2008 World Series of Poker - Event #2 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Day 1b
The second half of the largest preliminary event in WSOP history took to the felt Sunday. The 1,881 Day 1B entrants pushed the field size to 3,929 players, including the 2,048 that showed up for Day 1A. Day 2 will see 449 of those players return to the Rio, each with hopes of conquering the record-setting field. David Bach ended Day 1B with 115,400 chips and the chip lead. Live coverage of Day 2 begins Monday at 2pm PST.
The table below contains the official end of day chip counts for players of Day 1B. For the complete combined chip counts for start of Day 2, click here.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 11:17 PM
At just a few minutes after 11 pm, play has ended in Day 1B. The board is showing 224 players, but the official count will come later this evening. Each of the 23 remaining tables are in the middle of the bag and tag process.
Many players made an end of day rush, including Mark Vos and "Moto" Mabuchi, who each finished the day near the chip lead. Vos flourished at his new table, which featured the big stack of David Bach. Mabuchi rode a wave of big hands, including picking up K-K late to pick up another 10K, putting him over 60K.
The last hour of play was rather quiet, with just a handful of eliminations to mention. Lee Watkinson, Bryan Micon, Toto Leonidas, Lee Watkinson and Vivek Rajkumar each dumped off their stack after the dinner break.
At the moment, David Bach is the unofficial chip leader with 114K. If the count is correct, Bach will enter Day 2 with the overall chip lead, eclipsing the 109K of David Robertson, the Day 1A leader.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 10:15 PM
The ladies are falling fast.
Jennifer Harman kicked off the female elimination avalanche, her bust out triggering three other top females to fall in Day 1.
Clonie Gowen was headed towards the rail after finding out she was all in with the smaller of two flushes; her 6 6 falling to her opponent's A J four flush on the river.
Isabelle Mercier suffered the worst beat of the bunch. Mercier got it all in with aces, looking to keep ahead of chip leader David Bach, who made the call with pocket jacks. All was well for the French female star... until the two-outer showed itself on the river, eliminating Mercier.
Liz Lieu also hit the rail. Lieu got it all on after the flop holding aces, only to find out her opponent's K-10 had turned into top two pair. Lieu could not improve and was eliminated.
There's just a little more than one hour of play left in Day 1B. Players are readying themselves for a 20 minute break, the last one of the day.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 09:00 PM
For those of you wondering what time play will end to night, here's an explanation:
Since we have two Day 1 flights, special instructions were required to clarify the end of day target number. Since 378 players will be paid Event 2, it is plausable that they could reach the cash tonight, if they were to keep playing. That given, tournament officials have ruled that the money bubble will not burst with the Day 1A field at home. Action will continue until the same time as last night (approximately 11 pm), or until 175 players remain, whichever comes first.
Chris Ferguson is back up to 40K in chips after eliminating another player. It was an all in bet 5,175 to Ferguson, who wouldn't wait too long before calling with A-K. He was in great shape, out in front of the gentleman's Kc10c. Two clubs by the turn made the river a sweat, but to no avail. Ferguson scooped the pot, then gave a handshake to the fallen player.
Not to be outdone, Kenny Tran put in a knockout of his own. This time it was Tran's jacks against the queens of Rolf Slotboom. The dealer fanned out a jack high flop and Tran had taken the lead. A couple bricks spelled the end for Slotboom and a bigger stack for Tran.
Mark Vos was able to eliminate a player as well, after having his pocket tens hold up in a race with A-J. Steve Zolotow wasn't as lucky. When he got it in with tens, an opponent woke up with aces. Steve Z couldn't manage to suck out, ending his day not long after the dinner break.
In other action, both Carlos Mortensen and Joe Sebok have been crippled. Each holds on to just a few chips and little hope.
Just 433 players returned from dinner break. Tables are breaking continually, with all but a couple talbes now contained within one set of ropes.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 07:00 PM
We're just minutes away from the 90 minute dinner break. According to the tournament board, there are 470 players still seated.
John Phan found a spade flush on the river holding JsJh, taking a 20K pot from Carlos Mortensen. Phan has pushed his stack to more than 60K, while Mortensen is falling in the chip counts.
Across the room, Motoyuki "Moto" Mabuchi was able to catch set-over-set, his kings vs. his opponent's jacks, on his way to more than 30K in chips and into the top ten.
