Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
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Matt Glantz Leads $50K Poker Players' Championship as Five Players Fall

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Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz

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 {K-Spades}{8-Spades}{J-Spades} and Glantz bet 11,500, Selbst made the call. On the {10-Spades} 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 {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} against Glantz's {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and she was drawing dead headed to the river, which was the meaningless {J-Clubs}. 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.

End-of-the-Day Chip Counts and Day 2 Seat Draw (pilns)

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TableSeatPlayerChips
3471Frank Kassela230,100
3472--empty----
3473Randy Ohel172,800
3474Jason Mercier217,000
3475--empty----
3476Ismael Bojang271,400
3477Robert Mizrachi177,700
    
3481Phil Ivey68,000
3482--empty----
3483Bill Chen100,000
3484Gary Benson232,600
3485Matthew Ashton263,800
3486--empty----
3487John Monnette107,800
    
3491Nick Schulman39,600
3492--empty----
3493David Baker113,400
3494Richard Ashby300,000
3495Andy Bloch143,000
3496Bryn Kenney105,000
3497--empty----
    
3501David Chiu225,900
3502--empty----
3503Shaun Deeb282,600
3504Josh Arieh201,700
3505Matt Glantz324,700
3506Chris Bell141,700
3507Scott Clements243,100
    
3531James Obst184,200
3532--empty----
3533Abe Mosseri146,700
3534Kevin Song190,200
3535Alex Luneau273,900
3536John Racener34,800
3537Jesse Martin118,900
    
3541Paul Volpe166,200
3542--empty----
3543Scott Seiver180,700
3544Ofir Mor118,000
3545Jeremy Ausmus108,900
3546Stephen Chidwick132,700
3547Mike Gorodinsky11,500
    
3551Talal Shakerchi227,600
3552--empty----
3553Daniel Alaei80,000
3554Chunlei Zhou137,400
3555Jared Bleznick123,600
3556Calvin Anderson89,300
3557Allen Kessler210,200
    
3561Chris Klodnicki138,700
3562--empty----
3563George Danzer137,400
3564Bryce Yockey144,600
3565Brock Parker182,300
3566Todd Brunson169,900
3567Alexander Kostritsyn144,500
    
3571Mike Leah115,300
3572--empty----
3573Don Nguyen131,900
3574David Oppenheim92,000
3575Mike Wattel62,800
3576Brian Hastings187,300
3577David Benyamine246,300
    
3591David Singer63,400
3592--empty----
3593Philip Sternheimer161,100
3594Erick Lindgren125,600
3595Sergey Rybachenko137,200
3596John Hennigan188,900
3597--empty----
    
3601Elior Sion126,700
3602--empty----
3603Bertrand Grospellier127,600
3604Brian Tate103,600
3605Dan Heimiller245,800
3606Steve Billirakis205,600
3607Daniel Negreanu108,500
    
3611Luis Velador36,900
3612--empty----
3613David Bach112,600
3614Ben Yu227,800
3615Jonathan Duhamel237,200
3616Tommy Hang74,000
3617Joe Hachem208,500
    
3621Bruno Fitoussi125,300
3622--empty----
3623Jeff Lisandro84,700
3624Eli Elezra239,300
3625Marco Johnson216,500
3626Brian Rast164,400
3627Justin Smith95,600
    
3631Brandon Shack-Harris132,400
3632--empty----
3633Phil Hellmuth116,800
3634Melissa Burr127,200
3635Michael Mizrachi254,900
3636Dylan Linde303,700
3637Ola Amundsgard210,000
Matt Glantz us 324,700 14,700
Dylan Linde us 303,700 8,700
Richard Ashby gb 300,000 52,000
Shaun Deeb us 282,600 12,600
Alexandre Luneau fr 273,900 55,900
Ismael Bojang at 271,400 6,400
Matthew Ashton gb 263,800 3,800
Michael Mizrachi us 254,900 52,600
David Benyamine fr 246,300 -28,700
Dan Heimiller us 245,800 -4,200
Scott Clements us 243,100 42,100
Eli Elezra us 239,300 28,300
Jonathan Duhamel ca 237,200 37,200
Gary Benson au 232,600 -13,400
Frank Kassela us 230,100 10,100
Ben Yu us 227,800 72,800
Talal Shakerchi gb 227,600 3,600
David Chiu us 225,900 10,900
Jason Mercier us 217,000 42,000
Marco Johnson us 216,500 21,500
Allen Kessler us 210,200 6,200
Ola Amundsgard NO 210,000 210,000
Joe Hachem au 208,500 8,500
Steve Billirakis us 205,600 -46,400
Josh Arieh us 201,700 23,700

Lasīt visu

Bagging and Tagging

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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.

Glick and Galfond Depart

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Stud 8

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.

Phil Galfond us Izkritis
Michael Glick us Izkritis

Etiķetes: Michael GlickRichard AshbyPhil Galfond

Luneau Takes Four-Bet Pot

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Limit Hold'em

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 {10-Hearts}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop and again got two customers, but only Rybachenko continued calling on the {2-Spades} turn. The {6-Spades} river led to one more bet, and Rybachenko paid to see the {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}.

Alexandre Luneau fr 218,000 18,000

Etiķetes: Alexandre LuneauOla AmundsgardSergey Rybachenko

Rule Clarification Results in One-Round Penalty for Deeb

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Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

Pot-Limit Omaha

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 {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} 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 {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades} 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 {10-Clubs} hit and Elezra bet 15,000. Deeb thought for few moments, then called. The river completed the board with the {2-Spades} and Elezra bet 32,000.

After Elezra's bet, Deeb went into the tank. Halfway through Deeb's tanking process, he showed just the {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} 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 {8-Hearts} and {3-Spades}, 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.

Six hands later, Deeb returned, but not before Tweeting the following.

shaun deebNot happy with myself been such a cash game feel of the tourney showed part of my hand in big PLO pot then got my 1st penalty
Shaun Deeb us 270,000 60,000
Eli Elezra us 211,000 -39,000
Tommy Hang us 82,000 -28,000

Etiķetes: Eli ElezraNick SchulmanShaun DeebTommy Hang

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Shakerchi Pushes Out Bloch

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No-Limit Hold'em

The flop read {J-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} 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 {A-Diamonds} 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 {8-Clubs} 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.

Talal Shakerchi gb 224,000 64,000
Andy Bloch us 139,000 -15,000

Etiķetes: Andy BlochTalal Shakerchi

Glick's in Trouble, Kassela on the Rise

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Pot-Limit Omaha

Five players saw a {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} 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 {J-Hearts} hit and Ashby check-called 4,000. The river brought the {8-Diamonds} and Ashby now check-folded when Kassela bet another 14,600.

Richard Ashby gb 248,000 -17,000
Gary Benson au 246,000 -14,000
Frank Kassela us 220,000 73,000
Mike Gorodinsky us 17,000 -23,000
Michael Glick us 9,000 -4,700

Etiķetes: Richard AshbyMichael GlickFrank KasselaGary Benson