Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
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Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
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Official Chip Counts (täynnä)

[user122394] • Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
ca
Greg Mueller
ca 94,600
IT
Slavko Todorovic
IT 64,100 100
us
Brent Wheeler
us 57,500
us
Ronnie Bardah
us 54,800
us
Brian Aleksa
us 54,400 54,400
US
Vincent Gironda
US 49,100
Jeffrey Yass
48,200 48,200
us
Justin Bonomo
us 46,600
us
Brock Parker
us 46,100
fi
Juha Helppi
fi 43,600 11,600
ca
Mike Leah
ca 42,700
us
Jeff Shulman
us 42,200
us
Brian Tate
us 42,100 42,100
Tam Hang
42,000 42,000
us
Ray Dehkharghani
us 38,400 38,400
us
Todd Witteles
us 38,200
Chris Kwon
37,900 500
us
Michael Moore
us 37,300
ca
Paul Sokoloff
ca 35,700 8,700
Danny Warchol
35,500 35,500
us
Matthew Schreiber
us 35,400 35,400
us
Robert Como
us 35,100
Dom Denotaristefani
34,900 34,900
us
Brian Meinders
us 34,500
Marwan Abdelal
34,100 34,100

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Mueller Holds Monster Day 1 Chip Lead; Bonomo & Bardah Thrive

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller Chip Leader
Greg Mueller Chip Leader

The 2013 World Series of Poker continued Thursday evening with the start of Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em. The tournament attracted 170 runners—up four from last year's field of 166—and created a prize pool of $799,000. That will be distributed to the top 18 players with the eventual winner taking home $211,743. The man best positioned to make a run at the top prize of the 103 surviving players is monster chip leader Greg "FBT" Mueller, who finished with 94,600 after eight one-hour levels of play.

Given that it was a limit event, it took awhile for the action to heat up. When it did, the defending champ, Benjamin Scholl, was among the first to go. Last year Scholl could do no wrong as he captured the gold bracelet and accompanying $206,760 first-place prize. Five days ago, Scholl's run good continued as he finished runner-up to Tom Schneider in Event #29 $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $197,228. Unfortunately Scholl's momentum came to a screeching in the fourth level of the day.

It happened when Scholl, who had dwindled down to 800, raised to 600 from the cutoff. Sean Chen responded with a three-bet to 900 from the small blind, and after the big got out of the way, Scholl called off.

Scholl: {j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Chen: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

Scholl seemed a bit frustrated, and understandably so as he was having the polar-opposite experience than a year ago. With that said, he was drawing to live cards. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Scholl had a 30.98% of surviving the hand, though that dropped to 16.36% on the {k-Spades}{a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} flop. Scholl was looking for some help on the turn, but instead the {K-Diamonds} left him drawing dead as Chen improved to trips. The meaningless {7-Spades} was run out on the river for good measure as Scholl made a beeline for the exit.

Others who joined him over the next five levels were Micah Raskin, John Hennigan, Carlos Mortensen, John Monnette, Mothel Santoro, Andy Bloch, Josh Arieh, Dan Kelly, JC Tran, Sam Grizzle, Maria Ho and Nick Abou Risk.

Not everyone was as unlucky as the aforementioned. Among the notables who survived the day were Todorovic Slavko (64,900), Brent Wheeler (57,500), Ronnie Bardah (54,800), Justin Bonomo (46,600), Brock Parker (46,100), Mike Leah (42,700), Jeff Shulman (42,200), Todd Witteles (38,200), Terrence Chan (35,000), Joe Cassidy (32,200), David Chiu (32,400), Ben Yu (30,300), Barry Greenstein (29,600), Mohsin Charania (27,700), Phil Ivey (24,200), Alexander Kostritsyn (17,000) and Daniel Negreanu (15,900).

Day 2 action is set to begin at 14:00 PST, so join us then as we bring you all the limit hold’em action you can handle from the Amazon Room inside the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!

