Day 1C Ends With 22 Players

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

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Photo: Kat Kelley is a new addition to the WPT’s Royal Flush Girls for Season XIII, and she stopped by the ARIA Resort & Casino today for a photoshoot and a meet-and-greet.

The schedule says each starting day will play down to the final 5% of the field, and for today’s Day 1C field of 457 entrants, that was 23 players.

But two players were eliminated at the end of the night, so Day 1C ends with just 22 players.

It doesn’t affect the payouts at all, as there is no pay jump for making Day 2; whether you are the last bustout on Day 1 or the first bustout on Day 2, you’ll earn the same $1,250.

So Day 1C comes to an end, and half the Starting Days are complete, with a total of 1,256 entrants in the tournament. Here’s a look at the Starting Days:

Friday, July 4th, 12:00 noon:  Day 1A  (433 entrants; 22 survivors)
Saturday, July 5th, 12:00 noon:  Day 1B  (366 entrants; 18 survivors)
Sunday, July 6th, 12:00 noon:  Day 1C  (457 entrants; 22 survivors)

Monday, July 7th, 12:00 noon:  Day 1D
Tuesday, July 8th, 12:00 noon:  Day 1E
Wednesday, July 9th, 8:30 am:  Day 1F  (TURBO, 15-min levels)
Wednesday, July 9th, 1:00 pm:  Day 2  (Play to a Winner)

Registration closes each day after Level 8, which for Days 1A-1E is about 4:30 pm. For Wednesday’s Day 1F Turbo (with 15-minute levels), late registration closes at 10:45 am.

Recent Money Finishers: 26th-30th

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Here’s a list of the most recent money finishers:

30th:  Louis Lynch  –  $1,000
29th:  Michael Perrone  –  $1,000
28th:  Thomas Scholze  –  $1,000

27th:  Jedidiah Hoffman  –  $1,250
26th:  Glen Donelson  –  $1,250

Recent Money Finishers: 31st-38th

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Here’s a list of the most recent money finishers:

38th:  Taurean Summers  –  $1,000
37th:  Joao Luis Peres  –  $1,000
36th:  Steven Lucia  –  $1,000
35th:  Lisa Vanageatigul  –  $1,000
34th:  Anonymous  –  $1,000
33rd:  Alexandru Fruze  –  $1,000
32nd:  Jay Kim  –  $1,000
31st:  Robert Giordano  –  $1,000

David Mehr Busts a Player to Reach 466K

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

David Mehr raises under the gun, the big blind moves all in, and Mehr calls with 10club10heart. The big blind turns over 9club9heart.

The board blanks out, and the pocket tens hold up to win the pot for Mehr. The player in the big blind is eliminated as Mehr nears the 500K mark.

David Mehr  –  466,000  (77 bb)

Chipleaders From the Break

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Here’s a look of every player in the field with at least 300,000 in chips at the break:

1.  Brian Hartner  –  537,000  (89 bb)
2.  Per Cummings  –  416,000  (69 bb)
3.  Louis Lynch  –  371,000  (61 bb)
4.  Kazu Oshima  –  338,000  (56 bb)
5.  Harris Schnall  –  315,000  (52 bb)
6.  Brent Bibby  –  300,000  (50 bb)

Level 18 Begins (36 Left for Day 1C)

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 18, with increased blinds of 3,000-6,000 and a 1,000 ante.

There were 457 entrants here on Day 1C, creating a three-day total of 1,256 entrants. There will be three more starting fields over the next three days, and players can enter once per day, even if they have already cashed.

There are currently 36 players remaining from the Day 1C field, and they are already in the money. Action will continue tonight until the field is down to the final 23 players (which is 5% of the field).

Here’s a look at the remaining Day 1C prizepool:

28th-36th Place:  $1,000
24th-27th Place:  $1,250

Final 23 Players:  Advance to Day 2  (guaranteed at least $1,250)

Recent Money Finishers: 39th-44th

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Here’s a list of the most recent money finishers:

44th:  Hussein Sajwani  –  $750
43rd:  Donald Jones  –  $750
42nd:  Nicholas Rampone  –  $750

41st:  Marvin Lim  –  $1,000
40th:  John Lyons  –  $1,000
39th:  Laurence Grondin  –  $1,000

New Royal Flush Girl: Kat Kelley

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

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There is a new addition to the Royal Flush Girls for Season XIII, and her name is Kat Kelley. She was here at the ARIA Resort & Casino earlier today for a photoshoot and a meet-and-greet.

