Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Matt Kirby ended up with 345,500 chips after 14 levels of play to top an MSPT-record 175 runners here on Day 1a at Meskwaki Casino.
A total of 30 players bagged up stacks to bring back for Day 2 on Sunday, and there's a stark divide between the haves and have-nots. Gennady Shimelfarb (322,500), Jeremy Putthoff (322,000), and Ryan Tepen (304,000) bagged the next three largest stacks, well clear of Carlos Monteiro (229,500) in fifth. He in turn has about 70,000 more than Hamid Feiz in sixth.
Kirby was able to fight his way back to the top of the counts after losing one of the biggest pots of the night to Tepen, who opened to 2,500 and got two callers before another player shoved all in for 21,500. Tepen made the call, and the first caller called off his stack for about 15,000. Kirby then shoved with a stack that covered Tepen, and he called off for 91,800.
First short stack:
Second short stack:
The flop brought a king for Kirby, leaving him likely to bust all three of his opponents, but Tepen managed to find the on the river to take down the huge pot and bust two opponents, leaving Kirby with about 20 big blinds.
Kirby was already back to a healthy stack when he lured Travis Lauson in with a classic slowplay. We picked up the action on the turn, when Lauson bet 35,000 with the board reading , and Kirby called on the button. On the river Lauson shoved for about 50,000, and Kirby called instantly. Lauson slowly flipped , knowing he was beat, and Kirby showed for a boat.
That pot left Kirby with about 250,000, and he was able to keep chipping up from there to his final room-leading count.
Other notable survivors today include Grant Hinkle (136,000), David Gutfreund (131,500), Terry Ring (99,500), Lance Harris (98,000), Brett Schwertley (48,000), and Dustin Dirksen (42,000).
Among those who will have to take their chances on Day 1b after failing to advance today: Kou Vang, Leon Morford, Jeff Grimes, Allen Kessler, Blake Bohn, Taylor Tollefson, Travis Lauson, DJ Buckley, James Mackey, Mike Deis, Mark Sandness, Blair Hinkle, Aaron Johnson, and Jeff Bryan.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Day 1b as these players and many other built up stacks in preparation for Day 2.
The cutoff opened to 5,500, and Shem Yusuf called on the button. Darren Ficek jammed 23,000 in the big blind, and the cutoff called. Yusuf thought for a bit before folding.
"There you go," the cutoff said, as Ficek took a commanding lead on the flop. The and the were no help to the cutoff, and he doubled Ficek up.
The tournament director just announced three more hands will be played.
DJ Buckley shoved for 22,000 on the button, and Doug Weir made the call in the big blind.
Buckley had live cards, and the gave him top pair, though Weir had a flush draw. Weir got there on the turn, meaning only the would save Buckley. The river brought the , and Buckley, who made the final table at MSPT Ho-Chunk recently, sent his stack two to his left.
Travis Lauson bet 35,000 with the board reading , and Matt Kirby called on the button. On the river Lauson shoved for about 50,000, and Kirby called instantly. Lauson slowly flipped , knowing he was beat, and Kirby showed for a boat.
A player moved all in on the button, and Ken Auker reraised to force the big blind out.
"You're way ahead," the button said. He was right.
The flop gave the button a flush draw, but a turn improved Auker. The river brought a , and Auker knocked his short-stacked opponent out.