Thursday, June 9, 2011 : Event 13, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout started Wednesday and completed Day 1. This is essentially a tournament of sit ‘n go’s, starting with 10 players at each table, with the goal to win the table and move forward.
This year, the event attracted 1 440 entries, an improvement on last year's 1 397 and one that has generated a 2011 prize pool of $1.94 million.
Always a fave with the pros, the current edition has attracted a star-studded entry field that included Jeff Lisandro, Justin Young, last year's winner Steven Kelly, Daniel Negreanu, Olivier Busquet, Humberto Brenes, Chris Moorman, Allen Kessler, Faraz Jaka, Chad Brown, Justin Bonomo, Barry Greenstein, Scott Clements, David Pham, David Williams, Antonio Esfandiari, Steve Gross, Annette Obrestad, Allen Cunningham, David Benyamine, Jeff Williams, Greg Raymer, Victor Ramdin, Gavin Griffin, Brock Parker, Liv Boeree, Gavin Smith, Phil Laak, Noah Boeken, Maria Ho, Greg Mueller, Dwyte Pilgrim, James Akenhead, Eric Froehlich, Filippo Candio, Erick Lindgren and Chino Rheem.
Officials closed day one play before midnight, with play complete at level 9 and 160 players still in the game, led by a top ten in chip counts of Josh Brikis, Scott Montgomery, Daniel Negreanu, Eddy Sabat, David Pham, Greg Raymer, Victor Ramdin, Lex Veldhuis, Filippo Candio and Jennifer Tilly.
Notable eliminations during the day were Greg Mueller, Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Justin Bonomo, David Williams, Steven Kelly, Eli Elezra, Humberto Brenes, Matt Jarvis, Daniel Alaei, Erick Lindgren, Allen Cunningham, and David Benyamine, but plenty still remain in the field, promising exciting action on Day 2 starting Thursday.
Day 2 of the competition will commence with 16 ten-handed tables, with 2nd-10th place at every table in the money to the tune of some $5 000. The 16 day 2 winners will each be guaranteed a payday of $13,238, and will come back on day 3 and play down to a winner.