06/23/18 04:37:18 AM PST (about 17 hours and 19 minutes ago)
Duy Ho Tops Day 1d of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold'em as 63 Survive
Duy Ho from the United States finished as the Day 1d chipleader of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold'em with a solid stack of 1,275,000. Ho, who already made two WSOP final table in 2012 and 2014 respectively, managed to take the chip lead during the first levels of the day and keep it until the final hand. He will try to snatch his first gold bracelet in this event.
Just behind Ho stands Alice Sicconi, a well-known face in the Italian poker community, and Richard Dubini, who finished 12th in last year's Main Event. Among those who will back for Day 2 are also Bart Lybaert (640,000), David Lappin (640,000), Katie Swift (475,00) and Adam Owen (122,000).
The fourth of five Day 1 flights of the inaugural $365 buy-in tournament attracted 1,167 entries, generating a prize pool of $425,955 with 176 places getting paid.
At the end of the 21 levels of play, there were 63 who still had chips in front of them, earning at least $1,042 for their efforts. Each will play Day 2 with the survivors of the other flights on Saturday, June 30 with a restart at 2 p.m.
Many notables players took their chance in the event but didn't make it to the money, such as the defending champion Dieter Dechant who reentered the event, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mark Radoja, Jon Kyte, Muskan Sethi, Sorel Mizzi or Melanie Weisner.
The unfortunate John Gorsuch became the bubble, eliminated by Georgios Vrakas. Gorsuch, down to only half an ante, was having an unlucky day as he told PokerNews he also busted only eight places before the money in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em. In total, the bubble lasted more than 30 minutes due to many doubles up. After the bubble had burst, a more festive Friday night mood took place with players gambling it up and many all-in moves, as they tried to spin up a stack.
The final Day 1e flight is on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand again to bring you all the action.
06/23/18 04:06:52 AM PST (about 18 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Selected End of Day Chipcounts
Full chip counts will follow later on Saturday once announced. The players are leaving the tournament area and a full recap of the day is to follow.
|Duy Ho||1,275,000||0 |
|Alice Sicconi||1,064,000||444,000 |
|Bart Lybaert||640,000||30,000 |
|David Lappin||640,000||629,000 |
|Katie Swift||475,000||335,000 |
|Philipp Brendel||252,000||252,000 |
|Adam Owen||122,000||-143,000 |06/23/18 03:48:08 AM PST (about 18 hours and 8 minutes ago)
End of the Day
The remaining 63 players are now counting their stack before they will be verified by the floor supervisor. They will all receive at least $1,043 for their efforts.
06/23/18 03:38:23 AM PST (about 18 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Ho Puts Pressure
Duy Ho opened from under the gun to 70,000 and it was called by a player in middle position and the big blind.
On the flop , the three players checked. The turn brought a and after a check, Ho announced all-in, putting his opponents' tournament at risk. They both mucked their hand and Ho grabbed the pot, to climb to a massive stack worth 1,500,000.
|Duy Ho||1,500,000||600,000 |06/23/18 03:34:41 AM PST (about 18 hours and 22 minutes ago)
Six More Hands to Play
The tournament director announced six more hands are going to be played tonight, after what the remaining players will bag their chips.
06/23/18 03:29:04 AM PST (about 18 hours and 27 minutes ago)
Dubini Among the Biggest Stacks
The action started with a player in middle position pushing all his stack in the middle for 160,000 chips. Only Richard Dubini, on the button, made the call and the two opponents turned their cards over.
With , Dubini was in good shape to win the hand, facing for his opponent, and a board gave him the pot.
|Richard Dubini||820,000||680,000 |06/23/18 03:19:41 AM PST (about 19 hours and 37 minutes ago)
Last Level of the Day
The remaining 89 players are now playing their last 20-minute level of the day.
06/23/18 03:18:21 AM PST (about 19 hours and 38 minutes ago)
Level 21 started
|06/23/18 03:18:08 AM PST (about 19 hours and 38 minutes ago)
Lybaert Adds to his Stack
A player moved all in for a stack around 50,000 left and the action folded to Bart Lybaert who made the call to create the following showdown:
Lybaert had the dominated hand, but the dealer revealed a board , giving Lybaert a full house and eliminating his opponent.
|Bart Lybaert||610,000||-110,000 |06/23/18 03:08:09 AM PST (about 19 hours and 48 minutes ago)
Sicconi Keeps Climbing
The board was reading and three players were involved in the hand, with one of them already all in. Alice Sicconi made a bet and her opponent announced all-in for a stack around 150,000. Sicconi snap-called and tabled .
Her opponent, holding , and the first player, with , were beaten and Sicconi knocked out two players at the same time.
|Alice Sicconi||620,000||260,000 |06/23/18 02:59:53 AM PST (about 19 hours and 56 minutes ago)
Level 20 started
|06/23/18 02:57:31 AM PST (about 19 hours and 59 minutes ago)
Van Zadelhoff Loses Some Chips
The player on the button moved all in for a stack worth 135,000 and Steven Van Zadelhoff situated in the big blind made the call.
Holding , Van Zadelhoff had the best hand, facing for his opponent, but the run out gave a pair of jacks to his opponent as well as the double up.
|Steven van Zadelhoff||310,000||75,000 |06/23/18 02:51:53 AM PST (about 19 hours and 4 minutes ago)
Cruz Takes From Swift
A first player raised to 32,000 and it was called by David Cruz one seat over. Katie Swift raised it to 85,000 and the initial raiser called. Cruz announced all-in for a stack worth 420,000, putting Swift into a big decision.
After a few minutes, she ended up folding her hand, and so did the initial raiser.
|Katie Swift||140,000||-210,000 |06/23/18 02:48:35 AM PST (about 19 hours and 8 minutes ago)
Some Updated Chipcounts
|Duy Ho||900,000||-200,000 |
|Bart Lybaert||370,000||70,000 |
|Alice Sicconi||360,000||100,000 |
|Georgios Vrakas||260,000||0 |
|Charlie Sewell||240,000||18,000 |
|Richard Dubini||140,000||-130,000 |
|Sandy Piot||70,000||-45,000 |06/23/18 02:36:47 AM PST (about 19 hours and 19 minutes ago)
Level 19 started
|06/23/18 02:22:24 AM PST (about 20 hours and 34 minutes ago)
Last Break of the Day
The remaining 153 players are now on their last break of the day and are all guaranteed of a $556 dollars min-cash.
06/23/18 02:11:37 AM PST (about 20 hours and 45 minutes ago)
Players Are in the Money
The bubble lasted more than 30 minutes, with seven players who found a double up, the room was full of action. In the end, it's Georgios Vrakas who busted the last player before reaching the money.
John Gorsuch, fell down to only half an ante, was all in from the under the gun position, and Georgios Vrakas made a raise. All the other players folded their hand and the players tabled their cards:
Gorsuch was in desperate shape to find a double up, but the board didn't save him and he hit the rail with a smile. Gorsuch told us he also busted eight places from being in the money today in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
|Georgios Vrakas||260,000||235,000 |
|John Gorsuch||0||0 |06/23/18 01:53:56 AM PST (about 20 hours and 2 minutes ago)
With 177 players left, six players already doubled up and the tournament is still on the bubble.
06/23/18 01:39:04 AM PST (about 20 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Some Updated Chipcounts
|Katie Swift||350,000||245,000 |
|Richard Dubini||270,000||135,000 |
|Adam Owen||265,000||93,000 |
|Alice Sicconi||260,000||45,000 |
|Steven van Zadelhoff||235,000||-5,000 |06/23/18 01:37:48 AM PST (about 20 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Level 18 started