RGPS Seminole Coconut Creek $600 Main Event
RGPS Seminole Coconut Creek $600 Main Event
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

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Vito DiStefano
Vito DiStefano

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!

Tags: David AlbertsonJoseph NolinLoni HarwoodLuis MantillaMark LafataMaurice HawkinsPhillip HuiRob MarianoTheo LawsonTommy BatesVito Distefano

End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Vito DiStefano us
Vito DiStefano
us 311,000 26,000
Theo Lawson US
Theo Lawson
US 299,000 51,000
Mahmoud Masri US
Mahmoud Masri
US 287,000 102,000
Raminder Singh us
Raminder Singh
us 257,000 257,000
Luis Mantilla US
Luis Mantilla
US 248,000 131,000
Daniel Couzens us
Daniel Couzens
us 243,000 243,000
Bradley Grossman us
Bradley Grossman
us 242,000 242,000
Guillermo Reyes Cardoso US
Guillermo Reyes Cardoso
US 234,000 234,000
Francois Zayas us
Francois Zayas
us 220,000 220,000
Mark Lafata us
Mark Lafata
us 215,000 77,500
Alain Candales Falcon US
Alain Candales Falcon
US 215,000 131,000
Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us 194,000 131,500
Scott Zakheim us
Scott Zakheim
us 187,000 187,000
Larry Shawe US
Larry Shawe
US 177,000 -8,000
Stuart McGeough US
Stuart McGeough
US 170,000 170,000
Anwar Shawn Mohamed US
Anwar Shawn Mohamed
US 166,000 166,000
Dennis Howe US
Dennis Howe
US 146,000 146,000
Michael Lind us
Michael Lind
us 146,000 31,000
Arthur Peevy US
Arthur Peevy
US 144,000 52,800
Robert Kessler us
Robert Kessler
us 142,000 142,000
Paul Balzano us
Paul Balzano
us 141,000 141,000
Timothy Miles us
Timothy Miles
us 138,000 138,000
Did Not Report us
Did Not Report
us 138,000 138,000
Brandon Schwartz us
Brandon Schwartz
us 133,000 23,000
Adam Mammon US
Adam Mammon
US 128,000 128,000

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Four More Hands

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

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

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

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 {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} board, and Schwartz flipped over {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. Despite the two overcards, Schwartz was good, as the middle-position player could only muster up {5-}{5-}.

Brandon Schwartz us
Brandon Schwartz
us 110,000 16,000

Tags: Brandon Schwartz

Ounjian Gets There; Rivera Dusted

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Eric Rivera
Eric Rivera

Jon Ounjian was all in and at risk for 25,500 from the big blind with a {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{10-Spades} flop on the felt, against a lone opponent in the cutoff.

Jon Ounjian: {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

Ounjian got unlucky when the {7-Clubs} turn gave his opponent a straight, but the {7-Spades} 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.

Jon Ounjian US
Jon Ounjian
US 75,000 27,000

Tags: Jon OunjianEric Rivera


It's the DiStefano Show!

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

The small blind bet 17,000 into a pot of 35,000 on a {6-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} 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 {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades} for a set of jacks.

Vito DiStefano us
Vito DiStefano
us 285,000 55,000

Tags: Vito Distefano

Shawe Lays Down the Law on Duffield

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

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.

George Duffield: {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}
Larry Shawe: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Shawe's trap worked to perfection after a {4-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} runout left his kings in command, and he eliminated Duffield while doubling through the middle-position opponent at the same time.

Larry Shawe US
Larry Shawe
US 185,000
George Duffield US
George Duffield
US Busted

Tags: George DuffieldLarry Shawe