Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Poker Night in America's $1,675 Main Event, a collaboration with the Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas, kicked off Friday morning and saw six players bag up chips for Monday's Day 2.
Foremost among them is Sam Panzica, recent European Poker Tour Dublin €10,000 High Roller winner. He finished with 199,500 from a 30,000 starting stack, good for a small lead over Matt Glantz (183,000).
The others who made it through were Jake Daniels (160,000), Chan Pelton (142,500), David Morton (116,000), and Matt Davenport (99,000). They did so at the expense of recent PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ninth-place finisher David Eldridge, who ran up a big stack but ultimately hit a downward spiral to end the night on the outside looking in.
When the tournament was getting underway, Chilean Nick Yunis was the star of the show, playing seemingly every other pot and showing down some big hands on the way to racking up a stack of over 170,000 in Level 9 (400/800/100). However, the late arrival of Eldridge signaled the end of that hot streak for Yunis, and Eldridge was ultimately the one who busted Yunis after the final 10 players combined to one table.
That only happened after the likes of Niall Farrell, Sergio Aido, Terrance Eischens, and Ryan Van Sanford busted.
When the big clash did go down, the final board had come and Yunis bet-called for his stack with against the of Eldridge, which left the latter with 213,000 at 800/1,600/200.
However, Daniels doubled through him with against and then Pelton later won back-to-back pots against him to drop him to 69,000. A visibly frustrated Eldridge then sent the last of his stack to Panzica to wrap up the night with 24 minutes left in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500).
Players will have another opportunity Saturday, as the second of two flights runs starting at 11 a.m. with coverage again here on PokerNews.
After the elimination of David Eldridge, the final six bagged with about 24 minutes left in the level.
David Eldridge defended his big blind from a Chan Pelton under-the-gun open to 7,000, and he check-called 6,500 on the flop. He check-called 12,500 more on the turn and then checked the river. Pelton moved in for 34,000 and Eldridge quickly called.
"One pair," Pelton announced.
Eldridge showed but that was no good against [actd.
"Just so you guys know, if I say one pair, I have like... fives," Matt Glantz said with a chuckle.
The next hand, Eldridge limped the button and both blinds came along. Pelton led out for 4,000 on the flop, and he then check-called 10,500 on the turn. Both checked the river, and Pelton showed . Eldridge slapped down in frustration.
Players are on break for 15 minutes.
David Eldridge raised to 5,200 in middle position and received one caller, Matthew Davenport in the cutoff. Both players checked the flop and Eldridge led for 7,500 with the board reading on fourth. Davenport called, and Eldridge fired big with 25,500 on the river. Davenport looked pained but called fairly quickly.
Eldridge flipped over for a boat.
Sam Panzica raised to 5,500 under the gun and got calls from Chan Pelton and David Morton. Action checked to Pelton after flopped, and he bet 8,000. Sam Panzica called. Panzica checked the turn and Pelton bet 16,000. Panzica double-checked his holding and called. Check-check on the , and Pelton announced a hand we couldn't discern. It wasn't better than a set though, as Panzica immediately flipped his over.