Tony Ruberto leads the final 243 players of today's $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event, amassing a stack of 178,200. Today's event started with 1,736 entrants. After Day 1, Ruberto is only 6,000 ahead of the second stack, Florens Feenstra (171,700). Alan Bertenshaw (147,800), Jamil Kanji (129,9000) and Chris Karambinis (123,100) also bagged hefty stacks.
Of course, a few notables made a showing today, but didn't manage to hold up until the end. Those no longer with us include Antonio Esfandiari, Pius Heinz, Layne Flack, David Williams, Maria Ho, Jennifer Tilly and Annette Obrestad, among many others.
We did find a few notables still in contention after Day 1, including Mark Teltscher (113,100), Jonathan Tamayo (91,900), Josh Arieh (79,800), Chris Johnson (75,100), Erik Seidel (58,000), David Peters (44,600), Blair Hinkle (36,900) and Amit Makhija (37,000).
The 243 survivors from today will be back tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Amazon Room to play some more cards. As always, check in with PokerNews for live updates and chip counts during the action tomorrow for Day 2 of this $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event.
We found Dan Smith with enough chips in the middle to put his opponent all in on the end. The board read . Smith's opponent tanked for a couple of minutes before announcing a call. Smith revealed for two pair, and his opponent tossed his cards into the middle and got out of his seat.
We walked up to the table just as Antonio Esfandiari went all-in for 20,200 of his remaining chips. David Peters, two seats to the left, also announced, "All in," after a short tank. The rest of the players folded, and Esfandiari showed , while Peters tabled .
The board came , hitting a queen for Peters and coming up short for Esfandiari. After an apparent downswing, Peters is now sitting at a healthy stack of around 60,000 in chips.