Friday, September 17, 2010

List of Chipleaders, Topped by Gavin Smith

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

The remaining 53 players just took their first break of the day, and the blinds have increased to 1,500-3,000 with a 400 ante. The top 36 get paid, so there is still a ways to go before they reach the money bubble.

Here's a look at the top 8 chip counts at the break:

1. Gavin Smith - 295,000
2. Chris Back - 260,000
3. Andrew Dykeman - 243,000
4. Leonard Cortellino - 235,000
5. Francis Anderson - 203,000
6. Sean Wallace - 200,000
7. David Diaz - 199,000
8. Josh Brikis - 198,500

And a few others further back in the field:

Brian Lemke - 150,000
Joanne Monteavaro - 139,000
Steve Dannenmann - 133,000
Adam Ehrlich - 107,000
Robert Cheung - 53,000
Roy Winston - 47,000
Tyler Patterson - 41,000
Allen Bari - 26,000

Update: Allen Bari - Eliminated

Late in the last level, Allen Bari and Sean Wallace played a huge pot. With 14,000 in the pot from preflop action, the flop came 863. Wallace checked the big blind, Bari bet 7,500, and Wallace check-raised to 20,500. Bari moved all in, and Wallace quickly called with Q9 for a queen-high flush. Bari showed 66 for a set of sixes, but he'd need the board to pair to bust Wallace. The turn was the 10, the river was the 5, and Wallace took the pot with his queen-high flush to double up.

That pot knocked Bari down to about 26,000, and shot Wallace up to about 200,000. As you can see on the list above, this hand catapulted Wallace up among the chipleaders, while Bari is short-stacked with only 8 big blinds.

Update: Allen Bari was eliminated in the first 10 minutes after the break.

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