Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-6
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.
|Alex Kravchenko||PokerStars Team Pro||128,400|
|Nick Abou Risk||84,300|
|Alex Kravchenko||PokerStars Team Pro||128,400||43,400|
|Nick Abou Risk||84,300||-31,700|
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 . His opponent held and after the board ran out 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 , the big blind checked, Boyd bet 3,500, Fielder called and the big blind folded. The turn brought some mutual respect after both players checked and finally we saw the . Boyd made a bet of 7,000 and Fielder made a very quick call before turning over and Boyd slid his hand into the muck.
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.
The board came and with that Kravchenko was best, and the tournament had its bubbleboy.
|Alex Kravchenko||PokerStars Team Pro||85,000||50,000|
Tags: Alex Kravchenko.
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).
|Nick Abou Risk||116,000||30,000|
|Alex Kravchenko||PokerStars Team Pro||35,000||10,000|
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 and Dovzhenko called in the big blind holding . The board ran out 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.
The flop looked perfect for both because Mitchell was holding and Piocos was holding . The turn and river changed nothing and Mitchell was down to 11,000.
We don't exactly know how the action went, but the board read and Allen Kessler was being pushed a pot for his double up. Kessler had for a pair of jacks which was seemingly good enough, as his opponent had subsequently mucked.
Tags: Allen Kessler.
|Blinds||500 / 1,000|
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