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

Mike Lang Bags Day 1b Lead as MSPT Sets Another Record

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Mike Lang topped the Day 1b field, and he'll take 287,500 into Day 2.
Mike Lang topped the Day 1b field, and he'll take 287,500 into Day 2.

Mike Lang bagged up 287,500 to lead the 40 survivors of Day 1b here at Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki Casino. Mike Vanier (267,000), online wizard James "mig.com" Mackey (238,000), Isidro Sandoval (203,500), and Aaron Johnson (193,000) trail close behind Lang in a tightly bunched top five.

A total of 214 runners bought stacks today, which, combined with the 175 entrants on Day 1a, was enough to set a new record for entrants in a major poker tournament (buy in > $1,000) in Iowa. The mark smashed the old record of 367, and it comes just a day after the MSPT set an internal record for Day 1a entrants and two weeks after it broke the Wisconsin entrants record with 383.

Thao "Scratch" Thiem (172,500), Peixin Liu (114,500), Steve Belland (109,500), Jeremy Dresch (99,500), David Gonia (79,000), and "Minneapolis" Jim Meehan (30,000) were among those bagging stacks at the conclusion of today's 14 levels. Not so fortunate: Bill Romer, Matt Alexander, Blake Bohn, Allen Kessler, Jon Hanner, Rob Wazwaz, Mike Deis, Mark Sandness, Larry Ormson, Christian Pham, and Blair Hinkle.

As for Lang, we only caught him in one hand. After a flop of {a-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds}, he got it all in against a shorter-stacked opponent.

Lang: {9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-}{j-}

Lang was ahead with bottom two pair, and he filled up on the river with the {5-Hearts} after the {3-Spades} bricked off the turn.

Mackey, who sports more than $2.3 million in live tournament earnings and has a World Series of Poker bracelet to boot, seemed to accumulate his stack relatively quietly. He busted Wazwaz in a key hand when Wazwaz opened for a raise in early position and was called by Mackey in the big blind. After the flop, Mackey check-raised all in and Wazwaz called it off. He was unable to catch up with {q-}{q-} against Mackey's {k-}{k-} on a board of undercards.

The 30 players who made it through Day 1a will combine with tonight's 40 survivors at 10 a.m. tomorrow for Day 2, when we'll watch them play down to a champion. Be sure to tune in to PokerNews for all of the relevant updates.

Tags: Aaron JohnsonAllen KesslerBill RomerBlair HinkleBlake BohnChristian PhamLarry OrmsonJon HannerJames MackeyDavid GoniaMark SandnessMatt AlexanderMike DeisMike LangMike VanierPeixin LiuRob Wazwaz

Final Day 1b Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us 287,500 52,500
Mike Vanier us
Mike Vanier
us 267,000 -64,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 238,000 -13,000
Isidro Sandoval
Isidro Sandoval
203,500
Aaron Johnson us
Aaron Johnson
us 193,000 133,000
Taylor Howard us
Taylor Howard
us 192,000 -6,000
Thao Thiem us
Thao Thiem
us 172,500 84,400
Matthew Anderson us
Matthew Anderson
us 158,500 23,500
Ricky McGown
Ricky McGown
126,500
Aaron Hintz
Aaron Hintz
126,000
Keith Addison
Keith Addison
120,500 -25,600
Aaron Salandro
Aaron Salandro
119,000 61,000
Peixin Liu us
Peixin Liu
us 114,500 -5,500
Steve Belland us
Steve Belland
us 109,500 89,500
Mark Hodge us
Mark Hodge
us 109,000 19,000
Ron McMillen us
Ron McMillen
us 107,500
Matt Morfitt
Matt Morfitt
101,000 31,000
Jeremy Dresch us
Jeremy Dresch
us 99,500 22,500
James Martimo
James Martimo
98,500
Michael Talbot
Michael Talbot
96,000
Ken Payne
Ken Payne
92,500
Jeff Grimes us
Jeff Grimes
us 92,500
David Gonia us
David Gonia
us 79,000 9,500
John Banbara
John Banbara
79,000
Kyle Schertz
Kyle Schertz
77,000 -7,000

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It's Done

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

Play has ended for the night, and we'll bring you full chip counts shortly.

Five More

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

The tournament director announced that five more hands will be played.

Gonia Busts Shorty

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

Action folded to the cutoff, who shoved his short stack all in, only to see David Gonia shove over the top of that. The blinds folded, and Gonia's {j-}{j-} was well ahead of his opponent's {q-}{2-}. Gonia turned a set to secure the pot.

David Gonia us
David Gonia
us 69,500

Tags: David Gonia

Mackey Busts Wazwaz

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
James "mig.com" Mackey has quietly rolled up a nice stack.
James "mig.com" Mackey has quietly rolled up a nice stack.

According to the players at Table 25, Rob Wazwaz opened for a raise in early position and was called by James Mackey in the big blind. After the flop, Mackey check-raised all in and Wazwaz called it off. He was unable to catch up with {q-}{q-} against Mackey's {k-}{k-}, and Mackey now has one of the top stacks in the room.

James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 251,000 251,000
Rob Wazwaz us
Rob Wazwaz
us Busted

Tags: James MackeyRob Wazwaz

Schertz Ousts Hanner in Beat

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
"Minnesota" Jon Hanner had a rough go of it on Day 1b, unable to get anything going.
"Minnesota" Jon Hanner had a rough go of it on Day 1b, unable to get anything going.

Kyle Schertz opened for 5,000, and action folded to "Minnesota" Jon Hanner, who shoved all in for 24,300. Schertz made the call, and Hanner quickly tossed {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} into the middle. Schertz tabled {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, and he gained outs when the {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} gave him a straight draw. The {10-Diamonds} turn improved him to a set and left Hanner drawing to a chop or a two-outer, and the {5-Clubs} meant he was done for.

"Nice hand," Hanner said, quickly making his exit.

Kyle Schertz
Kyle Schertz
84,000 -18,200
Jon Hanner us
Jon Hanner
us Busted

Tags: Jon HannerKyle Schertz

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

Salandro Doubles With "Frickin' Boat"

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Mike Lang opened for 10,000 in the hijack, and the cutoff pushed all in for 19,000 or so. Aaron Salandro then shoved over that for 28,500, and Lang folded.

Salandro: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Cutoff: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}

"I need a card," Salandro said to the dealer.

As if on command, she turned over the {8-Hearts} for the door card, but the {q-Hearts}{k-Clubs} that followed meant there was still a sweat. That ended on the {k-Diamonds} turn.

"Frickin' boat," Salandro yelled, arms spread wide in celebration as the {k-Spades} completed the board.

Aaron Salandro
Aaron Salandro
58,000

Tags: Aaron Salandro