Canada’s Matthew Jarvis won a massive pot late in the opening day’s play of event #40 to become the chip leader at the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament in the Rio.
British Columbia’s Jarvis – a November Niner last year – ended the day on 303,800 chips after rivering a full house against trip aces and an over pair that ultimately eliminated Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi.
Vegas resident Randy Dorfman – who also picked up a large pot when his two pair beat Englishman Neil Channing’s aces in level eight – sits in second place on 280,000, while Maryland’s Anthony Gregg is a distant third on 178,900.
There are many big stacks ready to challenge for the $808,538 top prize and gold bracelet from the $3,440,400 prize pool, however, with the likes of Pennsylvania’s Zach Gruneberg (142,400), Canadian Daniel Negreanu (162,200) and Eugene Todd (147,500), of Brooklyn, all making late increases to their respective chip stacks as the field was cut from 732 to just 175.
As you will no doubt have come to expect, many big names failed to make day two, with Erick Lindgren, Phil Laak, Justin Bonomo, Allen Bari, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Eugene Katchalov, Frank Kassela and Jason Mercier all making early exits.
However, Jarvis made a big move just as the chips were being bagged at other tables when he picked up a large pot in a three-way battle with 2010 WSOP $50,000 Players’ Championship winner Mizrachi and another player.
Hollywood’s Mizrachi, who showed 10h-10d, was covered by Jarvis (6c-6h) and his other opponent (Ac-Qd). The flop came down Ad-9s-5d while the As on the turn gave the third player in the hand trip aces. However, the 6s on the river provided Jarvis with a full house for a double knockout and the chip lead.
Top 10 chip stacks after day one of the WSOP 2011 $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event:
1. Matthew Jarvis (Canada) – 303,800
2. Randy Dorfman (USA) – 280,000
3. Anthony Gregg (USA) – 178,900
4. Raphael Kroll (France) – 174,500
5. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) – 162,600
6. Eugene Todd (USA) – 147,500
7. Dan Santoro (USA) – 146,400
8. Jeremy Ausmus (USA) – 143,300
9. Zachary Gruneberg (USA) – 142,400
10. Tuan Le (USA) – 130,000