The second flight of the opening day at the World Series Of Poker Horseshoe Hammond Main Event has now come to an end after seeing the original field of 677 players reduced down to 153 by the time the day’s action had finished.
The play on Day 1b definitely trundled at a slower pace than the first flight; however one player was certainly not hanging around. Phillip Lou sent himself to the top of not only Day 1b’s leaderboard but that of the whole event. He managed to amass 347,500 chips which is more than anyone else could achieve on either of the two opening day flights.
Though the attendance of 677 didn’t quite match the 835 that took part on Day 1a there was a heady mix of big name stars in the field. We had World Series Of Poker bracelet winners in Michael and Robert Mizrachi, Nick Jivkov, Robert Cheung, Gavin Smith, Brian Hastings and Bob Slezak.
All of them holders of bracelets which is why it is incredibly surprising that each of them were eliminated on Day 1b, Michael Mizrachi was the first of them all to head to the rail. He in fact only managed to get to the third level, before running his pocket eights into the pocket jacks of Ghaleb Zayed.
Zayed initially raised three times the big blind to a total of 425 before the flop, Mizrachi flat called and the flop came down as Js-5s-4d. Zayed again bet 425 and this time Mizrachi pushed all in to the tune of 4,000, Zayad having hit the top set had an easy call to make with the turn and river coming out as 7d and 10h respectively.
Others that bowed out early included Chad Brown, Matt Affleck, Victor Ramdin, Allen Kessler, Jean Gaspard and Matt Brady.
The Lucky Ones!
Of the notables to have made it through to Day 2, we had Eddie Ochana, Tom Koral, Faraz Jaka, Ryan Julius and the talkative Joseph Elpyayaa. They will be amongst the 153 survivors that will now combine with the 170 survivors from Day 1a to battle it out on Day 2.
Players are still actually able to buy into Day 2, which means that the players who have busted out once can take another shot at the event. Once Day 2 starts though, buy-ins is closed.
The Standings At The End Of Day 1b:
1 Phillip Liou 347,500
2 Nicola DiTrapani 259,400
3 Porfiro Mendes 246,000
4 Travis Lauson 203,500
5 Blair Hinkle 200,900
6 Louie Calvo 200,000
7 Ping Liu 196,400
8 David Singontiko 190,000
9 Erik Roussakis 185,000
10 Eddie Ochana 157,800