Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
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Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
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Juha Helppi Bags Day 1 Chip Lead in Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Max

• Level 10: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante
Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi

Juha Helppi (146,000) finished Day 1 on top of a stacked field in Event $53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Max. The field started small, but exceeded last year's field with 256 entrants compared to the 245 from last year.

Several of the World Series of Poker Player of the Year leaders came through the field, with Daniel Negreanu and Mike Leah entering but missing the Day 2 cut.

James Obst (78,100) and John Racener (30,700) are in the thick of things starting Day 2 on Wednesday with only 73 players returning. Another duo that might be destined to meet on Day 2 is newly-crowned $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Champion Christopher Vitch (47,000) and runner-up Benny Glaser (28,600). Vitch captured his second bracelet early on the morning of Day 1 and was in the field for the 3 p.m. start.

A flood of players joined later in the day, including Jason Mercier (36,000), Jack Duong (10,400), and Jeff Lisandro. Duong and Mercier bagged, but Lisandro was eliminated by Roland Israelashvili.

The players return Wednesday at 2 p.m. and take one step closer to the WSOP gold bracelet. Follow all the Day 2 action on PokerNews.com.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Brasilia7041Ayaz MahmoodUnited States111,30037
Brasilia7042Jane HitchcockUnited States28,1009
Brasilia7044Vincent GirondaUnited States18,4006
Brasilia7045Justin ThurlowUnited States122,00041
Brasilia7046Jack DuongUnited States10,4003
       
Brasilia7051Michael BaxterUnited States31,60011
Brasilia7052John HoppmannUnited States85,40028
Brasilia7053Bryce LandierUnited States27,2009
Brasilia7054Scott MayfieldUnited States62,50021
Brasilia7055Steve ChanthabouasyUnited States110,00037
Brasilia7056Nicholas SeikenUnited States36,50012
       
Brasilia7061Jeremy HeartbergUnited States40,20013
Brasilia7062Carmen FungCanada9,8003
Brasilia7063Peter MorrisUnited States72,40024
Brasilia7064Joe McKeehenUnited States23,2008
Brasilia7065Kyle RayUnited States85,20028
Brasilia7066Timothy FerkoUnited States62,10021
       
Brasilia7071Frank KasselaUnited States96,20032
Brasilia7072David GoldbergUnited States26,6009
Brasilia7074Todd WittelesUnited States31,50011
Brasilia7075Jason PapastavrouUnited States36,10012
Brasilia7076Max SilverUnited Kingdom69,80023
       
Brasilia7081Georgii BelianinRussia72,30024
Brasilia7082Andrew KelsallUnited States18,4006
Brasilia7083Yudong YangUnited States24,0008
Brasilia7084Mark RadojaCanada17,8006
Brasilia7085Philip RheeUnited States28,1009
Brasilia7086David BachUnited States67,50023
       
Brasilia7091Paul SchumerUnited States10,5004
Brasilia7092Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom28,60010
Brasilia7093Ronald CarmonaUkraine49,80017
Brasilia7094Mike Schneider (MN)United States26,6009
Brasilia7095Christopher VitchUnited States47,00016
Brasilia7096Lena WangUnited States51,70017
       
Brasilia7101Ayman QutamiUnited States89,90030
Brasilia7102James ObstAustralia78,10026
Brasilia7103Joseph CoudenUnited States72,00024
Brasilia7104Frank YakubsonUnited States54,60018
Brasilia7105Davin AndersonUnited States81,60027
Brasilia7106Stuart RutterUnited Kingdom18,6006
       
Brasilia7111David OlsonUnited States57,70019
Brasilia7112Kenny HsiungUnited States46,40015
Brasilia7113Jonathan UlrichUnited States11,0004
Brasilia7114Georgios KapalasATHENS, , GR86,10029
Brasilia7115Alex TorryUnited States60,40020
Brasilia7116Amir ShayestehUnited States44,30015
       
Brasilia7121Guowei ZhangUnited States44,70015
Brasilia7122Andrey ZhigalovRussia80,80027
Brasilia7123Andre AkkariBrazil42,20014
Brasilia7125Donald FlemingUnited States35,80012
Brasilia7126Juha HelppiFinland146,00049
       
Brasilia7131Matthew GreenwaldUnited States22,7008
Brasilia7132Michael KuoUnited States57,80019
Brasilia7133Jason FanUnited States87,40029
Brasilia7134Cathleen TranUnited States83,10028
Brasilia7135John RacenerUnited States30,70010
Brasilia7136Yegor TsurikovUnited States22,6008
       
