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The 2013 World Series of Poker continued today with the biggest buy-in event of the summer—Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em. Last year, the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop became the largest buy-in tournament ever held, and this year’s became the largest field ever to play a six-figure buy-in event as 166 players created a prize pool of $17,891,148. After ten one-hour levels of play, the man best positioned to make a run at the $4,830,619 first-place prize is Brandon Steven, who bagged up 1.398 million to lead the 108 advancing players.
Steven got some of his chips when he eliminated LAPC champ Paul Klann and then acquired even more in Level 8 (1,500/3,000/500) when he spiked a two-outer on the river to crack Tom "durrrr" Dwan's aces and send the online legend to the rail. In the last level of the night, he was on the good end of a set-over-set flop against Roger Sippl, which helped him solidify his chip lead.
Prior to today, the largest field size and prize pool in a six-figure buy-in event was the 2013 GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions HK$1,000,000 (approx. $130,000) Main Event which had 125 entries (71 unique and 54 re-entries). Obviously that number was blown out of the water here in Las Vegas.
Many players took advantage of playing in the record-setting tournament and managed to punch their ticket to Day 2 including Tobias Reinkemeier (1.225 million), Dan Shak (999,000), Jason Mo (975,000), Ben Lamb (855,000), Matt Glantz (854,000), Bobby Baldwin (839,000), Daniel Negreanu (785,000), John Juanda (720,000), Jean-Robert Bellande (719,000), Vivek Rajkumar (674,000), Johnny Chan (655,000) and Jason Koon (644,000), just to name a few.
Unfortunately not everyone was so lucky. Among those to hit the rail on Day 1 were Alexey Rybin (the first to go), Sam Trickett, Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Dan Smith, Michael Mizrachi, Bryn Kenney, Erick Lindgren, Ben "bttech86" Tollerene, Phil Ivey, Faraz Jaka and Scott Seiver.
Seiver’s demise came in Level 9 (2,000/4,000/500) when he was flipping for his tournament life holding the against the of Amit Makhija. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Seiver had a 56.65% chance of surviving the hand and Makhija would win 42.95% of the time. The flop kept Seiver firmly in the lead and increased his chances of winning to 75.25%, while the turn pushed it up to 86.36%. All Seiver needed to do was dodge a king and ace on the river to double, but he couldn't do it as the spiked.
Day 2 will kick off at 13:00 PST, and as always, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Roger Sippl, Brandon Steven, and Davin Einhorn took a flop of . The trio checked, and the turn brought the . Sippl led out for 22,000, Steven raised to 75,000, and Einhorn folded. Sippl moved all in for nearly 200,000, and Steven snap-called.
"Whoa," said a few players at the table when they saw the hands.
Steven held as the bricked on the river, and Sippl was eliminated.
"Cooler," the the technology mogul sighed.
After a series of raises, Jonathan Duhamel was all in for 186,500 with . Dan Perper had him at risk with and held up through the board.
The tournament staff has announced that the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to grab any last-minute action and some official chips counts. Stay tuned for those and a full recap of the Day 1 action.
Jason Mo checked to Layne Flack on a board of . Flack fired out 43,000, and Mo called.
The river was the , Mo checked again, and Flack bet another 85,000. Mo quickly called, flashing for trip jacks, but they were no good against Flack's for Broadway.
Daniel Negreanu raised to 11,500 from early position was called by two players before Noah Schwartz three-bet shoved from the big blind for 186,000. Negreanu mulled it over for a bit before he called. The player in the hijack folded, as did Chris Klodnicki in the small blind.
The board ran out , eliminating Schwartz and giving the pot to Negreanu.
After eliminating 2010 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Frank Kassela, Jason Mo has rocketed up the counts and now sits with around 800,000 chips.