Live Events 2
Main Event
Days:
1a1b2

Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Bursavich Leads, Souther in Second to End Day 1a (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Austin Bursavich leads the 18 Day 1a survivors.
Austin Bursavich leads the 18 Day 1a survivors.

The first day of play in the 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Belle of Baton Rouge Main Event has come to a close. Austin Bursavich bagged 187,300 in chips to notch a wide Day 1a chip lead over the other 17 survivors of the flight, and Will "Monkey" Souther was next in line with 132,000. Rounding out the top five stacks were Nicholas Graphia (95,700), Jack Carona (81,700), and Claudia Crawford (69,700).

A total of 55 entries were recorded, and the remaining 18 players will bide their time before returning on Sunday for Day 2.

Bursavich, who has no recorded cashes that we could find, burst onto the radar in this event with a huge double against Frank Bravata followed by busting the lively Ben Mintz. His upward trajectory took few detours from there, as he seemed to show up with huge hand after huge hand, despite playing what looked to be every other pot.

Souther, meanwhile, owes his hefty stack to two pairs of aces in hole, winning all-in pots against players holding {j-}{j-} on two separate occasions that you can read about here and here.

Graphia, who bagged the third largest stack, played perhaps the most exciting hand of the day when he dragged a pot with quads queens against kings full.

Other notables bagging up for the night include Matt Kirby (69,300) and Justin Truesdell (50,200), while accomplished runners like Kou Vang, Kenny Malim, Matt Alexander, Bill Romer, Nick Jivkov, and Allen Kessler hit the exits before the end of the night.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we bring you live coverage of Day 1b here at PokerNews.

Austin Bursavich us
Austin Bursavich
us 187,300 51,800
Will "Monkey" Souther
Will "Monkey" Souther
132,000 2,000
Nicholas Graphia
Nicholas Graphia
95,700 -23,300
Jack Carona
Jack Carona
81,700 81,700
Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
69,700 700
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 69,300 -40,700
Anthony Graphia
Anthony Graphia
57,700 57,700
David Chocheles us
David Chocheles
us 53,800 2,800
Justin Truesdell us
Justin Truesdell
us 50,200 50,200
Ken Hughes
Ken Hughes
46,500 -6,500
Tom Annonson
Tom Annonson
45,300
Ben Thomas us
Ben Thomas
us 44,000 1,500
Robbie Matthews
Robbie Matthews
40,200 4,600
John Lauve
John Lauve
33,000 33,000
Michael Dreznick
Michael Dreznick
25,100 25,100
Bill Phillips us
Bill Phillips
us 23,600 11,600
Michael Feduccia
Michael Feduccia
23,200 23,200
Jovon Williams
Jovon Williams
22,000 22,000

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Tags: Allen KesslerAustin BursavichBen MintzBill RomerClaudia CrawfordFrank BravataJustin TruesdellKenny MalimKou VangMatt AlexanderMatt KirbyNicholas GraphiaNick JivkovWill Souther

Kirby Loses a Chunk on Last Hand

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Matt Kirby fired out a bet into two players on a board of {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Clubs}, and a player pushed all in. The third player folded, and Kirby quickly called.

Kirby: {k-}{q-}
Opponent: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Kirby needed a ten, but the river was a useless {k-Diamonds} for two pair, and he doubled his opponent up.

We'll be posting everyone's chip count in short order, as players are in the process of bagging up for the night.

Tags: Matt Kirby

Aces the Ticket for Souther Once More

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Will Souther doubled for a second time today with AA.
Will Souther doubled for a second time today with AA.

A player in middle position opened for 4,800, and Will Souther three-bet to 11,700 from the next spot. Everyone folded back to the raiser, who plopped down a stack of gray and orange chips. Souther announced all in, and his opponent called.

Souther: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Middle position: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}

The board ran out {2-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, providing threat to Souther's aces.

Will "Monkey" Souther
Will "Monkey" Souther
130,000 95,500

Tags: Will Souther

Crawford Ships on Thomas

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Claudia Crawford, under the gun, bet 10,000 on the turn with a community of {k-Spades}{j-Spades}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Ben Thomas, on the button, made the call, and the two took in a {2-Spades} river. Crawford jammed for 34,900, and Thomas tanked for about two minutes before gently nudging his cards to the dealer.

Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
69,000 15,000
Ben Thomas us
Ben Thomas
us 42,500 -24,500

Tags: Claudia CrawfordBen Thomas

Kirby Gets the KO

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Matt Kirby
Matt Kirby

Austin Bursavich raised to 3,500 from middle position, and Matt Kirby made the call out of the small blind. Behind him, the big blind pushed all in for about 26,000, and Bursavich laid down. Kirby called.

Kirby: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Big blind: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

"Good game, guys," the big blind said after the dealer placed the {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{a-Spades} on the board. A {q-Clubs} turn gave him pause, as he had hope of making the winner on the river if a king or queen fell. The {7-Hearts} arrived though, and Kirby collected all of his opponent's chips.

Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 110,000 85,400

Tags: Matt Kirby

Last Level

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Play has begun on Level 9, the last of the night.

Level:
9
Blinds:
800/1,600
Ante:
200

Graphia Drags Big Pot Without Showdown

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Nicholas Graphia is now among the leaders.
Nicholas Graphia is now among the leaders.

Claudia Crawford opened for 2,500 in the cutoff, and Austin Bursavich three-bet to 6,400 on the button. Nicholas Graphia called in the big blind, and Crawford made it 15,000. Bursavich got out of the way, and Graphia tanked for a bit before calling once again. When the dealer splayed the {4-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} flop, Graphia check-shoved for about 61,000 after Crawford continuation-bet 16,000. Crawford thought for a bit before laying down her hand.

Meanwhile, David Chocheles doubled up at the other table when he opened under the gun and saw numerous callers. The {q-}{7-}{6-} flop brought just what he was looking for, however, as his all-in bet was called by a player with {a-}{q-} while Chocheles held {6-}{6-} for a set. He doubled up when his hand held.

Nicholas Graphia
Nicholas Graphia
119,000 80,000
Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
54,000 -66,000
David Chocheles us
David Chocheles
us 51,000 34,900

Tags: Austin BursavichClaudia CrawfordDavid ChochelesNicholas Graphia

Big Before Break

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 600-1,200, 100 ante

Players are on a 10-minute break, and we'll bring the details of two big hands before the break shortly.