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After 10 levels of play, Day 1 of Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship just wrapped up, and two players have distanced themselves from the pack: Chance Kornuth bagged 338,200 to take the chip lead into Day 2 in a photo finish over Ruslan Dykshteyn (338,000). Kornuth already has a bracelet to show for his PLO prowess, as he topped a $5,000 event in 2010 for more than $500,000.
The 418-player pool for the event was a significant jump over the 386 who registered for this event last year, when it had a triple chance format and was won by Daniel Alaei. That's an impressive feat in a time when many are questioning the long-term health of the game. A total of 132 players made it through to Day 2.
Tom Marchese (300,100), David Williams (225,200), JC Tran (214,900), Sam Trickett (214,000), Sergey Rybachenko (178,900), Jans-Peter Jachtmann (150,200), Matt Stout (149,800), and Daniel Negreanu (149,700) were among the notables bagging well-above average stacks in the star-studded field. Among the fallen: Dan Cates, Alaei, Jason Koon, Ole Schemion, Jason Somerville, Brian Rast, Scott Seiver, Mike Gorodinsky, Brian Hastings, and many more.
Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, so be sure to return to PokerNews for more coverage of this event.
A player opened for 2,500 in the hijack, and Matt Stout potted to 9,300 on the button. JC Tran called out of the blinds, and the opener called. On the flop, Tran checked, the hijack bet 13,500, and Stout was the only caller. An caused the hijack to pat the table, and he quickly folded when Stout potted.
The tournament director announced that four more hands will be played at each table.
Chance Kornuth is making a late challenge for the chip lead, as he just busted a player on a board of . Kornuth held for nines full, good enough to send his opponent packing with .
We found Ruslan Dykshteyn potting it over a bet of about 20,000 from Ryan Goindoo on an flop. Goindoo shoved all in for well over 100,000, and Dykshteyn called.
Dykshteyn had a gutter and a flush draw, but Goindoo had a set of aces and the lead. The changed nothing on the turn, but the filled Dykshteyn's straight and caused Goindoo to let out an exclamation of disappointment, having gotten it in with the nuts for a massive pot and come up short.
Steve Billirakis bet 7,200 from the small blind, and Ted Lawson called from the button on a board of . On the river, Billirakis put Lawson in for his last 15,000 or so, and Lawson snapped with for kings full. Billirakis showed for the nut flush.