Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Preispool $2,857,500
Players 3,175

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 5,000

Stephen Kats Eliminated in 27th Place ($14,116), Josh Smith Eliminated in 26th Place ($14,116), James Oh Eliminated in 25th Place ($14,116)

Today has started off so incredibly fast, the PokerNews team has barely had time to breath. In the first 20 minutes alone we have had three eliminations and a multitude of double-ups. We'll do our best to get everything straight for you right here.

On Table 286, Stephen Kats was eliminated in 27th place before we could catch the action.

Second, Josh Smith got his last 250,000 all in preflop with {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} against the {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} of Shane Rose. Smith didn't improve on the board and he hit the rail in 26th. Rose is now up to around 750,000.

Third, James Oh was all in preflop with {A-Clubs}{10-Spades} against the {9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} of Jason Somerville. The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{K-Clubs} and Oh hit the rail. Somerville has now padded his chip lead even more and is up to 910,000.

Got all that? Good.

Tags: James OhJason SomervilleJosh SmithShane RoseStephen Kats

We Have our Second Double Up

Alex Martin moved his last 85,000 chips in the middle preflop with {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and was called by James Schaaf, who was well behind with {3-Hearts}{3-Spades}. The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts} to keep it relatively sweat-free and Martin has moved up to 100,000. With the loss, Schaaf drops to 525,000.

Tags: Alex MartinJames Schaaf

We Have our First Double Up

]The cards were out and the action had ceased, but when the battle was over the {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} of Michael Blocksidge beat the {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} of Jeffrey Norman after the {5-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{k-Spades}{4-Hearts}{8-Spades} board. The dealer counted out the 140,000 chips of Blocksidge and Norman cut the same out of his stack and slid it over.

Michael Blocksidge
Michael Blocksidge
300,000 155,000
Jeffrey Norman
Jeffrey Norman
120,000 -249,000

Tags: Jeffrey NormanMichael Blocksidge


Jason Somerville Leads Day 3

Jason Somerville
Jason Somerville

After another ten levels on Day 2, we have narrowed the field from 342 players to just 27. We lost our top three chip leaders, including Douglas Lang, who managed to make it to our final four tables before he lost the last of his chips. Sybe Smit entered Day 2 fourth in chips and will enter Day 3 in the middle of the pack, still very much in the hunt.

In fact, most players are still within striking distance of the chip leader, Jason Somerville. With not even 750,000, he has less than double the average and even one of the shortest stacks could take as much as a third of his chips. However, Somerville has been here before and shouldn't be phased. Not only is this his second Day 3 this year (finished 14th in Event #7, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship), he made two final tables last year and a third the year before. That doesn't even include a third-place finish in the 2010 $10,000 Heads-Up Championship. Having never won a WSOP gold bracelet despite those close calls, he will be sure to try and use this opportunity to grab his first.

Although this was scheduled as a three day event, it is unlikely that we will be able to play down to a champion in 10 levels. But as always, PokerNews will have coverage all day today and however many days it takes to complete this event. Cards will be in the air at 2:30 p.m. local, or in about five minutes, so don't go anywhere!

Tags: Jason Somerville

Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
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