Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
In the past five weeks, the 2014 World Series of Poker has seen 64 events begin, new and repeat bracelet winners crowned, and millionaires made, but the marquee event of the series began on Saturday with Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event taking center stage.
With this year seeing the WSOP celebrating 10 years at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 2005 Champion Joe Hachem sent the cards in the air. Fellow Main Event Champions led players into the field with both Ryan Riess and Greg Merson finding themselves located on the feature table, while Chris Moneymaker, Tom McEvoy, and Johnny Chan were also in the field alongside bracelet winners Jason Mercier, Phil Laak, Ted Forrest, Hoyt Corkins, John Monnette, Billy Baxter, Antonio Esfandiari, David Singer, and Layne Flack.
It would take until midway through the second level until the first few bust outs started to occur as Steven Sanzone was bounced out the door before Bruno Fitoussi, Steven Gee, "All-American" Dave Swanson, Jean-Robert Bellande, David Chiu, and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin were just a handful of the players eliminated throughout the day as the first flight's starting field of 771 was cut down to 505 by the end of play.
Although the chip lead rotated between the likes of Aaron Wilt, Mukul Pahuja, Ken Einiger, Jon Broderick, and Nick DiVella throughout the day, it would be no-limit hold'em beast and Swede Martin Jacobson ending the day as chip leader with 200,100.
Wilt (157,650), Seamus Cahill (150,775), Andy Hwang (118,875), Pahuja (114,800), and Alex Simic (110,675) all round out the top few chip counts while the likes of Flack (75,450), Riess (70,225), Moneymaker (69,850), Esfandiari (59,775), and Annette Obrestad (54,625) all sit with healthy stacks.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back on deck at 12 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday to provide all the Day 1b action live from the 2014 World Series of Poker, so be sure to tune back in.
After a player limped in from middle position, Martin Jacobson raised to 1,600 from middle position. Action folded back to the limper, and he called to see the flop come down. The first player checked, then Jacobson bet 1,500. His opponent called.
The turn was the , and the first player checked. Jacobson bet 4,000, and his opponent called.
Then, after the completed the board on the river, the first player checked, Jacobson bet 10,000, and his opponent snap-called.
Jacobson tabled the for two pair, aces and fives. His opponent showed the for a weaker two pair, but thought he had won the pot for a brief moment before realizing he actually didn't.
Jacobson scooped the pot and moved to 200,000 in chips.
Ireland's Seamus Cahill is a talented cash game player and one who has some excellent results in tournaments too. He's looking to add a big cash in the WSOP Main Event to his list of poker accomplishments and is going the right way about it considering he has 150,000 chips.
German super star Ole Schemion has just locked up a big stack near the end of the day and one of our colleagues explained to us what happened.
On a flop the action was checked to Schemion who bet 1,650 and one of his opponents raised to 3,675. The third player folded and Schemion called. On the turn another popped up and Schemion called a 4,200-chip bet.
The river was the and Schemion's opponent bet 8,000 with about 11,000 chips left behind. The German pro moved all in and he was called by . Schemion tabled for a bigger full house and he raked in the pot.
Chris Moneymaker raised to 900 in early position, and a very short-stacked David Murphy moved all in for 5,500 near the button.
"OK," Moneymaker said when it folded back to him. "You caught me, but I have to call."
He flicked in enough chips, and the hands were opened.
The dealer fanned , changing very little, but the suicide king () spiked on the turn, giving Moneymaker a leading pair of kings. The players at the table let out a collective groan, but it was soon replaced by excited yelps when the fell on the river, giving Murphy a set.
"Yes!" Murphy said, elated. "One time!"
"How do I run sooooooo bad," Moneymaker said with a wry smile. "They always hit two outers on me!"
He and Murphy shared a laugh while Murphy dragged in the pot, pushing him to 11,000 chips. Moneymaker is still very healthy with 67,000.
The tournament director has just paused the clock with 10 minutes remaining and announced that there are just five more hands of play for the evening.
Catching the action with the board reading and roughly 14,000 in the middle, Kyle Ray moved all in for his last 9,025.
Australian David Gorr went deep into the tank for several minutes before making the call.
Ray tabled for just ace-high, and Gorr tabled his for a slightly better ace-high to eliminate Ray and move his stack up to over 53,000 in chips.
Nachman Berlin has just been knocked out from the Main Event by Guohui Xu. On a board it was Berlin who checked to his opponent who bet 3,900. There was about 15,000 already in the pot and Berlin moved all in for about 23,850 chips.
Xu went into the tank for about four minutes and while it seemed like he was close to folding at times he eventually made the call.
Berlin showed but it was Xu's who took this big pot down.