On Day 1b at Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star, Casey Bogus the field by bagging 316,500 to notch a wide chip lead over second-place finisher Julie Cornelius, who finished with 233,500. Bogus is also well clear of Day 1a leader Joel Casper, who ended with 263,000 on Friday night.
Others among the 23 who survived the 14 levels of play included Jason Martens (119,500), Mike Holm (88,500), Michael Younan (77,500), Paul "Walnuts" Bianchi (72,000), Dustin Hargis (53,500), and David Snitkin (43,500). Martens made a deep run in the last MSPT stop here in March, finishing 14th, while Holm is coming off of a second-place finish at last week's MSPT at Meskwaki Casino.
West Olive, Mich., native Bogus is a relative unknown on the tournament circuit, sporting just two recorded cashes. He got off to a fast start early in the day and kept things rolling, as he boasted a stack of around 116,000 at a time when the next biggest stacks were around half that number.
Busting short stacks was Bogus' forte. In one seesaw pot, he called from the cutoff when Mike Shin opened to 2,400 and saw Mark Atkins shove all in for 7,200. Shin called, and Bogus put him all in for another 15,000 or so. Shin reluctantly called it off.
The dealer spread a flop of , giving Atkins the triple up but Bogus the larger side pot. Shortly thereafter, Bogus busted Jose Ortiz in a preflop all in when Ortiz failed to improve against Bogus' .
Shin and Ortiz weren't the only ones hitting the rail and failing to make Day 2. Joining them were former MSPT Player of the Year Patrick Steele, TJ Ryan, Brett Kuznia, Brandon Jones, "Wild" Bill Romer, Zal Irani, and Ryan Hickey.
The 48 remaining players from the combined Day 1a and 1b fields will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. local time on Sunday for Day 2 action. Be sure to tune in then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action on the way down to a winner.