Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em
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Thomas Boivin Leads at the End of Event #5A: $565 Colossus III No-Limit Hold'Em

[user339872] • Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Event #5A: $565 Colossus III No-Limit Hold'Em has come to and end with 93 players moving on to Day 2. Leading the field is Thomas Boivin with an outstanding 538,000 chips. Boivin made the trip from Europe to Las Vegas with a few friends to compete in the 2017 WSOP and is looking for his first-ever gold bracelet. Close behind him is Newton Deleon (433,000) and Kevon Bakhtiari (382,000) rounding out the top three.

The day started with around 2,000 players walking through the doors early this morning to take part in this perennial favorite event. The $8,000,000 guaranteed prizepool and $1,000,000 guaranteed first-place prize attracts a lot of entries and caters to all kinds of players. The field quickly grew, with late registration open for six levels and one rebuy permitted, to 2,756 total entries.

Tom Middleton burst the money bubble shortly before Level 12 began with pocket nines versus his opponent's pocket eights. There were 414 players remaining that all received a minimum cash payout of $833.

Some notables to take part in Event #5A that were unable to crack the money bubble include Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, Mike Leah, Melanie Weisner, Nick Yunis, Kathy Liebert, and Kenny Hallaert. There were a few familiar faces to bag and tag heading to Day 2 that included Nadya Magnus (136,000) and 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer (78,000).

Here is a look at some of the chip leaders heading into Day 2, with a full list being posted when it is available. That wraps up everything for Day 1a in the Colossus but there is still Day 1b going on and you can follow the action here.

Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
be 538,000 322,000
Newton Deleon US
Newton Deleon
US 433,000 6,000
Kevon Bakhtiari us
Kevon Bakhtiari
us 382,000 72,000
Mike Scarsdale US
Mike Scarsdale
US 315,000 120,000
Frederick Ferrell US
Frederick Ferrell
US 288,000 126,000

Oznake: Thomas Boivin

Last Three Hands of Play

[user339872] • Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

The tournament director has announced that there will be three hands left in Event #5A. The remaining players will have a decision to take the payout and come back in another or flight, or bag their chips and return on June 5 for Day 2 with the chips that they bagged.

Deleon Hits Quads to Eliminate a Rival

[user339872] • Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Newton Deleon had just doubled up an opponent who held {8-}{3-} and, in the very next hand, the same opponent pushed all in preflop. Deleon instantly called with {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and was in a race situation against {7-}{7-}.

The board ran out {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Deleon made quad tens to eliminate his opponent.

Newton Deleon US
Newton Deleon
US 427,000 197,000

Oznake: Newton Deleon

Nivo:
18
Slepe stave:
3,000/6,000
Ante:
500

Sparsdale Coolers Two Opponents

[user339872] • Nivo 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Mike Sparsdale raised from early position and an opponent shipped all in from middle position. Another opponent re-jammed all in for around 100,000 in late position. When the action was back on Sparsdale, he was undoubtedly calling as he was holding the best hand in poker: pocket aces. One opponent had pocket queens and the other opponent held ace-king. The board ran out clean for Sparsdale and he now sits at the top of the leaderboard nearing the end of Day 1a.

Mike Sparsdale
Mike Sparsdale
356,000 356,000

Oznake: Mike Sparsdale

Nivo:
17
Slepe stave:
2,500/5,000
Ante:
500

Lopez Makes Quad Kings!

[user339872] • Nivo 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

There was 35,000 in the pot and the board read {K-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs} with three players in the hand. The action was checked around and the {K-Diamonds} turn was dealt. The big blind checked and so did Lucianos Andres Lopez. The last player to act bet 13,000. The big blind raised to 28,000 and Lopez just smooth-called. The initial better folded and they were heads up to the river.

The river was the {6-Hearts} and the big blind moved all in for his remaining 43,000. Lopez snap-called and rolled over {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} for quads and scooped a nice-sized pot.

Lucianos Andres Lopez
Lucianos Andres Lopez
194,000 194,000

Oznake: Lucianos Andres Lopez

Nivo:
16
Slepe stave:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
500