Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Sadly, we say goodbye to Chris Baud, who was just eliminated in 14th place.  He takes home $16,000 for his efforts. #GG, Chris.

Eliminations 21-25

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

A sudden rush of eliminations:

25th Place: Kien Tieu ($10,000)
24th Place: Ali Fazeli ($10,000)
23rd Place: Pola Litsky ($10,000)
22nd Place: Jason Mertens ($10,000)
21st Place: Alan Levin ($10,000)

Kareem Marshall Doubles Thru Scott Clements

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Kazu Oshima opens to 230,000 in middle position, and Kareem Marshall calls one seat over. The action comes to Scott Clements’ small blind, and he squeezes in a three-bet to 750,000. Oshima folds, Marshall calls, and it’s heads up to the flop.

It comes , and Clements knocks the table. Marshall takes his cue to bet 700,000 at the pot, and Clements quickly announces, “All in.” Marshall shoots out of his chair like a lightning bolt, double checks his hole cards, and calls all in for 4,400,000.

Clements tables for the overpair, but Marshall’s has flopped lucky. The turn and river complete the boad, securing the double for Marshall.

He’s now the overall chip leader with close to 11 million.

Kareem Marshall – 10,775,000 (108 bb)
Scott Clements – 3,810,000 (38 bb)

NFL Legend Sweats The Chipleader

Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Kareem Marshall has quite the imposing rail. And all the chips.  With Richard Seymour sweating you and over 10.8M in your stack, you’ve GOTTA feel good.

Eric Sfez Out in 26th Place ($10,000)

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

In middle position, Eric Sfez raises to 140,000, and Sean Yu three-bets to 400,000 next door. Sfez considers for a good while before making the four-bet, adding one million chips to his inital raise, making it 1.14 million total. Yu shoves for 2,060,000, and Sfez calls with just 40,000 behind.

Sfez:
Yu:

There is a sweat by the time the river rolls around, but the  board gives Yu the double. Sfez is left with just those 40,000 chips, and he is eliminated on the next hand.

Sean Yu – 3,400,000
Eric Sfez – Eliminted in 26th Place ($10,000)

Jonas Ten Cate Out in 27th Place ($10,000)

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Kareem Marshall Doubles Thru Jonas Ten Cate

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Kareem Marshall just doubled up when his cracked the of Jonas Ten Cate on a board of . Marshall flopped a set of sevens and turned a full house to double up in chips.

Kareem Marshall  –  4,050,000  (67 bb)
Jonas Ten Cate  –  2,300,000  (38 bb)

Ken Tieu Doubles Thru Messadek Soufiane

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Ken Tieu moves all in for 300,000 under the gun, and Messadek Soufiane calls in middle position. The rest of the table folds, and Tieu shows . Soufiane turns up , and Tieu pumps his fist at the good news he is drawing live.

The board runs , and Tieu gives another pump of the fist as he doubles up.

Ken Tieu – 760,000 (13 bb)
Massadek Soufiane – 1,400,000 (23 bb)

Scott Montgomery Eliminated by Christian Harder

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

After a flop of , Scott Montgomery (pictured) checks the small blind, Christian Harder bets 180,000 from the cutoff, and Montgomery calls.

The turn card pairs the board with the , Montgomery checks, Harder bets 350,000, and Montgomery moves all in for about 1.15 million.

Harder thinks for a while before he calls with for a spade flush, and Montgomery turns over  for trip nines. Montgomery needs to improve to stay alive.

The river card is the , and Harder wins the pot with his flush to eliminate Scott Montgomery in 28th place.

Christian Harder  –  5,960,000  (99 bb)
Scott Montgomery  –  Out in 28th Place  ($8,000)

Chipleaders From the Dinner Break: Clements on Top

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

A scan of the field during the dinner break turned up four players with at least 3 million in chips:

1.  Scott Clements  –  5,530,000  (92 bb)
2.  Jeffrey Ray  –  4,490,000  (74 bb)
3.  Christian Harder  –  4,295,000  (71 bb)
4.  Pola Litsky  –  3,025,000  (50 bb)

Chip Counts

Dinner Break

Player Name Sponsor Chipcount
Scott Clements Champions Club 5,550,000
Christian Harder 3,700,000
Pola Litsky 2,750,000
Zarah Whimper 2,100,000
Jonas Ten Cate 2,075,000
Kazu Oshima 1,780,000
Andy Hwang Champions Club 1,500,000
Chris Baud 1,100,000
Scott Montgomery 1,020,000
Ray Foley 975,000
Jamie Kerstetter partypoker 920,000
Terry Fleischer 897,000
Messadek Soufiane 875,000
Jeffrey Ray 527,000
Jonathan Rivera 440,000
Luis Eduardo Garla 407,000
Mihail Karasoulis 388,000
Brian Benhamou 327,000
Eric Sfez 288,000
Sean Yu 280,000
Elie Payan 269,000
David Aslanyan 228,000
Luis Nargentino 221,000
Alessio Fratti 127,000

Dinner Break Until 9:00 pm PT

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Level 27 comes to an end, and the players take a one-hour dinner break. Action will resume shortly after 9:00 pm PT.

