Chris Johnson and Martins Adeniya built a sizable pot when the flop came . Johnson bet 2,100 and Adeniya made it 4,500 to go. Johnson called to see the on the turn, which both players checked. The river was the and Johnson took a minute to decide to bet 7,000. Adeniya mulled a call, but folded.
From middle position, a player raised to 1,700. On the button, Jaka made it 5,700 but the original raiser four bet all in to 14,100. Jaka decided to call and his was in a race against the of his opponent.
The board ran out and Jaka knocked one out as he gets to up to 40,000.
With at least 40,000 chips in the pot and a player all in already, J.C. Tran moved his remaining 27,000 into the middle after an flop. The third player folded and Tran's were dominating the of his previously all in opponent. Both the turn and river were an Ace and with that hand Tran moved over the 70,000 chip mark.
A few hands later and he has accumulated another 25,000 or so. His treasure chest of chips is now 96,000 strong!
After a middle position player raised to 1,250, it folded around to Steven Van Zadelhoff in the big blind. He decided to three bet just over the minimum allowed to 2,000. Despite having already put in nearly twice what it was left to call, his opponent folded and Van Zadelhoff wins the pot. He still has some work left to do though if he wants to end the day with a strong stack. He currently has 18,300.
We caught the aftermath of an all-in confrontation between Australian pro Shane Sigsbee and an unnamed player. According to Sigsbee, the other player shoved all-in for 11,000 and the Aussie snap-called with . His opponent tabled and would need help to survive.
The final board read and Sigsbee's pair of queens was good enough to earn the win. He now has just over 51,000 chips at his disposal.
From middle position Kathy Liebert opened to 1,600 and a player behind made it 4,100. Liebert moved all in and got a call.
Liebert's pocket kings held and she now has a little more breathing room with 25,000.
After a player in middle position pushed all-in for his last 6,600 chips, the player holding the button shoved his stack in as well, hoping to isolate his vulnerable opponent. Unfortunately for the both of them, Trevor Savage was sitting in the small blind with and felt like gambling.
The short stacked player showed down and the player on the button tabled for the preflop lead. If his ladies could fade the aces and tens in the deck, the button player would capture a massive pot and have an impressive stack for the rest of Day 1.
Savage hit gin on the flop with his set of tens and the player with queens was stunned, standing motionless while he stared at the final board in disgust. "Nice call bro, really great call" he spat as Savage reached over and claimed his entire stack of chips. Savage now has 36,000 in total and hopes this lucky catch will help build momentum as Day 1 approaches its conclusion.
Cards are back in the air and the field will play two more levels before the end of the night.
Players have just completed Level 8 and are headed for their last 20 minute break of the day. When they return they will have two more levels before the end of Day 1.