$10,000 NLHE Main Event
by Kaelaine Minton
Friday, 07th of April 2006 01:03 AM
Okay Ladies and Gentlemen...here's what you've been waiting for! The end of day chip counts. There are 157 players remaining in the field. The average stack is about 55,000. Here are the remaining players, sorted by chip count:
Here's the same list, sorted alphabetically by last name, so you can find your favorites:
And that's it, folks. Play resumes at 11am. Players will return to the same seats they were in today.
Friday, 07th of April 2006 12:17 AM
Needless today, play is done for today. I'm compiling the final chip counts and will post them as soon as I'm done.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 10:55 PM
Pete Giordano, WPT final tablist, just busted out. Sully Erna has also departed. 172 players and 31 minutes remain.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 10:44 PM
Olga Varkonyi is out. With her departure, there are only 3 women left in the field of 176 remaining players. Isabelle Mercier is one of the three.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 10:30 PM
Greg Breiner asked me to let his peeps back home know he is still in and doing well with 68,000 in chips. The average stack with 191 remaining is a little over 45,000.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 10:21 PM
Play has resumed in Levvel 8, the last for today. Blinds are 600/1200 with 200 ante. During the break, I found these biggest stacks:
Ron Wilson about 166,000
Recent eliminations: Barry Greenstein, Brad Kondracki, Andy Bloch, and Doug Carli. There are 191 players remaining.
At the end of this level, the remaining players will count and bag their chips, then call it a night. Once we have the complete list of remaining players with chip counts, I'll post them here. Players will resume play at 11am tomorrow in the same seats they are in today.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 09:38 PM
With 24 minutes left in level 7, we are down to 212 players -- less than half the number that started at 11am today. One notable player still in the hunt is Sully Erna, lead singer for the group Godsmack. Apparently he is a regular player here at Foxwoods.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 08:48 PM
Level 7 has just begun; blinds are 400/800 with 100 ante.
There are a couple of new big stacks on the floor. In second place is Aaron March with 121,700. Aaron is the player who sent Daniel Negreanu to the rail with a straight to beat Negreanu's set. At the top of the leader board is Ron Wilson. Just before the break he took out two players, nearly tripling up, when his nut flush beat the second-nut flush and a smaller flush with straight-flush redraw. Ron's sitting on 165,000 chips.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 07:57 PM
Both of the big stacks have lost ground since play resumed. We're down to 265 players remaining.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 07:31 PM
Play has resumed. Blinds are now 300/600 with 75 ante.
Here are the biggest stacks I could find during the break:
Larry Klur over 115,000 (he just moved from the poker room)
Just before the dinner break, Kathy Liebert was eliminated.
Now that all players are in the room I can provide better chip leader info and players remaining. There are currently 31 9-handed tables remaining, so 279 or fewer players remain.
Three more levels to play tonight, so we should be done by midnight.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 05:44 PM
Just got the word that John Phan was eliminated over in the poker room.
In about 23 minutes, Players will be on a 1 hour 15 minute dinner break. During dinner, all the players left in the poker room will be moved over here to the Sunset Ballroom. Once the move is complete, I'll get a better picture of where the chip leader are, so my next chip leader update will come at the end of the dinner break (7:30ish).
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 04:57 PM
Play has just resumed after the break. Blinds are now 200/400 with 50 ante.
During the break, I checked in with our previous chip leaders. Tom has lost some ground and is down to about 60,000. Meanwhile Brian Mogelefsky has continued to build and has taken the chip lead (in this room at least) with over 85,000. The next biggest stacks I found was Paul McAffrey with 75,200, Lee Yin with about 72,000, and Shane Ashton with about 66,000.
These players are all in the Sunset Ballroom. No way to know what's going on over in the poker room. There are now 7 empty tables here in the ballroom, so we are on track for getting the players all in this room over the dinner break.
Sean McCabe, winner of the $3000 NLHE event here yesterday, is out. Also, Joe Sebok was busted by John Juanda.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 04:04 PM
An unknown player who was a bit upset about the way he was dispatched from the tournament, left his mark by punching a hole in the wall in the hallway outside the tournament room. In the photo, The Real Deal's Mark Adam's reenacts the event.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 03:31 PM
Break is over. As of the break, it looks like these guys are the chip leaders:
Tom Cope about 71,000
Tom Cope won the Ultimate Poker Challenge $1000 NLHE event last July, good for over $45,000, and he has several other final table appearances. Brian Mogelefsky has a couple of cashes over $20,000 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Borgata Poker Open.
Blinds are now 100/200 with 25 ante.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 03:07 PM
Tim Anders, children's book author who finished 4th earning over $157,000 at the WPT Rendezvous a Paris event, has been eliminated. Nick Schulman, who took home over $2 Million after winning the WPT World Poker Finals main event here at Foxwoods last November, has been eliminated.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 02:47 PM
Latest news: Gavin Smith is out - his full house was sunk by quads. David "The Dragon" Pham is also out.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 02:00 PM
Play has just resumed at Level 3, 100/200 blinds. During the break, I cruised the room looking for the big stacks and this is what I found here in the Sunset Ballroom:
Tom Cope about 60,000
Those were the biggest stacks I found. Not sure what's going on over in the poker room, but these guys are definitely among the chip leaders. The TD hopes to have the tables in the poker room moved over here no later than the dinner break. We currently have two empty tables here, which means at least 18 players have busted out (9 handed tables).
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 01:31 PM
Rumor has it that Sully Erna, lead singer for the group Godsmack, is playing in today's tournament. He's at a table over in the poker room, so I can't confirm this rumor, but we'll be on the lookout for him!
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 01:12 PM
The numbers are in and here are the payouts:
The winner also receives a $25,500 entry to the Season 4 WPT Championship at the Bellagio later this month, a trophy, and jacket.
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 12:13 PM
Registration has officially closed and the final count is 431 players. The payouts are not available yet, but first place will be about $1.3 Million. Here are some of the big names in today's field: Chris Bigler, Andy Bloch, Doug Carli, Hoyt Corkins, John D'Agostino, Paul Darden, Freddie Deeb, Bill Edler, Bill Gazes, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Allen Kessler, Brad Kondracki, Erick Lindgren, Isabelle Mercier, Carlos Mortensen, Daniel Negreanu, David "the Dragon" Pham, John Phan, Joe Sebok, Erik Seidel, Gavin Smith, Surinder Sunar, Olga and Robert Varkonyi, and Steve Zolotow. I've probably missed many more. Noticeably absent from today's field is Tuan Le, former Foxwoods champ.
I'm stationed in the Sunset Ballroom where 38 of the tables are located. Other tables over in the poker room are in use today, also. I'll get some shots of the folks in this room for now and try to catch the others when they get moved over here (hopefully by the dinner break).
Thursday, 06th of April 2006 08:31 AM
Today's the day! Day 1 of the $10,000 ($9,700 + $300) NLHE Championship begins at 11am. I was star-watching last night as some of the big names were coming in to register: Kathy Liebert, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, John Juanda, Hoyt Corkins are just a few.
According to Tournament Director Mike Ward, there are 150 online qualifiers -- players who have won their seats via online poker sites. Foxwoods has also seated about 175 via ACT III satellites, so Mike is expecting about 450 entries for today's tournament.
Although the tournament begins at 11am, they will be taking late registrations through the first level, so we won't have a final count until later today.
The levels are 75 minutes long with a 10 minute break after each. Players begin with 20,000. For day 1, the plan is to play 8 levels with a 1 hour dinner break after level 5.
This is just the start of an exciting 4-day event!
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