Monday, June 24, 2013 2:58 PM Local Time
Plenty of Extras Being Given Away At This Year's WSOP
The buzz inside the walls of the Rio extends beyond just the tournaments on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. Online poker in Nevada is a very, very hot topic right now, and WSOP.com is making a lot of noise.
While the site has yet to launch, you can head to the Lambada Room of the Rio or look for one of the beautiful and friendly WSOP.com ladies walking the hallways to sign up for a free, personal WSOP.com online poker account. This is a great way to get a jump on the site's registration, and plenty of people have already taken this opportunity.
What's more is that the WSOP will be hosting daily raffles for everyone that has taken the time to register for WSOP.com at the Rio. What can you win? Plenty of fantastic prizes including 36 WSOP seats!
Players 21 years of age and older who sign up for a WSOP.com account will automatically be entered into the "36-Seat Giveaway" where a randomly-selected winner will win a seat into the next day's first WSOP gold bracelet event. One of the events eligible in this promotion is the $111,111 One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold'em tournament that is expected to feature a $10,000,000 prize pool and allow you to play poker with the biggest names in the game. In total, $182,333 in WSOP seats, including a seat to the WSOP Main Event, are being given away during this one-of-a-kind WSOP.com promotion.
In addition to the 36-Seat Giveaway, a "Hot Seat" promotion will allow any player who signs up for a WSOP.com online account and wears their WSOP.com patch on their chest at the table while playing an event to be randomly selected to receive 500 bonus dollars deposited directly into their WSOP.com online account once the site has received all regulatory approvals and launches.
With 62 WSOP gold bracelet events and three winners promised for the Main Event, this promotion includes $32,000 worth of value to those participating.
Monday, June 24, 2013 2:46 PM Local Time
Chip Counts from Around the Room
|Norbert Szecsi||185,000||57,500 |
|Jake Balsiger||160,000||30,900 |
|Matt Matros||140,000||5,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||136,000||-4,000 |
|Jonathan Bennett||100,000||11,200 |
|Damian Salas||96,000||13,900 |
|Ari Engel||71,000||25,000 |
|David Chiu||70,000||-2,000 |
|Sam Grafton||65,000||65,000 |
|Tony Dunst||58,000||23,000 |
|Victor Ramdin||36,000||5,200 |
|Dan Heimiller||25,000||-2,000 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 2:27 PM Local Time
Engel Takes One from Heimiller
With the board reading , Ari Engel bet out with a flop bet of 2,500. Dan Heimiller called, and the dealer turned the . Engel again bet out, this time for 5,500. Heimiller thought for a moment and folded, yielding the pot to Engel. Heimiller's stack is starting to get a little short, as he's down to 27,000. Engel's stack is up to 46,000.
|Ari Engel||46,000||8,200 |
|Dan Heimiller||27,000||27,000 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 2:26 PM Local Time
Ilich Loses Two Flips
Drazen Ilich shipped from late position, and only Brian Friefeld, who was on a tiny stack of 5,000 or so, called. Friefeld's held against Ilich's .
A short time late, Ilich again moved all in and was called by Friefeld. This time, Ilich held against Friefeld's . We were off to the races again, and this time it stayed neck and neck on the flop: , giving Ilich a combo draw with his overcards. The turn and river came and then , meaning Friefeld was the one who had made a straight.
|Brian Friefeld||29,000||12,400 |
|Drazen Ilich||0||-22,500 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 2:17 PM Local Time
Phahurat and Laplante Out
AP Phahurat and Ryan Laplante have been eliminated, leaving Tony "Bond18" Dust as the only survivor from one of the most interesting tables at the beginning of the day.
Monday, June 24, 2013 2:06 PM Local Time
Fish Doubles with Set
We found Brandon Fish in the aftermath of an all in. He had in front of him on a board of against an opponent with . He's fighting to get back to the average stack after starting the day fairly short.
|Brandon Fish||37,000||18,300 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 2:02 PM Local Time
Chiu Building His Stack
Action folded around to Damian Salas in the small blind. He called, and David Chiu checked his option in the big blind. The flop fell , and Salas led out for 1,200. Chiu threw out 2,100 as he tried to raise, and the dealer informed him that the minimum raise is 2,400. Chiu complied, and the dealer turned the . Salas led out again, this time for 3,300, and Chiu called. The river brought the the , and Salas checked. Chiu bet out for 5,200. Salas thought about it for a moment, and slid his cards toward the dealer. Chiu took the pot and is up to 72,000.
|David Chiu||72,000||6,700 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:55 PM Local Time
We just saw Ryan Tepen getting out of his seat shortly after the dealer called for a payout at his table, so he's presumably been eliminated.
|Ryan Tepen||0||-10,400 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:52 PM Local Time
Szecsi Loses a Flip
Norbert Szecsi has quickly stacked up to among the chipleaders today. He did just lose a flip though, when he got all in preflop against the of Tim Beusmans. The board ran out , and Beusmans doubled up with a pair of kings.
|Norbert Szecsi||127,500||26,700 |
|Tim Beusmans||45,000||23,600 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:47 PM Local Time
Matros Picking Up Where He Left Off
We came to the table on the river with the board reading to find Matt Matros putting in a raise after the only other player in the hand bet out. Matros's raise was called, and he showed down for a pair on the flop that improved to a full house on the river.
