2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Main Event
Days:
1a1b2
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Matt Kirby Tops Record Day 1a Field

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Matt Kirby bagged 345,500 to lead the 30 survivors.
Matt Kirby bagged 345,500 to lead the 30 survivors.

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.

Tepen: {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Kirby: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
First short stack: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Second short stack: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The flop brought a king for Kirby, leaving him likely to bust all three of his opponents, but Tepen managed to find the {10-Clubs} 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 {a-}{8-}{6-}{8-}, and Kirby called on the button. On the {3-Diamonds} river Lauson shoved for about 50,000, and Kirby called instantly. Lauson slowly flipped {a-Spades}{2-Clubs}, knowing he was beat, and Kirby showed {8-Spades}{6-Spades} 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.

Tags: Allen KesslerBlair HinkleBlake BohnBrett SchwertleyDJ BuckleyDustin DirksenGennady ShimelfarbGrant HinkleJames MackeyKou VangLance HarrisMark SandnessMatt KirbyMike DeisRyan TepenTaylor TollefsonTerry RingTravis Lauson

Final Day 1a Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 345,500 95,500
Gennady Shimelfarb us
Gennady Shimelfarb
us 322,500 97,500
Jeremy Putthoff
Jeremy Putthoff
322,000
Ryan Tepen us
Ryan Tepen
us 304,000
Carlos Monteiro
Carlos Monteiro
229,500
Hamid Feiz us
Hamid Feiz
us 157,000
Grant Hinkle us
Grant Hinkle
us 136,000 -8,000
David Gutfreund us
David Gutfreund
us 131,500 113,100
Ken Auker us
Ken Auker
us 129,500 -7,500
Pavlin Karakikov us
Pavlin Karakikov
us 105,500 85,500
Terry Ring
Terry Ring
99,500 -12,500
Shem Yusuf us
Shem Yusuf
us 98,500
Lance Harris
Lance Harris
98,000 16,000
Doug Weir us
Doug Weir
us 96,500 -30,500
Nate Crookshank
Nate Crookshank
95,500
John Evans us
John Evans
us 85,000
Leonard Daniel
Leonard Daniel
83,500
Eric Loehr
Eric Loehr
81,500 24,500
Thomas Bauer us
Thomas Bauer
us 60,000
Shaun Decker
Shaun Decker
57,500
John Oetker
John Oetker
54,500
Jim Swearmgin
Jim Swearmgin
54,000
Darren Ficek
Darren Ficek
54,000
Brett Schwertley
Brett Schwertley
48,000 4,500
Frank Helm
Frank Helm
46,500

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Ficek Doubles Late

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

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.

Cutoff: {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Ficek: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

"There you go," the cutoff said, as Ficek took a commanding lead on the {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop. The {9-Clubs} and the {10-Spades} were no help to the cutoff, and he doubled Ficek up.

The tournament director just announced three more hands will be played.

Darren Ficek
Darren Ficek
54,000 -4,000

Tags: Darren Ficek

Buckley Busto

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
DJ Buckley tried stealing the blinds from the button.
DJ Buckley tried stealing the blinds from the button.

DJ Buckley shoved for 22,000 on the button, and Doug Weir made the call in the big blind.

Weir: {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Buckley: {7-Clubs}{3-Spades}

Buckley had live cards, and the {4-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs} gave him top pair, though Weir had a flush draw. Weir got there on the {3-Clubs} turn, meaning only the {6-Clubs} would save Buckley. The river brought the {a-Spades}, and Buckley, who made the final table at MSPT Ho-Chunk recently, sent his stack two to his left.

Doug Weir us
Doug Weir
us 127,000
DJ Buckley us
DJ Buckley
us Busted

Tags: DJ BuckleyDoug Weir

Level:
14
Blinds:
1,200/2,400
Ante:
400

Kirby Ropes Lauson In

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Matt Kirby busts Travis Lauson.
Matt Kirby busts Travis Lauson.

Travis Lauson bet 35,000 with the board reading {a-}{8-}{6-}{8-}, and Matt Kirby called on the button. On the {3-Diamonds} river Lauson shoved for about 50,000, and Kirby called instantly. Lauson slowly flipped {a-Spades}{2-Clubs}, knowing he was beat, and Kirby showed {8-Spades}{6-Spades} for a boat.

Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 250,000 222,000
Travis Lauson us
Travis Lauson
us Busted

Tags: Matt KirbyTravis Lauson

Auker Ousts Another

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Ken Auker's dominating hand held up.
Ken Auker's dominating hand held up.

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.

Auker: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Button: {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The {7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop gave the button a flush draw, but a {q-Diamonds} turn improved Auker. The river brought a {q-Spades}, and Auker knocked his short-stacked opponent out.

Ken Auker us
Ken Auker
us 137,000 58,000

Tags: Ken Auker

Level:
13
Blinds:
1,000/2,000
Ante:
300