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RGPS Thunder Valley Golden Ticket $575 Main Event, $200K GTD
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RGPS Thunder Valley Golden Ticket $575 Main Event, $200K GTD
Day 1a Completed

Joe Nguyen Bags Big Chip Lead at End of Day 1a in RGPS Thunder Valley Golden Ticket $575 Main Event, $200K GTD

connorrichards • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

Joe Nguyen of Sunnyvale, California ended Day 1a of the RGPS Thunder Valley Golden Ticket $575 Main Event, $200K GTD with a massive stack of 563,000 after running hot throughout the day and eliminating multiple opponents in the process. He is joined by 17 other players who finished the day in the money and will move on to compete on Day 2 with the other Day 1 flights.

Dawson Dvorak ended the day second in chips with 366,000 and was followed by Ed Miller with 352,000. Other players who made it to the end of nearly eight hours of play include Bong Nguyen, Anubhav Jolly and Leonard Boltasiu.

Nguyen, who has $1.1 million in live tournament earnings, per HendonMob, built a chip lead early in the day and kept the momentum going up until the end of play. He took down one of the biggest pots of the day when he got it in with trip queens against a royal flush draw and filled up on the river. Not long after, he busted Yani Fangayen with a straight.

Hector Martin was sent home on the money bubble in a cooler where he flopped a set of jacks against the aces of Dawson Dvorak, and Dvorak spiked an ace on the river.

The Day 1a survivors will be joined by whoever is alive at the end of the Day 1b and Day 1c flights, which will respectively take place on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. and Sept. 25 at the same time.

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of Day 1a, but stay tuned as action picks up again tomorrow.

Full Chip Count At End of Day 1a (full)

connorrichards • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Joe Nguyen us
Joe Nguyen
us 563,000 103,000
Dawson Dvorak US
Dawson Dvorak
US 366,000 236,000
Ed Miller us
Ed Miller
us 352,000 -8,000
Leonard Boltasiu US
Leonard Boltasiu
US 203,500 143,500
Chris Wrabel US
Chris Wrabel
US 161,000 161,000
Sam Srinivasan US
Sam Srinivasan
US 153,500 153,500
Ronald Matsuura us
Ronald Matsuura
us 141,500 -3,500
Bong Nguyen US
Bong Nguyen
US 124,000 124,000
Anubhav Jolly US
Anubhav Jolly
US 120,000 120,000
Huy Vu US
Huy Vu
US 108,500 108,500
Art Murillo US
Art Murillo
US 98,500 43,500
Yekaterina Lukina cz
Yekaterina Lukina
cz 80,500 80,500
Dustin Estrada US
Dustin Estrada
US 78,000 -47,000
Ostas Lacayango US
Ostas Lacayango
US 74,000 74,000
Rob Hernandez US
Rob Hernandez
US 73,500 73,500
James Dipippo US
James Dipippo
US 40,500 40,500
Michael Needle us
Michael Needle
us 28,000 28,000
Dhanasekar Arumugan US
Dhanasekar Arumugan
US 12,500 12,500

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Martin Eliminated on Money Bubble in Set Over Set Hand

connorrichards • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

Hector Martin flat-called a three-bet from Dawson Dvorak pre-flop.

Hector Martin then got all his chips in on the flop of {9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} with Dvorak having him covered.

Hector Martin: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Dawson Dvorak: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

Martin had a massive lead with a set. However, the board ran out {7-Spades}{a-Clubs} and Dvorak made the bigger set, sending Martin out on the money bubble

Hector Martin us
Hector Martin
us Busted
Level:
15
Blinds:
2,500/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Flush for Estrada

connorrichards • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

An out of position opponent got all in against Dustin Estrada pre-flop.

Opponent: {q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Dustin Estrada: {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

Estrada's opponent was dominated and ultimately eliminated when the board ran out {10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Estrada made a flush.

Dustin Estrada US
Dustin Estrada
US 125,000 16,000

Nguyen Eliminates Fangayen

connorrichards • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Joe Nguyen
Joe Nguyen

Joe Nguyen eliminated Yani Fangayen when Nguyen check-jammed from the big blind on the river on a board of {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{6-Spades} with Fangayen covered.

Fangayen eventually called and Nguyen announced he had a straight and showed {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. Fangayen did not show but said he had an overpair.

Joe Nguyen us
Joe Nguyen
us 460,000 110,000
Yani Fangayen US
Yani Fangayen
US Busted
Level:
14
Blinds:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
4,000