Flushy, r_a_y Lead WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em Event After Day 1

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A total of 650 players turned out for Event #9 of the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP), a $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament. At the end of one day of play, former WSOP Main Event November Niner and PocketFives.com member Scott r_a_yMontgomery (pictured) owns the second largest stack at 193,300, trailing James Flushy Dempsey’s field-pacing total of 205,900. Sixty-five players remain and the money bubble will pop when two players have been eliminated on Friday.

One of Montgomery’s final acts on Thursday was to send Chris Kassela to the rails. Kassela ran A-K into Montgomery’s pocket kings. Montgomery found a set on the flop, but Kassela promptly hit an ace on the turn to give the Canadian a sweat. Needing to catch a two-outer on the river, Kassela watched as a four hit. Montgomery took fifth in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, earning $3.1 million. That year marked the first for the November Nine format, which will continue in 2010.

In one of the final hands of the day, Christian charder Harder (pictured) doubled up an opponent holding 7-3 on a flop of 5-7-3. The other player held pocket queens, but a running 5-6 improved him to queens-up. Harder dropped down to 29,000 chips as a result, but rebounded to 45,200 to end the day, good for the 22nd largest stack. He finished 29th in the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event for £21,000.

Here’s a look at the top 10 in Event #9 of the WSOP:

1. James FlushyDempsey – 205,900
2. Scott r_a_y Montgomery – 193,300
3. James Lewis – 154,400
4. Joanne Liu – 123,900
5. Joseph Gotlieb – 110,400
6. Adams Sherman – 93,300
7. Armen Kara – 88,200
8. Chris Moore – 74,500
9. Daniel Burke – 73,300
10. Kenneth KartinKenKrouner – 70,600

Other members of the online poker community remaining after Day 1 include:

16. Frank Round42Rusnak – 63,600
21. Stephen MrTimCaumO’Dwyer – 47,000
22. Christian charderHarder – 45,200
25. Jonathan FieryJusticeLittle – 42,700
36. Todd tbt4653Terry – 34,700
56. Jason StatusUpLavallee – 14,900
63. Eric RizenLynch – 9,800

When the action paused on Thursday, the blinds were 600/1,200. Among those members of the online poker community who found the rail yesterday in Event #9 were Jared TheWacoKidd Hamby, Stephen stevie444Chidwick, and Dylan imalucsacLinde.

In Event #8, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, 25 players remain including Devin looneydeLooney (pictured), who bagged the 12th largest stack last night. After play had concluded, he posted in Poker Discussion, “I just made it to Day 3 of WSOP event 8!!!!! Hopefully I can keep Phil from getting his 12th bracelet. I am on Cloud 9 right now.” UB.compro Phil Hellmuth owns the fourth largest stack at 556,000 and is poised to make a run at a record-setting 12th WSOP bracelet.

Also surviving to see Day 3 of Event #8 is Josh brikdog24 Brikis, who holds the sixth largest stack at 547,000. The winner will pocket $568,000 and everyone remaining is guaranteed $16,000.

Finally, in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event #6), Joe pokerjoe9Elpayaa and Brent bhanks11Hanks (pictured) took fourth and sixth, respectively, for $125,000 and $71,000. Hanks took a hit to his chip stack in a set-over-set situation against Elpayaa and ultimately found the rail when he couldn’t outrace pocket sevens with A-Q. Elpayaa also fell short in a race in his final hand, holding A-J against event winner Joshua Tieman‘s pocket tens. Here were the results from the six-handed final table:

1. Joshua Tieman – $441,692
2. Neil Channing – $273,153
3. Stuart Rutter – $179,617
4. Joseph pokerjoe9Elpayaa – $125,387
5. Nicolas Levi – $92,543
6. Brent bhanks11Hanks – $71,998

A pair of $1,500 Hold’em tournaments will kick off today inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas:

12:00pm PT
Event #11: No Limit Hold’em
$1,500 buy-in

5:00pm PT
Event #12: Limit Hold’em
$1,500 buy-in

Check out a partial list of PocketFives.com member cashes in the 2010 WSOP. Remember to stay tuned for the latest WSOP coverage of online poker players.