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Saturday, 01st of July 2006 06:42 PMA dinner break will be taken at the end of this 60 minute level. Note that the six-handed final table tomorrow will feature 90 minute rounds.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 06:08 PMDown to two tables now. A look around reveals some familiar faces. Dutch Boyd is still holding strong in fourth chip position with 195,000 chips. Joseph Hachem is hanging tough at 110,000. Gavin Smith still has plenty of ammunition (115,000). The only real short stacks belong to David Soloman (25,000) and Gioi Luong (41,000). Once the remaining field is chopped to six players, we will retire for the evening. Everyone in the top 11 is guaranteed at least $27,480 in prize money.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 05:54 PMThree more have exited:
Harry Thomas in 15th place ($16,109), Todd Nichols in 14th ($18,004), Gavin Smith was ousted in 13th ($19,900) and Dehzad Teranie was 12th ($23,690). Daniel Negreanu once again has a commanding lead (425,000 chips). Peter Hassett is second with 265,000. Nobody else has more than 200,000.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 05:29 PMThe prize differentials are getting more interesting:
Out in 19th place was David Shallow ($9,476). 18th place went to Iakov Nepomniashohig ($10,424). Gavin Griffin, who went from 240,000 chips to zero in about 30 minutes, was 17th ($12,379). Marcus Garza finished 16th ($14,214).
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 05:17 PMGavin Griffin's chip lead was brief. Peter Hassett won a nice pot without either player showing his hand. Hassett made a standard raise first to act making it 10,000 to go. Griffin re-raised to 20,000. Hassett called. The flop was T 7 5 . Griffin made a continuation bet of 40,000 and Hassett re-rasied all in for 100,000. Griffin gave up the chase putting Negreanu back in the chip lead.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 04:58 PMRuss Floyd (22nd), Freddy Deeb (21st) and Craig Gray (20th) are out. Gray started the day in 3rd chip position and hit some tough luck. His elimination by Gavin Griffin vaulted Griffin into the chip lead. Players are back from a 20 minute break so the next level is about to begin. Blinds will be 1,500 & 3,000 with a 400 ante. When another player busts we will be down to three tables. Each orbit will require an investment of nearly 7,000 chips.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 04:25 PMThe latest to bust out:
25 - Jason Loehdy
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 04:02 PMMore casualties:
30 - Paul Kraus
Kathy's tourney came to an end in a three-way pot vs. Negreanu and Nagji. She was dealt A 9 in the small blind. Nagji called from the botton. Liebert raised to 8,200. Negreanu and Nagji called. The flop was T 7 4 . She moved all in with the flush draw and two overcards. Negreanu held top pair (T 9 ) and called. The turn was 9. The river brought the 2 . Kathy Liebert received $9,476 for her efforts.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 03:50 PMLevel 12 has started. Blinds are now 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes. The price for each orbit has escalated to 5,400 chips.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 03:22 PMErick Lindgren bit the dust in 31st place. Lindgren re-raised Dutch Boyd all in with A 4 . Boyd was hodling pocket eights. The flop was 8 7 4 giving Boyd his set. The turn was J and the 5 on the river was no help. Five tables remain and the players will take a short break while they redraw for tables and seats.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 03:18 PMUpdated chip leaders:
Daniel Negreanu 157,000
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 03:10 PMWe are down to 31 players. The following each took home $8,528:
38 - Thor Hansen
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 02:46 PMA controversy has erupted as a result of action at the Negreanu-Smith-Liebert table. It seems that Mirza Nagji's chips couldn't be located when play resumed. The tournament directors gave him a new stack based on the official count. Several orbits later, it was discovered that Hagji's chips had been opened at the right table, but the wrong seat. Of course nobody objected to blinding off the chips at the empty seat. They all assumed that someone was merely late. As a result, more than 10,000 chips were added into play at the table before the mistake was discovered. The remaining 30 participants at the other tables were not pleased.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 02:22 PMThe cards are in the air! Right away James Bechtel was eliminated in 39th place and Kathy Liebert doubled up courtesy of Gavin Smith!
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 09:36 AMDaniel Negreanu dominated Day 1 of the $2,500 short handed no limit hold'em tournament at the 2006 World Series of Poker. Negreanu assumed the chip lead near the end of the second level and remained atop the leaderboard for more than nine hours. He was overtaken briefly by newcomer Mirka Nagji but regained the top spot before play was halted for the day.
Erick Lindgren and Gavin Smith successfully nursed their early short stacks to get back into contention. Lindgren suffered a setback when his pocket eights went up against pocket queens and is in 16th place with 58,500 chips. Smith is 31,600 behind Negreanu in second place with 128,300 chips. Dutch Boyd hung close to the leaders most of the day and sits in fifth chip position (106,000). Mike Matusow is still in the hunt (37,400).
39 of the record setting 824 players remain in the tournament. Day 2 will begin at 2 PM Pacific with some time left at Level 11. Blinds will be 800 & 1,600 with 200 antes. With four tables of six players and three five-handed tables, the action should be fast and furious. Negreanu, Smith and Nagji are all at the same table as we begin Day 2. Unfortunately for Kathy Liebert, she is also at the same table (13,400 chips). With all those big stacks around her, perhaps she can double up quickly. She and Karina Jett (11,800) are the two remaining women in the event.
The average stack size going into today's competition is approximately 53,000. Today's play will trim the size of the field to six.
All of the day 1 action can be found by clicking here
Enjoy! ...Frank Niro, reporting for the PokerPages 2006 WSOP coverage team.
Saturday, 01st of July 2006 03:32 AM
Play will resume at 2pm PST , Saturday, July 1, 2006
Pay out Structure:
Chip Count Day 1
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