2020 PACOOP 2020 WPT World Online Championships
Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Nancy Anderson Bags Day 1a Lead at MSPT Running Aces

mamossey • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Nancy Anderson - Day 1a Chip Leader
Nancy Anderson - Day 1a Chip Leader

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 {k-Spades}{q-Clubs} on a board reading {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. Although Kirby had the best of it on the turn, Wright hit a gutshot straight with the {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} when the river came the {6-Clubs}. 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.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

mamossey • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Nancy Anderson 234,000 234,000
Michael Zietz 205,500 66,500
Matt Kirby us 187,000 -63,000
Jon Maras 175,000 175,000
Erick Wright us 173,000 -2,000
Curtis Vierstrato 167,500 167,500
Mark Lick 150,000 150,000
Mike Gantzer 144,500 144,500
Nicola Ditrapani us 140,000 140,000
Steve Houle 120,500 120,500
Dennis Stevermer us 120,500 120,500
Jeffrey Lewerenz 107,000 107,000
Robert Hank 98,000 98,000
John Alexander us 92,000 92,000
Brian Zupancich us 88,000 88,000
Steve Belland us 87,000 87,000
Gary Ewald us 84,500 84,500
Tony Hartmann us 80,000 80,000
Matt Alexander us 76,500 26,500
Ben Marsh 61,500 61,500
Kou Vang us 58,000 28,000
John Hayes us 54,000 -18,000
Rich Alsup us 53,500 53,500
Mike Schneider us 49,000 4,000
Jesse Pudvan 42,500 42,500

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Three More Hands

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

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.

Chopped Pot

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

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 {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. Wright checked, Kirby bet 7,800, and both players called.

Both Wright and Kirby checked the {k-Clubs} 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 {j-Spades}{10-Spades} and the cutoff showed {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The river was the {9-Hearts}, and both players chopped up the pot.

Erick Wright us 175,000 90,000

Final Level of the Night

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

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.


Erick Wright Doubles Through Matt Kirby

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

On a flop reading {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, Erick Wright bet out 7,000 and Mid-States Poker Tour Pro Matt Kirby called.

When the {5-Hearts} came on the turn, Wright shoved all in for 33,100, and Kirby called.

Kirby was ahead holding {k-Spades}{q-Clubs} against Wright's {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. But that changed when the {6-Clubs} came on the river giving Wright the straight.

Matt Kirby us 250,000 -40,000
Erick Wright us 85,000 40,000