Matros, who was the chip leader at the beginning of the day, is picking up right where he left off last night.
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:44 PM Local Time
Chiu Jams the Turn
We found David Chiu not wasting any time getting into the action at his new table. In an already-bloated heads-up pot, he announced all in for 32,900 on the turn. The board was , and his opponent thought for about a minute before letting his hand go.
|David Chiu||65,300||15,300 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:39 PM Local Time
Baron Plays Position
David Chiu opened to 2,500 from middle position, and Isaac Baron made it 5,500 from the button. Chiu made the call.
Chiu checked the flop, and Baron came out with 5,000. Chiu quickly folded.
|Isaac Baron||28,000||1,000 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:37 PM Local Time
Eliminations Coming Quickly
Bustouts are coming fast and furious as short stacks try to chip up. In the first 30 minutes of play today, the tournament has already lost at least 30 players.
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:34 PM Local Time
Butzhammer Shoved On
We found Thomas Butzhammer firing away again, this time for 35,500 on the end with the board reading . Yuri Dzivielevski jammed, and Butzhammer folded pretty quickly.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||140,000||50,000 |
|Thomas Butzhammer||30,000||-68,800 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:32 PM Local Time
Chainsaw Cut Down
Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler's former seat is now empty. According to one of his former tablemates, Tanner Millen limped in, and Allen Kessler shoved for 15,000. Millen called, and the players turned up their cards:
The flop came , with two clubs, giving Kessler a set of tens but Millen a flush draw and an inside straight draw. The turn was another , and the river was the . Millen completed both his straight and his flush, and Kessler's set did not improve, busting "Chainsaw" from the tournament.
|Allen Kessler||0||-14,800 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:21 PM Local Time
A Table for the Railbirds
In one corner of the tournament area, a table began play today with Tony Dunst, James Mackey, AP Phahurat, and Ryan Laplante all seated in a row. This is the last table in the breaking order, so this group of players might be together for quite awhile. Of course, if they clash with each other, they might be together for much less time, and since this table is close to the rail, it might for good poker for spectators.
Update: Mackey has recently busted from the tournament, leaving Dunst, Phahurat, and Laplante to do battle.
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:16 PM Local Time
Dzivielevski Shows Down Top Pair
We found Thomas Butzhammer betting it down on a board of . He fired 2,200 on the flop and 5,800 on the turn, both of which were called by Yuri Dzivielevski. Finally, Butzhammer checked the river. Dzivielevski checked as well, and Butzhammer tossed into the middle for king-high. Dzivielevski turned over for aces, and he took the pot.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||90,000||1,700 |
Monday, June 24, 2013 1:02 PM Local Time
Day 2 Underway
The tournament director has announced, "Shuffle Up and Deal," and cards are in the air.
Monday, June 24, 2013 11:46 AM Local Time
Matros Leads Field in Event #42
Welcome to Day 2 of Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em! Matt Matros leads the field with 145,000 in chips after yesterday's ten levels of play. Matros has won bracelets in each of the past three years, and is currently looking to tie the record of four consecutive years with a WSOP bracelet, a feat that's been achieved only by Bill Boyd and the legendary Doyle Brunson.
Play began yesterday with 2,100 entrants, only 168 of whom survived Day 1 to return today. Jake Balsiger, 2012 Main Event final tablist, sits second in chips behind Matros with 129,100. Joining Matros and Balsiger on Day 2 will be Ari Engel, Victor Ramdin, David Chiu, Ryan Laplante, Ryan Tepen, Allen Kessler, AP Phahurat, James Mackey, McLean Karr, and many more. The money bubble burst yesterday, and all remaining players are guaranteed a payout of at least $2,116, but they all are surely looking toward the $345,037 first-place prize and the golden WSOP bracelet.
Cards will be in the air at 1 p.m. local Las Vegas time. Stay with us here at PokerNews as we bring you live updates from all the Day 2 action. In the meantime, check out Lynn Gilmartin's update on all today's events and yesterday's winners.