Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Jour 1a terminé

Day 1a of the 2018 WSOP Main Event is in the Books: Truyen Nguyen the Top Stack; Blumstein Busts

zedmaster84 • Niveau 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Truyen Nguyen
Truyen Nguyen

The first of three starting days of the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event is in the books and a total of 925 players took part in the biggest and most important poker tournament of the year at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.

After five levels of two hours each, only 659 hopefuls advanced and Truyen Nguyen leads before the UK's Chris Fraser for the top spot.

Nguyen, who works in the IT business, used to play online poker before Black Friday and shared a table with 2017 WSOP Main Event 9th place finisher Ben Lamb. In the last level of the night, Lamb was very active at the table, escaping elimination by Nguyen once when they chopped it up when a straight ran out on the board. However, Nguyen then got there a few hands later with a flush draw against the set of Lamb and the top pair of a third player, to bag up massive 324,800. Fraser follows not far behind with an equally impressive 316,100.

#PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Truyen NguyenUnited States324,800541
2Chris FraserUnited Kingdom316,100527
3David McCawUnited States220,400367
4John VossoughiUnited States220,300367
5Matthew DavidowNew Zealand216,600361

Some other big stacks and notables that can now enjoy two days off before returning to the action on Thursday, July 5, are Frank Crivello (215,000), Kevin "Phwap" Boudreau (186,300), Nick Jivkov (186,000), Matt Berkey (185,600), Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), the former Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200), as well as Erik Seidel (72,100).

The early spotlight was on defending champion Scott Blumstein and the 2017 champion was moved to the ESPN feature tables after the dinner break. However, his title defense came to a very early end after he called a three-bet by Brian Yoon and check-called bets by Yoon all the way with pocket tens on a six-high board. Running spades gave Yoon the nut flush with ace-jack suited and Blumstein couldn't get away from it to bow out on level three. Yoon went on to bag up 145,000 at the end of the night.

Scott Blumstein
Defending champion Scott Blumstein among the Day 1a eliminations

Other former Main Event champions that failed to advance included Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang. Notables such as Brian Rast, Christopher Andler, Felipe Ramos, Stephen Chidwick, Chance Kornuth, former football star Richard Seymour and Jonathan Little all hit the rail also.

It wasn't just about the superstars of the poker scene though at the tables on Day 1a, as poker commentator David Tuchman (111,000), actor Kevin Pollak (71,300), and the well-known comedian Ray Romano (61,100) all bagged up along with plenty of first-timers and poker enthusiasts from all over the world. One arrival, in particular, caused quite some attention, as American film and television producer Randall Emmett entered the tournament with a band of musicians and girls in exotic costumes. Emmett bagged up an above-average 133,400 and will be among those to return for Day 2 and fight for poker's most elusive title of the year.

Randall Emmett entrance
Randall Emmett entered Day 1a with a bang

While Day 1a is in the books, the second starting day is just one night's sleep away and kicks off at 11am local time on July 3. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor to provide coverage of all the action.

Tags: Ben LambBrian RastBrian YoonChris FraserDavid TuchmanGordon VayoJerry YangJoe HachemJonathan LittleKevin PollakQui NguyenRandall EmmettRay RomanoRichard SeymourScott BlumsteinScotty NguyenTruyen NguyenWorld Series of Poker

End-of-Day Counts (complet)

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Truyen Nguyen us
Truyen Nguyen
us 324,800 4,800
Chris Fraser gb
Chris Fraser
gb 316,100 -13,900
David McCaw us
David McCaw
us 220,400
John Vossoughi US
John Vossoughi
US 220,300 300
Matthew Davidow nz
Matthew Davidow
nz 216,600 216,600
Frank Crivello us
Frank Crivello
us 215,000 215,000
Casey McCarrel us
Casey McCarrel
us 206,200 71,200
Eric Hicks us
Eric Hicks
us 204,000 78,000
Tristan Bain au
Tristan Bain
au 193,200 200
Timothy Lau US
Timothy Lau
US 189,200 189,200
Kevin Boudreau us
Kevin Boudreau
us 186,300 35,300
Nick Jivkov bg
Nick Jivkov
bg 186,000 16,000
Matt Berkey us
Matt Berkey
us 185,600 -29,400
Sammy Lafleur ca
Sammy Lafleur
ca 185,400 185,400
Brian Frasca us
Brian Frasca
us 178,300 23,300
John Choi us
John Choi
us 173,800 173,800
James Dambrosio us
James Dambrosio
us 172,200 172,200
Shaun Suller us
Shaun Suller
us 171,700 171,700
Christopher Park us
Christopher Park
us 171,600 171,600
Matthew Kassela us
Matthew Kassela
us 169,900 169,900
Jackson Laskey us
Jackson Laskey
us 159,600 -44,400
Matthew Olin US
Matthew Olin
US 158,200 158,200
Jake Schindler us
Jake Schindler
us 157,900 47,400
Gianluca Marcucci it
Gianluca Marcucci
it 157,000 157,000
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 155,000 89,500

