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Day 1 completed

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6

Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Day 1 Ends With Money Bubble Bursting

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6 • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante
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Day 1 of Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em is a wrap with 265 players bagging their remaining chips. The day saw 3,221 hopefuls come out for the chance at bracelet glory, but as the levels increased the players decreased. The day finished with two players sharing the chip lead, both Jonas Mackoff and Clayton Fletcher finished the day with 148,500.

Most of the poker world's eyes focused on Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, but not everyone's. Today's event saw a slew of familiar faces such as Faraz Jaka, Bryan Devonshire, Jon Turner, Scott Montgomery, Shaun Deeb, and Bryan Micon all started the day with chips, but they did not end the day with any.

The money bubble burst in the middle of level 11 with the help of Alex Kravchenko, prompting cheers from all 325 players. Everyone from there on out was going to be walking away with a minimum $1,942.

Dutch Boyd made his presence known, taking a strong chip advantage over the rest of his table early on and maintaining and managed to finish the day in the middle of the pack. Chris Moorman came out of the woodwork late building his starting stack into a mountain of chips. A few other players coming back tomorrow are Justin Schwartz, Huck Seed, Matt Stout, Joey Weissman, and Sofia Lovgren.

All 265 players are expected to return tomorrow at 1:00 PM for Event: 54's restart. Play will consist of playing down until 9 players are left, or until 10 levels have been completed; whatever happens first. Stay tuned here to PokerNews for all your poker updates.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Jonas Mackoff 148,500
Clayton Fletcher 148,500
Andrew Dean 139,800 59,800 pos
Alex Kravchenko 128,400
Jeffrey Fielder 111,200
Maurice Hawkins 107,800
David Bernstein 103,600
Perati Muhamet 103,100
Chris Moorman 97,400 23,400 pos
Mikhail Aleksandrov 96,100
Andreas Heissenberger 95,300 -4,700 neg
Joseph Kuether 94,600
Will Jaffe 93,800 12,800 pos
Benjamin Volpe 92,100
Joshua Ladines 89,600
Ken Fishman 85,400
Uri Reichenstein 84,400
Jean-Philippe Rohr 84,300
Nick Abou Risk 84,300
Brad Libson 84,200
Chae Kim 83,400
Matthew Livingston 79,900
Bryan Paris 78,500
Joey Weissman 78,000 51,000 pos
Owen Crowe 77,000 -12,000 neg

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Big Stack Chip Counts

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Clayton Fletcher 148,500 51,500 pos
Jonas Mackoff 148,500 16,500 pos
Alex Kravchenko 128,400 43,400 pos
Jeff Fielder 111,200 5,200 pos
David Bernstein 103,600
Nick Abou Risk 84,300 -31,700 neg

Double Dutch

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6

Two hands involving two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion Dutch Boyd.

In the first hand we caught him calling a short stack shove holding {K-Spades} {K-Clubs}. His opponent held {A-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} and after the board ran out {Q-Spades} {10-Clubs} {6-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} Boyd had eliminated his opponent.

Then he raised to 2,500 in the cutoff, Jeff Fielder called on the button as did the big blind. The flop was {A-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {7-Diamonds}, the big blind checked, Boyd bet 3,500, Fielder called and the big blind folded. The turn {7-Clubs} brought some mutual respect after both players checked and finally we saw the {A-Clubs}. Boyd made a bet of 7,000 and Fielder made a very quick call before turning over {A-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} and Boyd slid his hand into the muck.

Chip Counts
Jeff Fielder 106,000
Dutch Boyd 47,000 3,200 pos

Kravchenko Eliminates Our Bubble Boy

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6

We don't know exactly how the betting went, but we know Alex Kravchenko and an unknown opponent got into a raising battle preflop that ended with Kravchenko's opponent all in and at risk.

Kravchenko: {K-}{k-}
Opponent: {Q-}{Q-}

The board came {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and with that Kravchenko was best, and the tournament had its bubbleboy.

Chip Counts
Alex Kravchenko 85,000 50,000 pos

The Big Stacks

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6

As we trundle into the final level of the day we are probably going to burst the money bubble. There are 336 players left and forty-five minutes to lose twelve players.

