Event #50: $2,500 10-Game Mix (Six Handed)
Event #50: $2,500 10-Game Mix (Six Handed)
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Eight Levels in the Books; Smith Leads, Fitoussi and George Close Behind

• Taso 8
Howard Smith
Howard Smith

The first eight levels of Event #50: $2,500 10-Game Mix (Six Handed) are officially a thing of the past. A total of 372 entrants ponied up the entry fee to play one of the most versatile events on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. By the end of the day, it was Howard Smith who sat on the biggest stack in the room with 61,625. Smith leads the 162 players who will return for the second day of play.

Playing short-handed mixed games in a ten-game rotation is no easy feat. It requires not only supreme focus and skill in each variant, but also the ability to adapt quickly as the games change and new players arrive at one's table. That being said, this event has quickly become one of the higher prestige events at the WSOP, despite its low price tag compared to some of the larger buy-ins. Last year, this event was won by none other than Vanessa Selbst who not only won her second bracelet, but in doing so also became the first woman to win a bracelet in an open event since she first accomplished the task in 2008. Selbst returned to the felt today to try her chances at repeating victory, but unfortunately the two-time bracelet winner fell fairly early in the day.

Selbst was not the only notable name to fall as many well-known players found nothing but felt in front of them before the final level reached its conclusion. Among those to hit the rail during Day 1 play were Phil Ivey, Eric Crain, Bryn Kenney, Chad Brown, Barry Greenstein, Michael Mizrachi, Chris Tryba, Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome, Greg Mueller, Jonathan Duhamel, Jesse Sylvia, and Ali Eslami. Jason Mercier, who busted Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em earlier in the day, hopped in this event soon after his elimination. Mercier was among those to fall, however, when he saw his tournament come to an end thanks to a 2-7 No-Limit Single Draw hand gone awry.

While those players faltered on this first day, others thrived and were able to build stacks that they will bring into Day 2. A small sample size of those returning for the second day include Bruno Fitoussi (57,525), Christopher George (53,450), Scott Fischman (38,575), Dario Alioto (37,550), Konstantin Puchkov (33,800), Shawn Buchanan (29,150), Greg Raymer (28,300), Freddy Deeb (25,850), Joe Cassidy (17,650), Ashton Griffin (11,950), and David Bach (11,200).

Play will resume in the Amazon room at 2:00 p.m. PDT. Be sure to join us once again as we draw nearer to crowning the 50th champion of the 2013 WSOP!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

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Howard Smith GB 61,625 625
Bruno Fitoussi fr 57,525 27,525
Trai Dang 57,000
Christopher George us 53,450 3,450
Marcel Luske nl 46,850 14,850
Matthew Honig us 42,800
Benjamin Dobson gb 42,700
Scotty Nguyen us 42,500 15,500
Joseph Deluca 41,100
Michael Fant 40,950
Young Kim 38,625
Scott Fischman US 38,575 575
Dario Alioto it 37,550 550
Jean Moussa us 35,900
Sergey Altbregin ru 35,500
Brandon Wong us 35,075
Loren Klein us 35,000
Konstantin Puchkov ru 33,800 7,800
Steve Billirakis us 33,225
Morten Stenheim 32,475
Wade Townsend 31,550
Daniel Makowsky CH 31,100
Sebastian Saffari GB 30,700
George Danzer de 30,125 7,125
Yuval Bronshtein il 29,825

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Three More!

• Taso 8

Tournament staff has announced three more hands before bagging and tagging for the end of the night.

Deeb Doubles

• Taso 8

Pot-Limit Omaha

We arrived to find Freddy Deeb and an opponent heads up on a {4-Spades}{6-Hearts}{Q-Spades} flop. Deeb's opponent checked and Deeb fired out a bet of 3,000. Deeb's opponent check-raised a pot sized bet and Deeb called all in.

Deeb: {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Opponent: {6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

Deeb's opponent was ahead after flopping bottom two and having draw outs to make a straight as well, but the turn and the river brought the {J-Diamonds} and the {J-Clubs}, ensuring that Deeb would seize the lead and double up. Deeb was all in for what sounded like 14,875 and is now sitting right around 33,000.

Freddy Deeb us 33,000 20,000

Luske Lays Down Aces

• Taso 8

Limit Hold'em

Marcel Luske opened with a raise from the cutoff and the player in the big blind called. The two took a heart-filled flop that read {5-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and action was checked to Luske. He continued out with a bet and his opponent called. The turn was the {j-Clubs} and it was checked to Luske again. He fired another bet only to have his opponent come over the top with a raise. Luske called.

The river was the {8-Hearts}, bringing a fourth heart and straight card to the board. Luske's opponent led out and Luske quickly flashed {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} before folding.

"I had that beat," said Luske's opponent.

"I know," replied Luske.

Despite this minor hit, Luske is still sitting well off with around 32,000 in chips.

Marcel Luske nl 32,000 -1,000

Chip Counts

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Marcel Luske nl 33,000 5,000
Scotty Nguyen us 27,000 5,500
Konstantin Puchkov ru 26,000 19,000
Steven Wolansky us 18,000 7,400
Steve Zolotow us 15,500 9,000
Dutch Boyd us 14,500 4,700
Joe Cassidy us 14,000
David "ODB" Baker us 13,500 -8,500
Mike Wattel us 13,500 6,500
Dan O'Brien us 12,500 5,000
Huck Seed us 8,500 -100
Ashton Griffin us 7,000 2,800
Erick Lindgren us 6,800 -12,000
David Bach us 6,500 -600
David Sklansky us 5,000 -2,000
David Singer us 4,500 -6,400
Michael Sanders us Ulkona
Greg Mueller ca Ulkona

Taso: 8

No-Limit Hold'em - Razz - Limit Hold'em - Badugi LIMIT 300 500 500-1,000
Stud - NL 2-7 Draw - Omaha 8 STUD 100 200 500 500-1,000
PLO (No Ante) - 2-7 Triple Draw - Stud 8 NL/2-7/PLO 50 100 200

More Hit the Rail

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Todd BrunsonGot my last 1400 in with one out in PLO..QQK3. Ran into AAQ5. Lol. Wasn't my day
Todd Brunson us Ulkona
Dario Minieri it Ulkona

Full House For Clements

• Taso 7

Stud 8

Scott Clements{x-}{x-} / {7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} / {x-}
George Danzer{x-}{x-} / {5-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} / {x-}
Opponent{x-}{x-} / {4-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} / {x-}

We picked up with the action at the end of fourth street to see George Danzer fire out a bet that Scott Clements and a third unknown opponent called. On fifth street it was Danzer once again who put on the aggression with a bet. Again, he received two calls.

On sixth street Danzer went to bet out but the dealer informed him that Clements would act first as he made a pair of queens. Clements checked it over to the unknown opponent who followed suit. Danzer laughed and checked behind, which prompted a laugh from Clements.

Clements fired out on seventh and the unknown opponent called. Danzer folded his cards and Clements revealed {Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} for queens full of sevens. His opponent mucked and Clements was able to scoop the pot. He currently has around 18,000.

George Danzer de 23,000 -6,000
Scott Clements us 18,000 4,500