$600 Main Event
$600 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Robert Valdez Leads as 90 Players Bag Day 1b of the RIU Reno VIII Main Event

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante
Robert Valdez
Robert Valdez

Day 1b of the Run It Up Reno VIII $600 Main Event attracted 362 runners, which along with 1a’s 267 brought the total field up to 629 entries, making it the largest spring event in RIU history. Like it was in the first flight, action was halted with 26:32 remaining in Level 12. At that time, 90 players remained with Robert Valdez and his stack of 326,500 leading the way.

That was well behind that of 1a chip leader Patrick Truong, who made it through Friday night with 471,000. Others to bag big stacks on Day 1b were Andy Camou (200,500), Ryan Schoonbaert (191,000), Joe Brindle (171,500), Stanley Wong (169,500), and Vito Distefano (140,000).

Others to bag were Max Brown (130,000), Ashley Sleeth (111,000), Jason Somerville (83,500), Kevin Martin (65,500), two-time Survivor contestant Shirin Oskooi (63,500), Adam Owen (34,000), and Jesse Sylvia (25,000).

Among those to see their RIU Reno VIII Main Event dreams come and go on Day 1b were Jesse Capps, Fintan “Easy with Aces” Hand, Evan Jarvis, Sasha Liu, Deb Swift, Cat “Catrific” Valdes, Black Chip Bounty champ Donnie McCormick, and six-time RIU Reno trophy winner Jimmy Cappucci.

On Sunday, the surviving 143 players from both Day 1a and 1b - 53 and 90 respectively - will return at Noon local time to play down to the final table. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to tune in then.

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End Of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

BrandonTemple • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante
Robert Valdez US
Robert Valdez
US 326,500 -48,500
Jeremy Ahillen us
Jeremy Ahillen
us 254,500 254,500
Chance Gir US
Chance Gir
US 247,500 247,500
Andy Camou us
Andy Camou
us 200,500 110,500
Ilana Gun US
Ilana Gun
US 191,500 166,500
Ryan Schoonbaert us
Ryan Schoonbaert
us 191,000 11,000
Eunice Beeler US
Eunice Beeler
US 187,000 187,000
Srini Godavarthy us
Srini Godavarthy
us 185,500 185,500
Pete Dirksen us
Pete Dirksen
us 179,500 8,000
Phil Beesley us
Phil Beesley
us 176,000 66,000
Joe Brindle gb
Joe Brindle
gb 171,500 136,500
Stanley Wang us
Stanley Wang
us 169,500 169,500
Christopher Gallagher us
Christopher Gallagher
us 167,500
Toan Nguyen nl
Toan Nguyen
nl 167,500 167,500
Gerald Morrell us
Gerald Morrell
us 164,500 164,500
Chris McNulty US
Chris McNulty
US 159,500 159,500
Andy Pokrivnak us
Andy Pokrivnak
us 152,500 4,500
Joshua Prager us
Joshua Prager
us 139,000 139,000
Julio Uribe US
Julio Uribe
US 134,000 134,000
Max Brown us
Max Brown
us 130,000 65,000
Ty Kohler us
Ty Kohler
us 125,000 125,000
Michael Saenz US
Michael Saenz
US 120,000 120,000
John Marcoux us
John Marcoux
us 117,000 117,000
Peter Tran US
Peter Tran
US 117,000 117,000
Kham Boo Saechao US
Kham Boo Saechao
US 115,500 115,500

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Play Ends For The Day

BrandonTemple • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

Play has come to a close here on Day 1b of the $600 Run It Up Reno VIII Main Event. Stay tuned for a recap of the day's action, including highlighted chip counts.

Oskooi Versus Mastic, Part Two

BrandonTemple • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

Alan Mastic limped in from the cutoff, as did Shirin Oskooi in the small blind, and the big blind checked his option.

All three player checked the {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop, and the {q-Hearts} peeled off on the turn. Oskooi bet 4,000, and after the big blind folded, Mastic quickly raised to 12,000. Oskooi quickly tossed her hand in the muck.

Alan Mastic us
Alan Mastic
us 80,000 17,000
Shirin Oskooi us
Shirin Oskooi
us 50,000 -10,000

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Oskooi vs. Mastic

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Alan Mastic opened for 5,000 under the gun and Shirin Oskooi called from the cutoff. The player in the big blind came along and the trio saw a flop of {7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}.

Two checks saw Oskooi bet 4,000, the big blind folded, and Mastic called.

Both players then checked the {j-Hearts} turn as well as the {k-Clubs} river. Oskooi showed the {a-Hearts}{8-Spades} for kings and eights, but it was no good as Mastic had the {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} in the hole for kings and queens.

Alan Mastic us
Alan Mastic
us 63,000 8,000
Shirin Oskooi us
Shirin Oskooi
us 60,000 -10,000

Schoonbaert Building Late

BrandonTemple • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

A player raised to 4,500 from UTG, and the hijack called. Ryan Schoonbaert three-bet to 16,000 from the cutoff, and only the UTG player called.

Both players checked an {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{a-Clubs} flop, and the UTG player bet 6,500 on the {8-Spades} turn. Schoonbaert called.

The {j-Diamonds} river was checked by the UTG player, and Schoonbaert tossed in 50,000, enough to put his opponent all in for his last 38,000. After counting up his stack and tanking for a minute, the UTG player folded.

Ryan Schoonbaert us
Ryan Schoonbaert
us 180,000 80,000

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Valdez Catches A Huge Mazza Bluff

BrandonTemple • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

With 60,000 already in the pot on the river of a {10-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} board, Mark Mazza checked from the big blind over to Robert Valdez, who bet 54,000 from UTG+1. Mazza check-jammed to put Valdez at risk for his last 154,500, and Valdez immediately called, tabling {q-Spades}{10-Spades} for a full house.

Mazza pushed his cards to the muck, but the dealer turned over his {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for a busted flush draw, before shipping the giant pot to Valdez.

Robert Valdez US
Robert Valdez
US 375,000 175,000
Mark Mazza us
Mark Mazza
us 45,000 -51,000

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RIU Reno Platinum Pass Winner Hits the Rail

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Carlos Pal, who last October won an RIU Reno package on PokerStars and proceeded to win the $30K PSPC Platinum Pass freeroll that sent him to the Bahamas, has been eliminated from the Main Event.

He shoved his paltry stack of 5,500 all in under the gun and the player in the big blind looked him up.

Pal: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Big Blind: {k-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

Pal got it in good buy fell behind on the {k-Spades}{5-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop. Neither the {3-Clubs} turn nor {a-Hearts} river helped Pal and he exited the tournament.

Carlos Pal US
Carlos Pal
US Busted

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