2022 888poker XL Winter Series
$1,650 Main Event
Days:
1a1b1c23
$1,650 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

McBrayer Leads As 22 Advance From Day 1b of HPT St. Louis

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
BJ McBrayer
BJ McBrayer

Day 1b of the HPT Hollywood Casino St. Louis $1,650 Main Event saw 140 entrants hit the felt, which combined with the 41 entrants from yesterday's Day 1a flight, brings the total field to 181 players, with the largest projected flight kicking off tomorrow at Noon.

After almost fourteen levels of play, Alabama pro BJ McBrayer bagged the biggest stack in the room, putting 473,000 chips in a bag for Day 2. McBrayer, who won HPT Vicksburg in 2018 for $45,946, spent the latter stages of the day exerting his will on the table, making timely three-bets and applying pressure to accumulate 20,000 more chips than second-place stack Mark Koeln (453,000), who was the only other player to crest the 400,000 chip plateau by the end of the night. McBrayer's stack puts Day 1a chip leader Ryan Tepen and his 402,000 stack third overall with one flight to go.

Austin McCormick (349,000), three-time HPT champ Reginald "Shawn" Roberts (320,000), and WSOP Bracelet winner Kyle Cartwright (280,000) round out the top five, while Ian Nelson (262,000), former HPT St. Louis champ Paul Belken (246,000), Jeff Trudeau (164,000), and Craig Welko (90,000) are just a few of the notables able to secure a bag for Day 2.

Maurice Hawkins, the WSOP Circuit's all-time rings leader and a former HPT St. Louis champ, got off to a strong start, but couldn't pull off a bold bluff against Justin Coliny (258,000), and found himself short of a Day 2 bag. Reigning HPT Player of the Year Nick Pupillo found slightly better sledding for a while, making just past the final break of the evening before finally succumbing.

Others unable to bag up chips in today's flight include former HPT champ Mike O'Neill, James Pupillo, preliminary event winners Nhut Nguyen and Jeffrey Copeland, and Will Berry.

The final starting flight for the Main Event will kick off at Noon local time on Saturday. Players will receive 30,000 in tournament chips, and registration and a single re-entry option are available for players until after the dinner break after Level 9, or approximately 7:30 p.m. local time. Like today's flight, play will conclude with 9:46 in Level 14, or when 13% of the field remains, whichever comes first.

Be sure to tune in to PokerNews tomorrow for all the action straight from Hollywood Casino St. Louis, as we finalize the field for Day 2 action.

Tags: Austin McCormickBJ McBrayerCraig WelkoIan NelsonJames PupilloJeffrey CopelandJustin ColinyKyle CartwrightMark KoelnMaurice HawkinsMike O'NeillNhut NguyenNick PupilloPaul BelkenWill Berry

End Of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
BJ McBrayer us
BJ McBrayer
us 473,000 48,000
Mark Koeln US
Mark Koeln
US 453,000 133,000
Austin McCormick us
Austin McCormick
us 349,000 349,000
Shawn Roberts us
Shawn Roberts
us 320,000 -75,000
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 280,000 110,000
Ian Nelson us
Ian Nelson
us 262,000 262,000
Justin Coliny us
Justin Coliny
us 258,000 57,000
Paul Belken US
Paul Belken
US 246,000 -49,000
HB Sablotny us
HB Sablotny
us 230,000 230,000
Jeff Trudeau us
Jeff Trudeau
us 164,000 24,000
Peter Nigh us
Peter Nigh
us 142,000 17,000
Steven Jungmann us
Steven Jungmann
us 140,000 5,000
Peter Brooks us
Peter Brooks
us 139,000 -1,000
Richard Blythe us
Richard Blythe
us 134,000 -86,000
David DiBernardi us
David DiBernardi
us 121,000 121,000
Brent Cunningham us
Brent Cunningham
us 115,000 115,000
Mike Thompson US
Mike Thompson
US 103,000
Craig Welko us
Craig Welko
us 90,000 10,000
Stephen Martines US
Stephen Martines
US 60,000 60,000
Rod Clanton US
Rod Clanton
US 51,000 51,000
Josh Tucker US
Josh Tucker
US 38,000 4,000
Michael Rieck us
Michael Rieck
us 30,000 -6,000

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Four More Hands

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The remaining 24 players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for full chip counts and a full recap of the night's action.

Brooks Bounces One

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Peter Brooks bet 7,000 on a {6-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop from the small blind, and the big blind jammed for 41,000. Brooks quickly called.

Opponent: {5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}
Peter Brooks: {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

"Oh, I'm in bad shape," the big blind said, and the {q-Clubs} turn and {4-Spades} river left Brooks collecting the pot.

Peter Brooks us
Peter Brooks
us 140,000

Tags: Peter Brooks

Welko Makes the Right Call

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Craig Welko
Craig Welko

Mark Koeln limped in from the small blind, and Craig Welko checked his option in the big blind.

Action checked to the river on a {7-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Clubs} board, where Koeln overbet the pot, flicking in 10,000. Welko paused for a few moments, then called, and after Koeln tabled {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for a busted straight draw, Welko turned over {j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} for the winner.

At the same time, Catherine Stahr exited the tournament area, sharing with us that she flopped a straight, but couldn't fade a flush draw to bust.

Mark Koeln US
Mark Koeln
US 320,000 -20,000
Craig Welko us
Craig Welko
us 60,000 -5,000
Catherine Stahr US
Catherine Stahr
US Busted

Tags: Catherine StahrCraig WelkoMark Koeln

Level:
14
Blinds:
1,500/3,000
Ante:
3,000

McBrayer's Turn to Take the Chip Lead

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
BJ McBrayer
BJ McBrayer

Justin Coliny raised to 5,500 from under the gun, and was called by Steven Jungmann in middle position, Catherine Stahr next to act, and the cutoff. BJ McBrayer three-bet to 29,000 on the button, and only Coliny and Jungmann called.

Action checked to McBrayer on a {q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop, and he bet 45,000. Both Coliny and Jungmann folded.

BJ McBrayer us
BJ McBrayer
us 425,000 70,000
Justin Coliny us
Justin Coliny
us 201,000 1,000
Steven Jungmann us
Steven Jungmann
us 135,000 -35,000

Tags: BJ McBrayerCatherine StahrJustin ColinySteven Jungmann

Roberts Nearing 400k

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Reginald "Shawn" Roberts
Reginald "Shawn" Roberts

BJ McBrayer raised to 5,500 from middle position, and was called by Justin Coliny in the hijack and Shawn Roberts in the cutoff.

McBrayer continued for 7,500 on a {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop, and Coliny called. Roberts raised to 16,500, and McBrayer folded. Coliny paused for a moment, then released his hand as well.

Shawn Roberts us
Shawn Roberts
us 395,000 70,000
BJ McBrayer us
BJ McBrayer
us 355,000 -15,000
Justin Coliny us
Justin Coliny
us 200,000 -20,000

Tags: BJ McBrayerJustin ColinyShawn Roberts