Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
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.
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.
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.
Owen was way out in front and he held as the board ran out a lowly .
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.
The paired Pokrivnak but it also gave Van Patten an up-and-down straight draw. Unfortunately for him he missed when the bricked the turn followed by the 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.
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.
"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 to give him the double.
"Alright. Alright. Alright."
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!