Live Events 2
Main Event
Days:
1a1b2

Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Erica Sumner Bags Huge Stack to Lead Day 1b (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Erica Sumner leads by nearly 50,000 heading to Day 2.
Erica Sumner leads by nearly 50,000 heading to Day 2.

Erica Sumner collected 232,600 over the course of nine levels of play to lead the 18 survivors of Day 1b here at Mid-State Poker Tour Belle of Baton Rouge. Sumner may be the first woman in MSPT history to hold the chip lead heading into the final day of play, a tour official said.

Michael Benton (145,300), Kou Vang (117,200), David Holmes (89,700), and Jeff Grimes (85,800) also bagged top-five stacks, while notable players Allen Kessler (82,100) and Gene Dudek (81,900) followed closely behind.

Players falling out of contention included Matt Alexander, Kenny Milam, Nick Jivkov, and "Wild" Bill Romer. Alexander's elimination had to be particularly painful, as the sponsored pro looked poised to break a recent run of bad fortune (failing to bag a stack in three straight Day 1s) until he ran {q-}{q-} into the {a-}{a-} of Sumner just before the end of the night.

Aces were also kind to Sumner in another all-in pot against queens, which is when her upward trajectory began.

The 18 survivors from each flight will meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. local time, at which point we will watch them play down to a winner. You can follow all of the action right here on PokerNews, so don't forget to wake up early.

Erica Sumner
Erica Sumner
232,600 81,600
Michael Benton us
Michael Benton
us 145,300 73,800
Kou Vang us
Kou Vang
us 117,200 35,200
Daniel Holmes
Daniel Holmes
89,700 89,700
Jeff Grimes us
Jeff Grimes
us 85,800
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
us 82,100 42,100
Gene Dudek
Gene Dudek
81,900 46,900
Seville Hale
Seville Hale
70,400 12,400
Darius Brown
Darius Brown
61,700 24,900
Mihail Karasoulis
Mihail Karasoulis
55,000 30,000
Lynn Morris
Lynn Morris
34,100 -65,900
Andrew Ashbey
Andrew Ashbey
32,200 32,200
Shawn Scholeck (Shawn Schoreck)
Shawn Scholeck (Shawn Schoreck)
31,300 31,300
Arthur Saucier
Arthur Saucier
26,800 -18,200
Christopher DeLatte
Christopher DeLatte
23,000 -7,400
Larry Green
Larry Green
22,700 -6,800
Austin Davies
Austin Davies
21,000 21,000
Chad Grace
Chad Grace
16,100 16,100

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Tags: Allen KesslerBill RomerErica SumnerGene DudekJeff GrimesKenny MilamKou VangMatt AlexanderMichael BentonNick Jivkov

Two Late Busts

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
David Newcomb
David Newcomb
Busted
Cetric Thomas
Cetric Thomas
Busted

Eighteen Again

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

Players are bagging up for the night, and we once again have 18 survivors.

Sumner Busts Alexander in Huge Pot

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Matt Alexander ran into Erica Sumner's aces.
Matt Alexander ran into Erica Sumner's aces.

Matt Alexander opened for 4,000 in early position, and Erica Sumner made it 12,000 from his immediate left. Action folded to the button, who shoved for 14,400. Alexander shipped it as well after the blinds folded, and Sumner immediately called.

Sumner: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Button: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Alexander: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

"She's gonna be massive chip leader," a player at the table said, and indeed the board came {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}, giving Sumner an unnecessary straight.

matthew alexander us
matthew alexander
us Busted

Tags: Erica SumnerMatt Alexander

Grimes Gives Up

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Erica Sumner scared her opponent into a fold.
Erica Sumner scared her opponent into a fold.

Jeff Grimes opened to 4,000 from early position, and Erica Sumner in the hijack was the only caller. Grimes fired 6,600 after the {5-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flop, and Sumner called once more. It was Grimes checking then calling 6,600 on the {9-Spades} turn, and a {5-Clubs} completed the board. Grimes checked again, and he whipped his cards into the muck as soon as Sumner reached for chips.

Erica Sumner
Erica Sumner
151,000 61,000
Jeff Grimes us
Jeff Grimes
us 87,200 -12,800

Tags: Erica SumnerJeff Grimes

Just Two

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

The last 20 players have broken down to two tables.

The Recently Departed

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

These players are eliminated from the tournament.

Warren Wilson
Warren Wilson
Busted
Andy Moon
Andy Moon
Busted
David Hebert
David Hebert
Busted
Vic Denicola
Vic Denicola
Busted
Danny Doucet us
Danny Doucet
us Busted

Last Level

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

Play has resumed at Level 9, the last of the night.