Day 1 of the 2007 World Series of Poker $1,500 Limit Hold'em Event
Of the 910 entrants only 90 remain. Tam Hang will return as chip leader on Day 2, follow all the action on the PokerPages Day 2 blog here.
The official end of day chip counts are as follows:
Tuesday, 05th of June 2007 12:34 AM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
When the $1500 Limit Hold’em tournament began today, there was some excitement in the air. Limit is a popular game in many casinos, and players who have honed their skills in the game for a year came to Vegas today to put their abilities to the test at the World Series of Poker. Much of the field consisted of relative unknowns in the world of professional poker, though there were scattered names like T.J. Cloutier and Andy Bloch among the contenders. All in all, 910 people took their seats to make it through Day 1.
Going into Day 2, there are still over 200 players left. Play is typically slow in this event as betting is limited (thus the name “limit hold’em… did I need to say that?), which makes for a fairly slow tournament. Even so, the final nine players who will be at the exciting final table must be decided on Day 2. With a first prize of nearly $300,000 and 90 players making it into the money, there’s nothing insignificant about Event 6.
Will players come to Day 2 with a renewed excitement? Or will everyone exercise that patience necessary for this event and make for a long but tension-filled day?
Keep your computers right here at PokerPages for the updates, humorous comments, and best coverage available. The WSOP reporting team will be here through it all. Join us, will you?
Monday, 04th of June 2007 11:32 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Rumor has it that the National Insomniacs Convention is coming to watch the $1,500 Limit Hold' Em tournament next year. Should be a quick cure. Approximately 170-180 players remain and Brandon Wong is the chip leader with approximately 65K. Steve Rothstein is in 2nd with 55K and Todd Keikoan is 3rd with almost 50K. Reader request: Angie Tran is on fumes with under 5K in chips now.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:53 PM(Justin West reporting)
One of the coolest things about this job is that I've made lots of friends and acquaintences I'd never have made otherwise, having covered the World Series of Poker last year.
I was just cruising the tables when I heard, "Justin!" I turned around and saw Matt, a friend I'd made during the series last year. He was but a lowly dealer back then, but when I saw him tonight I saw that he was wearing a suit and sporting a badge reading "Assistant Supervisor." How bout that! Congrats, Matt!
I also saw Tobin Nelson, a friend of mine I've been playing cards with back in Austin for years. He placed in an event last year and did very very well in it, and it was an honor to follow someone from back home in an event like that. Tobin's a really nice guy.
I tried to take a photo of him but he said not to, as he's not doing so hot in the chips department.
"Dude," he said. "This is a tough table. I'm getting slaughtered. It's a roller coaster."
For a moment there we thought the floor guy, Matt included, were coming over to break the table. Tobin was elated! Alas, it was a mistake and they were bringing players there. Tobin's shoulders sank.
"Tell you what," he said. "I'll come find you when I either bust out, or make it off this table."
Come on, Tobin! How bout a double up?
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:43 PM(Justin West reporting)
I think TJ must have taken a hit since Aaron put that last post up, as he's now at around only 3,700 or so. I could have miscounted, and I am colorblind, so that will provide sufficient defense in case I'm wrong. I've never been wrong before, about anything, so I don't expect this to be any different, but who knows?
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:03 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
T.J. Cloutier is still in and has around 13K. Angie Tran has made a nice run and has 15K. The chip leaders include Brandon Wong, Marco Johnson, Todd Keikoan, and Chuck Furey. They are all somewhere in the 30-35K range. Notable players still in include Andy Bloch, Minh Nguyen, Jim Meehan, John Phan, Young Phan, and David Sklansky.
I remember the day when I used to play limit hold em for a living and thought it was exciting. Rounders, the WSOP, and the WPT have pretty much ruined any appeal for limit that I used to have. With that being said, however, there are plenty of players who love the game and take it very seriously and there are different strategies that one has to consider (especially in tournament) when compared to it's no limit brethren. Pot odds and math are much larger considerations in limit and the size of the pot will often make it correct to call with only 4-6 outs while in no limit that would not be the case.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 09:53 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
There are currently about 280 players left, and the event will play until 3:00am PST.
Michael Craig, author of "The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King" and his latest - "The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide" (just published this week) is still in the tournament and hoping his table breaks very soon. A new start for his short stack is definitely needed. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael for the first time yesterday, and I'm hoping to get more great stories out of him throughout this WSOP.
As for the rest of the field in this tournament, they are playing cards - limit hold'em to be precise. Some players are betting, some are raising, a few are even check-raising, and the rest are calling or folding. Most of them are sitting, though a few choose to kneel or walk around between hands.
