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$2,000 NLH Main Event



$2,000 NLH Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Steve Idels Bags a Commanding Lead on Day 1a of the 2022 Winter Open Main Event

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Steve Idels
Steve Idels

Steve Idels of St. Augustine, Florida leads a field of 21 from Day 1a of the $2,000 Main Event in the 2022 Winter Open at bestbet Jacksonville. The surviving players outlasted a field of 148 to bag for a Day 2 that will kick off on Sunday at 12 p.m. EST. The first of two opening flights generated a prize pool of $264,920.

Idels went on a late run to take a commanding chip lead and he will return on Day 2 in search of his third cash of the series after finishing third in Event #5: $360 Monster Stack for $9,479. Other returning players include Warren Sheaves, Ryan Hohner, Matt Mauldin, and Stephen Strout.

$2,000 Main Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

PlaceNameHometownChip CountBig Blinds
1Steve IdelsSt. Augustine, Florida585,000146
2Warren SheavesAsheville, North Carolina373,00093
3Justin ZakiTampa, Florida370,00093
4Ryan HohnerPlainfield, New Jersey345,00086
5David DibernardiYoungstown, Ohio216,00054
6Matt MauldinColumbia, South Carolina215,00054
7TK MilesTallahassee, Florida215,00054
8Stephen StroutSt. Augustine, Florida190,00048
9Matt ThomasJacksonville, Florida182,00046
10Robert Zeff Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania163,00041

Day 1a Highlights

Day 2 qualifier Bradley Beetz got started early when he made a straight to double through fellow qualifier Dibernardi. Five-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings took his shot, but his Day 1a came to an end when he shoved with pocket tens and ran into the ace-king of defending champion Scott Stewart.

Stewart ran well for most of the day, but he was eliminated from Day 1a when Matt Thomas went runner-runner to make a straight and crack the defending champion's pocket kings. Stewart has an opportunity to return tomorrow to find a bag on Day 1b and make a run at his title defense.

Hohner held the chip lead late after winning one of the biggest pots of the night when he called the bluff of Austin Reilly and turned over pocket queens. Hohner ceded the chip lead to Idels, but he still sits among the top ten with a great chance on Sunday. Mac Johnson scored a late knockout and will also return on Sunday looking for a chance to run it up for a run at the final table.

Mac Johnson
Mac Johnson

Day 1b will kick off on Saturday at 12 p.m. EST and players will start with 25,000 chips. Players will play 40-minute levels and registration will close at the beginning of Level 10. Action will continue through the end of Level 14, and the remaining players will combine with Day 1a on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews live reporting team all weekend long for updates from the floor of the $2,000 Main Event at bestbet Jacksonville.

Tags: Austin RileyBradley BeetzBrian HastingsDavid DibernardiJustin ZakiMac JohnsonMatt MauldinMatt ThomasRobert ZeffRyan HohnerScott StewartStephen StroutSteve IdelsWarren Sheaves

Final Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Steve Idels us
Steve Idels
us 585,000
Warren Sheaves us
Warren Sheaves
us 373,000 103,000
Justin Zaki us
Justin Zaki
us 370,000 370,000
Ryan Hohner us
Ryan Hohner
us 345,000 -19,000
David Dibernardi us
David Dibernardi
us 216,000 110,000
TK Miles US
TK Miles
US 215,000 215,000
Matt Mauldin us
Matt Mauldin
us 215,000 74,000
Stephen Strout us
Stephen Strout
us 190,000 190,000
Matt Thomas US
Matt Thomas
US 182,000 84,000
Robert Zeff us
Robert Zeff
us 163,000 163,000
Austin Reilly us
Austin Reilly
us 132,000 132,000
Bradley Beetz us
Bradley Beetz
us 124,000 -107,000
Shadrach Terry US
Shadrach Terry
US 97,000 97,000
Steve Zhang us
Steve Zhang
us 96,000 -44,000
Denavol Wilson US
Denavol Wilson
US 92,000 60,000
Edward Mroczkowski us
Edward Mroczkowski
us 80,000 -11,000
Mac Johnson us
Mac Johnson
us 53,000 -67,000
Jonathan Dokler us
Jonathan Dokler
us 51,000 51,000
Brian Kent us
Brian Kent
us 49,000 49,000
Kyrylo Kobzyev us
Kyrylo Kobzyev
us 41,000 -61,000
Richard Swain us
Richard Swain
us 32,000

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End of Day 1a

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Day 1a has come to an end with 21 players finding a bag for Day 2.

Stay tuned for chip counts and a full recap from the PokerNews team.

Idels Finds a Big Bag

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Steve Idels
Steve Idels

Steve Idels has ended the night with a whopping 585,000 in chips. Idels is looking for his third cash of the series, and will seek an improvement on his 3rd place finish in Event #5: $360 Monster Stack for $9,479.

Steve Idels us
Steve Idels
us 585,000 585,000

Tags: Steve Idels

Last Hands

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The action has slowed down as the final 21 players are looking to find a bag.

The tournament clock is now paused with 10:00 remaining to facilitate the final five hands of the evening.

The End is Near

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The end of the night is near with 21 players left in the last level of Day 1a. There will be a pause with 10 minutes remaining and the final hands will be played before players bag up for the night.

Surviving players will return for Day 2 on Sunday at 12 p.m. EST.

Mauldin Check-Raises Dibernardi

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Matthew Mauldin
Matthew Mauldin

With 18,000 in the pot and {7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{8-Hearts} on the board, Matt Mauldin checked and David Dibernardi bet 11,000. Mauldin check-raised to 38,000 and Dibernardi went into the tank. After considering all of his options, Dibernardi tossed his hand in the muck to give Mauldin another pot. Mauldin has been chipping back up in the late levels.

Matt Mauldin us
Matt Mauldin
us 141,000 1,000
David Dibernardi us
David Dibernardi
us 106,000 -28,000

Tags: David DibernardiMatt Mauldin