2017 World Series of Poker

Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)
Dias: 1

Ashton Tops Day 1 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Nível 6 : 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
Matthew Ashton
Matthew Ashton

British professional poker player Matthew Ashton is leading the 2017 $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the end of Day 1 which saw 93 players take to the felt, already beating last year's audience by two runners. 87 of those 93 players survived, and late registration remains open until the start of Day 2.

Ashton bagged up 705,500 tonight, vaulting to the lead after eliminating Ben Sulsky in the last level of the day in pot-limit Omaha. Ashton raised all in on a queen-high flop, putting the high stakes legend at risk. Sulsky called off with a top set but failed to avoid Ashton's wrap outs. Ashton made a straight on the turn, and the board didn't pair on the river, leaving Sulsky empty-handed.

Ashton has already tasted success in the Poker Players Championship, winning the title and a whopping $1,774,089 back in 2013.

Another contender for the chip lead was Aaron Katz, who took over the pole position with the last few hands before the end of the day, but he eventually finished with 682,700, good for second place. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi rounds out the top three with 485,500.

One of the main heroes of the opening day was Mark Gregorich, who scored the first knockout of the tournament. Gregorich tangled with Daniel Cates in a no-limit hold'em hand that saw Cates five-bet shoving for over 200 big blinds preflop. Gregorich snap-called with pocket aces, leaving Cates' ace-king of diamonds drawing very thin. Cates spiked two diamonds on the flop to keep his hopes alive, but the turn and river bricked, eliminating Cates.

The four other those who failed to make it through to Day 2, were David Benyamine, Dan Shak, Iraj Parvizi, and Jared Bleznick.

The Poker Players Championship always boasts some of the world's most talented fields and this year is no exception. Reigning champion Brian Rast will come back with 335,300 while the only other two-time PPC winner Michael Mizrachi has 267,000.

Jens Lakemeier was busy with winning the $2,500 Big Bet Mix event in the afternoon, and he entered in the second half of the day. He managed to build up but eventually bagged just over the starting stack to continue with 257,000.

Many other notable players will be back in action at 2 p.m. PDT. PokerNews reporters will once again be on the ground to provide you with live updates from one of the most prestigious tournaments in the poker world.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Brasilia7131Mike WattelUnited States302,800
Brasilia7132Anthony ZinnoUnited States224,000
Brasilia7134Isaac HaxtonUnited States401,500
Brasilia7136Bryce YockeyUnited States224,500
Brasilia7141Robert GoldfarbUnited States205,200
Brasilia7142David "ODB" BakerUnited States167,800
Brasilia7143Johannes BeckerGermany333,100
Brasilia7144Jens LakemeierGermany275,000
Brasilia7145Brock ParkerUnited States135,300
Brasilia7146Daniel AlaeiUnited States446,100
Brasilia7151Warwick MirzikinianAustralia213,800
Brasilia7152Felipe RamosBrazil160,300
Brasilia7153Phil HellmuthUnited States307,500
Brasilia7154Gus HansenDanmark96,300
Brasilia7155Andrey ZaichenkoRussia232,300
Brasilia7156Michael MizrachiUnited States267,000
Brasilia7161Bruno FitoussiFrance210,400
Brasilia7162Ryan MillerUnited States223,600
Brasilia7163Esther Taylor-BradyUnited States18,400
Brasilia7164Aaron KatzUnited States682,700
Brasilia7165Johnny ChanUnited States408,500
Brasilia7166Paul VolpeUnited States345,600
Brasilia7171Albert DaherLebanon15,600
Brasilia7172Adam OwenUnited Kingdom407,300
Brasilia7173Marco JohnsonUnited States422,900
Brasilia7175Jake AbdallaUnited States205,400
Brasilia7176Alex LuneauFrance187,000
Brasilia7181Josh AriehUnited States273,600
Brasilia7182Keith GipsonUnited States178,400
Brasilia7184James ObstAustralia417,000
Brasilia7185Tomer DanielUnited States233,800
Brasilia7186Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States179,000
Brasilia7191Elior SionUnited Kingdom314,500
Brasilia7192Fabrice SoulierFrance280,000
Brasilia7194Matt GlantzUnited States121,300
Brasilia7195Phillip HuiUnited States296,200
Brasilia7196Brett RicheyUnited States455,300
Brasilia7201Dan SmithUnited States352,200
Brasilia7202Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom705,500
Brasilia7203Nick SchulmanUnited States196,000
Brasilia7204Leon TsoukernikCzech Republic323,000
Brasilia7205Joseph CoudenUnited States166,200
Brasilia7211Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland353,000
Brasilia7212Brian RastUnited States235,300
Brasilia7214Wil WilkinsonUnited States126,500
Brasilia7215Robert MizrachiUnited States485,500
Brasilia7216Eugene KatchalovUkraine277,300
Brasilia7221Harry MadoffUnited States478,600
Brasilia7222Justin BonomoUnited States367,000
Brasilia7224Mike LeahCanada227,100
Brasilia7225Daniel NegreanuCanada360,100
Brasilia7226Ivo DonevAustria274,000
Brasilia7232John RacenerUnited States333,000
Brasilia7233Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom142,700
Brasilia7234Mike GlickUnited States233,100
Brasilia7235Todd BrunsonUnited States215,300
Brasilia7236Roy ThungUnited States257,000
Brasilia7241Brian TateUnited States199,000
Brasilia7242Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom239,800
Brasilia7243Mattias De SmidtBelgium196,100
Brasilia7244Scott SeiverUnited States319,200
Brasilia7246Chris GeorgeUnited States50,100
Brasilia7251Timofey KuznetsovRussia378,500
Brasilia7252Jason MercierUnited States325,700
Brasilia7253Mike SextonUnited States225,400
Brasilia7255Ray DehkharghaniUnited States219,700
Brasilia7256Mike MatusowUnited States185,700
Brasilia7261Shaun DeebUnited States237,500
Brasilia7262Tommy ChenUnited States148,500
Brasilia7263Minh LyUnited States207,400
Brasilia7265Jesse MartinUnited States189,900
Brasilia7266Randy OhelUnited States186,300
Brasilia7271Eric WassersonUnited States325,000
Brasilia7272Jon TurnerUnited States398,400
Brasilia7274Daniel ZackUnited States91,800
Brasilia7275Ian JohnsUnited States264,600
Brasilia7276Gary BensonAustralia168,800
Brasilia7281Mike GorodinskyUnited States154,400
Brasilia7282Jeff LisandroAustralia96,200
Brasilia7283Abe MosseriUnited States198,000
Brasilia7284Mark GregorichUnited States465,700
Brasilia7286Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom116,600
Brasilia7291Michael RossUnited States373,800
Brasilia7292David OppenheimUnited States345,000
Brasilia7293John MonnetteUnited States264,600
Brasilia7294David BachUnited States333,800
Brasilia7295Bertrand GrospellierFrance367,900

Tags: Aaron KatzBen SulskyBrian RastDan CatesDan ShakDavid BenyamineIraj ParviziJens LakemeierMark GregorichMatthew AshtonMichael MizrachiRobert Mizrachi