Sam Trickett Storms Into Huge Lead At Big One For One Drop In WSOP 2014

PLO8 winner Florian Langman
Sam Trickett with his towers of chips

The much anticipated $1,000,000 buy in Big One For One Drop tournament got underway at the Rio on Sunday and for a handful of players it has been an explosive start. Players started with 3,000,000 chips (500 BBs) but for David Einhorn that was not enough to get him through the first level. Sam Trickett shoved on the river with the board reading {2-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and Einhorn snap called with his set of jacks but Trickett showed {4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} to record the opening elimination and jump into an early lead.

Trickett went on to make another straight with suited connectors to bust Igor Kurganov who had {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} for an overpair, and then clashed with Vanessa Selbst for another huge pot. Selbst six bet jammed for 130 BBs with {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} and despite appearing to not like his spot all that much Trickett made the call with {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. The {A-Hearts} on the flop looked like it was going to be enough to give Selbst the win but then Trickett managed to hit the case king on the turn and he opened up an even bigger lead.

By the end of the day he was sitting on 13,400,000 (335 BBs) with fellow Brit Tom Hall in second on 9,125,000 and Phil Ivey looming ominously in third place. Selected stacks from day 1:

Sam Trickett            13,400,000

Phil Ivey                      7,675,000

Antonio Esfandiari    6,725,000

Daniel Negreanu      4,270,000

Erik Seidel                  4,250,000

Isaac Haxton              3,370,000

31 players have progressed to day 2 from  42 starters, with $15,306,668 up top for the winner of this one.

In event 54 ($3,000 PLO8) Florian Langman became the only bracelet winner of the day by seeing off a final table that included Antony Lellouche and Woody Deck. A first win in a major live tournament for the German saw him collect $297,650 for first.

Finally, the monster stack tournament (event 51 $1,500 NLHE) has reached a final table and it’s Hugo Pingray who leads them into the final day with 22,700,000 (57 BBs.) Also still in with a chance of claiming the $1,327,083 first prize are Thayer Rasmussen (15,475,000) and former casino employees bracelet winner Sean Drake (20,975,000.) After several long days of play a winner of this event will be found on Monday.


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