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Day 1b Completed

Derek Lesniak Bags Day 1b Lead at MSPT Running Aces

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

Day 1b of the Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces Main Event drew 178 players, pushing the total number of runners to 328 after two days. Derek Lesniak bagged the Day 1b chip lead among the 31 survivors with 232,000, but Nancy Anderson from Day 1a will take the overall chip lead into Day 2 with 234,000.

Lesniak is looking for his third MSPT cash tomorrow. He has previously cashed in both the Shakopee MSPT as well as taking 13th for $4,803 here at the MSPT Running Aces back in February 2014.

Hamid Feiz held a slight chip lead for the majority of the last two levels of Flight 1b, but in a big hand that occurred in the last level of the evening, Lesniak took the chip lead after he scooped a 130,000 pot when Feiz laid his hand down on the river to Lesniak’s all-in shove.

Other notable players from this flight who moved on to Sunday's Day 2 included Ron McMillen (211,000), Muneer Ahmed (170,500), Mark Hodge (159,000), Peixin Liu (130,000), John Reading (105,000), and DJ Buckley (82,000).

Play resumes on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. local time at Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500), and PokerNews will again be on hand to see who is crowned the latest MSPT champion.

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End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

mamossey • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Derek Lesniak 232,000 -7,000
Ron McMillen us 211,000 211,000
John Ciaciura 197,500 7,500
Scott Johnson 193,500 193,500
Muneer Ahmed us 179,000 99,000
John Farrell ie 166,500 166,500
Mark Hodge us 159,500 -40,500
Hamid Feiz us 142,500 142,500
Paul Schroeder 140,000 140,000
Jason Hartwig us 133,500 133,500
Nicholas Revello 133,500 133,500
Peixin Liu us 130,000 130,000
Cody Lindquist 129,500 129,500
Travis Worther 126,500 126,500
Zeph Baer us 118,000 118,000
Alberto Brjones 113,000 113,000
Jim Boone 108,500 73,500
John Reading us 105,500 30,500
Jay Philips us 97,500 97,500
Rocky Wylie 96,000 96,000
DJ Buckley us 82,000 82,000
Dave Greene us 81,000 81,000
Jason Spaeth us 79,500 31,500
Scott Kunkel 73,000 73,000
Duane Tougas 63,500 63,500

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Three More Hands

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

The clock has been paused with ten minutes remaining. The players will now play the final three hands of the evening before bagging and tagging.

Derek Lesniak Takes Chip Lead from Hamid Feiz

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

With over 100,000 in the pot already, and a board reading {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{4-Spades}, Hamid Feiz bet 30,000, and Derek Lesniak shoved all in.

Feiz went into the tank. After two minutes of thinking about his decision, Feiz threw his cards into the muck and said, "Nice hand."

Derek Lesniak 239,000 239,000

Nate Fair Eliminated By Alberto Briones

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

Nate Fair raised to 4,500 and both Alberto Briones and the player on the button called.

Fair bet 5,500 when the flop came {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. Briones quickly shoved all in. The player on the button folded and Fair went into the tank. After a minute of thinking, Fair made the call.

Fair: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
Briones: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}

The {7-Spades} turn and {a-Clubs} river did not improve Fair's hand and he was eliminated from play just before the start of the last level of the evening.

Nate Fair Busted

Alan Carty Eliminated

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

Hamid Feiz raised to 2,000 in early position. Action folded to Alan Carty who shoved all in from the cutoff for a total of 35,300. The player on the button tanked for a minute before he called. Feiz flashed the {8-Clubs} and said, "pocket eights are no good" and threw his cards into the muck.

Carty: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Button: {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{k-Spades}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts}, eliminating Carty from play.

Alan Carty us Busted

John Farrell Takes from Hank Mlekoday

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

On a board reading {q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}, Hank Mlekoday check-called a bet of 12,000 from John Farrell. Both players checked the {5-Spades} turn. When the {k-Clubs} came on the river, Mlekoday bet 15,000, and Farrell called.

Mlekoday showed {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}, but Farrell would win the pot with {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}.