Recent Money Finishers: 37th-54th

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Here’s a list of recent money finishers, separated by pay jumps:

54th:  Massoud Eskandari  –  $5,000
53rd:  David Mehr  –  $5,000
52nd:  James Rone  –  $5,000
51st:  Alcides Marino  –  $5,000
50th:  Andrew Badecker  –  $5,000
49th:  Raymond Steiner  –  $5,000
48th:  Vittorio Lungavite  –  $5,000
47th:  Michael Hudson  –  $5,000
46th:  Chris Kassela  –  $5,000

45th:  Jared Woodin  –  $6,000
44th:  Marie-Pier Simard  –  $6,000
43rd:  Eric Holtz  –  $6,000
42nd:  Michael Sanders  –  $6,000
41st:  Naji Abdo  –  $6,000
40th:  Jonathan McCray  –  $6,000
39th:  Hien Minh Ly  –  $6,000
38th:  Tom Dobrilovic  –  $6,000
37th:  David Fung  –  $6,000

Notables in the Field

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Here’s a quick look at chip counts for some of the notables and recent chipleaders in the field as the dinner break nears:

Scott Clements  –  5,550,000  (111 bb)
Christian Harder  –  3,700,000  (74 bb)
Jonas Ten Cate  –  2,075,000  (41 bb)
Zarah Whimper  –  2,100,000  (42 bb)
Kazu Oshima  –  1,780,000  (35 bb)
Andy Hwang  –  1,500,000  (30 bb)
Chris Baud  –  1,100,000  (22 bb)
Jamie Kerstetter  –  1,050,000  (21 bb)
Scott Montgomery  –  1,020,000  (20 bb)
Ray Foley  –  975,000  (19 bb)
Messadek Soufiane  –  875,000  (17 bb)

Recent Money Finishers: 55th-90th

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Here’s a list of recent money finishers, separated by pay jumps:

90th:  Oran Haynes  –  $3,000
89th:  Chun Li  –  $3,000
88th:  Dominic Biondi  –  $3,000
87th:  Kevin Saul  –  $3,000
86th:  Gerald Dunn  –  $3,000
85th:  Jorge Castro-Lay  –  $3,000
84th:  Joseph Nelligan  –  $3,000
83rd:  Aaron Belardo  –  $3,000
82nd:  Steve Barshak  –  $3,000
81st:  Charles Gonzalez  –  $3,000
80th:  Mike Linster  –  $3,000
79th:  Giuseppe Ruvolo  –  $3,000
78th:  Antonio Karman  –  $3,000
77th:  Richard Wong  –  $3,000
76th:  Michael Connors  –  $3,000
75th:  Halli Pinson  –  $3,000
74th:  Abid Mohamed  –  $3,000
73rd:  Jay Pinkussohn  –  $3,000

72nd:  Markus Lackner  –  $3,500
71st:  Lynn Samples  –  $3,500
70th:  Laury Vanlerberghe  –  $3,500
69th:  Steven Hiltz  –  $3,500
68th:  Gregory Katayama  –  $3,500
67th:  Paolo Massa  –  $3,500
66th:  Van Vo  –  $3,500
65th:  Peter Cheng  –  $3,500
64th:  Bill Watchman  –  $3,500

63rd:  Harris Schnall  –  $4,000
62nd:  Fabian Ortiz  –  $4,000
61st:  Ken Daneyko  –  $4,000
60th:  Richard Santana  –  $4,000
59th:  Alex Tarango  –  $4,000
58th:  Sabina Hiatullah  –  $4,000
57th:  Todd Hoopfer  –  $4,000
56th:  Tommy Vu  –  $4,000
55th:  Toni Pettersson  –  $4,000

Level 27 Begins (36 Players Left)

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Level 26 comes to an end, and Level 27 begins with increased blinds of 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante. Play continues without a break.

With 36 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1.5 million (30 big blinds). These players are all guaranteed at least $8,000, and the next pay jump is $10,000 for 27th place.

There will be a one-hour dinner break after this level, which should be shortly after 8:00 pm PT. Action will continue tonight for as long as it takes to reach a winner.

Chipleader Jonas Ten Cate Crosses 5 Million in Chips

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Chipleader Jonas Ten Cate continues to roll, and he now has more than 5 million in chips, more than 4.3x the average stack.

Jonas Ten Cate  –  5,090,000  (127 bb)

Level 26 Begins (46 Players Left)

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Level 25 comes to an end, and Level 26 begins with increased blinds of 20,000-40,000 and a 5,000 ante. Play continues without a break.

