Event 5C: $565 Colossus III No-Limit Hold'Em has come to an end with 109 players bagging chips to return on Day 2. Everyone who bagged chips is guaranteed a minimum of $1,480.
Mark Johnson Jr had an impressive day, running up a stack to $368,000. Johnson has cashed in seven previous WSOP events dating back to 2014, for a total of $309,000 in live tournament earnings. The Michigan native will be looking for a big score in this event when it resumes on June 5th for Day 2. Alexander Borteh (365,000) is nipping on his heels, and Matt Holtzman (356,000) won a big hand at the end of the day to close in on the chip lead.
Late registration closed after six levels, and there was a total of 3,102 entries — the largest flight thus far. Like yesterday, the action was fast, and players were eliminated quickly. The bubble burst just after level 12 began, and 466 players were guaranteed at least $832.
Some notables that entered Day 1C but were eliminated prior to the money include Mike Leah, Kathy Liebert, Joey Weissman, Joseph Chuong, Kenny Hallaert, Kristen Bicknell, and Scott Montgomery. A couple notable players still remaining in the field are five-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson (284,000) and Frederico Butterino (121,000) who will be returning on Day 2.
Here is a look at some of the top chip stacks at the conclusion of play, with a full list being posted at the end of all of the Day 1 flights. There is still action happening in Day 1D of the Colossus III and you can follow it all here http://bit.ly/17wsop_e5.
Just moments after registering for Day 1c, Kristen Bicknell found a perfect spot to get her chips in the middle. One opponent shipped all in from middle position for 1,500 and another player raised to 3,000 from late position. Bicknell moved all in herself for 4,200. Her opponent called and she was ahead of both players.
Bicknell's ace-king was able to hold up and now she has chips to play with as she looks for a deep run today. Bicknell is one of Canada's most decorated female players with two WSOP bracelets, one coming in the 2013 Ladies Championship and the other in the 2016 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty. Bicknell has had a run of recent success in the past couple years and has emerged from behind the computer to find wins on the live poker table. Bicknell is in search of some deep runs at the 2017 WSOP and ultimately some more jewelry that comes in the form of a gold bracelet.
The doors are open bright and early for a second straight day at the Rio Convention Centre for Event 5C: $565 Colossus III No-Limit Hold'Em of the 2017 WSOP. There were a total of 4,738 entries for the opening two flights of the tournament yesterday with 157 of them bagging chips to head into Day 2.
Play will commence at 10 a.m. and continue for 18 levels. Players will be given a 5,000 chip stack to begin the day and the blinds will start at 25/50, increasing in 30-minute intervals with a 20-minute break after every four levels. One rebuy per flight will be permitted and late registration will be open until the end of Level 6.
The money bubble will burst at some point throughout the day and players that bust afterward will collect their cash prize. The ones that are lucky enough to find a bag at the end of the day will return for Day 2 on June 5. They will all be in search of a piece of the $8,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and, more importantly, the $1,000,000 first-place prize.
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