Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
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Flight A of Event #51 Ends: The Day the Monster Stack Came To Town

• Taso 9: 300-600, 75 ante
The Pavilion Room is packed wall to wall with players in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
The Pavilion Room is packed wall to wall with players in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack

The halls and the poker rooms of the Rio were packed today as players turned out in droves for Event #51, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack.

The numbers were so big that a second flight was introduced with flight A capped at 4,020 entrants. As they finished play for the day at the end of nine one-hour levels flight B players were still taking their seats with the tournament screen showing 7,734 registrations.

The prize pool has yet to be announced but with those numbers it means over $11 million will be paid out with the winner sure to walk away with over $1.3 million

It was difficult to pick out a chip leader at the end of the day as players were still seated in several areas, but Pierre Calamusa will take some catching finishing with over 220,000 chips.

With a starting stack of 600 big blinds the tournament held the promise of a lot of play for the entrants but it didn’t necessarily work out that way for everyone. For the less experienced players it was a chance to see a few more flops and recover from early mistakes. For the pros it was a chance to show their deepstack skills and to make the most of the value that the field represented.

It looked as if at least a third of the starting flight had been eliminated by the end of their allotted nine levels of play, but with no official confirmation yet it is hard to put an exact figure on the eliminations.

Some of the notables in the first flight who will be coming back tomorrow include Sofia Lovgren, Kara Scott, Barny Boatman, Dermot Blain, Dash Dudley and Jimmy Fricke. Many more have opted to join the second flight and are still playing in the hope of joining them.

Coverage of Day 2 resumes tomorrow at 3 p.m. and PokerNews will be there to keep you up to date with all the developments of this huge tournament including confirmation of the chip leaders, final numbers and prize pool as the two flights merge and the action continues.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

• Taso 9: 300-600, 75 ante
Pierre Calamusa fr 243,000 123,000
Arnie Friedman us 164,000
Tim Davie GB 143,700
Matthew Weber US 136,300
William Tzotzolis CA 130,200
Ross Bybee us 118,600 100,500
Richard Santana us 112,800
Jonathan Luckett US 110,800 -1,075
Justin Gardenhire us 106,800
Trisha Hustus US 104,900
Pavel Zuev RU 104,700
Zachary Gruneberg us 104,500 4,300
Michael Vogel US 103,700
Peter Gelencser hu 102,100
Mayu Roca CO 101,700
Tarik Arram US 98,300
Orez Mokedi US 94,700
Michael Richardson gb 94,200
Scott Baumstein us 93,500
Scott Watson us 93,100
Ryan Mcclean CA 92,700
Jason Lilly us 91,600
Kyle Bowker us 91,000
Michael Dentale us 90,500 500
Sebastian Tejada US 88,900

Lue koko

Three More Hands

• Taso 9: 300-600, 75 ante

The floor had just announced three more hands for the night.

More tables are breaking and heading towards the Brasilia tournament room. We are seeing a few of the shorter stacks getting their chips in the middle looking for that double up to make it worth their while coming back tomorrow at 3 p.m..

The floor are doing a terrific job of shifting people around as quickly as possible to make way for the late joiners in flight B.

Jimmy Fricke us 70,000 34,000
Simon Trumper gb 40,000 22,500
Dermot Blain ie 36,000 -27,000

Last Level

• Taso 9: 300-600, 75 ante
Pierre Calamusa
Pierre Calamusa

Into the last level of the night for flight A of Day 1.

Here’s some chip updates including Pierre Calamusa who shows no sign of slowing down and may well be the chip leader.

Pierre Calamusa fr 120,000 30,000
Michael Bublitz us 75,000 75,000
Sofia Lovgren se 66,000 10,000
Pok Kim us 40,000 16,000
Govert Metaal nl 33,000 19,000
Kara Scott gb 18,500 -11,500
James Dempsey gb 14,000 -3,000
Mathew Frankland gb 10,200 -7,800

Monster Stacks

• Taso 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Pierre Calamusa is another player approaching the 100,000 mark. He has built an impressive tower in front of him and had just over 90,000.

Breaching the 100,000 barrier though is Mike Vogel currently sitting with 103,000

Mike Vogel 103,000
Pierre Calamusa fr 90,000

Fricke Tactical Late Arrival

• Taso 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Jimmy Fricke told us he purposefully arrived late in the day so as not to face the long grind of a full day. The way he’s going though, it looks like he might have to face that long grind tomorrow.

Sat to his right, Dermot Blain is back down to 40,000.

Dermot Blain ie 40,000 16,000
Jimmy Fricke us 36,000 12,000
Julian Thew gb 22,000 -12,000
Govert Metaal nl 14,000 -18,000

Dentale Goes From Rags To Riches

• Taso 8: 200-400, 50 ante

One of the bigger stacks at the moment in flight A is surely Michael Dentale.

He told us that he was down to 4,000 earlier in the day but since then has, “Chipped up slowly.” and is now playing 90,000.

That’s some chipping up.

Michael Dentale us 90,000