Terry Presley finished Day 1a of 2014 RunGoodGear.com Downstream Casino Main Event with 277,500 in chips, enough to lead the nine surviving players. A month ago at the 2014 RunGoodGear.com Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event, Presley bagged the Day 1a lead before eventually finishing 30th for $1,122. The Arkansas native is no stranger to success here, having won a Heartland Poker Tour event for nearly $77,000 in 2012.
Others among the "final table" on Day 1a included sponsored tour pros Chris Conrad (176,500),Justin Gardenhire (100,000), and Bernard Lee (39,500). Issac "Rungood" Tucker (255,500), David Murff (176,000), JW Lorett (169,500), Carroll Christiansen (124,500), and Gene Alloway (86,500) rounded out the advancing group, surviving from of a total of 90 players.
Presley's big move came in Level 14 (1,500/3,000/500). He raised to 7,000 when action folded to his small blind and then called a three-bet to 15,000 from Will Berry. Presley then led out 30,000 on the flop, and Berry shoved all in. Presley called it off for about 100,000 with the for a flopped flush, while Berry had with no heart. Berry was drawing dead after the turn, but he had a huge stack at the time, so he wasn't out of it. He eventually fell in 10th on the day to finish empty-handed.
Later in that same level, Lee opened for 7,200 and was called by Presley. Lee check-called 8,000 on an flop. He check-called another 12,000 on the turn. An made trips on the board, and Lee checked once more. Presley bet 15,000, and Lee quickly called.
Presley showed the for quads.
"Unbelievable," an upset Lee said in disgust. "The perfect card on the river for you. I had kings."
Tucker, who grabbed the lead late before Presley busted Berry to retake it, was a more consistent presence at the top of the counts. He rocketed to a big stack early after reportedly cracking aces with a set of sevens and kept it rolling throughout the day.
Some of the players who failed to make it to the end of Day 1a included Bryan Campanello, Lauren Kling, Michael Sanders, Ben Reason, Amanda Baker, Ryan Tepen, Joe Hebda, Brady Bullard, Jonathan Gaviao, and Ross Bybee.
Bullard had to stomach a painful exit at the hands of Conrad, who four-bet all in after a Bullard three-bet. Bullard called with and flopped a set, but Conrad ran a flush with .
Bullard and Bybee were two of the four players who chopped RunGoodGear.com Hard Rock Tulsa last month, each taking home around $24,000. If they want to repeat the feat, they'll have to return for Saturday's Day 1b. PokerNews will be back for then for more coverage of this event at 1 p.m. local time.