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The biggest limit hold'em tournament of the year kicked off on Thursday and 122 players signed up for what will be a true test of skill, patience and a bit of luck. After the day, Samuel Golbuff led the pack with 124,900 in chips. He was trailed closely by Kenny Shei with 118,400, David Chiu with 109,200, and Antonio Esfandiari with 99,200.
The day started off slow, but we immediately spotted a great table with the likes of Melissa Burr, Mark Newhouse, and Joep van den Bijgaart. Later, this table added Jeff Lisandro, Dan Shak, Mike Watson, and Marco Johnson to create a start-studded affair on Day 1. From the aforementioned bunch, the field only lost Johnson and Newhouse, who could not get anything going in the later levels.
Others who busted included Jameson Painter, Brock Parker, Rep Porter, and Todd Witteles. Barry Greenstein and Andrey Zaichenko were also among the first to hit the rail, while Eli Elezra, Paul Volpe, and John Hennigan all entered late and survived the day.
Players will attempt to maneuver themselves into the money on Day 2 and ultimately the final table. In total, 18 places will get paid, with the min-cash being $16,273. The winner of this event will ultimately walk away with $309,909.
Play will resume at 2 p.m. local time and we will be right there with you to bring all your live coverage of the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.
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The flop showed when Talal Shakerchi bet and Eli Elezra decided to raise. Shakerchi called and on the turn Shakerchi check-folded when Elezra kept betting.
On a flop it was Ben Yu who check-called a bet from Juha Helppi. On the turn the hit and both players checked. The river was the and Yu check-folded to the Finnish pro's bet.
Eli Elezra raised and Talal Shakerchi and Matt Szymanszek called from the blinds. The flop came down and Szymanszek bet after Shakerchi had checked. Elezra called and Shakerchi put in the call as well.
The turn was the and the same process repeated itself. On the river the hit and Elezra folded when Szymanszek kept firing. Shakerchi called and mucked when Szymanszek showed .
JJ Liu raised it up before the flop and David Chiu, Michael Moore and Diego Cordovez, from the button, all called.
The flop came down and all four players checked.
On the turn the hit and the action was checked to Cordovez who bet out. Only Chiu called and the river was the .
Chiu checked again, Corodovez bet and Chiu tanked for a bit before calling.
Cordovez showed and said, "That beats all the bluff catchers," as Chiu mucked his hand.
The final level of the day has just started with 74 players remaining. The average stack right now is 49,459.