Event 43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1 Ends Short of the Money, Barnhart Leads

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Sam Barnhart leads the field.

Day 1 of Event 43, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, of the World Series of Poker is in the books after 2,770 entrants took to the felt. When action wrapped up just 320 players remained in the field. Leading them all is Sam Barnhart with 169,300.

Chasing Barnhart are Henry Lu (141,600), Andres Sanchez (115,000) and John Nelson (114,000). There are plenty of notables remaining in the field including: Randy Lew, Pius Heinz, James Mackey, Chino Rheem, Mark Radoja, Tommy Vedes, Ryan Tepen, Neil Channing, Nick Rampone, Cherish Andrews, Andy Frankeberger, Carter Phillips, Marvin Rettenmaier and Huy Nguyen.

With so many eliminations many notables hit the rail today. David Williams, Liv Boeree, Rene Angelil, Faraz Jaka, Robert Iler, Carlos Mortensen, Bernard Lee, Vanessa Rousso, David “Doc” Sands, Phil Collins, Darryll Fish, Jake Cody, Kara Scott, Joe Cada, Andre Akkari and Barry Greenstein were some of them.

After the dinner break the field was trimmed to just 770 players, a full 2,000 players had been eliminated. Up to that point an average of three players were busting every minute.

Barnhart joined the leaderboard after he got in a hand with an opponent on a {Q-} {Q-} {2-} flop. Barnhart bet and was called all the way to the river. On the river Barnhart committed ¾ of his stack and his opponent insta-shoved all in. Barnhart snap-called and tabled {Q-} {2-}. His opponent held {2-} {2-} a paid Barnhart off in full.

Sands had an above average stack for most of the day. But his day turned sour quickly after the dinner break. Sands was on the button and had his stack whittled down. The player in the cutoff open-shoved and Sands thought about his action. After just 20 seconds a player not involved in the hand called the clock on Sands.

A floorman was summoned and as per their procedure asked the dealer if Sands had had sufficient time to act on his hand. The dealer replied no and an argument ensued between the player that called the clock and the floorman.

The floorman ended the argument to point out a hand was still in play. Sands shoved holding {K-} {Q-} and the player in the cutoff had pocket eights. Sands bricked on the board and left in frustration.

Day 2 will see cards in the air promptly at 1:00 p.m. PST in the Purple Section of the Amazon Room. Follow all the WSOP action live as we play down to a final table on PokerNews.com.