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Day 1 of the 2014 World Series of Poker $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship is in the books, and Jeff Madsen bagged the chip lead with 129,200 chips. Madsen won several pots during the final two levels of the evening, including an Omaha eight-or-better hand against Tony Cousineau where he scooped with Broadway. Madsen is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, winning two of them and the Player of the Year Award in 2006. He added his third and final piece of hardware last summer.
Since capturing his third bracelet in 2013, Madsen has been on an absolute tear, reaching six final tables and winning four events.
Also among the chip leaders are bracelet winners Greg Mueller and Eric Rodawig. Mueller, who won two bracelets in 2009, bagged 121,400, and Rodawig, who bested Phil Hellmuth heads-up in the 2011 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship ended the day with 112,000.
There are also a handful of 2014 bracelet winners still in contention, including Dan Heimiller, who won the Seniors Championship moments before late registering this event, Tuan Le, and Brock Parker. Likewise, the aforementioned Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Daniel Negreanu all advanced to Day 2.
More than a third of the field exited the tournament on Day 1, however, including Stephen Chidwick, Chris George, Matt Waxman, Vanessa Selbst, Scott Seiver, Matt Glantz, Maria Ho, and the defending champion, Tom Schneider. Monnette busted during the final level of the evening, getting the remainder of his stack in the middle with a draw against Alexander Kostritsyn’s made straight. The turn was no help to the 2013 bracelet winner, and he hit the rail.
A total of 200 players registered for this five-figure, mixed-game tournament, generating a total prize pool of $1,880,000. Out of the four, it is only the third-largest $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament ever held at the WSOP, but the prize pool is 53% larger than the $5,000 variant held in 2013. The top 24 players are all guaranteed a minimum of $18,254, each member of the final table will earn at least $50,966, and the winner will pocket $507,614 along with the gold bracelet.
Play resumes on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Amazon Room, most likely over in the Tan Section. Be sure to return to PokerNews to catch all of the action as the 121 surviving players all battle for a spot at the final table.
Mike Sexton's telling stories of the old days in Las Vegas and he just brought up one that made everyone at the table burst out in laughter.
"This one time at the Dunes, where the Bellagio is nowadays," Sexton started, "I walked past a $1-$4 Spread Limit Stud game on my way to the bathroom."
"I overheard two guys going, 'I raise, I re-raise, I'm all in! I call!' and the first guy turns his cards over."
"The guy shows two pair, aces and nines," Sexton said.
"So the other guy goes, 'Flint to Saginaw!'" Sexton said, leaving the entire table extremely confused.
"'Flint to Saginaw!' he kept saying, and it took a while before he finally turned his cards over. So he turns them over and says, '30 miles, Flint to Saginaw' as he showed the table three of a kind tens," Sexton said as the entire table burst out in laughter.
It is indeed about 30 miles from Flint, Michigan to Saginaw, Michigan, and Sexton continues to entertain his friends at the table including Bill Chen, Brian Hastings and Chris Tryba,
From early position, Tommy Hang raised. Jeff Madsen reraised from the next seat, and action folded back to Hang for him to make the call.
The flop came down , and Hang checked. After Madsen bet, Hang check-raised. Madsen called.
The turn was the , and Hang bet. Madsen called.
The river was the , and Hang bet again. Madsen called.
Hang tabled the for two pair, aces and sixes, and an ace-seven low. Madsen showed the for a worse two pair, but a better low, and the two chopped up the pot.
Alexander Kostritsyn was looking to scoop a pot to get back into things, but Phil Hellmuth just flopped a low to take half.
The flop read when Hellmuth bet from the small blind, Kostritsyn raised and Hellmuth put the Russian pro all in. Kostritsyn called and the showdown went as following.
The turn was the and Hellmuth hit a set, but the river was the and that gave Kostritsyn a full house. Hellmuth did however have a low and that gave him half the pot.
Jeff Madsen raised in the hijack, Jonathan Duhamel made it three bets to go on the button, and Madsen called.
Madsen check-called a bet on a flop of , then both players checked on the turn (). The river was the , Madsen led out, and the 2010 Main Event champion folded.
When we arrived at Table 366, John Monnette and Alexander Kostritsyn were all in and at risk against Sabyl Cohen on a board of .
The completed the board, and Kostritsyn more than doubled his short stack to 19,000. Monnette was eliminated.
Kevin Song: / /
Chris Tryba: / - folded
Mike Sexton: / /
Tryba brought it in, Sexton called, and Song completed. Only Sexton called.
The WPT co-anchor and WSOP bracelet winner check-called bets from Song on every street, and Song showed for a straight and an eight low, scooping the pot.