down {5-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}, the small blind bet and Yaginuma called.

The turn brought the {9-Clubs} into play and Martirosyan fired a second barrel, this one worth 11,500. Again, Yaginuma called. The river was the {A-Diamonds} and now Martirosyan checked. Yaginuma, instead of checking behind, moved all-in, creating a massive pot!

Martirosyan went into the tank for several minutes before letting his hand go.

Yaginuma mucked his hand so we may never know what he actually held. One thing is for sure, he is our current chip leader with 40-minutes left of the final level.

Jesse Yaginuma us 93,000 93,000

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Kolo Gets Paid Off

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

We walked up to a board of {5-Spades}{q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Greg Kolo had pushed his last 18,700 into a pot of about the same size.

His opponent thought for a moment before calling with {a-Spades}{q-Spades} for top pair. Kolo turned over {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}, however for the set and the big pot.

Greg Kolo 57,000 57,000

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