Event #6 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max Day 1 has been a fantastic day of poker. We have had a plethora of former WSOP Main Event finalists, a quite amazing table of death, the most hung-over poker player ever to take a seat in the game in Phil Collins and a multi-tabling Daniel Negreanu. What more could a poker fan ask for?
Joe Tehan has 21 WSOP cashes to his name, including two final tables. He has won over $3.7 million in live tournament earnings and has the chip lead going into Day 2 with 219,200 chips. Significantly, $300,000 of that $3.7 million was won when he came third in a mixed-max event. There is no substitute for experience as they say.
Tehan built his huge stack courtesy of two vital hands. The first one came when he eliminated Mohsin Charania with kings over queens and then he eliminated both Andy Frankenberger and Ryan Schmidt when he flopped a flush. Both hands gave him the momentum to grow and grow as the day progressed.
But before we crowned Tehan as the chip leader all the talk was about the table of death. It began with Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Jason Mercier, JC Tran, Chris Moorman and Erik Seidel seated at Table #5 in the Gold section of the Brasilia room. As the day ebbed and flowed, top players left to be replaced by even more top players. But despite the line up of luminaries it was a young Russian called Kirill Kruglov who was building his chip stack quicker than Donald Trump can build a tower. Amongst Kruglov's early victims was Chris Moorman. The man from the UK left and the great man Phil Ivey joined the table instead.
Ivey had a frustrating day and we only caught him playing one significant pot before his eventual demise which you can read about here. His final act came when he got it all-in pre flop holding against the of his opponent and an ace appeared on the flop sending Ivey to the rail.
Phil Hellmuth was another global superstar who had a very quiet and frustrating day. The 11-time WSOP bracelet winner going out in the worse way after finding pocket aces against the pocket jacks of Hiren 'Sunny' Patel. Sunny finding a jack on the flop and Hellmuth was left standing in the rain without an umbrella.
The third global superstar who played today was Daniel Negreanu, although to say he played is a bit strong. Negreanu was multi-tabling between this event and Event #5 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold-em where he is in with an excellent shout for a bracelet. Negreanu returned in between the 20-minute breaks to play a few hands before darting back to the Amazon room. He didn't do that badly either because he made it through to Day 2 with 8,400 chips. Somehow we don’t think he will be participating because he has made the final table of Event #5 sixth in chips.
Other notables through to Day 2 are Marvin Rettenmaier (166,000), Gavin Smith (138,600), John Duthie (99,800), Victor Ramdin (93,700), Will Failla (91,200) and Eugene Katchalov (87,300).
Last but not least a small round of applause for former November Niner Phil Collins. Yesterday Collins was on the rail to watch Brent Hanks win his first ever WSOP bracelet and he was the drunkest man in the room. Despite having the hangover from hell, Collins managed to stay awake long enough to finish the day with 14,600.
"I have had a bad day," said Collins who looked a little bit like a vampire.
112 players will return to the Amazon room at 13:00 to play Day 2, where the format will be six-max action. Please make sure you join Pokernews for all the action.