Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces $1,110 Main Event attracted 150 entrants. After 14 levels of play, 30 players remained, and it was the only woman left standing, Nancy Anderson, who bagged the chip lead with 234,000. Anderson has two MSPT cashes under her belt, one of which was at this venue in 2013 when she took 19th.
MSPT Pro Matt Kirby held the chip lead for the last few levels of the night. At one point Kirby had over 300,000 in chips, but towards the end of Level 13 he lost a big hand after he called Erick Wright's all-in shove with the on a board reading . Although Kirby had the best of it on the turn, Wright hit a gutshot straight with the when the river came the . Kirby ended today third in chips with 187,000.
Michael Zietz from North Dakota ended the day second in chips with 205,500.
Other players bagging at night's end included the aforementioned Wright (173,000), John Alexander (92,000), Steve Belland (87,000), Tony Hartmann (80,000), MSPT Pro Matt Alexander (76,500), Kou Vang (58,000), and Mike Schneider (49,000).
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 champs Terry Ring, Jeremy Dresch, Jason Seitz, and Peixin Liu. MSPT Pro Nick Pupillo, as well as Rob WazWaz, Christian Pham, and Everett Carlton will all also have to try their luck tomorrow if they hope to win a piece of the $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.
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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Players are now bagging and tagging for the evening. A full recap of the day will be posted in just a bit.
There are ten minute left on the clock and the tournament director has announced that the players will now play three final hands before the bag and tag process will begin.
Matt Kirby raised to 5,000 from middle position. The player in the cutoff called, as did Erick Wright in the big blind.
The flop came . Wright checked, Kirby bet 7,800, and both players called.
Both Wright and Kirby checked the turn. The player in the cutoff bet 18,000. Wright raised to 45,000, and Kirby folded. The player in the cutoff shoved all in and Wright quickly called.
Wright turned over and the cutoff showed . The river was the , and both players chopped up the pot.
The final level of the night has just begun. The players will play until there are ten minutes remaining on the clock. At that time, the tournament director will draw to see how many hands they will play before bag and tag.
At the moment, here are 32 players remaining of the 150 that entered this flight.
On a flop reading , Erick Wright bet out 7,000 and Mid-States Poker Tour Pro Matt Kirby called.
When the came on the turn, Wright shoved all in for 33,100, and Kirby called.
Kirby was ahead holding against Wright's . But that changed when the came on the river giving Wright the straight.