Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Jason Johnson Holds Substantial Lead at End of Day

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson

Day 1 of Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end and the field was left very close to the money. Only 14 spots separate the remaining players from cashing in the event.

On Day 1 there were 1,914 players who coughed up the $1,500 buy-in to create a prize pool of $2,583,900. The top spot will pay $478,102 to go along with the enviable gold bracelet that will be awarded to the champion.

Standing on top of the field going into Day 2 was Jason Johnson with 150,900 — a substantial lead over Louis Laxineta with the second-largest stack of 111,600. Only six players managed to creep past the 100,000 mark and Johnson is the one the catch.

Johnson has had a successful Series already. We saw him make it to the final table of the first $1,500 no-limit hold’em event of the summer — the ever-popular Millionaire Maker. He earned $211,394 for that deep run, and he is poised to repeat his performance here in Event #44.

Many familiar faces took a seat in the Brasilia Room on Day 1, and among those who did not survive until the end of play were Kevin MacPhee, Stephen Chidwick, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Bryan Micon, Jesse Sylvia, Jimmy Fricke, Andrea Dato, Ryan D’Angelo, Mike Leah, Jason Koon, Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Kara Scott, Antonio Esfandiari, Jake Cody, Kitty Kuo, Greg Raymer, Andre Akkari, Jeff Gross, Marvin Rettenmaier, Ami Barer, Shannon Shorr, Martin Finger, and Vladimir Geshkenbein.

Of those that did bag and tag, some of the notables included Nicholas Yunis (72,800), Thomas Muehloecker (77,600), Artem Metalidi (64,000) Victor Ramdin (60,400), Joe Serock (58,600), Max Silver (43,400), Vinny Pahuja (25,400), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (23,000), Sofia Lövgren (17,800), as well as Tristan Wade, Barry Greenstein, Loni Harwood, and Jackie Glazier.

Play will resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Amazon Room, and it won’t take long until the bubble is burst and the tournament is in the money. Until then, have a good night, and enjoy this video of Let's Get Weird.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jason Johnson us 150,900
Louis Laxineta US 111,600
Kennii Nguyen us 108,000
Ray Foley us 105,600
Robert Georato us 103,600 103,600
Theo Tran us 103,300
Andrew Shack us 99,400
Vinicus Teixeira De Silva BR 96,700 96,700
Randal Flowers us 94,400 94,400
John Twyman US 93,800 100
Michael Lehr US 87,200 87,200
Justin Schwartz us 84,600
Kevin Buck us 83,700 83,700
Patrick Braga ca 82,500 82,500
Jesse Cohen us 81,200
Brett Murray us 80,100 80,100
Sebastian Saffari GB 78,700
Pablo Fernandez Campo gb 77,600 77,600
Thomas Muehloecker at 77,600
Evan McNiff us 74,800 74,800
Christopher Bridgford US 74,200 74,200
Steven Klein ca 74,000 74,000
Nicolas Yunis cl 72,800 59,075
Michael Anselm US 72,700 72,700
Alexander Jung DE 72,100 72,100

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End-of-Day Leaders

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Everyone has counted their stacks and sealed their chips in bags for tomorrow. Here are the largest chip counts in the event:

Jason Johnson us 150,900 7,900
Louis Laxineta US 111,600 -1,400
Kennii Nguyen us 108,000 8,500
Ray Foley us 105,600
Theo Tran us 103,300 2,800
Andrew Shack us 99,400 -19,600
Vinicius Silva 96,700
John Twyman US 93,700 18,700
Justin Schwartz us 84,600 9,600
Sebastian Saffari GB 78,700 -5,300
Thomas Muehloecker at 77,600 55,600

Ben Bubble Yu

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

He tried again. But survived.

Ben YuTried to bubble a 2nd WSOPament in 1 day, but failed... for now. 15k to day 2 of $1500 NL about 15 from the money. #WSOP44
Ben Yu us 15,000 -3,000

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Final Three Hands

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We are playing three more hands and then bag and tag for tomorrow, the money bubble won't be reached tonight.

Filatov Felted

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

"Wow I can't believe it, so close to the money." Anatoly Filatov has just been eliminated towards the end of level 11. He three-bet shoved for 18,000 with {A-}{J-} and his opponent tank-called with only a few chips more and {A-}{K-}. The board ran out without help for the Russian and he is gone.

Before exiting, he chatted with Artem Metalidi and he is doing much better.

Artem Metalidi ua 70,000 37,000
Anatoly Filatov ru Busted

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