Main Event
Days:
1a1b2
Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Idrovo Leads Heading to Day 2 (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Ritchie Idrovo has the overall chip lead with 205,900.
Ritchie Idrovo has the overall chip lead with 205,900.

Ritchie Idrovo's late surge up the chip counts resulted in him bagging a Day 1b-best 205,900 here at Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star Casino. A total of 52 players survived the nine-level heat, and rounding out the top five stacks were Jason Martens (197,600), Nick Pupillo (192,600), Jason Smith (152,300), and Carter Gent (122,800).

Other notables bagging stacks included Fadi Hamad (122,500), Matt Alexander (66,000), Ken Payne (61,800), "Wild" Bill Romer (53,900), and Terry Ring (22,700).

Notably, Alexander may have broken out of his recent jinx when he managed to come from behind for a late double up to secure a Day 2 appearance.

Mark Kroon, Tom Midena, Doug Redmann, Tom Tracy, and Mike Reynolds were among the notable players falling out of contention today.

We caught Idrovo's two-hand ascent on the last level of the night. In the first pot, he opened for a raise to 5,200 under the gun, and a player in middle position called. The small blind shipped it for 13,800, and Idrovo reraised to 23,200. The caller inquired about the legality of the raise before folding after the dealer assured him it was an allowable wager.

Idrovo: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Small blind: {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Idrovo had a commanding lead, but a {10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop gave his opponent a straight draw, while a {6-Spades} turn meant an eight would chop the pot. The board paired with the {7-Spades} though, and Idrovo eliminated his short-stacked opponent.

Shortly thereafter, he wielded another monster in an all-in pot, busting an opponent when his aces held against jacks.

The 86 players from both Day 1 fields will return tomorrow at 10 a.m., when they will play down to a winner. Prize pool information will be available at that time, so be sure to tune in to PokerNews for the conclusion of the tournament and the crowning of an MSPT champion.

Ritchie Idrovo
Ritchie Idrovo
205,900 -10,100
Jason Martens
Jason Martens
197,600 17,600
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 192,600 192,600
Jason Smith us
Jason Smith
us 152,300 19,300
Carter Gent
Carter Gent
122,800 122,800
Fadi Hamad us
Fadi Hamad
us 122,500 17,500
Robert Buckman
Robert Buckman
113,900 113,900
Joshua Givant
Joshua Givant
105,700 105,700
M. Reid
M. Reid
98,000 98,000
George Dietz us
George Dietz
us 95,000 95,000
Shane Martin us
Shane Martin
us 87,700 87,700
Tomasz Luberda us
Tomasz Luberda
us 86,400 86,400
Allen Lanier
Allen Lanier
84,400 84,400
Paul Lyskawa
Paul Lyskawa
83,300
Tim Huss
Tim Huss
82,300 28,800
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
81,200 -5,800
Steve Long
Steve Long
80,400 -17,600
Kenny Nguyen us
Kenny Nguyen
us 77,000 77,000
Bernadeta Wisniewska
Bernadeta Wisniewska
75,300 75,300
Mike Deis us
Mike Deis
us 69,400 69,400
Brent Burrows us
Brent Burrows
us 68,800 35,800
Richard Rosas
Richard Rosas
67,600 67,600
Richard Bai us
Richard Bai
us 66,800 66,800
Matthew Alexander us
Matthew Alexander
us 66,000 21,000
Judi Gumila
Judi Gumila
65,400 65,400

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Tags: Bill RomerDoug RedmannFadi HamadJason MartensJason SmithKen PayneMark KroonMatt AlexanderMike ReynoldsRitchie IdrovoTerry RingTom Midena

Three Hands Left

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

The players are playing the last three hands before they bag up for the night.

Alexander Doubles

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Matt Alexander got lucky on the turn.
Matt Alexander got lucky on the turn.

Matt Alexander pushed all in before the flop and got called by William Luciano holding {q-}{q-}, which dominated Alexander's {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}. Unfortunately for Luciano, the Minnesota pro made a straight on the turn when {10-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} came as the community cards.

Matthew Alexander us
Matthew Alexander
us 45,000 25,000

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Hamad Shows a Bluff

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

After the button four-bet to 23,000, Fadi Hamad shoved all in for 78,000. His opponent tanked for a couple of minutes before folding, and Hamad flipped {j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} over as he scooped the pot.

Fadi Hamad us
Fadi Hamad
us 105,000 37,350

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"If You Fold, I Show; If You Call, I Still Show"

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
"Wild" Bill Romer
"Wild" Bill Romer

We found "Wild" Bill Romer all in for 23,600, roughly the size of the pot. The first four cards had come {9-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

"If you fold, I show; if you call, I still show," Romer said, standing up.

"I guess the best I can do is split this sucker," his opponent said before mucking {k-}{j-} face up. Romer tossed {j-Spades}{10-Spades} into the middle for a straight, confirming to his opponent that he'd made a good fold.

Bill Romer us
Bill Romer
us 50,000 30,000

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Idrovo Ousts One

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

Ritchie Idrovo opened for a raise to 5,200 under the gun, and a player in middle position called. The small blind shipped it for 13,800, and Idrovo reraised to 23,200. The caller inquired about the legality of the raise before folding after the dealer assured him it was an allowable wager.

Idrovo: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Small blind: {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Idrovo had a commanding lead, but a {10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop gave his opponent a straight draw, while a {6-Spades} turn meant an eight would chop the pot. The board paired with the {7-Spades} though, and Idrovo eliminated his short-stacked opponent.

Ritchie Idrovo
Ritchie Idrovo
122,000

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Level Nine

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

We're off and running with the last level of the night.