With 46 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,174,000 (29 big blinds). These players are all guaranteed at least $5,000, but as soon as one more player busts, the remaining 45 will be guaranteed at least $6,000.

There will be a one-hour dinner break after Level 27, which should be shortly after 8:00 pm PT. Action will continue tonight for as long as it takes to reach a winner.

The Rich Get Richer: Chipleaders Continue to Roll

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

The chipleaders seem to be increasing their leads.

Jonas Ten Cate raises from late position, the big blind reraises to 125,000, and Ten Cate reraises to 305,000. The big blind tanks for a long time before he folds, and Ten Cate takes the pot to add even more chips to his pile.

Jonas Ten Cate  –  4,800,000  (160 bb)

While that hand was going on, Messadek Soufiane won a big pot of his own at a nearby table. It was a three-way all-in situation, and Soufiane won it all with his A-K to eliminate two players at once and cross the 2 million mark in chips.

Messadek Soufiane  –  2,350,000  (78 bb)

Chipleaders From the Break

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

A scan of the field during the break for big stacks revealed something unexpected — a chipleader with five times the average stack.

The average stack is about 871,000, and chipleader Jonas Ten Cate has exactly 4.5 million. That’s something you rarely see in a World Poker Tour event.

Here’s the unofficial leaderboard from the break:

1.  Jonas Ten Cate  –  4,500,000  (150 bb)
2.  Christian Harder  –  2,860,000  (95 bb)
3.  Messadek Soufiane  –  1,840,000  (61 bb)

Level 25 Begins (62 Players Left)

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 25, with increased blinds of 15,000-30,000 and a 5,000 ante.

With 62 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 871,000 (29 big blinds). These players are all guaranteed at least $4,000, and the next pay jump is $5,000 for 54th place.

There will be a one-hour dinner break after Level 27, which should be shortly after 8:00 pm PT. Action will continue tonight for as long as it takes to reach a winner.

Money Finishers: 91st-108th ($2,500 each)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Here’s a look at the most recent money finishers, who earned $2,500 each:

108th:  Brian Gustafsson  –  $2,500
107th:  Mark Napolitano  –  $2,500
106th:  Javier Figueroa  –  $2,500
105th:  Ryan Valentinsen  –  $2,500
104th:  Todd Hoch  –  $2,500
103rd:  Bobby Espina  –  $2,500
102nd:  Kevin Williams  –  $2,500
101st:  Derek Updegraff  –  $2,500
100th:  Luis Assuncao  –  $2,500
99th:  Johannes Mueller  –  $2,500
98th:  Carson Ha  –  $2,500
97th:  Brent Bibby  –  $2,500
96th:  Luke Marlar  –  $2,500
95th:  Jon Reinhardt  –  $2,500
94th:  Dung Nguyen  –  $2,500
93rd:  Brian Hartner  –  $2,500
92nd:  Mohsin Charania  –  $2,500
91st:  Yehonathan Levy  –  $2,500

Level 24 Begins (87 Players Left)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Level 23 comes to an end, and Level 24 begins with increased blinds of 12,000-24,000 and a 4,000 ante. Play continues without a break.

The tournament clock shows 87 players remaining, and they are all guaranteed at least $3,000. The next pay jump is for 72nd place, which is worth $3,500.

Action will continue today all the way thru the final table until a winner is reached, for as long as it takes. (It will likely be a very late night.)

Scott Clements vs. Massoud Eskandari

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

After a flop of , Massoud Eskandari bets 75,000 under the gun, and Scott Clements moves all in from the hijack, covering Eskandari.

Eskandari tanks for a short while before he folds, showing  for two pair, eights and fours. Clements wins the pot without showing his cards.

Scott Clements  –  765,000  (38 bb)
Massoud Eskandari  –  365,000  (18 bb)

Level 23 Begins (100 Players Left)

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Level 22 comes to an end, and Level 23 begins with increased blinds of 10,000-20,000 and a 3,000 ante. Play continues without a break.

The tournament clock shows 100 players remaining, and they are all guaranteed at least $2,500. The next pay jump is for 90th place, which is worth $3,000.

Action will continue today all the way thru the final table until a winner is reached, for as long as it takes. (It will likely be a very late night.)