Jennifer Harman was eliminated in the closing minutes. She got it in with 9-9, in good shape against her opponent's 8-8. In good shape until her opponent found a four flush to end her day.
Other recent eliminations include Kevin Saul, Alex Kravchenko, Berry Johnston, Beth Shak, Steve Billirakis and NHL superstar Jeremy Roenick.
Play will resume in 90 minutes.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 06:00 PM
It was 1K to Chris Ferguson, who made the call from the SB. The flop of J-4-8 was enough for the SB to put Jesus all in. Ferguson tanked, before deciding to call. After the cards were turned over, Ferguson found out his Q-J was in front of his opponent's pocket tens. After the turn and river bricked, Jesus had doubled through.
Ferguson would put his 10K stack to use a short while later. If was 900 to Jesus, who ended up being the lone preflop caller. J-K-2 on the flop earned a check from Ferguson and an all in from his opponent. Jesus called off most of his stack with K-Q, good for top pair. His opponent could only turn over A-Q, and after fading an ace on 4th and 5th street, Jesus was closing in on 15K.
David Pham had just cracked the top ten, then the wheels fell off.
Pham watched two players, MP and SB, call his preflop raise. After the K 8 10 flop, it would be just "the Dragon" and the player in MP going to the turn. The 8 on the turn earned a couple checks. The 4 on the river earned another check from Pham and a bet of 5K from his opponent. Pham would call, tabling A-K. His opponent showed A Q , good for the nut flush and the pot.
After doubling up another player, calling an all in with 6d7d, Pham would be dealt the final blow. Pham was all in with 9 8 , up against Steve Zolotow's A-J and another player's 10-10. J-3-2-Q-K on the board meant the pot would go to Steve Z and the Dragon would go home.
Michael Binger is striking up a conversation with fellow Main Event final tabler and new table-mate Lee Watkinson. Binger finished 3rd in the 2006 Main Event, while Watkinson made the final table in last year's main event. Both players are across the table from Arnold Spee.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 05:00 PM
Eventhough the Amazon Room is bustling with Event 2 competitors and spectators, the roars coming from the Event 1 final table are almost deafening. Suckouts and coolers are encouraging the excitiable audience.
In the $1,500 event, pros are moving there way up the leaderboard. Daniel Alaei, Barry Greenstein, Vivek Rajkumar, Carlos Mortensen and Kenny Tran have each snuck into the top ten.
The most recent bust-out list includes Isaac Haxton, Chau Giang, Humberto Brenes and Jared Hamby.
A sea of Event 2 players are now entering the Amazon Room, returning from their second 20-minute break of the day.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 04:00 PM
Payouts have been announced. The 3,929 entries have created a prize pool worth more than $5.3 million. The top 378 finishers will get paid a minimum of $2,949, while the champion will take home $831,462.
Complete payout list:
10th - 12th $52,022.00
13th - 15th $41,296.00
16th - 18th $30,570.00
19th - 27th $24,134.00
28th - 36th $18,771.00
37th - 45th $14,480.00
46th - 54th $12,871.00
55th - 63rd $11,262.00
64th - 72nd $9,654.00
73rd - 81st $8,045.00
82nd - 90th $6,972.00
91st - 99th $5,899.00
100th - 126th $4,827.00
127th - 162nd $4,559.00
163rd - 198th $4,290.00
199th - 234th $4,022.00
235th - 270th $3,754.00
271st - 206th $3,486.00
307th - 342nd $3,218.00
343rd - 378th $2,950.00
Just moments after losing a race, his A-K vs. Toto Leonidas' jacks, Eli Elezra saw his aces cracked by Q J , leading to his elimination. Robert Williamson was also eliminated, after getting his fives in against 9-9 and not improving.
Erick Lindgren's tough table proved to be too much for him in Day 1b. While Victor Ramdin seems to have busted early in the day, David Singer remained at Lindgren's table. Singer would get Lindgren to commit the rest of his stack after a Q-J-6 flop. Singer tabled K-Q in the showdown, good enough to win the pot and eliminate the table's toughest player.
Jennifer Tilly has also been eliminated. Tilly flopped a straight, holding 10-8 after a Q J 9 flop. Her opponent called with J 10 , for a pair and a spade draw. The turn was no help to either player and the river was a bad one for Tilly; the 6s, completing her opponent's flush and eliminating the actress/poker player. She was last seen in the front row of the ESPN final table, watching her hubby Phil Laak.
