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On Sunday, the 2014 World Series of Poker continued with the start of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship, which has been one of the most prestigious events on the calendar for the past nine years. Day 1 attracted 85 runners, but registration is open for two hours on Day 2 so that number will surely increase.
The star-studded field played five 100-minute levels of play, and no one did better during that time than Matt Glantz, who has made the final table of this event twice in the past. Glantz bagged up more than any other player with a healthy 324,700.
During that time five players also hit the rail. The first to go was Vanessa Selbst, who fell to Glantz in Level 4 in a hand of no-limit hold’em. It happened when Glantz raised to 1,700 from the hijack and Selbst three-bet from the button to 4,800. The action folded back to Glantz who four-bet to 13,700 and Selbst tanked for a while before making the call.
The flop brought and Glantz bet 11,500, Selbst made the call. On the turn Glantz checked and Selbst moved all in for about 55,000 chips. Glantz immediately pushed a stack of chips forward and Selbst shook her head in frustration. Selbst showed against Glantz's and she was drawing dead headed to the river, which was the meaningless . No woman has even cashed in the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship, and Selbst’s exit left Melissa Burr as the last woman standing, so unless another lady enters on Day 2, she is the last hope of making it happen.
From there, 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event runner-up Sergii Baranov, who qualified for the tournament via a satellite, fell to Ismael Bojang in a hand of pot-limit Omaha, and then Dan Shak became the day’s third elimination after falling to Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard in the same game.
As for the final two eliminations, one would be Atlantic City cash-game player Michael Glick, who was crippled in a big PLO hand early on and then exited in one of the last hands of the night. The other was Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, who also fell late in a stud hi-low hand to Paul Volpe.
Going back to Amundsgard, he was just one of a handful of online pros that opted to test their skills in the eight-game rotation. Others in the field included Chun Lei “samrostan” Zhou, Alexandre “Alexonmoon” Luneau, and Elior “Crazy Elior” Scion, all of who survived the night.
Others returning to action on Day 2 are two-time winner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi; two-time finalists Andy Bloch, Bruno Fitoussi, and David Singer; and the defending champ Matthew Ashton (the first non-American to win the title). They will be joined by the likes of Dylan Linde (303,700), Richard Ashby (300,000), Shaun Deeb (282,600), Ismael Bojang (271,400), David Benyamine (246,300), Joe Hachem (208,500), Phil Hellmuth (116,800), Daniel Negreanu (108,500), and Phil Ivey (68,000).
The field is comprised of the best of the best, and the stacks are deep, so it’s still anyone’s game.
Day 2 is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. local time on Monday, and the plan is to play five more levels. Rumor has it that Gus Hansen an Doyle Brunson may make an appearance, so you’ll have to check back then to see if that proves true. In the meantime, check out this interview with the legendary Phil Ivey for this year’s $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship.
Players are now bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for some chip counts as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.
A short-stacked Michael Glick got the last of his chips into the middle with split nines, and he was ahead of the eights of Richard Ashby. Unfortunately for Glick, Ashby spiked another eight to eliminate him.
Likewise, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond was felled in one of the last hands of the night. We missed the action, but we do know he fell in Stud hi-low to 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Paul Volpe.
Sergey Rybachenko opened for a raise, and Ola Amundsgard three-bet from the button. Alex Luneau made it four bets in the small blind, and both raisers called. Luneau bet the flop and again got two customers, but only Rybachenko continued calling on the turn. The river led to one more bet, and Rybachenko paid to see the .
Shaun Deeb's been very active during the pot-limit Omaha portions of this tournament and just now he got involved in back-to-back hands. First, we saw a board on which Deeb bet 1,600 and Nick Schulman raised it up to 4,000. Deeb put in another raise, making it 11,000 to go, and that was enough to get Schulman to fold.
On the very next hand, a flop showing was checked by Tommy Hang and Eli Elezra. Deeb bet 6,500 and Hang folded, but then Elezra committed to seeing the turn with a call. On the turn, the hit and Elezra bet 15,000. Deeb thought for few moments, then called. The river completed the board with the and Elezra bet 32,000.
After Elezra's bet, Deeb went into the tank. Halfway through Deeb's tanking process, he showed just the from his hand after shuffling back through his four cards. He turned the two tens face up on the table, then turned the cards back over. Eventually, Deeb made the call and Elezra announced that he could not beat a set of tens. Deeb showed his complete hand, which also included the and , and took down this pot.
After the hand, the players at the table started talking about whether or not Deeb's action was legal, and some suggested that Deeb was lucky his hand wasn't ruled dead. Elezra, clearly interested in what the actual ruling would've been, called over the tournament director. The tournament director listened to the players explain what had happened and eventually ruled that Deeb would get a one-round penalty. While the hand was already over, and Elezra only seemed to have been interested in what the rule was, Deeb had to step away from the table for six hands.
"I just can't help myself," Deeb said with a big smile, as he walked past the PokerNews desk.
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The flop read and Scott Seiver and Kevin Song checked. Andy Bloch led at the pot for 5,000 and Talal Shakerchi called. David Bach folded his button and Seiver and Song followed suit.
Bloch and Shakerchi saw the fall on the turn and Bloch slowed with a check. Shakerchi took this opportunity to fire 10,000 and Bloch stuck around for the final card. The river was the and Bloch checked for a second time. Shakerchi moved out 22,000, sending Bloch deep into the tank. He thought for about one minute before finally deciding to kick his cards in. Shakerchi was awarded the pot and now sits at 224,000 in chips.
Five players saw a flop when the action was checked to Richard Ashby who bet 1,300. Frank Kassela called while Michael Glick, Mike Gorodonsky and Gary Benson all folded. On the turn the hit and Ashby check-called 4,000. The river brought the and Ashby now check-folded when Kassela bet another 14,600.