Day one of the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship has come to an end. A total of 152 players took to the felt today generating a prizepool of $1,428,800.
18 of the remaining 111 players will walk away with cash in hand, with first place taking home $378,642 and the gold bracelet.
This event's defending champion, Matt Keikoan, was eliminated late in the day meaning there will be no repeat winner.
Our chip leader coming out of day one is none other than the infamous "Kid Poker," Daniel Negreanu. He finished the day with 118,800 in chips. Having already won two limit hold'em WSOP bracelets, Negreanu is obviously in a great position to go for his third (and his fifth bracelet overall).
After play ended Negreanu said on his Twitter page, "Those that doubt the secret solution will doubt no more. It works. Time to win this." We aren't sure what the secret solution is, but it obviously IS working for Negreanu!
Many well known pros were unable to gain momentum today and were sent to the rail. Those eliminated included Phil Laak, Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb, Justin Bonomo, Dan Heimiller, Johnny Chan, and Scott Seiver.
On the other end of the spectrum, these players finished the day near the top of the chip counts.
Josh Arieh - 107,000
Shawn Buchanan - 92,000
Maria Ho - 75,700
Barry Greenstein - 74,400
Below is a graph showing the champions of this event from the past five years. Will Negreanu be able to maintain his lead and be the next name on this list?
Former $5,000-$10,000 Limit Hold’em Champions
Event #28 ($5,000)
Event #18 ($5,000)
Saro Jason Getzoyan
Event #30 ($10,000)
Event #33 ($10,000)
Event #29 ($10,000)
There is still lots of limit hold'em action to come! Join us tomorrow at 3:00pm to kick off day two!
After a series of raises, we found Lisa Wagoner all in preflop and looking good with against the of Dan Shak. Wagoner’s chances were looking even better when the flop came as Shak would need running cards to eliminate her. The on the turn was a helpful one for Shak as he could eliminate Wagoner with any diamond on the river and the two would chop the pot if a non-diamond five came. The river was a five which meant that Shak would get at least half the pot but unfortunately for Wagoner, it was the and she was eliminated.
Our reigning champion, Matt Keikoan, was just eliminated from the tournament. He was down to his last 1,000 and got it in against our chip leader Shawn Buchanan.
The board ran out and strangely, the dealer and most of the players at the table seemed to only see that Keikoan had made a flush. The dealer began pushing the pot towards Keikoan until one of the other players at the table interjected, "Hey, he [Buchanan] has a full house."
It seems that Buchanan and the dealer hadn't even realized it and the pot was then correctly pushed to Buchanan and Keikoan was sent to the rail.
Richard Veenman got his remaining 4,300 all in preflop and was up against two opponents. When the flop fell , the big blind checked, the button bet, and a call followed. It then went check-bet-fold on the turn, leaving Veenman heads up against the button.
Veenman was in bad shape and needed a club or nine to stay alive. Lucky for him, the river delivered said club and he more than triple.
We missed the preflop action but saw that there was some raising between Marco Traniello and Ari Engel. Traniello bet dark as the flop came out and Engel called. On the turn, Traniello bet again and after some raising, he was all in and at risk. Engel turned over and had Traniello’s in trouble. The on river changed nothing and Traniello was the latest casualty.