Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
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Chris Gallagher Leads at the End of Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'Em

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Chris Gallagher
Chris Gallagher

After an action-packed day in Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'Em, play has finally concluded with just 11 players remaining. Chris Gallagher will head into Day 2 as a slight chip leader with 519,000. This will be the first time Gallagher has cashed in a WSOP event, and he now looks to wrap up the title tomorrow. Chris Solomon isn't far behind, sitting with 513,000, and Jermel Stephens rounds out the top three with 418,000.

There were a total of 651 entries at the conclusion of registration which made up a prizepool of $325,500. They were all vying for the first place prize of $68,817 but only 11 remain with the hopes of capturing the first WSOP bracelet of 2017.

Play started off quickly with the first elimination coming in the first couple of hands, and that set the pace for the entire day. Players continued to drop quickly and often and Victor Kim burst the money bubble before the dinner break. Celebrations began as the remaining 98 players knew they were guaranteed to take home a minimum cash prize of $834.

Some notables that were in the field at the start of play but failed to reach the money included Kenny Hallaert, David Tuchman, Erica Lindgren, Dana Castaneda, Jesse Capps, and Molly Anne Mossey. Others that finished in the money are 2015 WSOP Casino Employees Event champion Brandon Barnette (20th place - $1,874), Christian Percevecz (37th place - $1,351), Christopher Womack (47th place - $1,182), and Kenji Ikeda (85th place - $856).

The remaining 11 players that return tomorrow will play until one more elimination takes place, and then redraw for the unofficial final table of ten. Blinds will begin at 6000/12000 with 2000 ante and be 60-minute levels. Play will conclude once a champion is crowned and a WSOP bracelet will be handed out.

Here is a look at how they stack up heading into Day 2:

Tournament RoomTablesSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Miranda6002Alex CordovaUnited States348,00029
Miranda6003Chris SolomonUnited States513,00043
Miranda6004Nathan BolingerUnited States77,0006
Miranda6005Bryan HollisUnited States290,00024
Miranda6006Adem ArbuckleUnited States243,00020
Miranda6008Victor KimUnited States323,00027
       
Miranda6011Haviv BaharUnited States145,00012
Miranda6012Vincent RussellUnited Kingdom216,00018
Miranda6013Chris GallagherUnited States519,00043
Miranda6014Josh ClantonUnited States172,00014
Miranda6016Jermel StephensUnited States418,00035
Chris Gallagher US
Chris Gallagher
US 519,000 124,000
Chris Solomon US
Chris Solomon
US 513,000 263,000
Jermel Stephens US
Jermel Stephens
US 418,000 58,000
Alex Cordova us
Alex Cordova
us 348,000 -12,000
Victor Kim US
Victor Kim
US 323,000 -97,000
Bryan Hollis us
Bryan Hollis
us 290,000 28,000
Adem Arbuckle US
Adem Arbuckle
US 243,000 9,000
Vincent Russell gb
Vincent Russell
gb 216,000 -4,000
Josh Clanton US
Josh Clanton
US 172,000 -8,000
Haviv Bahar US
Haviv Bahar
US 145,000 -55,000
Nathan Bolinger US
Nathan Bolinger
US 77,000 -36,000

Tags: Brandon BarnetteChris GallagherChris SolomonDana CastanedaDavid TuchmanJermel StephensJesse CappsKenny HallaertMolly MosseyVictor Kim

Bagging and Tagging

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Play has concluded here on Day 1 of the Casino Employees Event.

Just 11 players remain, and are coming back to play down to a winner tomorrow at noon.

Stay tuned for a full recap along with chip counts and seating assignments.

Day 1 Photos

Photographers: Jayne Furman, Melissa Haereiti, and Jamie Thomson

Employee Event #1 PlayersKenny HallaertKenny HallaertSunni PilSunni PilErica LindgrenHarry CorveseMolly Anne MosseyMolly Anne MosseyShaun HarrisShaun HarrisDana CastanedaDavid TuchmanDavid TuchmanVictor LimVictor LimMatt VoskuilMatt VoskuilDon McDonaldDon McDonaldChristian PerceveczChristian PerceveczVincent RussellVincent Russell

Don McDonald Eliminated in 12th Place ($3,543)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Chris Gellagher raised to 25,000 from the hijack, and Don McDonald moved all in for 170,000 on the button. Gellagher asked for a count and then tossed in a single chip, indicating a call.

Gellagher tabled {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and McDonald groaned as he tabled {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

The board ran out {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{3-Spades}{a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and McDonald was eliminated before the end of the night.

Chris Gallagher US
Chris Gallagher
US 395,000 121,000
Don McDonald US
Don McDonald
US Ausgeschieden

Tags: Don McDonaldChris Gellagher

Abdel Adechoubou Eliminated in 13th Place ($2,812)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Abdel Adechoubou
Abdel Adechoubou

We arrived at the table in time to see Abdel Adechoubou all in from the big blind, with Haviv Bahar calling from under the gun.

Bahar tabled {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} while Adechoubou revealed {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} for a classic race.

The board ran out {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{4-Clubs} and Adechoubou was unable to improve, sending him to the rail.

Haviv Bahar US
Haviv Bahar
US 200,000
Abdel Adechoubou US
Abdel Adechoubou
US Ausgeschieden

Tags: Abdel Adechoubou

Rick Marting Eliminated in 14th Place ($2,812)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Rick Marting
Rick Marting

Victor Kim raised to 22,000 from late position and Rick Marting pushed his short stack all-in for 26,000. The big blind called, and Kim also completed the call. The flop came {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and the big blind checked to Kim, who bet 30,000. The big blind got out of the way and the cards were tabled.

Kim: {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Marting: {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

Marting was drawing slim and was unable to catch up, being eliminated in 14th place.

Victor Kim US
Victor Kim
US 420,000 20,000
Rick Marting us
Rick Marting
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Rick MartingVictor Kim

Matt Voskuil Eliminated in 15th Place ($2,812)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Voskuil
Matt Voskuil

Matt Voskuil was unable to get anything going after the dinner break and unfortunately, his tournament came to an end. He found himself in a dominated position with {K-Spades}{J-Spades} up against the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} of Chris Gellagher. The board ran out {7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and Voskuil was eliminated in 15th place, good enough for $2,812.

Chris Gallagher US
Chris Gallagher
US 274,000 39,000
Matt Voskuil US
Matt Voskuil
US Ausgeschieden

Tags: Matt Voskuil

Eric Lee Eliminated in 16th Place ($2,274)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Eric Lee
Eric Lee

Eric Lee shoved all-in from late position with {A-Spades}{6-Clubs} for 60,000. Bryan Hollis woke up in the big blind with a dominating hand of {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}, and unfortunately for Lee, he could not catch a six to take the lead.

Bryan Hollis us
Bryan Hollis
us 262,000 79,000
Eric Lee US
Eric Lee
US Ausgeschieden

Tags: Eric Lee

Mike Wang Eliminated in 17th Place ($2,274)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Mike Wang
Mike Wang

Mike Wang moved all-in from middle position with {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Chris Solomon called from the big blind with {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. The flop came queen-high with two clubs but Wang could not hit any of his out and was eliminated in 17th place.

Chris Solomon US
Chris Solomon
US 250,000 -36,000
Mike Wang us
Mike Wang
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Michael Wang