Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Blair Hinkle finished Day 1b of the RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event ahead of 39 players and will now have the night off before returning for Day 2 at noon Sunday.
Hinkle, who bricked Day 1a, bagged the lead thanks in part to a 100,000 pot where he flopped top two against a flush draw. Early in the day, Hinkle changed tables with about 12,000 and hit two sets in a row to build up to 60,000 and never looked back — finishing with 243,000.
Shane Fuller (236,500), Cody Bartlett (212,000), and Michael Childers (200,000) all broke the 200,000 mark but still find themselves well behind Day 1a chip leader Jovan Sudar, who bagged 348,500.
Emily Larson, Mark Barrientos, and Jeff Bryan all hit the rail in Day 1b.
The remaining players will return for Day 2 at noon on Sunday. The players who didn't find a bag yet will have one more chance tonight at 7 p.m. in the 1c flight.
Day 1b is almost ready to bag and the players have five more hands before they bag.
Blair Hinkle opened from middle position and the player on the button called. Cody Bartlett called from the small blind and the flop came .
The action checked to the player on the button and he bet 10,000. Bartlett eyed his remaining stack and then make it 35,000. Hinkle and the button both folded and Bartlett took down the pot to break 200,000.
Run Good Ambassador Ray Henson opened to 5,000 and a player in late position shoved for about 12,500. Henson called showing and was ahead of the of his opponent.
Henson held to win the pot and send his opponent to the rail.
Ray Rife is over 200,000. He says he could be described as a part-time poker player.
"I do a little of this, a little of that."
He thought for a moment when asked who he'd like to play with if he wins the Poker After Dark seat and eventually settled on Shaun Deeb.
He was the first person to say that. A lot of players have said Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu. Some have said Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, and one player answered Jennifer Tilly.
Jeff Bryan took a shot in the Day 1a flight and is back at it today with three levels left in play.
Bryan has spent 35 years working for a construction equipment company and is the Sales and Operations Manager. He's got five kids and eight grandkids and has been married for 18 years.
He plays the WSOP every year and has $746,444 in career winnings and says he's played with several players during the summer, but never with Phil Hellmuth. He says that Hellmuth would be his first pick to play with if he wins the PAD seat.