Event #5A: $565 Colossus III No-Limit Hold'Em has come to and end with 93 players moving on to Day 2. Leading the field is Thomas Boivin with an outstanding 538,000 chips. Boivin made the trip from Europe to Las Vegas with a few friends to compete in the 2017 WSOP and is looking for his first-ever gold bracelet. Close behind him is Newton Deleon (433,000) and Kevon Bakhtiari (382,000) rounding out the top three.
The day started with around 2,000 players walking through the doors early this morning to take part in this perennial favorite event. The $8,000,000 guaranteed prizepool and $1,000,000 guaranteed first-place prize attracts a lot of entries and caters to all kinds of players. The field quickly grew, with late registration open for six levels and one rebuy permitted, to 2,756 total entries.
Tom Middleton burst the money bubble shortly before Level 12 began with pocket nines versus his opponent's pocket eights. There were 414 players remaining that all received a minimum cash payout of $833.
Some notables to take part in Event #5A that were unable to crack the money bubble include Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, Mike Leah, Melanie Weisner, Nick Yunis, Kathy Liebert, and Kenny Hallaert. There were a few familiar faces to bag and tag heading to Day 2 that included Nadya Magnus (136,000) and 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer (78,000).
Here is a look at some of the chip leaders heading into Day 2, with a full list being posted when it is available. That wraps up everything for Day 1a in the Colossus but there is still Day 1b going on and you can follow the action here.
Chris Moorman opened the hijack and the button called. The player in the big blind squeezed all in for 775 and Moorman pushed all in over the top. The lady on the button folded only for the dealer then to notice that a reraise by Moorman wasn't permitted as it wasn't a full raise. The push became a call, and the button took back her cards and called as well.
The two players with an active hand both checked the flop and Moorman checked again on the turn. The button then moved all in and Moorman folded instantly. The big blind at risk showed while the button tabled for Broadway. The on the river was a blank and the big blind said her goodbyes.
"Why didn't you raise?" the big blind asked, still with a smile on her face.
"I couldn't!" Moorman replied with some remorse.
Moorman, despite losing some chips in the hand, still up a lot for the day.
It is the tournament that most players from all around the world have been waiting for all year — Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em kicks off today!
There will be six starting flights in total and players can look forward to getting paid should they make it to the end of any Day 1 flight. With an $8,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and $1,000,000 guaranteed to the eventual winner, this is sure to be the largest field at the 2017 WSOP this year.
Last summer, Ben Keeline bested a field of 21,613 entries in this event to capture the coveted $1,000,000 first-place prize and WSOP bracelet. Keeline was able to out-grind some of the best players in the world in the five-day tournament.
Players will start with 5,000 chips and blinds will begin at 25/50. Blinds will be increased every 30 minutes and play will conclude at the end of 18 levels. One re-entry per flight will be permitted, and players can also enter any of the subsequent flights if they are not successful making it to Day 2. Cards will be in the air at 10:00 a.m. local time.
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