Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
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Day 1 Comes to a Close; Cherish Andrews Crushing

• Taso 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Cherish Andrews Destroys Day 1
Cherish Andrews Destroys Day 1

Day 1 of Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em is officially in the books. The players have bagged and tagged and the player on top is Cherish Andrews who finished the night with an unbelievable 225,900.

This event drew a remarkable 2,811 entrants which is a 311 player increase from last year's turnout. This event also marks the largest field for a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event thus far at the 2012 World Series of Poker (excluding the $1,500 Re-Entry).

Players today trudged through a lengthy eleven levels of play and 331 players will return tomorrow in their quest for a WSOP bracelet. We're a mere 34 eliminations away from the money and after that each remaining player is guaranteed at least $2,770. Although a min-cash is always a respectable finish, each player is eyeing up the $664,130 first place prize.

With the sheer size of this field it was inevitable that we would see a large number of eliminations today. Among those who were not fortunate enough to make Day 2 were David Williams, Jennifer Leigh, Dutch Boyd, Kara Scott, Nacho Barbero, Matt Affleck, Greg Raymer, Viktor Blom, Melanie Weisner, and many many more.

Also to hit the rail today was two-time bracelet winner Andy Frankenberger. Frankenberger won his first bracelet in this event last year but unfortunately was not able to make Day 2 this year. Frankenberger also received his second bracelet this year when he was able to defeat Phil Ivey heads up in Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em.

While some faltered, others thrived. Among those to join Andrews tomorrow are Soi Nguyen (135,200), Thomas Miller (107,000), Erik Cajelais (91,700), Joe Cada (46,800), Angel Guillen (38,700), John Juanda (22,100), and PokerNews' own Chad Holloway (19,400).

Cards will be in the air for Day 2 at 1:00 PM. Join us for all of the latest updates as we approach and breach the money bubble and the quest for the next World Series of Poker champion continues!

Tagit: Cherish Andrews

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Cherish Andrews us 225,900
Wai Cheng 153,000
Soi Nguyen us 135,200
Robert Tepper 114,900
Bernard Lee us 105,600
Cesar Garcia es 103,400
Maximilian Lehmanski de 99,400
William Reynolds us 96,600
Evan Clotworthy 92,500
Erik Cajelais ca 91,700
Valentyn Shabelnyk ua 89,800
Jeffrey Forrest 85,100
Huy Quach 83,500
Jeffrey Hilliard 83,100
Marek Blasko sk 82,200
Manig Loeser de 80,400
David Feldman 80,300
John Mcnulty us 78,600
Pedro Cabeca pt 78,300
Mike McDonald ca 78,200 -700
Drew Crawford 78,000
Tom Alner gb 75,000
Sandeep Pulusani us 74,000
Michael Malm ca 72,200
Louis Laxineta 72,100

End of the Night Counts

Cherish Andrews us 225,900 113,900
Soi Nguyen us 135,200 43,200
Bernard Lee us 105,600
William Reynolds us 96,600
Erik Cajelais ca 91,700 -25,300
Jeff Hillard 83,100
Mike McDonald ca 78,900
JC Tran us 71,300
Jim Malone 64,800
Terrence Chan ca 51,600 -7,400
Chris Bolek 50,800
Joe Cada us 46,800 8,800
Angel Guillen mx 38,700 -26,300
Mike Carson 35,800
AP Phaphrat 35,600
Sam Lee us 35,100
Nick Binger us 28,200
Eric Baldwin us 25,000 -7,000
John Juanda 22,100 -4,900
Chad Holloway us 19,400 -1,600
Ted Forrest us 17,700 6,700
Lauren Kling us 16,400 400
Tana Karnchanakphan 12,100
La Sengphet us Ulkona

Three More!

• Taso 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Tournament floor staff has announced that we will play three more hands tonight before bagging and tagging.

Cherish Crushing

With the board reading {10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} we found Cherish Andrews facing a bet of 4,200 from her opponent. Andrews dipped into her stack and tossed out a call, showing {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}. Her opponent picked up his hand and flung the cards to the muck.

Andrews is now sitting on one of the top stacks in the room with 112,000.

Cherish Andrews us 112,000 30,000

Tagit: Cherish Andrews

Collins Sends One Home

Action folded around to the player on the button who moved all in. Phil Collins called out of the small blind and the big blind got out of the way.

Collins: {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}
Opponent: {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The flop fell {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} giving numerous outs to Collins' opponent. Fortunately for Collins, the {4-Diamonds} turn and the {2-Spades} river were not any of them. Collins was able to reduce the field by one and virtually double up his own stack.

Phil Collins us 35,000 18,000

Tagit: Phil Collins

Harrington On...Hold Me, I Just Got Two-Outed

• Taso 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We caught the remnants of a hand that cost 1995 WSOP champion Dan Harrington most of his stack. A player moved all in against Harrington on a {2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop. Harrington called with {A-}{10-} and was way ahead of his opponent's {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}.

Fourth street brought the {4-Hearts} and his opponent was looking for one of the two remaining fives going to the river. Just like that the dealer rapped the tabled and peeled off the {5-Clubs}, absolutely destroying Harrington's stack. After that hand he was left with only 2,200.

Harrington would bust two hands later.

Tagit: Dan Harrington