2016 WSOPC Caribbean: Griffith Leads 18 Survivors After Day 1 of Event #22

Day 1 of the $365 No Limit Hold’em Event #22 saw a field of 98 unique players and 23 re-entries to create a prize pool of $36,290, of which the top 12 were to be paid. After 15 levels of 30 minutes each, the field od hopefuls was whittled down to the last 18 and George Griffith bagged up the most chips with 254,000. His nearest follower is also from Barbados in Timothy Cavallin (161,500) while PLO champion Martin Ryan (114,000) follows in third.

Other big stacks and notables include Mohammed Elmazouni (113,500), Gerald Mortensen (107,000), Peter Lawson (61,500), Jacco van Limpt (57,000), Jason Rivkin (45,000), Jeffrey Colpitts (30,500) and Stevan Prager (27,500).

Many familiar faces of the festival thus far took part but failed to advance to Day 2 including Robert Cheung, Bounty Event champion Jean-Luc Adam and his son Cedric, Attila Juhas, 6-Handed winner Michael Lech, Walter Treccarichi, Dominick French and Robbie Bakker.

By the time level seven had started, half of the field had already been sent to the rail. Treccarichi was all in short with ace-jack only to see Colpitts with kings and Lawson with aces wake up behind him. Bakker first lost a flip to double Philippe Louisia and then sent the remaining chips to the very same opponent with king-ten versus king-queen.  Cedric Adam called a river jam by van Limpt with a pair of sevens, but the Dutchman had rivered an ace holding the ace-deuce.

Lech busted in a big pot against Griffith after four-betting six-nine suited preflop and then jamming second pair on the flop only to get called by Griffith with king-queen for top pair. The player from Barbados increased his lead after Louisia four-bet jammed ace-jack into his aces in the last two levels of the day. French flopped a flush with five-six suited and Elmazouni shoved into him with ace-nine for a gutshot and the nut flush draw – another club hit on the river.

Table Seat Player Country Chip Count
1 1 George Griffith Barbados 254,000
1 2 Mohammed Elmazouni Netherlands 113,500
1 3 Michel Pecot France 61,000
1 4
1 5 Stevan Prager USA 27,500
1 6 Jeffrey Colpitts USA 30,500
1 7
1 8 Peter Lawson USA 61,500
6 1 Santiago Hernandez Uruguay 70,000
6 2 Russell Sullivan USA 60,000
6 3
6 4 Jean Luc Docquier France 36,500
6 5 Olivier Robveille Sint Maarten 75,500
6 6 Ian Gavlick USA 84,000
6 7
6 8 Jason Rivkin USA 45,000
18 1 Hubert Rimbaud Guadeloupe 41,500
18 2 Martin Ryan Trinidad & Tobago 114,000
18 3 Jacco van Limpt Netherlands 57,000
18 4
18 5 Gerald Mortensen USA 107,000
18 6
18 7 Ramon Baumbach Switzerland 36,500
18 8 Timothy Cavallin Barbados 161,500

The action will recommence tomorrow at 3.30 p.m. local time with the hunt for the top prize of $10,900 as well as the WSOP Circuit ring. As of 6 p.m. local time, the flagship event of the festival then finally kicks off with Day 1a of the highly anticipated $1,675 Main Event.

Several Satellites awarded seats throughout the last week and the tournament boasts a guarantee of $250,000. There are two starting days on November 12th and 13th and all players are allowed one re-entry per day, the starting stack is 20,000 chips. Each Day 1 will feature 11 levels of 40 minutes each, while the level duration then increases to 60 minutes as of Day 2 and for the final table on November 15th.

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