Welcome to the World Poker Tour, Kat!

 

Recent Money Finishers, 45th-50th

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Here’s a list of recent money finishers:

50th:  Jackie Saltzman  –  $750
49th:  Joan Destino  –  $750
48th:  Barry Smith  –  $750
47th:  Jerry Baer  –  $750
46th:  Samuel Panzica  –  $750
45th:  Mario Adinolfi  –  $750

First Double-Casher in a WPT Event? Jackie Saltzman

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Jackie Saltzman was recently eliminated in 50th place, earning $750. That in itself isn’t very notable.

However, this isn’t her first cash in this event.

Saltzman also played Day 1A, and she not only cashed, she survived to Day 2 with 187,000 in chips.

Saltzman provides us with a real-world example that it’s not only possible to cash multiple times in this event, but you can continue to play it (and cash) even if you’ve already made it to Day 2.

One thing to note — if a player does survive multiple Day 1s, only their largest chip stack will carry forward to Day 2.

Recent Money Finishers, 51st-55th

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Here are the first players who have busted inside the money:

55th:  Ariel Samuhi  –  $750
54th:  Eric Davis  –  $750
53rd:  Wesley Gregory  –  $750
52nd:  Douglas Brofman  –  $750
51st:  Rachel Hollenberg  –  $750

Bubble Bursts Before It Begins — 3rd Day In a Row

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

For the third straight day in this event, there has been no Money Bubble with hand-for-hand play.

Here on Day 1C, the final 55 players will finish in the money. When the field reached 56 players, Tournament Director Matt Savage announced for dealers to finish the hand in progress and then stop.

Just like the first two days of this event, when all the action was completed, another player has busted, leaving 55 players in the money and no need for hand-for-hand play.

Here is the prizepool for Day 1C:

42nd-55th Place: $750
28th-41st Place: $1,000
24th-27th Place: $1,250

Final 23 Players: Advance to Day 2 (guaranteed at least $1,250

 

Chipleader Luis Eduardo Garla Crosses the 400K Mark

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Luis Eduardo Garla just won a good-sized pot against Kazu Oshima to cross the 400,000 mark in chips.

Luis Eduardo Garla  –  434,000  (144 bb)
Kazu Oshima  –  245,000  (81 bb)

Level 15 Begins (64 Left for Day 1C)

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 15, with increased blinds of 1,500-3,000 and a 500 ante.

There were 457 entrants here on Day 1C, creating a three-day total of 1,256 entrants. There will be three more starting fields over the next three days, and players can enter once per day, even if they have already cashed.

There are currently 64 players remaining from the Day 1C field, and the final 55 will finish in the money. Action will continue tonight until the field is down to the final 23 players (which is 5% of the field).

Here’s a look at the Day 1C prizepool:

42nd-55th Place:  $750
28th-41st Place:  $1,000
24th-27th Place:  $1,250

Final 23 Players:  Advance to Day 2  (guaranteed at least $1,250)

Action will continue tonight until there are 23 players remaining.

Brent Bibby Busts a Player

Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

After a flop of 7diamond7spade3heart, the big blind bets, Brent Bibby raises UTG+1 to 40,000, and a player in middle position goes all in for 49,000. The big blind tanks for a long time before he folds.

Bibby calls with 8diamond8heart for two pair, eights and sevens, but the middle-position player turns over 7heart6heart for trip sevens.

The turn is the Aspade, and the river is — the 8club. Bibby rivers a full house, eights full of sevens, to eliminate his opponent and catapult up the leaderboard.

Brent Bibby  –  280,000  (116 bb)

Lynn Gilmartin Eliminated

Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin had built up a pretty good chip stack here today, but she was just eliminated when she made a move with A-3, but ran into another player’s Q-Q.

