WSOP Super Circuit Online Series MSPT Showdown Series
$1,300 Texas State $1M GTD Main Event
$1,300 Texas State $1M GTD Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Tong Bags Chip Lead on Day 1a of Texas State Main Event

jeffmcmillan • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Jimmy Tong
Jimmy Tong

The first flight of Day 1 of the Inaugural Texas State Main Event 1 Million GTD is in the books after 13 hours of play. It was an eventful day of action that attracted a total of 129 entries and ended with 16 still remaining to advance to Day 2 on Sunday May 2.

Of the 16 surviving players, the biggest stack was Jimmy Tong. Tong gathered a large amount of chips in the middle part of the day when he rivered a wheel to overcome flopped trips. From there he went to the featured table and played a high percentage of hands, tossing chips around, gathering and losing. At one point his chip lead dipped down to near the average but he was able to chip back up again and then take over the lead on the last hand of the night when his full boat sunk Upeshka De Silva to end the night.

Also bagging was James Duke, Bryan Piccioli and none other than Chris Moneymaker who was close to the chip lead late in the night but took a bad beat from Duke when his aces were cracked by queens when a queen hit the flop on the bubble. Moneymaker was able to shake off that beat and survive to the finish line of the day.

The action will repeat itself tomorrow on Day 1b, the second flight of five opening flights, as players return to the felt for another shot at 11 a.m.

PokerNews will pick up the bombastic action from there as the field continues to grow in this first time mega event in the Lone Star State.

Tags: Bryan PiccioliChris MoneymakerJimmy TongUpeshka De Silva

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

jeffmcmillan • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Jimmy Tong US 802,000 52,000
Taylor Stinson US 672,000 362,000
Deanna Johnson US 606,000 -174,000
Jason Daly us 603,000 408,000
Christopher Murray us 580,000 180,000
James Duke us 515,000 -9,000
Jessica Plusko us 480,000 338,000
Jesse Jones us 416,000 71,000
William Preece US 297,000 -58,000
Orlando Romero us 286,000 -4,000
Jason Gooch us 253,000 33,000
Ryane Nhan US 228,000 -95,000
Justin Calvert US 210,000 -137,000
Warren Simon us 201,000 -49,000
Bryan Piccioli us 166,000 -292,000
Chris Moneymaker us 135,000 10,000

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De Silva Falls to Full Boat to Burst Bubble

jeffmcmillan • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Upeshka De Silva
Upeshka De Silva

Action was on the flop with the board reading {10-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. Upeshka De Silva bet 22,000 in position. Jimmy Tong raised to 85,000. De Silva called.

The turn was the {k-Diamonds}. Tong checked. De Silva bet 94,000 and Tong moved all in.

"You have a full house?" said De Silva in exasperation. "Well I can't fold this and tossed in the call."

Tong indeed turned over the full house with the {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} while de Silva tossed over the {k-}{q-}.

The river sealed the deal for De Silva as the {6-Diamonds} finished him off as the bubble finisher.

Jimmy Tong US 750,000 225,000
Upeshka De Silva us Busted

Tags: Upeshka De SilvaJimmy Tong

Moneymaker's Aces Cracked on the Bubble

jeffmcmillan • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
James Duke Collects the Pot
James Duke Collects the Pot

James Duke moved all in preflop over a raise from Jimmy Tong and a three-bet from Chris Moneymaker. Tong folded after a moment and Moneymaker snap called.

Duke's tournament life was on the line on the stone bubble and in big trouble as he held the {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} against the {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} of Moneymaker.

The flop however was bad news for Moneymaker as it came down {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. The turn was the {5-Spades} and the river came the {3-Hearts} to keep Duke alive and the bubble going while Moneymaker was knocked short.

James Duke us 524,000 381,000
Chris Moneymaker us 125,000 -98,000

Tags: Chris MoneymakerJames DukeJimmy Tong


Break Time

jeffmcmillan • Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Players are now on a 15-minute break. When they return to action , play will be hand for hand as only one more elimination is needed before play ends for the night.