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$440 Mini Main Event



$440 Mini Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Ivan Zarate Bags RIU Reno VIII Mini Main Day 1b Chip Lead; Spraggy & Kevin Martin Advance

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

On Saturday, Day 1b of the Run It Up Reno VIII Event #1: $440 Mini Main Event played out inside the Peppermill Casino. The second of two starting flights attracted 158 runners, which along with Day 1a’s 127 entrants brought the total field up to 285 entries.

That means the top 46 players with a min-cash being worth $720. The eventual winner, who will be crowned on Sunday, will walk away with a $26,065 first-place prize.

The player from 1b best positioned to make a run at it is Ivan Zarate, who after 12 levels led the surviving 38 players with a stack of 185,000. That is well behind Day 1a chip leader Alan Mastic, who bagged 310,000.

Zarate, who hails from Arkansas, has $69,748 in lifetime tournament earnings including a career-high $7,779 for winning the 2015 $330 Holiday Hangover Tournament at Mohegan Sun. Two years ago he also finished sixth in the Run It Up Reno IV Main Event for $5,525.

Others to make it through Day 1b with big stacks were Michael Trivett (184,000), Kyle Keating (181,500), Jovanny Jayme (166,500), and Stanley Wang (148,500), who round out the top five. They were joined by Ben “Spraggy” Spragg (126,500), Patrick Tardif (117,000), former RIU Reno Main Event champ DJ Fenton (106,500), Albert Ng (85,00), and Kevin Martin (49,500).

Of course, not everyone was so lucky. Among those to fire and fall on Saturday were Jason Somerville, Brad Owen, Jimmy Cappucci, Fintan Hand, Holly Brightly, Abraham Meyers, Sung Song, Joe Brandenburg, Vincent Newland, Jamie Kerstetter, Arlie Shaban, and Paul Sampson.

Day 2 will get underway at Noon local time on Sunday with 64 returning players (26 from 1a and 38 from 1b). The RunItUp.TV live stream will begin at 5 p.m. local time, but you can tune back into PokerNews straight away for live updates straight from the tournament floor.

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

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Ivan Zarate us
Ivan Zarate
us 185,000
Michael Trivett us
Michael Trivett
us 184,000 -16,000
Kyle Keating us
Kyle Keating
us 181,500
Jovanny Jayme us
Jovanny Jayme
us 166,500 56,500
Stanley Wang us
Stanley Wang
us 148,500 18,500
Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 148,000 135,000
Don McCormick us
Don McCormick
us 130,000 -45,000
Benjamin Spragg gb
Benjamin Spragg
gb 126,500 81,500
Richard Garza US
Richard Garza
US 119,000
Patrick Tardif ca
Patrick Tardif
ca 117,000 17,000
Abraham Medina US
Abraham Medina
US 112,000
DJ Fenton us
DJ Fenton
us 106,500 -18,500
Jason Daniele us
Jason Daniele
us 90,000 -35,000
Rob Fitzgerald us
Rob Fitzgerald
us 85,000
Albert Ng us
Albert Ng
us 85,000
Anthony Nguyen us
Anthony Nguyen
us 84,500
Jason Choi US
Jason Choi
US 81,500
Mark Mazza us
Mark Mazza
us 75,500
Sok Chean us
Sok Chean
us 72,000
Chris Probst US
Chris Probst
US 68,500
Maxwell Brown us
Maxwell Brown
us 66,000 6,000
John Boriolo us
John Boriolo
us 65,500
Michael Holmes US
Michael Holmes
US 65,000 -10,000
Alex Klupchak US
Alex Klupchak
US 64,000
Jenny Mouawad US
Jenny Mouawad
US 60,500

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Bag and Tag

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

Players are approaching the same point in Level 12 in which Day 1a ended. That means play will be concluding soon with players bagging and tagging. Stay tuned for a list of those who make it through complete with chip counts. We'll also have a full recap of the RIU Reno VIII Event #1: $440 Mini Main Event Day 1b action shortly.

"Take That Kevin Martin"

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

Kevin Martin raised to 4,500 from the button and Michael Holmes defended his big blind to see a {2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop. Both players checked and the {10-Hearts} appeared on the turn.

Again action went check-check and the {a-Clubs} completed the board on the river. Holmes tossed out a bet of 5,500 and Martin called only to muck when his opponent rolled over the {a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} for two pair.

"Take that Kevin Martin," Holmes said with a big smile.

Michael Holmes US
Michael Holmes
US 75,000 17,000
Kevin Martin ca
Kevin Martin
ca 60,000 -25,000

Tags: Kevin MartinMichael Holmes


Wang Continues to Roll

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

A player was all in preflop for 23,000 and looking to survive Stanley Wang.

Wang: {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

It was a flip and Wang just needed to hold to score the knockout. That's just what he did as the board ran out a safe {2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{q-Hearts}.

Stanley Wang us
Stanley Wang
us 130,000 55,000

Tags: Stanley Wang

Larson Doubles Through Tardif

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

David Larson moved all in for 25,300 from middle position and action folded around to Patrick Tardif in the big blind. He paused for a few beats and called, which put most of his stack at risk.

Larson: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Tardif: {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

Larson had two live cards and wound up hitting both of them after the board ran out {7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. Ship the double to Larson!

David Larson us
David Larson
us 53,000
Patrick Tardif ca
Patrick Tardif
ca 9,000 -31,000

Tags: David LarsonPatrick Tardif