Tagit: Benjamin SchollGreg MuellerJustin Bonomo

Notable End of Day 1 Counts

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
ca
Greg Mueller
ca 94,600 4,600
IT
Slavko Todorovic
IT 64,000 27,000
us
Brent Wheeler
us 57,500
us
Ronnie Bardah
us 54,800 14,800
US
Vincent Gironda
US 49,100
us
Justin Bonomo
us 46,600 7,600
us
Brock Parker
us 46,100 -100
ca
Mike Leah
ca 42,700 21,700
us
Jeff Shulman
us 42,200 7,200
us
Todd Witteles
us 38,200
Chris Kwon
37,400 -7,600
us
Michael Moore
us 37,300 -10,700
us
Robert Como
us 35,100 35,100
us
Brian Meinders
us 34,500 18,000
us
Joe Cassidy
us 33,200 -1,800
J.J. Liu
33,100 -1,400
us
David Chiu
us 32,400 5,400
fr
Antoine Saout
fr 32,100 32,100
Ron Burke
31,500 16,500
us
Ben Yu
us 30,300 -4,700
us
Barry Greenstein
us 29,600 9,600
us
Mohsin Charania
us 27,700 6,700
Ben Stark
26,100 7,600
us
Joseph Cheong
us 25,900 1,900
Matt Lefkowitz
25,900 -3,100

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Three More Hands

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the floor to catch any last-minute action and to compile some end-of-the-night chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Ivey v. Chiu in the Blinds

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Phil Ivey was in the small blind, and everyone folded around to him. He raised, and David Chiu called in the big blind. The flop was {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{k-Diamonds}, and Ivey bet. Chiu called, and the dealer turned the {j-Hearts}. Ivey bet again, and Chiu called again. The river was the {10-Hearts}, putting a straight on the board, as well as three hearts. Ivey bet again, and Chiu chuckled a bit to himself before acting. After a few moments, he folded, exposing a {10-Spades} as he did so to show he had a straight before the river that he felt was no longer good.

us
Phil Ivey
us 27,500 4,500

Tagit: David ChiuPhil Ivey

Mueller Primed to Bag Chip Lead

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

With just 30 minute left in the night, Greg "FBT" Mueller is more than likely going to finish as the chip leader. After eliminating yet another player, the two-time bracelet winner is sitting with a little over 90,000 in chips! That's almost double many of the other big stacks.

On a separate note, Josh Arieh and Andy Bloch won't be bagging up any chips tonight as they've both hit the rail here in the last

ca
Greg Mueller
ca 90,000 18,000
us
Josh Arieh
us Ulkona
us
Andy Bloch
us Ulkona

Tagit: Greg Mueller

Eight-High Good for Negreanu

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Danny Qutami raised preflop, Daniel Negreanu called from the small blind and J.J. Liu called from the big blind. The flop was {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. Negreanu and Liu both checked, and Qutami bet. Negreanu then raised. Liu folded, and Qutami called the raise. The turn was the {k-Clubs}, and both players checked. They checked again on the {q-Clubs} river, and Negreanu announced, "Eight High." He turned over {8-Spades}{7-Spades} for a missed flush draw. Qutami then tabled {6-Spades}{x-Spades} for a six-high flush draw, and Negreanu won the pot with his eight.

us
Danny Qutami
us 28,000 -4,000
ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 12,000 3,900

Tagit: Daniel NegreanuDanny Qutami

More Chippies

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
ca
Greg Mueller
ca 72,000 22,000
Tommy Heng
49,000
us
Justin Bonomo
us 39,000 -5,000
us
Ben Yu
us 35,000 3,500
us
Marco Johnson
us 30,000 15,000
ca
Sorel Mizzi
ca 28,500 5,000
fr
Bruno Fitoussi
fr 27,000 12,000
us
David Chiu
us 27,000 -2,000
ca
Paul Sokoloff
ca 27,000 12,000
us
Steve Landfish
us 26,500 11,500
ca
Pat Pezzin
ca 23,000 8,000
us
Mohsin Charania
us 21,000 -5,000
br
Andre Akkari
br 20,000 -5,000
FR
Gabriel Nassif
FR 20,000 5,500
us
Barry Greenstein
us 20,000 6,500
ca
Daniel Idema
ca 19,000 2,500
us
Eric Froehlich
us 17,500 3,500
us
Joe Kuether
us 17,000 -4,500
ru
Alexander Kostritsyn
ru 17,000 2,000
au
Jeff Lisandro
au 14,000 1,500
us
Justin Smith
us 13,000 5,000
Michael Winnett
12,000 -3,000
us
Andy Bloch
us 4,600 -400
us
Bill Chen
us 2,500 -12,500
us
Dan Kelly
us Ulkona

No Action for Bloch's Aces

• Taso 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

A short-stacked Andy Bloch just received a walk in the big blind. He then turned over his cards to reveal pocket aces.

us
Andy Bloch
us 5,000 -9,000

Tagit: Andy Bloch