While she won’t be making the money here, she clearly had a lot of fun, and we look forward to seeing her at the WPT Anchor Desk again this year for Season XIII of the World Poker Tour.

Lynn Gilmartin  –  Eliminated

Level 14 Begins (77 Left for Day 1C)

Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Level 13 comes to an end, and Level 14 begins with increased blinds of 1,200-2,400 and a 400 ante. Play continues without a break.

There were 457 entrants here on Day 1C, creating a three-day total of 1,256 entrants. There will be three more starting fields over the next three days, and players can enter once per day, even if they have already cashed.

There are currently 77 players remaining from the Day 1C field, and the final 55 will finish in the money. Action will continue tonight until the field is down to the final 23 players (which is 5% of the field).

Here’s a look at the Day 1C prizepool:

42nd-55th Place:  $750
28th-41st Place:  $1,000
24th-27th Place:  $1,250

Final 23 Players:  Advance to Day 2 (guaranteed at least $1,250)

Action will continue tonight until there are 23 players remaining.

Updates on Some Notables in the Field

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

The past couple levels have not been kind to the notable players we’ve been tracking, as half of them have busted. Here’s a look at some of the notables who are still in the field:

Laurence Grondin  –  112,000  (56 bb)
Kazu Oshima  –  95,000  (47 bb)
Lynn Gilmartin  –  39,000  (19 bb)
Vince Van Patten  –  28,000  (14 bb)
David Paredes  –  26,000  (13 bb)

Level 12 Begins (115 Left for Day 1C)

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The players return from dinner to begin Level 12, with increased blinds of 800-1,600 and a 200 ante.

There were 457 entrants here on Day 1C, creating a three-day total of 1,256 entrants. There will be three more starting fields over the next three days, and players can enter once per day, even if they have already cashed.

There are currently 115 players remaining from the Day 1C field, and the final 55 will finish in the money. Action will continue tonight until the field is down to the final 23 players (which is 5% of the field).
There are currently 115 players remaining here on Day 1C. Here is the prizepool for today’s field:

42nd-55th Place:  $750
28th-41st Place:  $1,000
24th-27th Place:  $1,250

Final 23 Players:  Advance to Day 2 (guaranteed at least $1,250)

Action will continue tonight until there are 23 players remaining.

Chip Counts

Player Player Name Sponsor Chipcount
Average Chipcount: 123,137
Laurence Grondin Laurence Grondin 112,000
Kazu Oshima Kazu Oshima 95,000
Lynn Gilmartin Lynn Gilmartin WPT Logo 39,000
Vince Van Patten Vince Van Patten WPT Logo 28,000
David Paredes David Paredes 26,000

Level 10 Begins (185 Left for Day 1C)

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Level 9 comes to an end, and Level 10 begins with increased blinds of 500-1,000 with a 100 ante. Play continues without a break.

There were 457 entrants here on Day 1C, creating a three-day total of 1,256 entrants. Registration is now closed, but there are still three more starting fields, and players can re-enter on a future Day 1 if they’d like.

Levels are now 40 minutes long. There will be a one-hour dinner break after Level 11, about 6:30 pm.

There are currently 185 players remaining from the Day 1B field, and action will continue tonight until the field is down to the final 23 players (which is 5% of the field).

Day 1C Is Out of the Poker Room

Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

The Day 1C field has shrunk to below 200 players, and that means everyone is out of the poker room and seated in the tournament area.

There are currently 190 players remaining, and Tournament Director Matt Savage has announced that with a Day 1C field of 457 entrants, the final 55 will finish in the money, and the final 23 will advance to Day 2.

The full prizepool for Day 1C will be released soon.

And Speaking Of Royal Flush Girls…

Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

In case you missed it, there is a new addition to the Royal Flush Girls for Season XIII.

Kat Kelley is a San Francisco native living in Las Vegas, and she’s been modeling since age 17.

“I’m thrilled to join the WPT Family and look forward to traveling the Tour with the other girls,” she said. “It’s going to be fun interacting with the poker players, and maybe picking up a tip or two.”

Read more about Kat on the WPT Blog, and come by the partypoker Lounge this evening to meet her in person.