Brasilia7141Russell HammontreeUnited States56,90019
Brasilia7142William RomaineUnited States78,00026
Brasilia7143Mickey CraftUnited States42,50014
Brasilia7144Jameson PainterUnited States84,80028
Brasilia7145Jesse MartinUnited States98,20033
Brasilia7146Derek WhatleyUnited States21,4007
       
Brasilia7151Yury IvanouUnited States22,3007
Brasilia7152Marwan AbdelalUnited States2,1001
Brasilia7153Jason MercierUnited States36,00012
Brasilia7154Jimmy FrickeUnited States84,00028
Brasilia7155Alex KeatingUnited States10
       
Brasilia7161Joseph RisiUnited States84,80028
Brasilia7162Min KuUnited States65,00022
Brasilia7163Diego CordovezUnited States84,00028
Brasilia7164Paul RoyUnited States20,2007
Brasilia7166Konstantin MaslakRussia48,90016

Tags: Benny GlaserChristopher VitchDaniel NegreanuJack DuongJames ObstJason MercierJeffrey LisandroJohn RacenerJuha HelppiMike LeahRoland Israelashvili

Last Three Hands

• Level 10: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

The tournament director has just announced that the players will play another three hands before play is over for today.

Benny Glaser Takes One

• Level 10: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante
Benny Glasier
Benny Glasier

The player in the hijack raised and Benny Glaser three-bet from the cutoff. Action folded back to his opponent who called.

The flop came {Q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, his opponent check-called the bet of Glaser.

The turn brought them the {10-Clubs}, she check-called Glaser's bet again.

The river completed the board with the {3-Clubs}, again she check-called Glaser's bet. Glaser showed {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} for queens and jacks, she mucked. She said she had {A-}{10-}.

Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 36,200 3,500

Tags: Benny Glaser

Level:
10
Limits:
1,200/2,400
Ante:
0

Finishing the Job, Israelashvili Eliminates Lisandro

• Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 0 ante

Earlier this level, Roland Israelashvili won a pot of Jeff Lisandro that left him with 5,000. On this hand he eliminated Lisandro with ace-high.

The board read {7-}{5-}{4-}{j-} and the two got all in. Neither had a pair. Lisandro had {10-}{9-} and a gutshot straight draw and Israelashvili had {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for an open-ended straight draw. Both missed and Lisandro headed to the rail.

Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 28,000 4,000
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au Ausgeschieden

Tags: Jeffrey LisandroRoland Israelashvili

Anthony Zinno Busts Mike Leah

• Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 0 ante
Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

Hand #1:

Mike Leah was all-in from the hijack and was called by the player in the cutoff.

Mike Leah: {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Cutoff: {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{Q-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{J-Hearts} to give Leah a straight to survive the tournament.

Hand #2:

Leah raised from the under-the-gun position, the player in the cutoff three-bet. Anthony Zinno called, Leah four-bet, the other player and Zinno both called.

The flop came {9-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, Zinno checked, Leah bet, the other player called, Zinno raised, Leah called (effectively putting him all-in) and so did the other player.

The turn was the {5-Clubs}, Zinno bet and the other player folded. Zinno showed {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for a set, Leah showed {A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and he was drawing dead. The {J-Clubs} on the river completed the board and Leah was eliminated.

Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 36,000 14,600
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca Ausgeschieden

Tags: Anthony ZinnoMike Leah

Bonomo's Jacks Hold

• Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 0 ante

Justin Bonomo raised preflop until he and a short-stacked opponent were all in preflop. Bonomo had jacks and his opponent had {a-}{10-}.

A king and a queen came onto the board, but that was as close as Bonomo came to losing the pot and he stacked his opponent and took down the pot.

Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 41,000 7,500

Tags: Justin Bonomo

Roland Israelashvili Takes a Chunk From Jeff Lisandro

• Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 0 ante

Jeff Lisandro was one of the last-minute entrants and shortly after the break he played a hand that went three ways to the flop.

Lisandro opened under the gun with a raise and two players called, including Roland Israelashvili from the big blind.

The flop came {j-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Israelashvili check-called a bet from Lisandro. The turn was the {q-Clubs} and the action repeated itself. The river was the {2-Spades} and Israelashvili led. Lisandro called only to see Israelashvili turn over the nuts, {a-Spades}{5-Spades}.

Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 24,000 5,000
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au 5,000

Tags: Jeffrey LisandroRoland Israelashvili