The biggest stacks in the room include Jonas Mackoff (132k), Nick Abou Risk, (116,000), Andreas Heisenberger (100k) and Clayton Fletcher (97k).

Chip Counts
Jonas Mackoff 132,000 52,000 pos
Nick Abou Risk 116,000 30,000 pos
Andreas Heissenberger 100,000 30,000 pos
Clayton Fletcher 97,000
Owen Crowe 89,000 44,500 pos
Will Jaffe 81,000 9,000 pos
Andrew Dean 80,000 30,000 pos
Chris Moorman 74,000 29,000 pos
Justin Schwartz 70,000 -8,000 neg
Joao Simao 66,000 -10,000 neg
Mark Herm 61,000 -19,000 neg
David Singontiko 39,000 1,000 pos
Alex Kravchenko 35,000 10,000 pos
Martin Finger 29,000 15,200 pos
John Eames 28,000 5,000 pos
Joey Weissman 27,000 -11,000 neg
Mihai Manole 26,000 -1,000 neg
Shannon Shorr 25,000 -11,000 neg
Pratyish Buddiga 23,000 3,000 pos
Paul Magriel 6,000 -59,000 neg
Todd Terry Busted

Level 11 started


Demers Applying Pressure While Dovzhenko and Mitchell Take Hits

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6

There are 387 players left, and the time it takes to finish a soccer match, before this bad boy is over for the night. We have just trawled through the Golden section and this is what we saw.

We saw Gionni Demers apply maximum pressure to take down a decent sized pot without the need to play any post flop poker. The player on the button raised to 1,600, Demers three-bet to 4,400 from the small blind, the big blind four-bet to 11,300, the button folded and Demers moved all-in. The big blind fiddled, and thought for a few minutes, in absolute anguish, before eventually releasing his hand.

Alexander Dovzhenko has just lost a blind squabble that has left him perilously low. The action folded around to the player in the small blind who moved all-in holding {9-Spades} {8-Spades} and Dovzhenko called in the big blind holding {Q-Spades} {10-Diamonds}. The board ran out {8-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} {2-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} and Dovzhenko was down to just 8,000 chips.

Alexander Dovzhenko is a true live tournament grinder with over $1.5 million in earnings going back over an eleven year stretch.

Finally, we saw former Irish Open champion, James Mitchell, lose a substantial portion of his chips to Frank Piocos and this is how. There was a raise from early position and a call from Piocos on the button. Mitchell was seated in the big blind and he squeezed for a total of 4,800, the initial raiser folded but the button made the call.

Flop: {A-Spades} {9-Hearts} {6-Spades}

The flop looked perfect for both because Mitchell was holding {A-Hearts} {K-Spades} and Piocos was holding {9-Clubs} {9-Spades}. The turn {10-Spades} and river {2-Clubs} changed nothing and Mitchell was down to 11,000.

Chip Counts
Matt Livingstone 69,000
Michael Craig 55,000 10,000 pos
Gionni Demers 50,000 -5,000 neg
Yann Brosolo 48,000 -7,000 neg
Sofia Lovgren 47,000 2,000 pos
Jia Liu 40,000 -20,000 neg
Matt Stout 35,400 3,400 pos
Gianluca Rullo 30,000 -30,000 neg
Chris Arvanitis 25,000 -19,000 neg
Kevin Vandersmissen 19,000 6,000 pos
Sam Holden 16,000 6,500 pos
Tom McCormick 14,500 6,100 pos
James Keys 14,300 -13,700 neg
Darryl Fish 11,000 2,000 pos
James Mitchell 11,000 -4,000 neg
Alexander Dovzhenko 8,000 3,000 pos
Pierre Neuville Busted

Double for Kessler

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6

We don't exactly know how the action went, but the board read {10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Spades} and Allen Kessler was being pushed a pot for his double up. Kessler had {K-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for a pair of jacks which was seemingly good enough, as his opponent had subsequently mucked.

Chip Counts
Allen Kessler 20,000 6,000 pos
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Winner Will Jaffe
Winning Hand ♣A♠2
Prize 500,075

Level Info

Level 11
Blinds 500 / 1,000
Ante 100

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,898,900