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Day 1 of Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker is in the books. After 11 levels of play, the field is down to 187. The total amount of entries reached 1,631, creating a prize pool of $2,201,850. The field was quite a bit smaller than last year when, in 2013, Jason Duval won this event. Duval, from Quebec, Canada, earned $521,202 when he became the last player with chips in a field of 2,115 players.
This year, the champion will take home $418,435. There will be 171 places paid and a min-cash is worth $2,906. Earning a seat at the final table will have you walking away with no less than $29,658.
Leading the way on Day 1 was Jason Pritchard with 142,400. Other top stacks at the end of play were Kyle Weir (130,000), Guillame Fourcade (116,400), and Mike Del Vecchio (115,100).
Also returning for Day 2 will be Kitty Kuo and Bryan Reisner, and these two were involved in the largest pot of the tournament in one of the last hands of the night.
With a pot of around 30,000 and a flop reading , Kuo check-called a bet of 13,500 from Reisner. The turn brought the , Kuo checked, Reisner announced all in for his last 27,500, and Kuo went into the tank. After a few moments, Kuo apologized for taking the time, and eventually made the call.
The board finished off with a blank on the river and Reisner dragged in the 100,000-plus chip pot.
Event #31 attracted a lot of big pros and familiar faces. Some notables that bagged up stacks for Day 2 included Nenad Medic, Erik Cajelais, Ray Qartomy, Alex Bolotin, Vinny Pahuja, Ankush Mandavia, Adam Levy, Lauren Kling, Matt Stout, Ty Reiman, Daniel Idema, Max Pescatori, and Jackie Glazier.
Familiar faces not so fortunate were Vanessa Selbst, Darryll Fish, Antonio Esfandiari, Andre Akkari, Greg Mueller, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Faraz Jaka, Mike Leah, Tony Dunst, Jason Duval, Alec Torelli, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Allen Kessler, Liv Boeree, Phil Collins, Ami Barer, Xuan Liu, and Dominik Nitsche.
Day 2 will resume on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT inside the Amazon Room. The money bubble is sure to bust very quickly as the field is only 16 eliminations away from a cash. From there, it will play down a 10 full levels or until the final table is reached, whichever happens to come first. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of Day 2’s big pots and bust outs.
|Mike Del Vecchio||115,100|
|H Michael Borovetz||92,200|
With a pot of around 30,000 and a flop reading , Kitty Kuo check-called a bet of 13,500 from Bryan Reisner. The turn brought the , Kuo checked, Reisner announced all in for his last 27,500, and Kuo went into the tank. After a few moments, Kuo apologized for taking the time, and eventually made the call.
The board ran out finished off with a blank on the river and Reisner dragged in the over 100,000 chip pot.
It has been announced that the remaining players will play through three more hands before bagging up their chips for tomorrow.
We arrived at the table to see Mike Smith and Dan Kelly's cards face up and an all-in chip in front of Kelly. It appeared both players had very similar stacks and they were going to battle heads-up for the lot of them.
Kelly was going to need an ace or running cards to stay alive. The dealer burned a card and then delivered the board: and Kelly was eliminated.
Vanessa Selbst made a big push preflop when Erhart Edquist raised to 2,500 from middle position, the player in the hijack called, and she pushed all in from the small blind. The hijack player got out of the way and Selbst and Edquist were off to the races.
Selbst wasn't able to find any help on the board of and she left her seat after a "good luck" directed at the table.
Niall Farrell raised to 1,700 from under the gun and Perry Friedman on the button was the only player to call him. The flop was and Farrell led out for 2,000. Friedman raised it up to 7,000 and Farrell pushed all in. Friedman snap-called and the two were set for a sweat.
Farrell's top two pairs were the best but at risk against Friedman's top pair with a flush draw. The on the turn was harmless, but the on the river completed the flush and Farrell was sent home for the night.