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MSPT Running Aces Day 1b: Derek Lesniak Leads 31 Survivors

Derek Lesniak


  • Day 1b of @msptpoker Running Aces Main Event drew 178 players, pushing total number of runners to 328.

  • Derek Lesniak leads the 31 Day 1b survivors of @msptpoker Running Aces Main Event with 232,000 in chips.

Day 1b of the Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces Main Event drew 178 players, pushing the total number of runners to 328 after two days. Derek Lesniak bagged the Day 1b chip lead among the 31 survivors with 232,000, but Nancy Anderson from Day 1a will take the overall chip lead into Day 2 with 234,000.

Lesniak is looking for his third MSPT cash tomorrow. He has previously cashed in both the Shakopee MSPT as well as taking 13th for $4,803 here at the MSPT Running Aces back in February 2014.

Top 10 Day 1b Chip Counts

1Derek Lesniak232,000
2Ron McMillen211,000
3John Ciaciura197,500
4Scott Johnson193,500
5Muneer Ahmed179,000
6John Farrell166,500
7Mark Hodge159,500
8Hamid Feiz142,500
9Paul Schroeder140,000
10Jason Hartwig133,500

Hamid Feiz held a slight chip lead for the majority of the last two levels of Flight 1b, but in a big hand that occurred in the last level of the evening, Lesniak took the chip lead after he scooped a 130,000 pot when Feiz laid his hand down on the river to Lesniak’s all-in shove.

Other notable players from this flight who moved on to Sunday's Day 2 included Ron McMillen (211,000), Muneer Ahmed (170,500), Mark Hodge (159,000), Peixin Liu (130,000), John Reading (105,000), and DJ Buckley (82,000).

Play resumes on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. local time at Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500), and PokerNews will again be on hand to see who is crowned the latest MSPT champion. Follow the action by clicking here.

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