Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
The first of four starting flights in the $200 No-Limit Hold'em $50,000 Guaranteed Event #1 on the 2015 Seneca Fall Poker Classic drew 127 entries and re-entries to the the Niagara Falls Poker Room today.
This puts the event well on it's way to surpassing the guarantee with three starting flights still to come over the next day and a half.
After 14 30-minute levels of play, just 15 players remained. Alex Visbisky grabbed the chip lead, catching some big hands early, then one massive one late to bust the swingy Jeffery Hobrecker and vault into the lead. The Cheektowaga native bagged 185,700 at day's end.
However, it was Michael Davis grabbing the overnight lead, after doubling up through early leader John Abraham with a flush, then flopping a set of kings and rivering a boat to crack aces and another player's flush draw in the final few hands and bag a massive 342,000-chip stack for the overwhelming lead.
Peter Alba also enjoyed the final few hands, making a boat of his own to push up to 228,200 and join other local heroes still in with a shot including Abraham, 2014 Seneca Fall Poker Classic champ Rick Block and Cameron Bartolotta. In the meantime, regulars like Jerry Calvaneso, Brett Short and Scott Aitchison were among the masses joining Hobrecker on the rail.
The 15 survivors will come back Sunday to play down to a winner, but first there are three more starting flights, continuing with the evening session that began at 6 p.m. local time.
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In the final few hands, Michael Davis flopped a set of kings against aces and a flush draw, finding a boat on the river to hold and push into the chip lead.
Plus, Peter Alba ripped it in over a Brett Short open with pocket tens, flopping a set and rivering a boat against Short's to climb above the 200,000-chip mark.
The clock was stopped with ten minutes to play in the 14th level and a draw was conducted to determine the number of hands left to play before bagging up for the night. They drew a six.
Not sure when the money went in, but it appears Brian Bowen got pocket aces to hold versus Peter Alba's pocket fives and just doubled up to 185,000.
Alba was left with under 70,000 and plans to rebuild over the next 40 minutes before play is through on Day 1a.
Michael Davis turned a baby flush against John Abraham's two pair and shoved it in for some 60,000.
Abraham made the call praying for the board to fill him up, but that didn't happen, vaulting Davis to a spot near the top and cutting Abraham's stack down substantially.
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In a hand before the break, Rick Block opened to 3,200 and Jeffrey Hobrecker bumped it to 7,800 one seat over. Alex Visbisky called and Block dumped his hand.
The flop came and Hobrecker led for 10,000. Visbisky called, the turn came the and Hobrecker jammed in for a little more than 25,000.
Visbisky took a second before calling with the and his set was good over Hobrecker's . The river was the meaningless and as Hobrecker hit the rail, Visbisky moved into the chip lead.