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Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Yousri "Chicago" Ali Bags Day 1a Lead at MSPT Meskwaki

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Yousri "Chicago" Ali - Day 1a Chip Leader
Yousri "Chicago" Ali - Day 1a Chip Leader

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki attracted 179 entrants, nearly breaking the previous record. After 14 levels of play, 33 players remained, and it was Yousri "Chicago" Ali who bagged the chip lead with 309,500. If Ali reaches the money on Day 2, this will be his first-ever MSPT cash.

Ali not only played exceptionally well, he also ran hot nearly all day — a killer combination in poker. He became the chip leader early on when he was the first player to amass more than 200,000, and he maintained that lead throughout the second half of play. A testament to how Ali's day was going, he got Tom Hanson to lay down the {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} to essentially a min-raise preflop. After his opponent folded, Ali showed the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}. Hanson justified his big preflop laydown by saying, "The guy is just running too hot. No one can win!"

John Joachim also went on a streak at the end of the night. After eliminating a player with the {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}, he continued the upward climb and ended up bagging the third largest stack with 266,500.

Other players bagging at night's end included Rex Clinkscales (286,000), Robbie WazWaz (162,000), "DQ" Dan Hendrickson (135,500), Aaron Johnson (104,000), lone female Patricia Bott (41,000), and Dan Hamm (39,000).

Some of those that were not so lucky and will need to enter again tomorrow on Day 1b if they hope to get a chunk of the prize pool included former MSPT Meskwaki champ Jonathan Olson, Terry Ring, Kou Vang, Josh Reichard, Phil Mader, and MSPT team pros Matt Kirby, Nick Pupillo, and Matt Alexander.

Day 1b kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and PokerNews will be back on hand for more live updates. Stay tuned.

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End of Day 1a Counts (full)

[user269803] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Yousri Ali us
Yousri Ali
us 309,500 -25,500
Rex Clinkscales us
Rex Clinkscales
us 286,000 121,800
John Joachim us
John Joachim
us 266,500 176,500
James Wilson us
James Wilson
us 230,500
Tony Frost
Tony Frost
168,000 168,000
Rob Wazwaz us
Rob Wazwaz
us 162,000 162,000
Joe Ingersol
Joe Ingersol
157,500 157,500
Pavlin Karakikov us
Pavlin Karakikov
us 141,500 37,500
Henry Mlekoday us
Henry Mlekoday
us 140,500 140,500
Andy Van Blair us
Andy Van Blair
us 136,500 136,500
Dan Hendrickson us
Dan Hendrickson
us 135,500 -12,500
Rich Alsup us
Rich Alsup
us 119,000 119,000
Aaron Johnson us
Aaron Johnson
us 104,000 24,000
Matt Morfitt
Matt Morfitt
103,500 23,500
Ryan Delorme
Ryan Delorme
95,000 95,000
Matt Hauge
Matt Hauge
94,500 94,500
Ken Coy
Ken Coy
91,500 91,500
Chuck Costanzo
Chuck Costanzo
83,000 83,000
Isidro Sandoral
Isidro Sandoral
81,000 81,000
Matt Seiter
Matt Seiter
73,000 73,000
Jim Fowler us
Jim Fowler
us 69,500 -20,500
Bil Denniston
Bil Denniston
63,000 63,000
Steve Green
Steve Green
61,500 61,500
Dave Carey
Dave Carey
56,000 56,000
Lawrence Barbetta
Lawrence Barbetta
50,500 -34,500

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Two More Hands

[user269803] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

With ten minutes left on the clock, the players will now play two final hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Tom Hanson Makes Huge Lay Down

[user269803] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Yousri Ali raised to 10,000 in middle position. Action folded to Tom Hanson in the big blind who went into the tank.

After a minute Ali called the clock on Hanson, assuming that Hanson was tanking since we are so close to the end of play for the day.

After thirty seconds, Hanson slides his cards forward and says, "That was a good hand there."

Ali flashes {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}. The table was shocked. But they were even more shocked when Hanson reached forward and showed his mucked cards: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}.

Aaron Johnson said, "I quit life. I can't even play my big blind after that."

While the table congratulated Hanson on the excellent laydown he said, "The guy is just running too hot. No one can win."

Hanson can be happy that he still has 30,000 instead of potentially being eliminated if he had made the call.

Yousri Ali us
Yousri Ali
us 335,000 40,000
Tom Hanson
Tom Hanson
30,000 30,000

"Best Hand I've Seen in Three Hours"

[user269803] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
John Joachim
John Joachim

John Joachim raised it up to 6,200. Action folded to a player in the big blind who shoved all-in for 43,400. Joachim thought for over a minute about his decision before saying, "This is the best hand I've seen in three hours." After another minute, Joachim threw in the chips to make the call.

John Joachim: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Big Blind: {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}

The board ran out {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{a-Spades}{4-Clubs}, giving Joachim the higher flush and eliminating his opponent from play in the last level of the evening.

John Joachim us
John Joachim
us 90,000

Yousri Ali Eliminates Another Player

[user269803] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

A player in middle position shoved all-in and Yousri Ali quickly called.

Middle Position: {a-Clubs}{6-Hearts}
Yousri Ali: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {j-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Spades}, eliminating the player in middle position.

Yousri Ali us
Yousri Ali
us 295,000 25,000
Level:
14
Blinds:
1,200/2,400
Ante:
400

Aaron Johnson's Upward Climb

[user269803] • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Aaron Johnson raised to 4,500 in middle position and the big blind called. The flop came {a-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, and both players checked.

The turn was the {3-Diamonds}. The big blind lead for 8,000, and Johnson called.

The river was the {q-Clubs}. The big blind lead for 14,000, and Johnson quickly called.

Big Blind: {q-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Aaron Johnson: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The big blind was left with less than 20,000, and Johnson chipped up to just about 80,000.

Aaron Johnson us
Aaron Johnson
us 80,000 20,000

Terry Ring Eliminated By Chip Leader Yousri Ali

[user269803] • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Terry Ring - Eliminated
Terry Ring - Eliminated

A player under the gun raised to 5,500. Terry Ring called in middle position. Action folded to Yousri Ali, who set out a stack of pink chips, totaling 100,000 and putting all other players at risk for their tournament lives.

Jim Fowler looked down at his cards and thought for a moment before he hesitantly folded his hand. The original under the gun raiser also folded. Ring quickly called.

Terry Ring: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Yousri Ali: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

The board ran out {2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}, eliminating Ring from the tournament and giving Ali an even more commanding chip lead.

Yousri Ali us
Yousri Ali
us 270,000 50,000
Terry Ring
Terry Ring
Busted