Poker Writer Wins First Bracelet of the Summer, $5K Bursts Money Bubble

Darryll Fish Makes Day 3 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Event (Jay Newnum Photo)

Darryll Fish Makes Day 3 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max Event (Jay Newnum Photo)

The second day of the 2013 WSOP brought it’s first bracelet of the summer with Chad Holloway winning the $500 Casino Employees event.

While the Casino Employees event was handing out hardware, the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max burst its money bubble and the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event completed its first day of play with two starting flights.

$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max

96 players returned to the Rio on Thursday afternoon with hopes of at least cashing in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max event. While 96 players showed up to start the day, only 56 of those players could leave with money.

Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein, Lee Markholt, and Josh Brikis were some of the notables that finished just shy of the money.

Antonio Esfandiari, Andy Seth, Sam Stein, Mike Sowers, and Bryan Piccioli also busted on Day 2, but they were able survive until after the money bubble burst.

Jeremy Ausmus ended his 2012 WSOP on a high note by making the final table of the Main Event. He started his 2013 with a WSOP Circuit National Championship final table and continued his hot run with a cash in this event. He was near the top of the chip counts at one point of the day, but finished just shy of making Day 3 when his AK couldn’t beat his opponent’s T8 all in preflop.

“[It feels] Good,” said Ausmus on his cash to start the WSOP. “I’ve already started off good in my opinion. I’m going to play a lot of events and hopefully I can do good.”

Ausmus was eliminated in 29th place and was the last player to be eliminated before the rest of the field bagged and tagged their chips. The remaining 28 players will return to the Amazon Room at 2 pm PST (5 pm EST) to play down to the final table.

Darryll Fish is among those final 28 players and will be returning on Friday with 350,000 in chips.

“It was a pretty smooth day really,” said Fish. “I didn’t get into too many crazy hands and I had one big pot where I flopped a straight against top pair and the guy ended up getting it all in.

“This is a good one [tournament], so it feels good. It’s definitely a good way to kick off the summer.”

Rafal Michalowski is the chip leader to start Day 3. He ended the day with 632,000 in chips. Other notables who survived the day included Tom Marchese, Joe Serock, Jared Hamby, and Dan Kelly.

The final 28 players are all guaranteed a cash of at least $15,824, but they all are eyeing the top prize of $553,906 that comes with the bracelet that will be awarded on Saturday night.

$500 Casino Employees Event

Chad Holloway outlasted a field of 898 players and bested Allan Kwong heads-up to take home the first bracelet of the summer and the $84,915 that comes with it.

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

The first flight got underway at noon on Thursday and saw 1,828 players sign up with 321 remaining at the end of eight levels of play. The second flight of the event started five hours later and got an additional 1,336 entrants giving the entire event a total of 3,164 entries.

222 players survived eight levels of play and are bagging and tagging their chips at the end of the second flight, meaning that 543 players will return to the Rio at 1 pm PST (4 pm EST) on Friday afternoon to continue play.

Faraz Jaka, Vanessa Selbst, Greg Raymer, and JC Tran are among some of the notables who were unable to survive the day.

Jon Eaton, Adam Levy, Leo Wolpert, Josh Arieh, Erick Lindgren, and Shannon Shorr are some of the top pros who survived the day and are still in the hunt for the bracelet.

The prizepool information for this event will not be released until

Looking Forward

Action will continue in the early goings of the WSOP on Friday with the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event getting underway at noon (3 pm EST). The $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven card Hi-Lo event gets underway at 5 pm (8 pm EST) along continued coverage of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max and the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em events.

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