Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||2,500 / 5,000|
Day 2 Completed
Donald McArthur came into Day 2 of Hollywood Poker Open Tunica Regional Main Event as the big chip leader with 370,000, nearly double second-place Mark Kehrees. He put that stack to good use, making short work of his remaining competitors to wrap up the tournament in less than three hours. For his win, McArthur claimed $17,100 in prize money and a voucher worth a $2,500 seat in the HPO season finale in Las Vegas this summer.
McArthur, a postal worker, said the win ends years of final table frustrations.
"I've come down here and made a bunch of final tables," said McArthur, who came in with just $1,571 in recorded tournament cashes. "One time, I had more chips than the other nine combined, and I was still the first one out."
This time, luck seemed to be in his favor, right from the first elimination as action folded to him in the small blind, giving him the pot and the last of Chris Trotter's blinded-off stack. Sadly, Trotter left on Day 1 with a massive stack after experiencing health issues, ultimately blinding off in sixth place on the money bubble.
Nancy Regan bowed out shortly thereafter in fifth when she put in her last thee big blinds with and was unable to improve against Scott Mauer's .
McArthur held about half of the chips in play four handed, but had slipped down a bit when a key pot unfolded between he and Mauer. A limped pot and three flop checks led to a board on fourth street, which is when Kehrees bet out the minimum of 4,000 from the small blind. Mauer made it 14,000, and McArthur cold-called, while Kehrees folded. Mauer bet 26,000 more on the river, and McArthur shoved for about 85,000 more. Mauer quickly called with for a straight, but it was no good as McArthur held for tens full.
McArthur then picked up kings on the button and called Kehrees' three-bet shove, holding against the . The kings held, and that set up a heads-up match with James McCauley, who had about 170,000 to McArthur's 730,000 as the blinds moved up to 2,500/5,000/500. Twenty minutes later, it was all over, as McCauley jammed his last 54,000 with , and McArthur called with . Live cards improved to a straight draw as hit the flop, and there was no stopping McArthur today as he binked the for a winning straight on the turn. McCauley took home $11,250.
"I was hitting everything today," McArthur said with a smile. "It made up for all those other final tables."
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James McCauley pushed all in from the button, and Donald McArthur called.
A flop of meant McArthur picked up a straight draw, and his hot run continued as he turned McCauley dead with a for a straight. The was the meaningless river.
Donald McArthur has taken down a series of small and medium pots, showing James McCauley a pair or better every time he folds. It could all be over soon.
Donald McArthur made it 26,000 to go preflop, and James McCauley called. Both checked the flop, and a hit the turn. McCauley check-called 30,000, and both checked the . McArthur held for ace-high, but McCauley had flatted a monster and showed down .
Players are on break for 15 minutes.
Donald McArthur opened to 24,000 on the button, and Mark Kehrees shoved for about 120,000 only to get snap-called.
Kehrees was in a bad spot, and the didn't help.
"Not my day," he said. "Club to make it interesting."
That's exactly what happened as a fell, but the river was a brick, and McArthur has a commanding lead heads up.
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