PokerStars WCOOP 2020 WPT Online Borgata Series 2020 WPT World Online Championships
$1,100 Main Event
$1,100 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Paul Camby Bags Day 1a Chip Lead at 2019 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship; Former MSPT Champ Josh Reichard in Second

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Paul Camby
Paul Camby

Day 1a of the 2019 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship $1,100 Main Event is in the books after 15 levels of play. The day generated 120 entries in total and was full of action from start to finish, bringing a very real threat of the field reaching the 12 percent-figure of 14 players to result in an early bag and tag.

However, play slowed down for the last two levels of the night, seeing just two eliminations over that time to result in 16 players advancing. Paul Camby leads those 16 by a wide margin, finishing the day with 465,000 in chips.

Camby was an early chip leader, seen with over 100,000 before the second break of the day. He steadily accumulated all evening, reaching 400,000 at the beginning of the final level of play. But then he doubled up Geremi Wicinski and Paul Kelly to find himself down to around 160,000 midway through the level.

Then the tides turned again. Camby chipped back up over 200,000 and then won a massive pot at the end of the evening to knock out Kelly, flopping trips with eight-seven suited and getting stacks in against Kelly’s aces. Camby held and found himself back atop the leader board when chips went into bags.

Second in chips is 2013 MSPT Champion Josh Reichard (321,000), who finished the day well above the next three finishers in William Durkin (197,000), Bryan Mankie (195,000), and Wicinski (146,000)

Josh Reichard
Josh Reichard

A handful of familiar faces to the MSPT were not as fortunate on the first of three initial flights. Nick Pupillo, Aaron Johnson, Mike Shin, 2013 MSPT Player of the Year Pat Steele, and defending MSPT Potawatomi champion Daniel Bekavac all found themselves dry on one or two bullets apiece and some, if not all of them are likely to be seen again throughout the weekend.

The next opportunity to play is Day 1b on Friday at 3 p.m. local time. The structure will remain the same, with 15 more 40-minute levels on the docket.

Action is sure to be plentiful once again as the tournament picks up steam going into the weekend. PokerNews will be on hand every step of the way, so make sure to come back for updates.

Tags: Aaron JohnsonDaniel BekavacGeremi WicinskiJosh ReichardMike ShinNick PupilloPat SteelePaul CambyPaul KellyWilliam Durkin

Camby Clips Kelly Before End of Night

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Paul Camby
Paul Camby

An all in and a call were overheard on a board of {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and Paul Camby and Paul Kelly had all of the chips in the middle after going to battle several times during the last level of the night.

Paul Kelly: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Paul Camby: {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Kelly's pocket aces had run into Camby's flopped trips and he would need to hit an ace to stay alive. The turn and river were clean for Camby, who covered Kelly and earned the pot and the knockout en route to reclaiming the chip lead shortly before play finishes for the night.

Paul Camby US 465,000 217,000
Paul Kelly us Busted

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Four More Hands: Camby Takes from Kelly Beforehand

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Paul Camby opened the action with a raise to 15,000 from the hijack and action folded around to Paul Kelly, who defended his big blind. Both players checked on a flop of {7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}.

The turn came {k-Hearts} and Kelly checked. Camby bet 15,000, which Kelly called. The river fell {6-Spades} and Kelly checked once more. Camby thought for some time about betting or checking.

"It's not worth it," Camby said, tabling {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Kelly showed {q-Spades}{7-Spades} for a lesser trips, sending the table into a discussion about how action checked through the river with both players having trips. The verdict got out that a possibility of a flush led to the course of events and that was that.

Four more hands of play are left in the evening.

Paul Camby US 248,000 42,000
Paul Kelly us 159,000 -34,000

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Play Slowing Near End of Night

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

There has not been a showdown at either table over the last 10-plus minutes as play nears the end of the night. Bryan Manke just limped from early position and was raised to 10,000 by Paul Kelly, who was in middle position. Action folded around to Paul Camby, who defended his big blind, and Manke called as well to take action three ways to the streets.

The flop came {k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Camby led out for 20,000. Manke and Kelly both let their hands go and the pot was shipped Camby's way.

Bryan Manke US 220,000 -22,000
Paul Camby US 206,000 25,000
Paul Kelly us 193,000 -39,000

Tags: Bryan MankePaul CambyPaul Kelly

"Congratulations, You're Welcome;" Chip Counts from Table 4

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

On the last hand of the previous level, Geremi Wicinski was under the gun in a heads-up pot against Paul Camby, who was in the hijack. There was around 20,500 in the middle on a flop of {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Wicinski checked.

Camby fired out 22,000 and Wicinski check-raised all in for 74,000.

"You caught me," said Camby. He then verbally did the math, saying that he had already committed 22,000 of the 74,000 required to call. He then threw in chips to call, again saying that he had been caught in the meantime.

Geremi Wicinski: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Paul Camby: {j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The turn came {q-Diamonds} and river fell {7-Hearts} behind it to complete the runout, leaving Wicinski on top to score the double.

Bryan Manke US 242,000 18,000
Paul Kelly us 232,000 11,000
Paul Camby US 181,000 -127,000
Willam Durkin US 179,000 8,000
Geremi Wicinski us 176,000 67,000
Justin Brown us 130,000 59,500
Jim Calvo US 116,000 -54,000
Jeremy Brown us 84,000 -8,000
Leonardo Loconte US 80,000 30,000

Tags: Geremi WicinskiPaul Camby


"Congratulations, Nice Hand"

HillKerby • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly

Paul Camby opened to 9,000 from middle position and was three-bet to 27,500 by Paul Kelly, who was in the small blind. Camby confirmed the amount and quickly tossed in chips to call.

The flop came {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and Kelly checked. Camby threw out a bet of 27,500 and Kelly check-raised all in, sliding a stack of chips forward as he did. Camby called before Kelly finished putting his chips into the pot.

Paul Kelly: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Paul Camby: {j-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Camby's flopped middle pair and open-ended straight draw had run into Kelly's aces, taking five of Camby's immediate outs off the table. The turn came {5-Diamonds}, cutting Camby's number of chances at an elimination in half.

The final card fell {q-Clubs} to give him two pair, but it filled up Kelly to Broadway and scored him the double. Kelly's stack was totaled to 80,000 exactly and Camby sent the necessary chips his way.

"Congratulations, nice hand," said Camby as he paid off the amount. Despite the lost pot, Camby had chipped up to over 400,000 for a moment and still sits with 308,000 as the likely chip leader with well under an hour of play left in the night.

Paul Camby US 308,000 29,000
Paul Kelly us 221,000 106,500

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