Live Updates from the Main Event at Planet Hollywood

Scott_Davies_rpDay 2 of the Main Event is underway, and registration has officially closed. There are 1,044 entries, which created a prize pool of $1,566,000. The top 108 players will be paid, and the winner will earn $289,706. Full prize pool information is available here.

The chip leader heading into Day 2 is Matt Berkey, and he’s followed by 2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong. Among the other players advancing to Day 2 are WSOP Main Event champions Ryan Reiss and Carlos Mortensen, and recent WSOP APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies (pictured above).

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Casino Champion Update

Kheang Tang won Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry at Planet Hollywood

Kheang Tang won Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry at Planet Hollywood

After Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em wrapped up the other day, Kheang Tang (pictured) is still the leader in the Casino Champion race. He has three cashes, including a victory and a 2nd-place finish, for 90 points.

There are two players tied for second with 60 points, James Hellerer and Vincent Moscati. However, it looks like the player with the best chance to surpass Tang today is Raney Stanczak (pictured below), who currently has 50 point. Stanczak is among the final 18 players returning for Day 2 of Event #12. If he wins another ring, he’ll also pull into the lead for Casino Champion.


However Raney Stanczak,

Sunday at Planet Hollywood

Today is a busy day at Planet Hollywood.

Most attention will be on Day 2 of the Main Event. The leader heading into the Day 2 is Matt Berkey with 237,300, followed by former November Niner Joseph Cheong (220,300). A total of 356 players made it through to Day 2. Chip counts are available here.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. and they’ll play through Level 26, which means the day will conclude at almost 4 a.m.

There are two other ring events today. Day 2 of Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em starts at 2 p.m. The event started yesterday with 167 players.

Lastly, the final ring event of the series is Event #13: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo. It begins at noon, and is scheduled to complete later tonight.

Wrap up of Saturday at Planet Hollywood

Berkey_3The Main Event is done for the night. There were 554 players on Day 1B, and 194 survived, making 356 total players advancing to Day 2. The overall chip leader after both Day 1 flights is Matt Berkey (pictured) with 237,300. He’s followed by Joseph Cheong with 220,300.

A full recap is available here, and chip counts here.

Play continues Sunday at 2 p.m.

The other ring event in action today is Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em. It drew 167 entries, and there are currently 63 remaining. Play will continue for about 2 more hours tonight, and then the remaining players will return at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

WSOPC-Tunica_20100120_0158-620x413Day 1B of the Main Event at Planet Hollywood started at noon today. Yesterday’s Day 1A attracted 477 entries, 162 of whom survived to play on Day 2.

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Saturday at Planet Hollywood

Welcome to Saturday at Planet Hollywood.

Most of the the tournament area today will be dedicated to Day 1B of the Main Event. Yesterday’s Day 1A attracted 477 entries. There were 162 survivors, led by former November Niner Joseph Cheong.

Action starts at noon, and they’ll play 12 forty-minute levels. There is no dinner break on Day 1. Anyone who bags chips will return at 2 p.m. Sunday for Day 2.

Today’s other ring event is Event #12, a $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament that begins at 4 p.m. It is scheduled to play to a winner on Sunday.

Goodnight from Planet Hollywood

Jimmy Hellerer won Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold'em at Planet Hollywood

Jimmy Hellerer won Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Planet Hollywood

Most of the action at Planet Hollywood on Friday surrounded the Main Event. Today was the first of two starting flights, and when the dust settled, former November Niner Joseph Cheong was leading the way. There were 477 entries today, and 162 advanced to Day 2.

Day 1B starts Saturday at noon. The survivors from both starting flights will return for Day 2 Sunday at 2 p.m.

The other event today was Day 2 of Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em. The winner of Jimmy Hellerer (pictured above), a recent transplant from Buffalo to Vegas, who is obviously enjoying both the weather and poker climate here in Vegas.

Main Event Day 1A Complete – 162 Players Advance

CheongDay 1A of the Main Event at Planet Hollywood drew a huge field of 477 players. The field was not only big, it was well-decorated, with numerous bracelets, rings, and other poker accomplishments represented throughout the floor.

In fact, there were two WSOP Main Event champions in the field, 2013 champ Ryan Riess and 2001 winner Carlos Mortensen. Elsewhere in the room were bracelet winners Robert Mizrachi, Ryan Welch, Eric Baldwin, Dan Heimiller, Dutch Boyd, Leo Wolpert, Greg Kolo, Robert Cheung, as well as former November Niners Jake Balsiger and Joseph Cheong (pictured above).

Cheong, in fact has the chip lead with 220,300. Other big stacks include Welch (198,000), Dan O’Brien (173,800), and Eddie Blumenthal (155,100).

Perhaps the most uplifting side story in today’s event was the presence of Kevin “phwap” Boudreau. Boudreau took a hiatus from poker after a brain injury he suffered during the 2013 WSOP. Lately, he has been returning to the tables from time to time. He was in Day 1A today, although he was eliminated before the end of the day.

After 12 levels of play, the 477 entries were whittled down to (unofficially) 162. In addition to the leaders, several notable players bagged up chips for Day 2. Both Main Event champs are still alive. Carlos Mortensen has 53,200, and Riess has 18,300. They’ll be joined on Sunday by Baldwin (96,500), Robert Mizrachi (59,500), three-time ring winner John Holley (57,000), Viet Vo (47,200), Dan Heimiller (47,000), Balsiger (38,300), Joe Kuether (36,000), and Tim West (27,200).

Tomorrow, the Flight 1B begins at noon and will also play 12 levels. Those who survive through the end of either Day 1 will return on Sunday at 2 p.m. for Day 2. (This is a change from the original structure sheet, which listed the Day 2 restart as starting at noon.)

Full chip counts will be available shortly.

Event #10: $365 NLHE Restarts at Planet Hollywood

Day 2 of Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em recently began at Planet Hollywood. Twelve players made it to Day 2. Here are their start-of-day chip counts.