Yes, folks, it's just that exciting.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 07:41 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
And in almost no time at all, players have been instructed to take their dinner break. They will return at 9pm PST. More in-depth coverage at that time - promise.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 07:16 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Players are back from break. I'm busy covering the PLO event but wanted to do a quick update for a reader. Angie Tran has about 5K and is a bit below average but still in and not in desperation mode.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 06:21 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
Only six hours into the tournament, there is really no player with a lock on any kind of chip lead. There are still numerous tables running, and most players seem to be sitting patiently with a calm, focused demeanor. With so many events happening today, this event has been somewhat neglected, but I'm going to change that. I'm headed over there now to get more of a scoop on the happenings in limit hold'em.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 04:45 PM(Justin West reporting)
Notes from the media room!
Ever wonder what it's like to be a poker reporter? Well, aside from seeing lots of great players doing what they do best, and knowing the satisfaction of having the coolest job in the world, it's a bit gruelling from time to time. Sleep is almost a luxury some nights, and the hours are long.
Some, like us here at PokerPages, soldier on out of a love for the game of poker. We're rockin' the house here, following these events. Others... well others just can't hack it.
Overheard here in the media room from an unnamed source: "Yeah, she just texted me from the parking lot and said 'I'm sorry, but I won't be coming back. This just isn't for me.'"
Aw. I understand that. It's not for everybody. My sincerest kudos go out to each and every reporter from every outlet that's burning the midnight-to-mid-day oil every day to bring their readers coverage. The coverage ain't always easy!
Monday, 04th of June 2007 04:16 PM(Justin West reporting)
Bryan Devonshire is sitting pretty with about 7,550 in chips and would like everyone to know that he is currently barefoot. I would like to let everyone know that is disgusting.
He told me he got kicked out of the pool last night, apparently for being "unruly," 20 minutes after hours. Crazy kids. Chicken fights were going on, first with the girls on the guy's shoulders, then the other way around. I'm only being completely impartial when I report that Bryan said: "Poker players do it in all positions."
I was cursing up a storm at Bryan's table, and I have to admit I enjoyed it immensely, as the dealer kept shooting me dirty looks, all the while knowing not much was to be done about it. I dropped the f-bomb, at which point, Bryan said: "You can't say that!"
I said: "No, I can say @#%!, I just can't say @#%! you."
They did change that rule this year, FYI. The f-bomb can be dropped, it just cannot be directed at a player. For instance, you can say "F@# that!" as long as "that" isn't the name of a player at the table. Since we've got players from all around the world, I fully expect this to come up at some point.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 04:01 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
It has been announced that 910 players entered this event, and the prize pool up for grabs is $1,242,150. The top 90 finishers will receive their respective pieces of that, and the payout table is as follows:
Monday, 04th of June 2007 03:28 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
I ran into www.pokerschoolonline.com instructor and well-reknowned poker champion T.J. Cloutier. He is in good spirits despite a rough start to the World Series and told me "there are plenty of events, I ain't worried." T.J. has about half his starting stack at approximately 1,400.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 03:01 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
OK, I have to admit, I'm struggling to find something to write about right now for this event. That will change as the blinds increase and those that are doing well start to stand out more. I think even the players are a little lackadaisical right now. I see many of them eating, reading magazines (Chad Brown), and even playing video games. Phil Ivey has about the same number of chips that he started with. Some of the players I did see playing include J.C. Tran, Greg "FBT" Mueller (fresh off his 2nd place finish in event #1), Chip Jett, Joe Sebok, Kathy Liebert, and Andy Bloch. Bryan Devonshire has 5,125 in chips.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 02:13 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Players are on break and are milling around the hall talking about how so and so 3 bet it preflop with 76o. Ah good times.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 01:30 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Nothing of note to report yet. If there is anything you want to know or see covered or you just want to say hello, send an e-mail to email@example.com and I will do the best I can to help you out.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 12:38 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Play has started and the field seems to be missing the usual overflow of big name pro's. Many are still left in the Omaha/Stud-8 mixed event and Event #7 ($5,000 PLO w/ Rebuys) is sure to be filled with the rest. Interesting enough, Phil Ivey, one of the better PLO players in the world is in this event. I can't see him foregoing the PLO. My guess is that he is going to try and accumulate as many chips as possible or will attempt to play two at once. Hey, if you can do it online, who says you can't do it live.
I've also made my daily Shannon Elizabeth sighting. She told me last night that she plans on playing many events and will be here for the duration (this didn't exactly break my heart). Perhaps after this World Series is over she'll be better known for her poker playing then her infamous (well in my opinion, it's quite famous) role as Nadia in American Pie.
Today marks the start of two events, this, the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold'em event, and the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys.
This is a three-day event, with players starting at 12pm noon Pacific with $3,000 in tournament chips, twice as many as they started with last year given that the chip stacks have been adjusted to equal double the event buy-in. All levels will last for one hour, with play scheduled to continue until 2am.
Unlike the Pot Limit Omaha event that starts today, this is an event that was also featured last year, with Bob "Big Red" Chalmers taking home first place, the World Series of Poker bracelet, and almost $260,000.
Bob's win last year was actually his first major tournament cash ever!
Will this year's event create another first-time winner, or will a seasoned veteran walk away with the victory?
Stay tuned, as PokerPages will be bringing you LIVE coverage today starting at 12 noon Pacific time.
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