Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
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 , he got it all in against a shorter-stacked opponent.
Lang was ahead with bottom two pair, and he filled up on the river with the after the 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 against Mackey's 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.
Play has ended for the night, and we'll bring you full chip counts shortly.
The tournament director announced that five more hands will be played.
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 was well ahead of his opponent's . Gonia turned a set to secure the pot.
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 against Mackey's , and Mackey now has one of the top stacks in the room.
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 into the middle. Schertz tabled , and he gained outs when the gave him a straight draw. The turn improved him to a set and left Hanner drawing to a chop or a two-outer, and the meant he was done for.
"Nice hand," Hanner said, quickly making his exit.
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.
"I need a card," Salandro said to the dealer.
As if on command, she turned over the for the door card, but the that followed meant there was still a sweat. That ended on the turn.
"Frickin' boat," Salandro yelled, arms spread wide in celebration as the completed the board.