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Day 1 of Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em is in the books, and leading the 129 survivors is Chris Hunichen with 177,200. Hunichen steadily built his stack throughout the day, and is coming off of another deep run at the World Series of Poker. The man known as “Big Huni” finished sixth in Event #9, earning $53,951. In 2013, he finished 13th in a $1,500 buy-in event for $20,504 and sixth in the Millionaire Maker for $229,575.
Joining Hunichen atop the counts are Bryn Kenney and Bjorn Li. Kenney was crippled all the way down to 600 chips at one point after doubling up John Hennigan, but came storming back. Kenney busted Bryan Colin in the final level of the evening with aces against tens — Dario Sammartino nearly joined the action with queens — and Kenney bagged 166,200 chips. Bjorn Li took a big pot off of Tuan Le and then later eliminated the 2014 bracelet winner, bagging 152,900.
Other players to survive the day include 2012 Main Event champion Greg Merson, 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada, Scott Seiver, Nick Schulman, and the defending champion in this event, Erick Lindgren.
Nearly 80% of the field busted on Tuesday, including notables Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Klodnicki, Ryan Riess, Mukul Pahuja, and Phil Hellmuth. Selbst ran into Dylan Hortin’s straight flush in Level 2 — Hortin also busted later on — Riess was delivered a bad beat from Eli Elezra, and Pahuja ran into pocket aces.
Hellmuth three-bet shoved for around 15 big blinds or so with ace-jack of hearts, and Andrea Dato busted him with pocket kings.
Event #24 attracted a total of 541 players — a 25-player increase from 2013. The top 60 players will earn a minimum of $8,746, each member of the six-handed final table will pocket at least $77,145, and the winner will walk away with $622,998 plus the coveted gold bracelet.
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With the board reading , Calvin Anderson bet 16,000 and sent Jennifer Tilly into the tank for about five minutes before she ultimately called. Anderson tabled for jacks full of nines, Tilly mucked and Anderson collected the pot.
Three more hands will be played at each table before the players bag and tag for the night.
Bryn Kenney raised to 1,800 in the hijack, Bryan Colin three-bet to 5,500 in the cutoff, and Dario Sammartino cold four-bet to 10,700 out of the small blind. Kenney put in a fifth bet, making it 23,600 to go, and Colin moved all in for 24,900 - less than a legal raise.
This meant the action was capped, and all Sammartino could do was call or fold. He chose the former.
The dealer fanned , Sammartino checked, and Kenney placed out a bet of what looked like 17,000 or so. Sammartino let out a long sigh, then flashed before folding.
Kenney's aces held as the turn and river bricked , respectively, and Kenney pulled in the pot.
"Cazo," Sammartino blurted, still upset about folding his two queens.
"You lost the minimum," Kenney told him, grinning.
A player check-called a bet of 5,600 from Chris Hunichen on a board of , and the completed the board. Hunichen's opponent checked, "Big Huni" fired out an additional 15,300, and his opponent folded.
Hunichen pulled in the pot, and is now up to 173,000 chips.
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Bryan Colin raised to 2,000 in the cutoff, Dario Sammartino three-bet to 6,800 out of the small blind, and Colin made the call.
The 2013 IPT Sanremo runner-up finisher led out for 7,000 on a flop of , Colin called, and the turn was a third ten - the . Sammartino fired out another 11,400, Colin again called, and the completed the board.
The Italian emptied the chamber, firing a third and final bullet worth 14,000, and Colin tank-called. Sammartino showed for tens full of kings, and Colin sent his cards into the muck.