Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Vito DiStefano Leads as 45 Advance From Day 1b of the RGPS All Stars Comeback Tour Seminole Coconut Creek $600 Main Event
The RunGood Poker Series All Stars Comeback Tour Seminole Coconut Creek $600 Main Event saw the second of two starting flights come through and bring another impressive crowd of 314 entrants to the South Florida felt in search of advancing to Day 2 action. The field was brought down to just 45 players by night's end, with Vito DiStefano bagging up the chip lead with 311,000 in chips, which is behind the 406,000 chip stack of Day 1a chip leader David Albertson.
DiStefano was in action early and often throughout the day, starting out hot in Level 2 when his flopped straight found a pair of customers who had flopped two pair. Sitting with heaps early helped DiStefano get a stack with which he could pull off impressive bluffs, crack aces, and spike sets to cruise through the day with relatively few speed bumps.
Coming in second in chips is Theo Lawson (295,000), who padded an already impressive stack in the last few hands of the day by cracking pocket kings with pocket jacks. Other notables who managed to bag up chips include Luis Mantilla (248,000), Mark Lafata (215,000), and Joseph Nolin (100,000).
Not everyone was able to navigate the huge field to return for Day 2, including former Survivor champ "Boston" Rob Mariano, 14-time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Maurice Hawkins, married two-time WSOP Bracelet winners Loni Hui and Phillip Hui, and Tommy Bates.
Day 2 is set to begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST, with the 45 players from today's flight joining the 29 from Day 1a to play down to a winner. Action will kick off at Level 15 (2,000/4,000/4,000) and levels will be 40-minutes in length for the duration of Day 2. Full prize pool information is set to be released before the tournament begins, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for full payout information, as well as the Day 2 seat draw, as we crown the latest RunGood Poker Series All Stars Comeback Tour champ!
End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)
Four More Hands
The remaining field will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening. Stay tuned for full chip counts as well as a full recap of the day's action.
Schwartz Fades a Bad Flop
A player raised to 6,000 from middle position, and Brandon Schwartz three-bet to 20,000 in the hijack. The middle-position player called.
Action checked through an board, and Schwartz flipped over . Despite the two overcards, Schwartz was good, as the middle-position player could only muster up .
Ounjian Gets There; Rivera Dusted
Jon Ounjian was all in and at risk for 25,500 from the big blind with a flop on the felt, against a lone opponent in the cutoff.
Ounjian got unlucky when the turn gave his opponent a straight, but the river brought Ounjian back from the dead with a full house for the double.
Just before that, Eric Rivera was spotted standing from his seat, and quickly shared his bustout.
"Aces against ace-king. I raised, he three-bet, standard stuff. Flop king-king-three, goodbye!" Rivera was still in good spirits despite his elimination and was all smiles while watching the rest of the Day 1b action.
More Day 1b Eliminations
It's the DiStefano Show!
The small blind bet 17,000 into a pot of 35,000 on a board, and the big blind called. Vito DiStefano raised to 55,000 from the hijack, and the small blind quickly folded. The big blind stood up from his seat, agonizing over his decision.
"Lemme have this one," DiStefano told the big blind. A few moments ticked by, then the big blind folded, saying, "I had a good draw."
"You're supposed to call that!" DiStefano told his opponent while flipping over for a set of jacks.
Shawe Lays Down the Law on Duffield
Larry Shawe limped in from under the gun, and a player in middle position raised to 7,500. George Duffield three-bet shoved for 22,000 in the small blind, and Shawe called. The middle-position player four-bet shoved with a covering stack, and Shawe snap-called for his 73,000 stack.
Shawe's trap worked to perfection after a runout left his kings in command, and he eliminated Duffield while doubling through the middle-position opponent at the same time.