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They came early, they came late and they came often as some 1,587 players filled the Brasilia Room and Part of the Pavillion for the first six-handed event of the 2014 WSOP today — a number that absolutely crushed the 1,069 this same $1,500 event drew last year.
But as fast as they came, they left just as quickly, and by the level before the dinner break a third of the field had been sent packing. Such is the way with six-max poker, as ranges are loosened up and aggression rules the day.
North of 1,500 players meant they played through 11 levels on the day and the money bubble burst rather quickly into the day’s final stanza. Speaking of money, once registration closed it was announced the prizepool reached a healthy $2,142,450 and while it’s not a Millionaire Maker, a first-place prize just under half a million dollars will be awarded to the winner of this one. A total of 162 people will get paid, and with 134 left when play was done, some already have.
Among the players who built big stacks on the day and have an inside track on the big money up top are Nicholas Immekus, Luis Camprlo, Blake Whittington, Chris MacNeil, Jason Wheeler, and Abraham Korotki, who all appear to have bagged up over 100,000. A group of well known pros including David Peters, Erik Cajelais, Eddy Sabat, Mike Sowers, Jason Mercier, Olivier Busquet, Jeff Madsen and Noah Schwartz are all also within striking distance.
All will be chasing Steven Hensley, however, who finished the night with the chip lead after collecting 184,200.
The hunt for $449,980 and a much coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet will continue at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and if this brisk pace continues we should be looking at a final six by the time ten levels are through. The plan is to play to whichever comes first. To catch it all tune into the PokerNews Live Updates page right here, early and often.
|Charles (Dave) Dawson||103,900|
|Nicholas Castagna (Nicholas Palma)||93,100|
Just four more hands tonight with 141 players left.
Play resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Amazon Purple
The dealers have been instructed to yell out pay out and their table number when a player busts out.
With all remaining players in the money it’s like a dam has burst as cries of “Pay out.” ring around the room.
From 162 to 151 remaining in under five minutes with more on the way.
Double up or go home time.
With 164 players remaining, the dealers were told to halt play. And when the latest hand was over all around the room, hand-for-hand play was expected to commence.
Instead, two people busted in that final hand and the rest of the field is in the money.
A rather muffled cheer was heard around the Brasilia Room. Then Will Failla cursed rather loudly. No penalty was issued. We move on.
|David "Bakes" Baker||47,000||-24,000|
Eddy Sabat has been on the grind all day and has now built his stack up close to 90k.
His latest climb up the chip count ladder came courtesy of a big river raise that appeared to work. Heads-up with an opponent who threw out 9,500 into a 13k pot with the board reading Sabat spent a few minutes counting out chips.
Eventually he fired back, making it what appeared to be 30k total to get a glimpse of his holdings. His opponent folded and Sabat returned to stacking up chips.