WCOOP 2010: Mrvogt leads Day 1 of Event 48, Dennis Phillips in top ten

WCOOP 2009 logo.jpgThe two-day events that appeared at various points throughout the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker were welcomed by many players. Those who were willing to put up the $1,000 + $50 buy-in to play in a no-limit hold'em WCOOP event wanted the chance, should they run well in the tournament, to take a break at some point and rest before playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Event 48 was one of several tournaments throughout the series that offered players that opportunity for two days of poker. And it offered them a $1 million guarantee. Needless to say, the attractive billing brought players from all over the world to the tables, and the 1,224-player field pushed the prize pool well past the guarantee to $1,224,000. That was enough to pay out the top 144 players while still reserving six-figure payouts for the top three finishers. With $213,955.20 on the line for the winner, in addition to a gold WCOOP bracelet to go with the prestigious title, players sidled up to the tables on Tuesday, September 21, to brace themselves for what they hoped would be two days of poker action.

Play moved along through the first six hours of the tournament and thinned the field to 254 players by the six-hour break. They were still a bit of a distance from the money, but some players were fairly comfortable they'd make some cash, like ale3560 who sat atop the leaderboard with 142,707 chips and 128geek who held up the second spot with 133,462 chips. Also still in the field at that point were several Team PokerStars Pros - Joe "jcada99" Cada, Richard Toth, Dennis "D. Phillips" Phillips, and Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder, along with Team PokerStars Online player Jorge Arias.

Soon into the next hour of play, however, Hungary's Richard Toth was eliminated in 224th place.

Cada, who had seen some of his chips disappear, waited for the right opportunity to move all-in for the double-up, and pocket aces seemed like that spot. But the following video is what is looks like to get aces cracked:

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That sent 2009 World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada (//www.pokerstars.eu/team-pokerstars/joe-cada/) to the rail in 205th place.

Players moved on to the seven-hour break, at which point 182 players remained and no one had yet made the money. Arias and de Meulder both rose into the top 100 list by that point, and Phillips was leading the way in the top 50, but first on the leaderboard was Civell with 196,928 chips, followed by 128geek with 168,919. Former chipleader ale3560 moved down the list to 53rd place.

During the next hour, the money bubble burst, and it was dpeters17 who had the unfortunate distinction of being the bubble player, exiting in 145th place. That made way for SBRounder to cash in 144th place for $1,958.40 and others to do the same. By the time the next break came around, there were 130 players remaining on 15 tables and gmcrafter had risen into first place with 259,238 chips, followed by APowers1968 with 233,500. Civell was still hanging around the top in third place, though 128geek had fallen to 39th place and ale3560 was no longer in the tournament. How quickly things change...

Not long after players returned from that break, two of the three remaining PokerStars players risked their chips and didn't fare so well.

Arias had been reduced to a stack of only 13,749 chips and pushed all-in with K♠J♠, and original raiser bonzo9876 called with A♦3♦, a hand that only improved on the 6♣9♠Q♦3♣A♣ board. Those two pair were more than enough to eliminate Team PokerStars Online's Jorge "JorgeArias" Arias in 112th place, which was worth a payout of $2,325.60.

Moments later, mattidm took his 24,330 chips into battle from the small blind with A♥Q♦, and mrvogt called with 9♠9♥. The board blanked when it came 3♣J♥8♥6♥T♣, and the race ended with the pocket pair holding up. Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder of Belgium was eliminated in 109th place with $2,325.60.

The last break of the night found only 78 players still in the tournament at the final nine tables but representing for Team PokerStars was Phillips, who climbed ever so slyly toward the top ten. Mrvogt was the chip leader with 482,972 in those virtual stacks, and gmcrafter was in a solid second place with 339,827 chips. The rest of the top five included Civell, G's zee, and APowers1968.

With one more 20-minute level to go, players had their last chances of the night to chip up in preparation for a second day of action. And during that time, nothing extraordinary happened to change the status of the top players, as mrvogt held on to his lead and Dennis Phillips held steady in the top ten. Other notables still in the field included Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis, Brock "t soprano" Parker, Phil "USCphildo" Collins, and Tim "Tmay420" West.

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After about 9.5 hours of play, the tournament wrapped for the night, and players were given a 14.5 hour break before having to return. Only 69 players remained at the final eight tables, and they were all set to reconvene on Wednesday, September 22, to continue play. Action would start at the beginning of Level 25, with blinds at 1,400/2,800 with an ante of 350.

Join us tomorrow, starting at 20:00 ET, for the conclusion of Event 48!

2010 WCOOP Event 48, Day 1 Top Chip Counts:

1st: mrvogt (460,897 chips)
2nd: G's zee (371,815 chips)
3rd: APowers1968 (355,263 chips)
4th: gmcrafter (321,077 chips)
5th: Civell (308,504 chips)
6th: AlwaysFelted (305,971 chips)
7th: BehnamPatros (264,889 chips)
8th: Team PokerStars Pro Dennis "D. Phillips" Phillips (234,765 chips)
9th: GripDsNutz (231,880 chips)
10th: joe9859 (229,806 chips)

The 2010 WCOOP is preparing for its last events as the 62-tournament series comes to a close at the end of the week, but millions more in guarantees await the players who choose to play. The official WCOOP website has a plethora of information about the entire series, and PokerStars TV offers tournament highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in WCOOP