Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Big Huni Leads After Day 1

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Chris Hunichen
Chris Hunichen

Day 1 of Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em is in the books, and leading the 129 survivors is Chris Hunichen with 177,200. Hunichen steadily built his stack throughout the day, and is coming off of another deep run at the World Series of Poker. The man known as “Big Huni” finished sixth in Event #9, earning $53,951. In 2013, he finished 13th in a $1,500 buy-in event for $20,504 and sixth in the Millionaire Maker for $229,575.

Joining Hunichen atop the counts are Bryn Kenney and Bjorn Li. Kenney was crippled all the way down to 600 chips at one point after doubling up John Hennigan, but came storming back. Kenney busted Bryan Colin in the final level of the evening with aces against tens — Dario Sammartino nearly joined the action with queens — and Kenney bagged 166,200 chips. Bjorn Li took a big pot off of Tuan Le and then later eliminated the 2014 bracelet winner, bagging 152,900.

Other players to survive the day include 2012 Main Event champion Greg Merson, 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada, Scott Seiver, Nick Schulman, and the defending champion in this event, Erick Lindgren.

Nearly 80% of the field busted on Tuesday, including notables Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Klodnicki, Ryan Riess, Mukul Pahuja, and Phil Hellmuth. Selbst ran into Dylan Hortin’s straight flush in Level 2 — Hortin also busted later on — Riess was delivered a bad beat from Eli Elezra, and Pahuja ran into pocket aces.

Hellmuth three-bet shoved for around 15 big blinds or so with ace-jack of hearts, and Andrea Dato busted him with pocket kings.

Event #24 attracted a total of 541 players — a 25-player increase from 2013. The top 60 players will earn a minimum of $8,746, each member of the six-handed final table will pocket at least $77,145, and the winner will walk away with $622,998 plus the coveted gold bracelet.

Day 2 begins at 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday in the Amazon Room, and PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates straight from the tournament floor. Until then, enjoy the following Ivey Stories video, and good night from Las Vegas!

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user139916] • Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Chris Hunichen us 177,200 4,200
Bryn Kenney us 166,200 1,200
Jean Gaspard us 160,600 92,600
Stefan Jedlicka at 154,400 154,400
Bjorn Li au 152,900 -12,100
Freddy Deeb us 145,900 25,900
Kevin Saul us 143,200 101,200
Andrea Dato it 135,100 10,100
Calvin Anderson us 133,100 -900
Greg Merson us 132,700
Noah Vaillancourt ca 129,600 129,600
Dani Stern us 127,000 4,000
Ben Volpe us 124,900 -25,100
Hunter Frey us 121,000 121,000
Jay Dragland CA 120,300 120,300
Richard Kellett gb 118,300 118,300
Ariel Celestino br 115,000 115,000
Bobby Oboodi us 112,800 95,800
Kyle Welsh us 109,600 109,600
David Pham us 107,000 81,300
Samay Parikh in 103,400 103,400
Manig Loeser de 102,500 12,500
Mark Darner us 98,700 30,700
Brian Roberts us 97,600 97,600
Nicholas Petitti us 96,300 96,300

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Kenney Nearly Wins a Huge One

[user101598] • Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante

Bryn Kenney raised to 1,800 in the hijack, Bryan Colin three-bet to 5,500 in the cutoff, and Dario Sammartino cold four-bet to 10,700 out of the small blind. Kenney put in a fifth bet, making it 23,600 to go, and Colin moved all in for 24,900 - less than a legal raise.

This meant the action was capped, and all Sammartino could do was call or fold. He chose the former.

The dealer fanned {4-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{k-Spades}, Sammartino checked, and Kenney placed out a bet of what looked like 17,000 or so. Sammartino let out a long sigh, then flashed {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} before folding.

Kenney: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}
Colin: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Kenney's aces held as the turn and river bricked {2-Diamonds}, {3-Diamonds} respectively, and Kenney pulled in the pot.

"Cazo," Sammartino blurted, still upset about folding his two queens.

"You lost the minimum," Kenney told him, grinning.

Bryn Kenney us 165,000 43,000
Dario Sammartino it 72,000 -8,000
Bryan Colin Busted

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Huni Keeps Adding

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A player check-called a bet of 5,600 from Chris Hunichen on a board of {6-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, and the {7-Clubs} completed the board. Hunichen's opponent checked, "Big Huni" fired out an additional 15,300, and his opponent folded.

Hunichen pulled in the pot, and is now up to 173,000 chips.

Chris Hunichen us 173,000 33,000

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Forza Sammartino

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Bryan Colin raised to 2,000 in the cutoff, Dario Sammartino three-bet to 6,800 out of the small blind, and Colin made the call.

The 2013 IPT Sanremo runner-up finisher led out for 7,000 on a flop of {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, Colin called, and the turn was a third ten - the {10-Clubs}. Sammartino fired out another 11,400, Colin again called, and the {a-Diamonds} completed the board.

The Italian emptied the chamber, firing a third and final bullet worth 14,000, and Colin tank-called. Sammartino showed {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} for tens full of kings, and Colin sent his cards into the muck.

Dario Sammartino it 80,000
Bryan Colin 27,000

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