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$440 Mini Main Event



$440 Mini Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Alan Mastic Leads as 26 Players Bag Day 1a of RIU Reno Mini Main; Jesse Capps Among Big Stacks

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Jesse Capps
Jesse Capps

Day 1a of the Run It Up Reno VIII Event #1: $440 Mini Main Event attracted 127 runners. It took just shy of 12 levels to play down to 20 percent of the field and put an end to the night. Leading the surviving 26 players is Alan Mastic, who bagged up 310.000.

Mastic is no stranger to poker with two cashes in the World Series of Poker Main Event (309th in 2016 for $32,130 and 554th in 2015 for $17,282). He also won the 2012 Peppermill Poker Kickoff $440 Championship Event for $8,501. He also has a pair of RIU Reno cashes from years past.

Others to bag big stacks were Andy Pokrivnak (242,000), Jesse Capps (194,000), Glenn Uchibori (155,500), and Jason Pease (144,000), who round out the top five.

Pokrivnak got a chunk of his stack after raising with ace-five and then calling a shove from Donald Van Patten, who had around 30,000. Pokrivnak was actually ahead of Van Patten’s king-ten and held after the latter flopped an open-ended straight draw.

Among those to fire and fall on 1a were Jason Somerville, Michelle Nastasis, Michael Trivett, Jimmy Cappucci, Ashley Sleeth, LFG co-host Jamie Kerstetter, and Joe Brindle.

Brindle actually busted to his good friend, Adam Owen, in the last level. It happened when Owen raised from early position and picked up a limped. Brindle three-bet jammed with what turned out to be queen-jack and Owen isolated by shoving over the top with ace-queen. The superior hand held and Brindle headed to the rail. Owen bagged 60,000.

Day 1b will kick off at Noon local time on Saturday and play to the same point in the tournament (4:42 left in Level 12). The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there to bring you all the action, so be sure to join us then.

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

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Alan Mastic us
Alan Mastic
us 310,000
Andy Pokrivnak us
Andy Pokrivnak
us 242,000 57,000
Jesse Capps us
Jesse Capps
us 194,000 4,000
Glenn Uchibori us
Glenn Uchibori
us 155,500
Jason Pease us
Jason Pease
us 144,000 88,300
Ricky Guan us
Ricky Guan
us 139,000 59,000
Joel Danforth us
Joel Danforth
us 120,000 -35,000
Darrell Jones us
Darrell Jones
us 116,000
Timothy Burgess US
Timothy Burgess
US 108,000
Eric Nelson us
Eric Nelson
us 94,000
Miguel Cardenas us
Miguel Cardenas
us 86,000
Jesse Sylvia us
Jesse Sylvia
us 85,000 10,000
Josh Ballman US
Josh Ballman
US 75,000
Corey Smith US
Corey Smith
US 74,500
Sandra Morse us
Sandra Morse
us 71,000 6,000
Jeremy Hatchete US
Jeremy Hatchete
US 71,000
Doug Englekirk US
Doug Englekirk
US 67,500
Adam Owen gb
Adam Owen
gb 60,000 -20,000
Steven Dorval US
Steven Dorval
US 58,500 -1,500
Shawn Van Asdale us
Shawn Van Asdale
us 52,500 52,500
Scott Stewart us
Scott Stewart
us 49,000
Jordan Spurlin US
Jordan Spurlin
US 39,500
Jacqui Newman US
Jacqui Newman
US 38,500
Angel Castro Pinto US
Angel Castro Pinto
US 27,000
Adam Bishop us
Adam Bishop
us 24,000

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Bag and Tag

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The Day 1a field played quick and fell down to 27 players. As such play has concluded on this flight, meaning the tomorrow's Day 1b will stop at the same time (4:42 left in Level 12). Stay tuned for a list of chip counts and a recap of the Day 1a action.

Owen Busts His Buddy Brindle

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Adam Owen raised to 4,500 from early position and the player in the cutoff called from the cutoff. Joe Brindle, a friend of Owen's, then moved all in for 33,500. Owen jammed over the top and the cutoff got out of the way.

Brindle: {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Owen: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Owen was way out in front and he held as the board ran out a lowly {10-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}.

Adam Owen gb
Adam Owen
gb 80,000 36,000
Joe Brindle gb
Joe Brindle
gb Busted

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Pokrivnak Sends Van Patten to the Rail

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Donald Van Patten
Donald Van Patten

Andy Pokrivnak opened for 4,500 from early position and the raise cleared the field all the way around to Donald Van Patten in the big blind. He moved all in for just shy of 30,000 and Pokrivnak, who has chips to spare, opted to make the call.

Pokrivnak: {a-Hearts}{5-Spades}
Van Patten: {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

The {j-Spades}{q-Spades}{5-Diamonds} paired Pokrivnak but it also gave Van Patten an up-and-down straight draw. Unfortunately for him he missed when the {8-Diamonds} bricked the turn followed by the {5-Hearts} on the river.

Van Patten told the table what a pleasure it was to play with them today, but don't worry, he'll be back for at least the Main Event as he's already won his way in via a satellite.

Andy Pokrivnak us
Andy Pokrivnak
us 185,000 30,000
Donald Van Patten US
Donald Van Patten
US Busted

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"I Don't Think You're Going to Bust Me"

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Patrick Tardif
Patrick Tardif

In the first hand back from the dinner break, partypoker pro and Twitch streamer Patrick Tardif moved all in for 8,000 from the cutoff and action folded to the player in the big blind. He didn't seem too excited about it but made the call nonetheless.

Tardif: {a-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Big Blind: {10-Spades}{6-Hearts}

"I don't think you're going to bust me this hand," Tardif said with the confidence of a Matthew McConaughey behind the wheel of a Lincoln Nautilus.

He called it as the board ran out {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} to give him the double.

"Alright. Alright. Alright."

Patrick Tardif ca
Patrick Tardif
ca 19,000 11,000

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Dinner Break Time

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Players are now on a one hour dinner break. During this time players are invited to the Run It Up Reno VIII Welcome Party, complete with Jason Somerville's famous turkey burgers!