Event #23: $2,500 Seven-Card Stud
Event #23: $2,500 Seven-Card Stud
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Day 1 Ends with Wittock and Friedman Out in Front; Jerry Buss Honored

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante
LA Lakers Kobe Bryant pays tribute to Dr. Jerry Buss on a video screen in the Amazon Room at the WSOP.
LA Lakers Kobe Bryant pays tribute to Dr. Jerry Buss on a video screen in the Amazon Room at the WSOP.

Day 1 of Event #23: $2,500 Seven-Card Stud has come to a close. A small, but stout field of 246 competitors took to the felt today, and it was Kenn Wittock who proved to be the player soaring the highest at day's end. He finished with 48,900. Adam Friedman, who won the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo event last year, bagged up 48,300 in chips and is right there with him.

Following not too far behind on Friedman's heels are Freddie Ellis, winner of the $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud in 2009, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, winner of the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship in 2011, Rex Clinkscales and Mike Leah. Outside of that group of players, Gary Benson, David Chiu, Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu, David Bach, Bill Chen, Andrey Zaichenko and Cyndy Violette.

On the flip side of the coin, Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, Sam Grizzle, Joe Cassidy, David "Bakes" Baker and Barry Greenstein were all eliminated.

While some great poker was played today, much of the news came from just before play. The World Series of Poker honored the late and great Dr. Jerry Buss with a few special words from WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel and poker pro Chad Brown. Then, an extremely special "shuffle up and deal" announcement was given via video by none other than Kobe Bryant to kick things off. A special framed photo of Buss was placed behind an honorary stack next to Ivey's seat to begin the day, and there were a lot of warm feelings in the room as the players exchanged stories throughout the day about Buss and his love for the game of poker.

With just over 100 players remaining, the action will resume on Thursday at 2 p.m. local Las Vegas time. Be sure to head right back here to PokerNews for all the live coverage.

For now, we'll leave you with Kobe Bryant's "Shuffle Up and Deal" to begin the day today, as well as some words of tribute for the late Dr. Jerry Buss:

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante
Kenn Wittock US 48,900
Adam Friedman us 48,300
David Lieberman 36,100
Michael Mizrachi us 36,000 14,000
Devin Sembaluk 35,800
Dario Alioto it 35,100
Terrence Hastoo us 34,700
Mark Vronskii 33,400
Rex Clinkscales us 33,400
Charles Balistreri 33,400
Gary Benson au 33,000 20,000
Mike Leah ca 32,400
David Chiu us 32,100
Freddie Ellis us 32,000 -900
Bertrand Grospellier fr 30,900 -100
Matthew Ashton gb 30,900
Owais Ahmed us 29,000
Andrey Zaichenko ru 28,300 3,975
Marco Traniello it 28,000 20,000
Mickey Seagle 27,200
David Moskowitz us 27,200
Mitchell Putterman 26,000
Jon Turner us 24,500 1,500
Joseph Cappello us 24,500
Scott Seiver us 24,400 10,400

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Play Coming To a Close

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante

With under 10 minutes on the clock, play on each table is winding down for the night. The players can smell advancement to Day 2, and many have resorted to locking up their stacks and kicking back to close things out for the night.

Some of the Bigger Stacks

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante
Adam Friedman (from Event 13)
Adam Friedman (from Event 13)

With the tournament now down to the last few orbits of the night, a quick look around the room sees Adam Friedman still remain on top with over 40,000.

However Friedman now has a few other players snapping tightly on his heels; one of which is previous Seven Card Stud Championship winner Freddie Ellis.

Adam Friedman us 42,000 1,000
Freddie Ellis us 38,600 -400
Bertrand Grospellier fr 32,500 6,500
Dario Alioto it 30,000 -2,500
Mike Leah ca 30,000
Rex Clinkscales us 28,000 6,000

Pokeritaktiikka: Adam FriedmanFreddie Ellis

Munley Getting Short As Night Nears Its End

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante
Bill "Bumperino" Munley
Bill "Bumperino" Munley

One of the players playing in this event is Bill Munley, or better known to many as "Bumperino." Munley is a player from Pennsylvania with a few small seven-card stud results on his record. One of those was a win at the 2006 United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City in the $300 Seven-Card Stud event for over $21,000.

Munley regularly hosts and plays in a H.O.S.E. game at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but right now the game will be missing him while he's out here in Las Vegas chasing after some World Series of Poker gold. Munley is also on the chase for chips as he's down to about 4,500 from the starting stack of 7,500. With the limits now up to 500/1,000 with a 100 ante and 200 bring-in, we'll keep an eye on Munley to see if he has any success running his stack back up.

Tagit: Bill MunleyBumperino

Mosseri Falls

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante
Abe Mosseri
Abe Mosseri

Abe Mosseri found himself all in against two players. The two active players exchanged bets through sixth street before one folded his hand.

Mosseri: {X-}{X-} / {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs} / {X-}
Opponent: {X-}{X-} / {4-Spades}{A-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} / {X-}

With Mosseri's opponent tabling his {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} / {2-Spades} for a full house, Mosseri mucked his hand and was forced to the rail.

Abe Mosseri us Ulkona

Tagit: Abe Mosseri

Medical Issue Causes Delay On Table 366

• Taso 8: 200-500, 100 ante

There was a bit of a crowd brewing around Table 366 in the Amazon Room, but it's not from spectators or other players. The crowd gathering around the table is of security guards and paramedics from the fire department to provide assistance to one of the players at the table. We're unsure of exactly what the issue is, but the player (who we will keep unnamed for privacy reasons) has been getting checked out by medical staff for nearly 30 minutes now. No hands have been played at the table, and a stretcher was even brought out after a bit of time

After a bit of time, the player was up and standing on his own, but the conversation overheard seemed to lend us to believe the paramedics advised the player that he should go home for the night. Because of the delay, the tournament staff decided to break the table and move the other players elsewhere so they could continue playing while this player received some more treatment. The player's chips were moved and put into play at a different table as well.

After a the clock rolled over into the last level of the night, the player was walked over to his new seat by the tournament staff where he joined back up with his stack to continue play.