Phil Hellmuth made an appearance, decked out in his UltimateBet NASCAR-ish uniform. He took the seat to Mekhi Phifer's right, only to bust after a couple hands. Phifer would join Hellmuth on the rail a short time later.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 03:09 PM
A line is starting to form near the ESPN final table. The Milwaukee's Best Lounge is overflowing with beer drinking poker fans. While the majority of the room is fixated on the $1,500 event at hand, dozens of people are filing in to watch the $10K Pot Limit Hold'em Championship.
A total of 1,882 showed up for Day 1B, making a combined field of 3,930 for both Day 1's. Officially, this is the 4th largest WSOP event ever, behind the last three Main Events.
John Juanda was eliminated during the last level. Juanda found his tournament life resting on A-2, but would be unhappy after two called showed A-K and Q-Q. Although Juanda made trips on the 2-Q-9-7-2 board, his opponent found queens full to eliminate the legend.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 02:00 PM
While the majority of the field is unknown, there are (or were) a couple stacked tables out there.
Erick Lindgren has his work cut out for him. E-dogg is sharing a table in the far corner of the Amazon room with both David Singer and Victor Ramdin.
A few steps down the aisle, Berry Greenstein found himself dealing with both Doug Lee and young bracelet winner James "Mig.com" Mackey. Mackey would run his A-K into Greenstein's aces, leading to his demise. Doug Lee has also disappeared from his seat, lightening the work load for Greenstein.
Anna Wroblewski was all in with pocket threes, unhappy to see a player in EP make the call with A-A. The 3 in the door put a smile on Anna's face, but the A that also hit the flop spelled the end of her Event 2 run.
Scotty Nguyen found himself on the other side of an aces cracked situation. Scotty would watch three clubs fall on the flop and call off his last couple hundred. After the turn and river bricked, the pot would be shipped to the player tabling Kc8c and Scotty was done.
Keeping with the aces cracked trend, PokerPages' blogger Maria Ho got it all in with rockets, only to come up short.
Some other eliminations include Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi, Jamie Gold, Phil Galfond and Roland de Wolfe.
Here are some players in the field that I missed on the first go around:
Jonathan Little, Mark Newhouse, Ryan Young, Lee Watkinson, Ted Lawson, Kirk Morrison, Isaac Haxton, Paul McGrill and Barney Boatman.
We are expecting a stampede of players to flow out of the Amazon Room shortly, as the end of level two is near, bringing with it the first break.
Sunday, 01st of June 2008 01:00 PM
The Amazon Room is once again packed with $1,500 NL Hold'em hopefuls. The tournament room is nearing capacity, with players again scattered throughout parts of the Rio.
Tournament officials are predicting the Day 1B turnout will top the 2,048 that showed up for Day 1A. Many big names turned out for the event, most likely with hopes of adding a win at the largest WSOP prelim ever to their resume. The previous record was set at last year's WSOP, when 3,151 turned out for Event 49, another $1,500 NLHE tournament.
Here are some players I noticed during my first lap around the Amazon Room:
John Juanda, Joe Sebok, Andy Black, Allen Kessler, Mark Newhouse, Ryan Daut, Daniel Alaei, Ralph Perry, Doug 'Rico' Carli, Lou Esposito, Sorel Mizzi, Neil Channing, Danny Wong, Kevin Saul, Kenny Tran, Jordan Rich, Liz Lieu, actor Mekhi Phifer, of E.R. fame, and former Main Event champs Jamie Gold, Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson and Scotty Nguyen.
Last year's Main Event winner Jerry Yang was down to his last two green chips after one of the opening hands, his trip kings falling to sixes full. He would try to climb out of the hole, only to bust a few minutes later.
Scott Clements, Dario Minieri, Roy Winston, Allen Cunningham and Justin Bonomo were also eliminated early.
Of the 2,048 who entered, just 225 players survived Day 1A of the first $1,500 NLHE of the ’08 WSOP. Nearly 2,000 have preregistered for Day 1B, already making Event 2 the largest WSOP prelim in history. David Robertson ended the day with the largest stack and will begin Day 2 with about 109,000 in chips. Day 1A survivors will join Day 1B survivors on Monday for Day 2. Live coverage of Day 1B begins Sunday at 12 pm PST. The Day 1B group will not play to 225, but will stop at about 11 pm, right where the Day 1A entrants left off.
Here are the official Day 1A chip counts:
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