Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
The field has been set for Day 2 of the 2019 Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic $1,100 Main Event.
Day 1b saw 219 entries add to the first flight’s 157 runners, bringing the two-day total up to 376 as 14 levels were played to conclusion. When Level 14 ended, 35 players remained with Steven Belland leading the way and bagging a stack of 243,000.
Belland had around half that figure going into the final level of the night before winning a few pots that sent him up the counts. Meanwhile, Cody Jaeschke (226,500) appeared to be a lock for the chip lead before losing a huge pot in the last couple minutes of the night to fall back into second in chips for the flight.
Justin Thurlow (217,500), Kou Vang (211,500), and Jason Seitz (190,500) round out the top five, with all three also experiencing significant gains to their stacks during the final hour of play for the evening. Other players to advance included Yao Yin (173,000), Blake Bohn (118,500), Tyler Kolness (111,000), and past champions Brad Berman (88,500) and Scotter Clark (61,000).
Among those who were not as fortunate in their trials included another trio of former champions in Mike Schneider (2012), Dennis Stevermer (2017), and Nghia Le (2018). Le, better known around the Minnesota poker community as ”3 Putts” will still have a shot at defending his title due to taking a shot at Day 1b after bagging the smallest stack of 39,000 on Day 1a.
The 35 to advance to Day 2 will add their names to the roster of 27 that punched their tickets from the initial flight, meaning that a field of 62 will combine under one roof for the first time to compete for the championship.
Day 2 will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time at the beginning of Level 15 (2,000/4,000/4,000). Levels will remain at 40 minutes in length and the tournament is scheduled to play down to a winner. However, just 45 are set to make it into the money, meaning there is plenty of work to be done for all who return.
PokerNews will be onsite covering the tournament to its conclusion. Come back and find out who will claim the title.
Day 1b is officially in the books and official chip counts have been provided. Stay tuned for a recap of the day's action.
The tournament clock has reached the 10-minute mark and the number two has been drawn, signifying two more hands will be played on each of the five remaining tables before play concludes for the night.
Stacks got all in preflop between Stuart Luhm, who was under the gun, and Shelly Morrill, who was in the small blind.
"Oh you've got to be kidding me!" said Morrill.
"Give me a five! said Luhm at the same exact time.
Both of them saw the flop come , giving Luhm a three-outer. The turn came to give Morrill four more outs at a wheel, but she was unable to hit as the river came .
"Here you go sir," she said as she slid her chips from the two-seat over to Luhm in the four-seat. The dealer began to count.
"He has me covered. It's okay," Morrill said.
"He does," confirmed the dealer.
Tablemate Vic Peppe confirmed after the fact that Luhm ripped all of his chips in the middle preflop. He said he folded ace-king as well, though Morrill called and found herself on the short end of the stick shortly before the end of the evening.
Andrew Johnson opened to 6,000 from early position and action folded around to Steve Wazwaz, who was on the button and three-bet to 20,000. Johnson four-bet all in and Wazwaz called for less.
Wazwaz was in trouble before the flop and in even worse shape when it came . The turn left him drawing dead as the river fell to result in his tournament coming to a close with about 15 minutes of play left in the day at Johnson's expense, who now finds himself with a stack of around 173,000.
Andrew Johnson was in the hijack and saw action folded to him. He opened to 6,000 and received calls from Jason Sell in the cutoff, Paul Hickerson on the button, and the small blind. Action was then on Steve Wazwaz, who was in the big blind and three-bet to 26,000, Johnson folded to put action back onto Sell, who did not act immediately.
"Twenty-six thousand," said the dealer, making sure Sell knew the situation. He was indeed well aware, taking another 10 seconds before announcing he was all in. Action folded back to Wazwaz and he let his hand go without much deliberation.
Sell flashed two cards with visible paint on both of them.
"Queens?" Wazwaz asked. Sell confirmed. "Poket sixes," added Wazwaz, letting him know the hand he had folded as Sell raked in the pot without seeing a flop.
The official numbers are in and published for the 2019 Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic $1,100 Main Event. In total, 376 entries over two starting flights generated a total prize pool of $364,720. The top 45 places will make it into the money and earn a first-level payout of $2,006. Prizes will escalate from there with the eventual champion taking home $80,241 and an accompanying trophy.
Full payout details have been provided in the Payouts tab.
Justin Thurlow and Tam Le had gotten stacks in with over 50,000 in the middle prior to the rest of the stacks being committed. The board read with Thurlow's winning hand of still tabled. The dealer was in the process of counting stacks and totaled Le's to be around 68,000 with Thurlow's totaling more than that, leaving Le dry on chips as the two exchanged a fist bump before Le got up and left.
Thurlow was kind enough to recount the action after the hand, stating that Le had opened to 6,000 from under the gun and Thurlow called on his direct left. The two went heads up to the flop, where Thurlow called Le's continuation-bet. Le shipped the rest in on the turn and Thurlow called.
Le had and Thurlow was able to hit a safe river to score the knockout and vault his stack to over 213,500. He talked about it after the fact, saying that he had barely over starting stack when the level began.
"But it's make-or-break, though," said Thurlow. "I've busted so many tournaments in Level 13 too!"
It is looking like he will survive this one with less than 10 minutes remaining in the penultimate level of the day.