Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed)
Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed)
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Day 1 of Event #38 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed) Has Come to a Close!

• Lygis 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Nick Schwarmann is the Day 1 Chip Leader Here at Event #38 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed)
Nick Schwarmann is the Day 1 Chip Leader Here at Event #38 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed)

After a total of 566 runners entered Event #38 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed) here at the 2013 World Series of Poker, the shorthanded action began in earnest, with multiway pots and positional three-bets becoming norm. With a full ten levels of play now in the books, only 64 players survived to bag and tag by the end of the night, with many notable names booking their seat for Day 2 tomorrow.

Among the pros to weave their way through the minefield known as Day 1 were Ivan Demidov (149,500), John Hennigan (68,400), John Juanda (67,200), Jon Turner (58,600), Faraz Jaka (31,200), and Maria Ho (24,900). Each will return tomorrow afternoon for a chance to reach a WSOP final table, win a gold bracelet, and pocket more than $300,000 in cash.

While these pros managed to survive the onslaught of action flops and four-bets brought on by the four-handed format, many of their peers were culled from the field during today's action. Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi, Jennifer Tilly, Eugene Katchalov, Dan Kelly, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari were just a few of the notables to fall short here on Day 1, with the bustouts occurring at a steady clip throughout.

By the end of the evening, just a few eliminations stood between 64 fortunate players and a spot in the payouts list, and after a thirty minute period of hand-for-hand bubble play, Scott Baumstein knocked out the unfortunate bubble boy.

Nick Schwarmann will return as the Day 2 chip leader, having built a massive stack of 193,500 on, of all things, his birthday. Schwarmann will be looking to add a WSOP title to a poker résumé that already includes a victory Heartland Poker Tour.

Check back with PokerNews at 1:00 p.m. local time to follow all of the action, as the remaining 64 players take to sixteen tables, with the goal being to play their way to the Mothership main stage, and a shot at WSOP glory.

Žymos: Antonio EsfandiariDan KellyDaniel NegreanuDavid WilliamsEugene KatchalovFaraz JakaIvan DemidovJennifer TillyJohn JuandaJon TurnerJustin YoungMichael MizrachiPhil Laak

Notable End-of-Day Chip Counts

[user196676] • Lygis 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Nick Schwarmann us 193,500 38,500
Goran Filipovic us 173,800 85,800
Ivan Demidov ru 149,500 32,500
Scott Baumstein us 128,800 67,800
Jonathan D'Souza CA 118,000 2,000
David Pham us 115,700 61,700
Raymond Dandrea 83,500 16,000
Erik Cajelais ca 70,100 -41,900
John Hennigan us 68,400 -17,600
John Juanda id 67,200 -18,800
Joe Kuether us 60,300 16,300
Jon Turner us 58,600 -36,400
Daniel Park us 50,200
Russell Crane us 41,800 8,800
Faraz Jaka us 31,200 -30,800
Maria Ho us 24,900 -10,100
Vojtech Ruzicka cz 19,300 -47,400

Baumstein Pops Bubble

[user196676] • Lygis 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Action folded to Scott Baumstein in the small blind who made it 2,000 to go. The player in the big blind three-bet the action to 6,200 and Baumstein replied by moving 40,000 into the middle. The big blind sat and pondered for quite some time before announcing a call. This was, however, not a call for all of his chips, as he still had several thousand behind.

The flop came {8-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Baumstein announced all in. His opponent called and after action at other tables was finished, their hands were turned over:

Baumstein: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{j-Spades}

The turn was the {Q-Hearts}, ending it there and bursting our bubble. The board finished with the {7-Spades} and Baumstein's set of queens was officially able to burst the bubble. He'll return tomorrow with a sizable stack of 128,800.

Žymos: Scott Baumstein

Mano y Mano

• Lygis 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

With just one elimination to go until play concludes for the evening, and the money bubble bursts, the tournament has entered hand-for-hand play.

A Card Player Plays Cards, Always

• Lygis 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Justin Young's Poker Face
Justin Young's Poker Face

With a few minutes of spare time on their hands after 10 grueling hours of Texas Hold'em action, poker pros Justin Young and Jon Turner took full advantage of their reprieve from the card table.

Breaking open a deck of cards, Turner and Young began a fevered session of open-faced Chinese, getting in a few deals before retaking their seats.

Žymos: Jon TurnerJustin Young


Take Ten

[user196676] • Lygis 10: 400-800, 100 ante

The end of the level has been reached. Tournament staff is now racing and coloring off the green t25 chips and when the players return from break, they'll play until one more player is eliminated and the money is reached before bagging and tagging for the night.

The Boys in the Bubble

• Lygis 10: 400-800, 100 ante

With just two eliminations standing between the field and the cash, players can be seen standing up after every hand they fold, wandering the Brasilia Room's Gold section to monitor the short stack situation.

The tournament director just announced that play will continue until the bubble has burst, so players who are short on chips will be forced to make some moves if they hope to cash.

Some Counts as the Bubble Looms

[user196676] • Lygis 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Ivan Demidov ru 117,000 61,500
Jonathan D'Souza CA 116,000 7,400
Jon Turner us 95,000 57,500
Jamie Rosen us 86,000 30,000
Clement Thumy fr 70,000 -13,000
Faraz Jaka us 62,000 43,000
Scott Baumstein us 61,000 -24,500
Rodney Steven 61,000 -3,000
David Pham us 54,000 7,500
Rene Angelil 51,000 13,000
Joe Kuether us 44,000 -6,000
Maria Ho us 35,000 5,500
Russell Crane us 33,000 -8,000
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