Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 completed

Ace and chips

Ace and chipsWhile most poker professionals have their eyes fixed on the $50,000 tournament, those who busted from event 55 or found it excessive to pay the buy-in, focused on Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. There were 1736 entrants, but just 243 of them are still in play and the battle is fierce at the top of the food chain where Tony Ruberto holds a minimum advantage over the pack.

A stack of 178,200 is not high enough to make him confident given the fact that the runner-up Florens Feenstra is just 6000 chips short and the blinds stand at 500/1000. Veteran Bob Panitch has also crossed the 150,000 chips barrier while Nicolas Levi, Alan Bertenshaw and Alvaro Borriz, who are also within striking distance. When the games resume tomorrow at 1 PM PST in the Amazon room, the field will be reduced even further and the unofficial final table could be set.

A couple of poker professionals found it worth buying in for this tournament as well as the $50,000 event, but most of them were unlucky to suffer an untimely elimination. Antonio Esfandiari, Maria Ho, Pius Heinz and Jennifer Tilly were quickly sent to the rail and after struggling for most of the night, David Williams joined them. He was terribly unlucky to lose with pocket aces against Jacks and then saw his pocket Kings crushed by an A-J. He went on tilt and lost most of his chips in highly debatable situations, which explains why he is pretty upset about the way he handled the pressure.

There are a couple of surviving poker pros who will return tomorrow and some of the most notable ones are Erik Seidel, Blair Hinkle, Josh Arieh and David Peters. Their stacks are in the five digit area and they will need to double up fairly quickly if they hope to make the money or the final table. Take a look at the players who finished day one at the top of the list in terms of chips accumulated:

  1. Tony Roberto – 178,200
  2. Florens Feenstra  -171,700
  3. Bob Panitch – 150,700
  4. Nicolas Levy – 148,300
  5. AJ Bertenshaw – 147,800
  6. Alvaro Borriz – 147,000
  7. Walter Treccarichi – 142,000
  8. Jamil Kanji – 129,900
  9. Chris Karambinis 123,100
  10. Mark Teltscher – 113,100