Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
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.
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.
Kevin Martin raised to 4,500 from the button and Michael Holmes defended his big blind to see a flop. Both players checked and the appeared on the turn.
Again action went check-check and the 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 for two pair.
"Take that Kevin Martin," Holmes said with a big smile.
A player was all in preflop for 23,000 and looking to survive Stanley Wang.
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 .
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 had two live cards and wound up hitting both of them after the board ran out . Ship the double to Larson!