Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
The first of three starting flights played to its completion Friday night at the RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino $575 Main Event. A total of 129 entries came through San Diego's Jamul Casino poker room to compete in Main Event Day 1a.
From that field, 29 players survived to play on in Sunday's Day 2 flights. The top chip stacks among those players included Shaun Davis (305,000), Joe Canez (186,000), Eric Carranza (170,000) and Brian "Golden Blazer" Frenzel (167,000).
The 129 entries put player contributions at more than half of the $100,000 guarantee, with still two more Day 1 flights left to play.
Notable names bagging chips at the end of the night included Tyson Apostol (71,000), Kris Burchfield (65,000), and Jamie Kerstetter (49,000).
The players that didn't make it through can come back Saturday to play in Day 1b (noon start time) and/or Day 1c (7 p.m. start time). All players that make it through any of the Day 1 fights earn a spot in Day 2.
Day 2 begins Sunday at noon local time, and plays until a champion is determined. An RG All-Stars Ring awaits the eventual champion, as well as the winner's share of a prize pool that appears to be heading well past the $100,000 guarantee.
Follow along with the PokerNews live blog for continuing coverage of the RGPS Jamul Casino $575 Main Event.
Brian Frenzel moved up to right around 200,000 chip near the end of Day 1a play.
Frenzel and an opponent got all of the chips in preflop, with Frenzel's ace-king offsuit besting his opponent's ace-queen offsuit. Frenzel appears to be in contention for the Day 1a chip lead as Level 12 winds down.
Mike Brady exited the field, and told PokerNews the details of his final hand of the night.
Facing an open from the button, Brady shoved for 36,000 with , and his opponent made the call with .
Brady's hand was ahead preflop, but the button player's ace-six suited found a win on the runout.
Day 1a has one more 30-minute level to complete before play wraps up for the night.
Facing a hijack open to 5,000, Tyson Apostol flat called from the cutoff. Jamie Kerstetter shoved for 24,900, the original raiser folded, and Apostol went into the tank for a few moments.
Apostol decided on a call, and the cards were turned face up:
Kerstetter found a pair of fives on the flop, which stayed true through the runout. Apostol asked PokerNews to note that he's a better preflop player than Kerstetter, and both players have chips to maneuver with as the night heads into the final level.
An early-position player opened to 4,000, Brian Nordin called on the button, Joe Canez called in the small blind, and Dan Brooks called in the big blind.
The flop came , and all players except Brooks ended up getting all of the chips in. Nordin had the biggest of the three stacks going to the showdown.
Canez, looking for a flush or straight to scoop the pot, found just that. The turn brought the , but the river fell and sent the biggest pot of Day 1a to Canez.