2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
$1,650 Main Event
$1,650 Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Garosshen and Moscati Neck and Neck as 45 Advance From Day 1c of HPT St. Louis

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

The final flight of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Hollywood Casino St. Louis $1,650 Main Event saw 211 entrants take to the felt, bringing the total number of entrants between the three flights to 392. Just 45 players made it through to tomorrow's Day 2, joining the 27 from the previous two flights.

When the smoke had cleared, it was Kevin Garosshen bagging up 376,000 in chips, narrowly edging the stack of Vincent Moscati and his 364,000. Both Garosshen and Moscati shot up the counts late in the evening, Garosshen the beneficiary of a cooler hand with Keith Heine, while Moscati got into a huge blind-versus-blind showdown with Moscati's Big Slick holding over his opponent's ace-nine. Both players flirted with or held over 400,000 in chips at various points in the final levels, but ended up settling for healthy 120+ big blind stacks and solid footing for Day 2.

The rest of the top 5 include Jimmy Bussey (327,500), Matt Clerk (312,000), and Hyndi Khomutetsky (311,000), who were also the only players to eclipse 300,000 in chips. Other notables able to bag chips include reigning HPT Player of the Year Nick Pupillo (281,500), Mike O'Neill (183,000), Tim Vance (167,000), Jay Friedman (131,000), Greg Jennings (107,000), and Sameer Al Dbhany (78,000).

The aforementioned Heine, who finished runner up here in last year's event, was cruising along with a healthy stack in Level 11 (800/1,600/1,600) when he found himself with top set on an eight-high flop. Unfortunately for Heine, he ran into the flopped nut straight of Garosshen, and Heine couldn't fill up, leaving himself with crumbs. He was unable to spin up a stack from there, and hit the rail short of another HPT Day 2.

Other notable players that were unable to bag up chips include Maurice Hawkins, Hamid Izadi, Lily Kiletto, and David "rUeTaMa" Moses.

The remaining 72 players will return at 11 a.m. local time tomorrow, and play down to the final table of nine. Monday's final table kicks off at Noon local time, and will be available for streaming on Twitch. Forty-five players will make the money, with the top prize of $131,184 and a $3,500 Championship Package the goal for the Day 2 field. Be sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews, as we play down to the televised final table here at Hollywood Casino St. Louis!

Tags: Greg JenningsHamid IzadiHyndi KhomutetskyJay FriedmanJimmy BusseyKeith HeineKevin GarosshenLily KilettoMaurice HawkinsMike O'NeillNick PupilloSameer Al DbhanyTim VanceVincent Moscati

End-of-Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Kevin Garosshen us
Kevin Garosshen
us 376,000 21,000
Vincent Moscati us
Vincent Moscati
us 364,000 -36,000
Jimmy Bussey US
Jimmy Bussey
US 327,500 12,500
Matt Clerk US
Matt Clerk
US 312,000 112,000
Hyndi Khomutetsky us
Hyndi Khomutetsky
us 311,000 81,000
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 281,500 44,500
Chris Davis us
Chris Davis
us 209,500 209,500
Neil Patel us
Neil Patel
us 195,000 5,000
Brian Reeder us
Brian Reeder
us 184,500 184,500
Mike O'Neill us
Mike O'Neill
us 183,000 85,000
Matthew Hall US
Matthew Hall
US 169,000 169,000
John Marshall us
John Marshall
us 168,000 -92,000
Ronald Green us
Ronald Green
us 168,000 168,000
Austin Tjaden us
Austin Tjaden
us 167,500 167,500
Tim Vance us
Tim Vance
us 167,000 -13,000
Brian Tracy US
Brian Tracy
US 166,000 166,000
Stephen Green us
Stephen Green
us 165,500
Michael Bruno US
Michael Bruno
US 163,000 163,000
Bobby Byram us
Bobby Byram
us 138,500 48,500
Jay Friedman us
Jay Friedman
us 131,000 131,000
Bill Byrnes us
Bill Byrnes
us 124,000 124,000
John Utley us
John Utley
us 120,000 -5,000
Jerod Smith us
Jerod Smith
us 118,500 33,500
Houston Hubble US
Houston Hubble
US 111,000 111,000
Greg Jennings us
Greg Jennings
us 107,000 -35,000

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Three More Hands

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

The remaining field of 47 players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening. Stay tuned later for chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Khomutetsky Takes From Garosshen

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

Hyndi Khomutetsky limped in from under the gun, and Kevin Garosshen raised to 12,500 from middle position. Khomutetsky called.

Khomutetsky check-called a bet of 13,000 on the {4-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flop, and both players checked the {9-Clubs} turn. Khomutetsky sized up a bet of 19,000 on the {7-Spades} river, and Garosshen quickly called.

Khomutetsky tabled {10-Clubs}{9-Spades} for trip nines, and Garosshen said, "Sick!" before mucking his hand.

Kevin Garosshen us
Kevin Garosshen
us 355,000 -20,000
Hyndi Khomutetsky us
Hyndi Khomutetsky
us 230,000 55,000

Tags: Hyndi KhomutetskyKevin Garosshen

Utley Doubles Through Berry

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

John Utley, who knocked his wife Crystal out of today's flight a few levels ago ("I was down to four bigs and he had aces," Crystal told us) jammed for 58,000 on the button. Will Berry called in the small blind, and Tim Vance peeled his cards in the big blind, then folded his {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} face-up.

John Utley: {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Will Berry: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}

Utley found a pair on the {4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{10-Spades} flop, and never looked back after the {5-Clubs} turn and {7-Hearts} river failed to produce an eight for Berry.

Tim Vance us
Tim Vance
us 180,000 20,000
John Utley us
John Utley
us 125,000 70,000
Will Berry us
Will Berry
us 32,000 -38,000

Tags: John UtleyTim VanceWill Berry


Pupillo Doubles, Then Busts

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
James Pupillo
James Pupillo

Hand #1:

James Pupillo jammed for 10,000 from the button, and Neil Patel called in the big blind.

James Pupillo: {k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Neil Patel: {q-Hearts}{j-Spades}

Pupillo made top pair on a {2-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Spades} board to double up.

Hand #2:

The very next hand, Pupillo jammed for 24,000 from the cutoff, and Matt Clerk called on the button.

James Pupillo: {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
Matt Clerk: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

Pupillo couldn't hit his kicker on an {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} board and hit the rail.

Matt Clerk US
Matt Clerk
US 200,000 200,000
Neil Patel us
Neil Patel
us 190,000 -10,000
James Pupillo us
James Pupillo
us Busted

Tags: James PupilloNeil Patel