Everybody in the poker world loves a fish, and by the time Event #17 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em had completed its schedule of ten levels, the biggest fish in the field was leading the race for the World Series of Poker gold bracelet and first prize of $445,899. We are of course talking about Steve Landfish, our chip leader with 224,500 chips.
Landfish just loves the WSOP and has 9 cashes to his credit including one during this series for his 32nd finish in Event#12 $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up. Last year Landfish experienced both joy and anguish when he finished 2nd in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud final and 4th in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em final. Joy because he bagged over $300,000 in earnings but anguish because he left the series without a bracelet hanging from his wrist. With only 69 of the original 179 players remaining Landfish is on course for another assault on a WSOP title.
When the day started we knew we were in for a treat when we saw the types of line-ups that Table #3 had to offer. There were bracelets, titles and wads full of cash galore in the shape of John Racener, Shaun Deeb, Davidi Kitai, Matt Graham, Brock Parker, Viktor Blom and JP Kelly. Just across from that taster of talent you had Humberto Brenes, Shawn Buchanan, Griffin Benger, Allen Cunningham, Jon Turner and Dan Kelly.
Davidi Kitai was eliminated early and his place was taken by David 'Viffer' Peat. Viffer is one of the more recent participants in the $1 million One Drop event and he told Shaun Deeb that he had to play this event because he lost a bet. Maybe that is why he five-bet jammed into the open arms of Chris Moorman's just before his eventual elimination from the tournament. I suppose $10,000 just doesn't cut the mustard when you are buying in for $1 million!
Shaun Deeb and JP Kelly started to emerge from the Table of Death with the biggest chip stacks in the room and they were soon joined by Olivier Busquet. A flush on flush fight with Owen Crowe pushing Busquet into a fight with Deeb for the early chip lead.
Nenad Medic needed quads to dispatch Daniel Negreanu and a rather embarrassed Noah Schwartz eliminated Marvin Rettenmaier in a hand that Schwartz would rather we didn't pay too much attention to. Stars were leaving left right and centre before a WSOP bracelet holder took the lead from Deeb. Keith Lehr has cashed in no fewer than 4 Pot-Limit Hold'em WSOP events including a bracelet win and he was our first player to exceed 100,000 chips.
Then we had a spate of late registrations, the most notable two being Bryn Kenney and Phil Ivey. Kenney got right into the thick of things eliminating John Duthie but Ivey took a little longer to get things going. We caught the great man losing pots to Kevin MacPhee and Tom Marchese but he finished with a flourish and bagged up 59,600 chips.
Other notable players who were playing around at the right end of the chip counts involve Farzad Bonyadi (184,600), Sean Dempsey (170,200), Patrick Cronin (155,000), Chris Moorman (147,400), David Benyamine (145,000) and Liv Boeree (140,000).
So congratulations to Steve Landfish and the other 68 players who made it through a star-studded Day 1. Day 2 will commence at 13:00 PM where we will move into the Amazon Room. Please make sure you join all of the action right here with Pokernews.