Royal Flush Girl Jeannie Duffy Rocks The Bikini Contest At Haze

As we told you earlier, partypoker threw an amazing party at Haze last night…

What we didn’t mention was that Royal Flush girl Jeannie Duffy took third place in the bikini contest there! She’s pictured below with Anna Khait, who also participated in the contest. All we can say is that if you missed it, bad beat for you.

Jeannie Duffy and Anna Khait, in the bikini contest at Haze

Jeannie Duffy & Anna Khait, sizing up the competition

#SadTrombone

https://twitter.com/kimshannon/status/485927615979454464

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#Girl Power

Lynn Gilmartin is sitting with 68K and showing what #GirlPower is all about!

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Lynn Gilmartin, #AlphaFemale

 

Arrivals, Comebacks, and Departures

Level 7: 250-500, 75 ante

Dan Shak has just been spotted in the field, and it appears he’s starting his Day 1C off well. Shak has more than 32,000 chips at first check-in.

Shak is not the only one moving in the right direction. John Caldwell and Vince Van Patten were both down around 5,000 in the early going, but both have rebounded nicely over the 20,000-chip mark in the levels since.

Others, of course, are not so lucky. We’ve lost Steven McLoughlin and Tiffany Michelle from the same table, and it’s safe to assume they’ve both been shown the exit. Christopher Jackson and Adam Altweis have also been eliminated.

The board shows just about 300 of the 441 entries remain.

If This Guy’s Here, This Tourney MUST Be A Good One, Right?

Dan Shak sitting in the #WPT500, proving that there’s value here, folks.

 

More Notables Spotted In The Field

Tony Dunst, bringing up the property value here at #WPT500

 

 

Online poker guru ‘gaucho2121’, aka David Paredes eyeballing the table

 

WPBT-er Carol Kline, aka @ckbwop

 

Chris Torina, of Deepstacks Live in it to win it

 

Chip Counts

Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Player Player Name Sponsor Chipcount
Average Chipcount: 44,554
Lynn Gilmartin Lynn Gilmartin WPT Logo 37,000
Christopher Jackson Christopher Jackson 28,000
Eric Rosenberger Eric Rosenberger 27,500
Maximilian Droege Maximilian Droege 22,000
Ken Daneyko Ken Daneyko 22,000
Steven McLoughlin Steven McLoughlin 20,500
David Paredes David Paredes 18,000
Chris Torina Chris Torina 17,000
Tony Dunst Tony Dunst Champions Club 15,000
Yves Farges Yves Farges 13,500
Carol Kline Carol Kline 11,000
John Caldwell John Caldwell 6,500
Tiffany Michelle Tiffany Michelle 6,100
Vince Van Patten Vince Van Patten WPT Logo 4,250

Lynn Gilmartin Doing Work

Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

https://twitter.com/LynnGilmartin/status/485903946016231424

Vince Van Patten Dented

Level 5: 150-300, 50 ante

On a flop showing Aclub4clubTspade, Vince Van Patten moves all in holding AheartKspade in a heads-up pot. His opponent instantly calls, tabling TdiamondTheart for a set. The turn 3heart and river 7diamond lock up the pot for the set of tens, and Van Patten is going to have to wage a short-stacked comeback.

Vince Van Patten – 4,250 (14 bb)

Level 5 Begins (410 Entries)

Level 5: 150-300, 50 ante

The players have returned from the break to increased blinds of 150/300 with a 50-chip ante. The board shows 410 entries so far with registration open for another two hours.

Mike Sexton On The Value Of The #WPT500

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nd_qgzVbJo

Lots of “Talent” in the Room

Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante Tony Dunst was just spotted scurrying toward the registration desk, buy-in in hand. He’ll join the field in just a moment. Lynn Gilmartin has also decided to “give it another burl”, as they say Down Under. She’s tucked away in the corner of the poker room at a table that contains five women, and she’s worked her stack up to about 18,000 in the early going. Also in the field is Vince Van Patten, working on bullet number two as well. He’s sitting pretty with starting stack, the life of the party at his table — as usual. Mike Sexton is also loitering around the tournament area, though there’s no need to take a seat. Sexton bagged up chips on Day 1A, and he’ll return Wednesday with one of the short stacks.

