49 players out of 150 runners survived Day 1A. Check our front page for the full recap of today’s action and the Chip Counts tab to see the leaders.
In what was one of the last hands dealt for the evening, King Luna has busted out of the Empire 1M.
Luna shoved his stack worth over 10,000 but found big stack Czardy Rivera calling his all-in.
Luna showed J? J? but was up against the Big Slick.
Looking good for a double up before Day 2 for Luna as the flop 5♥ 9♠ 5♠ appeared. And the turn 10♠ was good news for Luna as well…
However, the river A♣ came and decided that his Empire 1M run is over! Rivera climbs to over 140,000 worth of chips and most likely one of the leaders for Day 1A.
There’s no mucking around for Mariano Siy who shoves all in for 39,800 over the top of a raise to 1600 from UTG player, Charles Steban, who then calls.
Siy: A♦ K♠
Steban: 10♠ 10♥
The board comes down 7♦ 3♦ 9♦ K♣ 9♣ to give Siy pot and damage Steban.
Mid-position player Czardy Rivera was hoping to steal off the blinds and antes with a 2,600 preflop raise. Janna from the lo-jack would have none of it and went all-in for 21,300!
Rivera threw away his hand. After all, there are only a few hands left before Day 1A is over and now is not the time for any big confrontations.
With three players limping ahead of him, the player from the small blind bet 3,000 and found the three limpers wanted to see the flop as well…
Two players checked after the flop 4♥ 8♦ 8♠ but Kenjie See wanted to up the ante a bit by betting 4,000. However, the button player made a 19,500 re-raise putting the pressure on See!
See, though, had plans of his own — to shove his stack for over 70,000! Pressure back to him, the button player made the fold.
See shows he had the 8♣ and probably a very good fold for the player from the button. See now has over 140,000.
In two successful all ins, the short-stacked Edgar Basilio now has some breathing room. An all in for 7500 with A♠ 7♠ was called in the big blind by Patrick Racelis with K♣ Q♣. The flop of 2♣ 3♣ J♥ was scary for Basilio but the club never came on the 3♥ turn or 10♥ river.
A few hands later, Basilio moved all in for 12,500 after two limpers, but was called by the one in the cutoff who held pocket eights. Basilio showed A♠ Q♥, which had no love on the 6♠ 7♦ 7♣ flop, but connected on the A♣ turn to take down the pot.
Tim Viernes has sent a player known only as “Jason” packing.
Viernes: A? K?
Jason: J? J?
The flop K♥ 6♣ K♠ wasn’t what Jason was hoping for and the turn Q♥ and river 9♠ wasn’t any help meaning another player busts out of the Empire 1M.
There are 54 players left.