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Day 1 completed

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7

Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Sam Barnhart Leads After Day 1

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7 • Level 8
Sam Barnhart
Sam Barnhart

Day 1 of Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold’em began with 247 entrants, and after eight levels of play, Sam Barnhart is your chip leader with 58,900 chips. Following closely behind him are a handful of players, including Michael Parizon (46,800), Micah Raskin (44,000), and Chad Brown (41,100).

Plenty of notable players came and went today, including Mike Sowers, Shawn Buchanan, Isaac Haxton, Scott Seiver, Don Zewin, and Richard Brodie. Phil Ivey registered, despite playing in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and when he arrived during Level 7, he quickly stacked off as well.

Jonathan Duhamel accumulated a lot of chips towards the end of the night, bagging up 25,700 at the end of the night. The 2010 WSOP Main Event champion busted Tyler Bonkowski – who won this event last year – and won a few pots off of fellow Canadian and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Both players will return tomorrow, looking to position themselves for a bracelet.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time, where the plan is to play ten levels. Come back then for up-to-the-minute updates from this and every event at the 2012 WSOP!

Good night from Las Vegas!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7
Chip Counts
Sam Barnhart 53,900 44,900 pos
David Forster 52,200
Kenny Hsiung 47,800
Michael Parizon 46,800
Chad Brown 44,100
Micah Raskin 44,000
Bruno Portaro 41,200
Shawn Keller 40,600 6,600 pos
Ray Henson 39,400 12,400 pos
Philip Tom 35,100
Brandon Young 34,300
Mothel Krymchantowski 33,020
John Virtue 32,100
Thomas Blizniak 32,000
David Longood 31,900
Maria Ho 31,500 6,500 pos
David Steicke 30,700 -1,300 neg
Alex Dovzhenko 30,700
Jimmy Fricke 30,600 -2,900 neg
Baothang Nguyen 30,600
Nicholas Muraca 30,000
Mitchell Davis 29,700
Jeffrey Einsidler 29,600
Justin Bonomo 28,900 9,900 pos
Vinnie Vinh 28,600

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Bagging and Tagging

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7 • Level 8

The players are bagging and tagging. We will bring you a few chip counts shortly.

Bardah Doubles

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7 • Level 8
Ronnie Bardah doubles on one of the last hands of the night.
Ronnie Bardah doubles on one of the last hands of the night.

Robert Ferdinand, also known as "Bobby the Bus," raised in early position, and Ronnie Bardah three-bet from the small blind. Ferdinand called. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, and Bardah led out. Ferdinand called.

The turn was the {10-Diamonds}, and Bardah bet all in for just 100. Ferdinand called.

Bardah: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Ferdinand: {q-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The river was the {6-Spades}, and Bardah doubled.

Benyamine Busts

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7

David Benyamine just busted in one of the last hands of the night.

Chip Counts
David Benyamine Busted

"A Whole New World"

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7 • Level 8
Maria Ho sings "A Whole New World."
Maria Ho sings "A Whole New World."

Well, that's a first.

Moments ago, over on Table 365, we heard Ali Eslami singing. When we arrived, we discovered that his eyes were fixed on Maria Ho, who just recently joined the table.

"I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?"

"Make it stop!" Todd Brunson shouted from an adjacent table.

"It's your turn," Eslami told Ho.

There was brief pause, then Ho continued the song. The two went back and forth, and we were very surprised to see that they both knew the lyrics to the Aladdin classic "A Whole New World" - until we saw that they both Googled lyrics on their respective iPads.

"Is this some kind of sick side bet?" someone at the table asked.

The pair completed the song, and received a brief round of applause from the surrounding tables. Ho was smiling from ear to ear.

"You're such a shy little bird," Eslami joked.

Ho could only giggle.

This was definitely a first for us, and if we have to put our Simon Cowell hat on, we'll say that Ho clearly outperformed Eslami.

Missing in Action

Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7
Chip Counts
Brian Meinders Busted
Ylon Schwartz Busted
William Givens Busted
Mike Sowers Busted
Brock Parker Busted
Pat Pezzin Busted
Rep Porter Busted
Marco Traniello Busted
Paul Sokoloff Busted
JC Tran Busted
Marco Johnson Busted
Jean Gaspard Busted
Matt Matros Busted
John Racener Busted


Posted 2012-06-27 GMT-7
Chip Counts
Sam Barnhart 36,000 5,900 pos
Shawn Keller 34,000 18,950 pos
Jimmy Fricke 33,500 22,500 pos
David Steicke 32,000 11,500 pos
Jonathan Duhamel 29,000 -6,000 neg
Ray Henson 27,000 14,200 pos
Chad Brown 25,500 6,000 pos
Maria Ho 25,000 10,400 pos
Leonid Bilokur 24,000 7,000 pos
Dan Kelly 21,000 5,000 pos
Justin Bonomo 19,000 -300 neg
Humberto Brenes 19,000 8,500 pos
David Benyamine 18,000
Chris Grigorian 17,000 9,500 pos
Ronnie Bardah 15,200 7,125 pos
Jeff Shulman 14,800 -3,800 neg
Jesse Martin 13,500 5,900 pos
Shaun Deeb 12,600 -1,600 neg
Todd Brunson 12,400 2,650 pos
Dwyte Pilgrim 12,300 1,300 pos
Al Barbieri 12,000 4,400 pos
Shannon Shorr 11,600 8,300 pos
Aubin Cazals 8,500 1,500 pos
Vladimir Shchmelev 7,600 4,200 pos
Scott Seiver 6,600 -4,200 neg

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Winner Kenny Hsiung
Winning Hand ♣K♣9
Prize 165,205

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Blinds 500 / 1,000
Ante 0

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