Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Day 1a of Mid-States Poker Tour Denver Poker Open saw a field of 73 entries turn up to get the ball rolling for the $200K guaranteed event, and eight of those players found bags after about 11 hours of play.
The top chip count by far belongs to Phil Kiphardt, who turned his 20,000 into 378,000. Kiphardt showed his fearlessness early on as he picked off a massive all-in bluff with just a pair of sevens on an ace-high board. He then had a big stack for most of the day, but a massive double knockout late in the night cemented his position as the Day 1a boss.
In a raised pot, Kiphardt flopped an open-ended straight draw and a flush draw with nine-eight suited. He checked it and saw two players shove all in for more than 20 big blinds apiece. Kiphardt opted to gamble and was happy to see each player show down just one pair.
Even the aces held by one of the players turned to dust on the turn when Kiphardt locked it up with a straight to rocket above 300,000 at a time when most players were happy to break 100,000.
Sitting in second place is WSOP Circuit crusher Vinny Moscati with 255,000. Moscati, who has seven Circuit rings to his credit, also cracked aces to swing things his way, with his coming when ten-seven suited flopped a pair and a flush draw. He also turned the bullets dead, and he'd later win a flip with ace-high holding against a flush draw and two live cards to reduce the field to eight.
That meant bagging time since less than 12 percent of the field remained, with 33 minutes remaining on the clock at 2,000/4,000/4,000.
As Day 1a was just the first of three starting flights, all with unlimited reentry, plenty of opportunities remain for players to join the eight survivors. Scott Stewart, Matt Livingston, Krzysztof Stybaniewicz and Warren Sheaves were some of the players firing bricks and missing on Thursday, but PokerNews expects to them in the fields for the coming flights as the prize pool continues to grow.
Coverage of the Denver Poker Open resumes at noon local time on Friday with Day 1b.
William Mietz defended his big blind and checked a flop. Vinny Moscati set him in for about 75,000, well over the pot, but Mietz quickly called with for a flush draw. All of his outs were live as Moscati had but the board ran , to bust Mietz.
As only eight players remain, a hard stop has been reached with 33 minutes remaining in Level 15, and the players will now bag.
Vincent Moscati raised early and called a shove from big blind Patrick Pineda for 39,000.
The board brought nothing for Moscati and he sent over a double.
In a limped blind-on-blind pot, Ryan Dodson bet 3,500 on the flop and 5,000 on the turn as hit the board. On the river, Dodson slowed down with a check and Michael Rankins bet big with 25,000.
Dodson snap-folded and Rankins flashed .
On a flop of , Andrew Peragallo bet 7,000 from the big blind and Vinny Moscati shoved on the button for 53,500. Peragallo called with and was racing against . The ended it in a hurry on the turn.
"F*** me sideways," Peragallo muttered in disgust before sending over most of his chips.