Lire Plus

Nguyen Busts Lamb at the Very End

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Jerry Yang has been eliminated and Ben Lamb was not to be found in his seat anymore either, while Truyen Nguyen jumped into the late lead. According to Nguyen, he flopped a flush draw with the {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} on a {Q-}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop and called the shove of a short stack, who held {K-}{Q-}. Lamb went over the top for little more with a set of eights and Nguyen called that too to spike the {A-Diamonds} on the river for the flush and double knockout.

Truyen Nguyen us
Truyen Nguyen
us 320,000 110,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us Eliminé
Jerry Yang us
Jerry Yang
us Eliminé

Miculitzki Loses at the End

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Gaston Miculitzki had one of the bigger stacks in the orange section of the Amazon room. Right at the end of Day 1a he put a portion of his stack in the middle against two opponents, but it was a hard task to win with {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} against {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}.

The board ran out {6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{A-Spades} and the strongest hand held up. Miculitzki still has a good stack, but it could've been a lot more to bag at the end of the night.

Gaston Miculitzki US
Gaston Miculitzki
US 140,000 140,000

Tags: Gaston Miculitzki

Five More Hands

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The clocks have been stopped with 10 minutes left in the level and five more hands will be played for tonight.

Boudreau Adding to His Stack

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Kevin Boudreau opened to 1,500 from early position and Chuck Myers called from late position. The flop fell {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and action checked to Myers who bet 1,700.

Boudreau made the call and the turn came the {9-Hearts}. Both players checked and the river was the {3-Hearts}. Boudreau then bet 1,000, Myers called and Boudreau turned over {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} for a full house, Myers mucked.

Kevin Boudreau us
Kevin Boudreau
us 151,000 5,000

Tags: Chuck MyersKevin Boudreau

Lamb Escapes From Elimination

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Not long ago Ben Lamb had jammed into a bet and a raise by Truyen Nguyen, and got through with it by forcing folds. This time, he was called, however, and had a sweat for his tournament life.

On the {8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} turn, Nguyen bet 13,000 and Lamb moved all in for 52,375. Nguyen gave it some thought and called to table the {A-Spades}{5-Hearts} for a straight and an open-ended straight flush draw. Lamb had the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} for the second nut flush draw and the {5-Diamonds} on the river brought a straight on the board to chop it up.

Truyen Nguyen us
Truyen Nguyen
us 210,000 5,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 65,000 -5,000

Tags: Ben LambTruyen Nguyen

Nia Takes from Reijmer

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Daniel Reijmer opened to 1,300 from middle position. Michael Nia, in the small blind, called.

The flop was {j-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Nia checked. Reijmer bet 1,600. Nia check-called. The turn brought the {8-Diamonds}. Nia checked again. Reijmer continued for 4,000. Nia check-called.

The {8-Hearts} filled up the river. This time, Nia led for 5,000. Reijmer tank-called. Nia tabled {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Reijmer sent his hand to the muck.

Michael Nia US
Michael Nia
US 53,000 6,000
Daniel Reijmer nl
Daniel Reijmer
nl 25,000 -26,000

Tags: Daniel ReijmerMichael Nia

Gavin Gets Three Streets

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Lexy Gavin raised to 1,300 from middle position and Scott Strode called. The small blind called and they went three handed to the {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop. The small blind checked and Gavin bet 1,500.

Strode called and the small blind quickly folded. The turn was the {3-Diamonds} and Gavin fired out a bet of 4,100. "Alright one more card" Strode said and he made the call.

The river was the {7-Hearts} and Gavin fired a third bullet betting 4,700. Strode called, Gavin turned over her {10-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Strode flashed {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} before he mucked.

Lexy Gavin us
Lexy Gavin
us 95,000 33,000
Scott Strode US
Scott Strode
US 65,300 -28,700

Tags: Lexy GavinScott Strode