2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star Casino

Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star Casino

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a10
Prize
$77,681
Event Info
Buy-in
$1,000
Entries
301
Level Info
Level
23
Blinds
40,000 / 80,000
Ante
10,000

Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Idrovo Leads Heading to Day 2 (full)

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.

Player Chips Progress
Ritchie Idrovo
Ritchie Idrovo
205,900
-10,100
-10,100
Jason Martens
Jason Martens
197,600
17,600
17,600
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
192,600
192,600
192,600
WSOP 1X Winner
Jason Smith us
Jason Smith
152,300
19,300
19,300
Carter Gent
Carter Gent
122,800
122,800
122,800
Fadi Hamad us
Fadi Hamad
122,500
17,500
17,500
Robert Buckman
Robert Buckman
113,900
113,900
113,900
Joshua Givant
Joshua Givant
105,700
105,700
105,700
M. Reid
M. Reid
98,000
98,000
98,000
George Dietz us
George Dietz
95,000
95,000
95,000
Shane Martin us
Shane Martin
87,700
87,700
87,700
Tomasz Luberda us
Tomasz Luberda
86,400
86,400
86,400
Allen Lanier
Allen Lanier
84,400
84,400
84,400
Paul Lyskawa
Paul Lyskawa
83,300
Tim Huss
Tim Huss
82,300
28,800
28,800
Brad Davis
Brad Davis
81,200
-5,800
-5,800
Steve Long
Steve Long
80,400
-17,600
-17,600
Kenny Nguyen us
Kenny Nguyen
77,000
77,000
77,000
Bernadeta Wisniewska
Bernadeta Wisniewska
75,300
75,300
75,300
Mike Deis us
Mike Deis
69,400
69,400
69,400
Brent Burrows us
Brent Burrows
68,800
35,800
35,800
Richard Rosas
Richard Rosas
67,600
67,600
67,600
Richard Bai us
Richard Bai
66,800
66,800
66,800
Matthew Alexander us
Matthew Alexander
66,000
21,000
21,000
Judi Gumila
Judi Gumila
65,400
65,400
65,400

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

Alexander Doubles

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.

Player Chips Progress
Matthew Alexander us
Matthew Alexander
45,000
25,000
25,000

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Hamad Shows a Bluff

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.

Player Chips Progress
Fadi Hamad us
Fadi Hamad
105,000
37,350
37,350

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

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.

Player Chips Progress
Bill Romer us
Bill Romer
50,000
30,000
30,000

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Idrovo Ousts One

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.

Player Chips Progress
Ritchie Idrovo
Ritchie Idrovo
122,000

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