WCOOP 2010: Bonkman05 bounds into lead to end Day 1 of Event #9

WCOOP 2009 logo.jpgTuesday was a day of firsts, as a pot-limit five-card draw tournament started the day, a new triple stud event followed, and the first two-day event of the series got underway. With this kind of variety and originality highlighting the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, it was bound to attract an assortment of players and abilities only found in the biggest online poker series of the year. The cumulative $50K guaranteed prize pool may have been an attraction as well...

Day 1 of Event 9 got underway late in the day on Tuesday, starting at 8:00pm ET. The $1,000 + $50 buy-in offered players the chance at some no-limit hold'em action with the assurance that the first day had an end time - only 24 20-minute levels were to be played - to prevent the exhaustion that sometimes comes from lengthy NLHE events. And your humble writer, by the way, adores two-day events almost as much as the players!

When registration ended for the tournament, it showed 1,612 players in the tournament, which meant that the $1 million guarantee was shattered when the prize pool climbed to $1,612,000. The cash was set up to be distributed among the top 180 players, with six-figure payouts reserved for the top four finishers, a solid $269,284.60 for the winner should it be played out without a deal.

At the six-hour break, which was extended to 15 minutes so players could refresh a bit, the top spot on the leaderboard was held by Elia001 with 131,432 chips. Notably, several members of Team PokerStars Pro were in the top 100 at that point, with Andre "aakkari" Akkari in 19th place, Joe "jcada99" Cada in 23rd, Johnny "johnnylodden" in 48th, and Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu in 69th. And as that hour progressed, Cada jumped into the number one spot, but when highfly3r doubled through him, he was relegated to fourth place.

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The seven-hour break showed that PHHSkid99 had jumped into the chip lead with 154,991 chips, followed closely by madwar with 153,673. Cada was still in a solid sixth place, Akkari stayed steady in 23rd, and Negreanu held in at 81st, though Lodden was crippled and on the verge of leaving before the money bubble. And on that topic, Team PokerStars SportsStars member Orel Hershiser exited moments before the break, out in 240th place.

The following hour of play saw Lodden depart in 235th place, and Arnaud "frenchkiss" Mattern headed out in 219th. As the money bubble approached, Team PokerStars Pro Angel "angelguillen" Guillen was in the top 100 of the remaining players, but he got involved with leguito in an all-in situation:

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And that ousted Guillen in 184th place, several spots before the money. It didn't take long from there for hand-for-hand play to start and finish, and that left SmokMyBandit out in 181st place on the bubble. Boulayla became the first player to cash, taking home $2,095.60 for the 180th place finish, and action proceeded rather quickly from there. Team PokerStars Pro Veronica "Princesa" Dabul also took leave of her table, as she took home $2,256.80 for 158th place.

At eight-hour break, it was ender555 in the chip lead with 255,379 chips, followed by J_soldier with 226,759. Hanging tough for the Stars team were Cada in ninth place, Akkari in tenth, and Negreanu in 78th, and Team PokerStars Online players Anders "Donald" Hoyer Berg and Jorge "JorgeArias" Arias were still in the game as well.

But in an unexpected turn of events, Negreanu put his stack at risk in the following hand just after returning from the break, and it played out as follows:

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That left Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu out in 150th place with $2,337.40. As he reported via Twitter, "Oh well, I tried."

Level 22 was highlighted by Akkari catapulting into first place on the leaderboard, courtesy of a 127K-chip pot from DDBeast, and though he fell out of the top spot, he held on in the top ten. On the other side of the spectrum, one of the many eliminated players included Jeff "kobeshomie" Madsen, who was eliminated in 140th place.

Level 23 started with players like Cesar "makavelyces" Fuentes departing the action; he did so in 119th place. Matt "All_in_at420" Stout followed in 110th place, as did Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen in 108th, former chip leader Elia001 in 106th and Adam "akat11" Katz in 101st.

And just before the last break of the night, Level 24 got underway with just about 100 players left. Play slowed tremendously after michblue left in 97th place, and the last elimination of the night was vinc421, who exited in 94th place. That left 93 players in the tournament, four of whom were representing PokerStars in their fight for the WCOOP title: Andre Akkari, Joe Cada, Anders Hoyer Berg, and Jorge Arias. Other notables still in the field included Phil "USCphildo" Collins and William "William" Thorson.

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After 24 levels and 9 hours and 19 minutes, play was paused for the night to give players a 14 hour and 40 minute break. It was set to resume on September 8 at 5:00pm ET, starting the action in Level 25 with blinds at 1,400/2,800 and a 350 ante.

WCOOP 2010 Event #9, Day 1 top chip counts:
1st: Bonkman05 (388,925 chips)
2nd: birs320 (379,681 chips)
3rd: hwtd1 (312,322 chips)
4th: ender555 (310,125 chips)
5th: 7BeΛeC7 (301,294 chips)
6th: Machiavilian (285,115 chips)
7th: leguito (277,254 chips)
8th: DDBeast (262,463 chips)
9th: Torcher (235,196 chips)
10th: Team PokerStars Pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari (219,411 chips)

Other notables:
13th: Team PokerStars Pro Joe "jcada99" Cada (202,977 chips)
59th: Team PokerStars Online player Anders "Donald" Hoyer Berg (87,824 chips)
61st: Team PokerStars Online player Jorge "JorgeArias" Arias (81,971 chips)

Join us here tomorrow for Day 2 of the Event 9 action!

The 2010 WCOOP is now underway with a total of 62 events, only a small portion of which are complete, and $50M in guarantees. The official WCOOP website has a plethora of information about the entire series, and PokerStars TV offers tournament highlights. And as the next few weeks of excitement progress, check out the VIP Club page to learn how to pick up amazing rewards for simply choosing to play on PokerStars.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in WCOOP