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L.A. Poker Classic -- H.O.R.S.E. Day 1

96 Players Saddle Up at Commerce Casino

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Chip Leader -- Chino RheemDay 1 of the L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event began today at 4 p.m. at Commerce Casino. This was the 29th preliminary event at the LAPC, and the one that all of the professionals with an affinity for mixed games have been waiting for. Kenny Tran was the 96th player to enter the ring today, topping off a field that created a total prize pool worth $921,600. The champion will walk away with $340,993 in prize money at the conclusion of the final table on Wednesday.

The first two levels saw no eliminations, as the limits were still low and only two players fell before the field went to dinner break. Even when they returned, action was still pretty slow during eight-hand rounds of limit hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, razz, seven-card stud, and seven-card stud eight-or-better. At the end of the day, 70 players remained, and they will face a very long day 2, as the field will need to play down to a final table of eight. Day 2 will begin at 2 p.m. today.

Here are the notable eliminations from day 1: Ben Lin, Jacobo Fernandez, Marco Johnson, Eli Elezra, Allen Kessler, David Benyamine, Men Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Bill Edler, and Allen Cunningham.

Here is the leader board at the end of play:

Chino Rheem: 95,100
David Oppenheim: 61,400
Jeff Madsen: 55,500
David Chiu 54,500
Ryon Nicholson: 50,300
Erik Seidel: 50,000
Jennifer Harman: 49,100
Tim Phan: 46,200
Amnon Filippi: 45,200
Victor Ramdin 44,400

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Here is a look at the highlights from day 1 as featured in CardPlayer.com’s live updates:

Shaun DeebShaun Deeb and Bill Edler Eliminated by Nick Schulman

Bill Edler raises on the short stack to 1,200, and Shaun Deeb reraises to 1,800. Nick Schulman reraises to 2,400, and Edler calls. Deeb calls all in, and the flop comes K Q 4.

Edler is forced to commit the last of his chips and shows 5 5, Deeb shows A Q, and Schulman has them drawing extremely slim with K K for top set.

The turn and river come 2 and 10, and Schulman's flush takes out two players.

Schulman now has 41,000 in chips.

Huge Stud Eight-or-Better Pot

Matt GrahamA huge five-handed pot just went down involving Chris Reslock, Matt Graham, David Benyamine, Layne Flack, and another player.

Despite leading the betting earlier in the hand, Reslock, showing a board of 3 6 10 Q, had to fold on seventh street after seemingly missing some kind of straight/flush-draw combination.

Benyamine showed down A 4(7 4 4 3) 8 for trip fours with an 8-7 low. The hand normally has scooping potential, but lost both halves of the pot when Flack showed K K (10 K 9 7) A for higher trips. Graham showed 4 3 (J 5 8 2) 2 for an 8-5 low.