Spotted In The Field

As we glance around the field, we spot some familiar & notable faces…

Max Droege spotted in the field, here on Day 1C of partypoker Presents: WPT500

 

Tiffany Michelle, sizing up the competition

 

Personal favorite, Jon Lensch is ready to crush

Chip Counts

Level 3: 75-150, ante 370 (1099) Players Remaining

Player Player Name Sponsor Chipcount
Average Chipcount: 44,554
Adam Altweis Adam Altweis 18,000
Tiffany Michelle Tiffany Michelle 17,300
Eric Rosenberger Eric Rosenberger 16,100
Lynn Gilmartin Lynn Gilmartin WPT Logo 16,000
Jon Lensch Jon Lensch 15,200
Vince Van Patten Vince Van Patten 15,000
David Paredes David Paredes 15,000
Maximilian Droege Maximilian Droege 14,600
John Caldwell John Caldwell 14,500
Chris Torina Chris Torina 13,700
Carol Kline Carol Kline 13,200
Yves Farges Yves Farges 13,050
Ken Daneyko Ken Daneyko 12,000
Christopher Jackson Christopher Jackson 10,700
Steven McLoughlin Steven McLoughlin 10,500

 

Dano is Back in the Building

Level 2: 50-100, ante

Thanks to the recent, high-level partnership with the New Jersey Devils, partypoker sponsored WPT events are being attended by some familiar faces who are better known for their abilities on gaming surfaces other than the green felt. Like ice, for example. Former Devils star Ken Daneyko has become something of a regular at the last few stops, and he’s here at ARIA firing shells at this prizepool. He’s in the field once again today, hoping the third time is the charm.

Level 3 Begins (383 Entries)

Level 2: 50-100, ante The blinds have increased to 75/150, and the antes are now in play at a quarter apiece. Play continues without a break. The board shows 383 entries so far today, and that number is ticking upwards quickly. Registration remains open until 4:30 p.m.

An Early Look at the Field

Level 2: 50-100, ante Here are the faces that stick out of the field during the first couple passes through the room: Adam Altweis – 18,000 Tiffany Michelle – 17,300 Eric Rosenberger – 16,100 Lynn Gilmartin – 16,000 Jon Lensch – 15,200 David Paredes – 15,000 Vince Van Patten – 15,000 Max Droge – 14,600 John Caldwell – 14,500 Chis Torina – 13,700 Carol Kline – 13,200 Yves Farges – 13,050 Ken Daneyko – 12,000 Christopher Jackson – 10,700

Double or Nothing in Level 1

Level 1: 25-50, ante The structure for this event is deep and slow enough that most of the early confrontations involve two big hands waging war. That was the case at Table 21 just a moment ago, as two players got stacks in on one of the first hands of the day. The two gentlemen found themselves all in on a jack-high flop, one with pocket kings and the other with two aces. The poker gods have a sense of humor sometimes, and a king on the river cues the first elimintion of the day.

Shuffle Up and Deal

Level 1: 25-50, ante The words have been uttered, the cards have been shuffled up and dealt, and Day 1C has begun.   Kara Scott knows the deal, kids…

Third Verse, Same as the First

Level 1: 25-50, ante Good morning/early afternoon and welcome back to coverage of the inaugural partypoker Presents: WPT500 at ARIA Resort & Casino. This event features a $1 million guarantee with at least $200,000 going to the winner. A total of 2,000 entries are needed to meet that guarantee, and the early pace has been a good one. Day 1A’s 433 entries combined with Day 1B’s 366 gives us 799 total entries so far. And counting. This is the third of six starting flights, and another weekend day should mean another large crowd in the tournament area. If you’re looking to join yourself, it’s located just outside the ARIA poker room, and you can register right there at the poker cage. As with the previous starting days, we’ll play down to a percentage of the field size rather than a number on the clock. The final 12% of players today will cash, and 5% will advance to Day 2. Cards will be in the air in just a few moments, so sit tight. Grab a coffee, kick your legs up, and follow along with another day of coverage from ARIA. Better yet, get yourself down here and write your own page in the WPT history books! Registration is open until 4:30 p.m. Stay tuned to this post for updates.

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