Money Finishers: 109th-126th ($2,000 each)

Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Here’s a look at the most recent money finishers, who earned $2,000 each:

126th:  Paul Kerr  –  $2,000
125th:  Daniel Chan  –  $2,000
124th:  Aurelie Quelain  –  $2,000
123rd:  Jackie Saltzman  –  $2,000
122nd:  Patrick Burns  –  $2,000
121st:  Jason Murai  –  $2,000
120th:  Corey Walker  –  $2,000
119th:  Dan O’Brien  –  $2,000
118th:  Darrel Dier  –  $2,000
117th:  Joseph Stegeman  –  $2,000
116th:  Pasi Heinanen  –  $2,000
115th:  David Tuthill  –  $2,000
114th:  Yorane Kerignard  –  $2,000
113rd:  Macario Escobedo  –  $2,000
112th:  Bodo Sbrzesny  –  $2,000
111th:  Mike Sexton  –  $2,000
110th:  Terry Kelley  –  $2,000
109th:  Keith Crowder  –  $2,000

Money Finishers: 154th-176th ($1,250 each)

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Here’s a look at the players who min-cashed today, earning $1,250 each.

176th:  Gregory Mandel  –  $1,250
175th:  Yaron El Kayam  –  $1,250
174th:  Jack Rolnitzky  –  $1,250
173rd:  Patrick Grace  –  $1,250
172nd:  Jonathan Lessin  –  $1,250
171st:  Trevor Kirkland  –  $1,250
170th:  Carlos Hurtado  –  $1,250
169th:  Yong Zheng  –  $1,250
168th:  Aaron Smith  –  $1,250
167th:  Jean Manzinali  –  $1,250
166th:  Timothy Stroud  –  $1,250
165th:  Alistair Melville  –  $1,250
164th:  Thomas Spruitenburg  –  $1,250
163rd:  Thupten Thondup  –  $1,250
162nd:  Rudolph Ortega  –  $1,250
161st:  Reggi Trotter  –  $1,250
160th:  Daniel Fusco  –  $1,250
159th:  Gerardo Muro  –  $1,250
158th:  Jonathon Halfmann  –  $1,250
157th:  Logan Trindade  –  $1,250
156th:  Jesse McEuen  –  $1,250
155th:  Andreas Krause  –  $1,250
154th:  Nicola Basile  –  $1,250

Level 21 Begins (140 Players Left)

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Level 20 comes to an end, and Level 21 begins with increased blinds of 6,000-12,000 and a 2,000 ante. Play continues without a break.

There were 176 survivors who made it to Day 2, and there are currently 140 players left in the field. Action will continue today all the way thru the final table until there is a winner.

Official Prizepool: $1,799,500

Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

With all six starting flights completed and Day 2 officially underway, the Day 2 prizepool has been released.

There were a total of 3,599 entrants in this event, creating a total prizepool of $1,799,500 — smashing the guarantee of $1 million.

Everyone who survived to Day 2 is already in the money, guaranteed at least $1,250. First prize was guaranteed to be at least $200K, and with the huge turnout that has increased to $260,000.

Here’s the full list of payouts for the Day 2 players:

1st:  $260,000
2nd:  $180,000
3rd:  $120,500
4th:  $90,000
5th:  $70,000
6th:  $55,000
7th:  $45,000
8th:  $35,000
9th:  $26,000
10th-12th:  $20,000
13th-15th:  $16,000
16th-18th:  $13,000
19th-27th:  $10,000
28th-36th:  $8,000
37th-45th:  $6,000
46th-54th:  $5,000
55th-63rd:  $4,000
64th-72nd:  $3,500
73rd-90th:  $3,000
91st-108th:  $2,500
109th-126th:  $2,000
127th-153rd:  $1,500
154th-176th:  $1,250

Level 20 Begins

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The blinds have increased to 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000-chip ante. Play continues without a break.

Bonus Prizes for Final Table

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The cash isn’t the only thing up for grabs here at ARIA.

Considering the sucess of this debut, it’s no surprise to hear a second edition of this event has already been scheduled for 2015. And there are bonus prizes in store for the finalists here:

– All WPT500 final table participants (final 9 players) will receive a buy-in to next year’s WPT500 at ARIA along with hotel accommodation.

– The winner of WPT500 at ARIA will get a $2,000 package to the upcoming partypoker presents: WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK. This event is scheduled to take place from November 11-16, 2014. It will feature a buy-in of £500 and a guaranteed prize pool of £1,000,000.

WPT by Numbers

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The official numbers are in!

The inaugural $565 partypoker Presents: WPT500 at ARIA Resort & Casino drew 3,599 entries, generating a prizepool worth $1,799,500.

Each of the 176 who’ve advanced are guaranteed at least $1,250, and the final 27 earn a pay bump up to $10,000. A final table appearance is worth a minimum of $26,000, and six-figure prizes await the three longest lasters.

The winner gets $260,000 plus the first WPT500 trophy!

Ken Daneyko Talks WPT500

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Ken Daneyko has maxed out his entries in this event, playing each of the six flights before finally breaking through and advancing this morning. Early on, the video team caught up with him to get some thoughts on this event and venue.

http://youtu.be/9sjUdinJKCo

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The 176 survivors are all together in the same room now, and Day 2 is off and running.

A champion will be crowned before this day is done, a feat likely to take ~14 hours.

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