Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Randy Gil ended Day 1b of the RGPS Thunder Valley Golden Ticket $575 Main Event, $200K GTD as chipleader with stack of 375,000 after a massive flip where his ace-king got there against the pocket queens of Wilson Tolon. Tolon busted out on the money bubble shortly after when he was up against queens and couldn't get ahead with his eight-seven.
Gil, of California, had a fantastic day that included busting two opponents when his rockets held against their smaller pocket pairs. He is trailed by Sukhdip Singh with a stack of 311,000 and Jerez Mercado, who tripled up in one of the most memorable hands of the day where he flopped a set of sevens, with a stack of 272,500.
Paul Taeza had a big chip lead early but his stack dwindled down throughout the day, including in the hand where Mercado flopped a set. Other players who made the money on Day 1b include Kris Burchfield, Zihan Men and Kevin Nguyen.
Poker commentator Joe Stapleton was in the field but busted when his sixes were no good against an opponent's nines.
Day 1c will commence on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and the survivors of all three flights will combine on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. for Day 2 action.
That wraps up coverage of Day 1b of RGPS Thunder Valley Golden Ticket $575 Main Event, $200K GTD. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back covering Day 1c tomorrow.
Wilson Tolon had just lost most his stack in a flip against Randy Gil in a hand where his queens couldn't hold against Gil's ace-king.
Shortly after, Tolon shoved his short stack and got a call from Zihan Men in late position.
This time Tolon was up against queens and couldn't get there as the board ran out
Hand-for-hand play began on the money bubble with 20 players left and 19 moving on to Day 2.
Sukhdip Sangh was all-in in a heads-up pot.
Sangh took the pot down with trips as the board came out . The opponent was eliminated a few hands later.
Kevin Nguyen re-shoved in early position after a short stack had moved all-in. Everyone else folded.
The board ran out and Nguyen busted the opponent with a set of jacks.