Day 1b Completed
Friday's Day 1b of the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,600 Main Event has come and gone, playing 10 full levels with 492 more entries being recorded through the day's 10 hours of play. Of those 493 entries, 146 players were remaining at day's end, and Jora Beit found himself atop the counts with a stack of 345,000.
Beit came into play hot off a second-place finish in an earlier $300 DeepStack Extravaganza that earned him $10,998, and he was able to carry that momentum through the second of two starting flights to take a stack of more than 200 big blinds into Sunday's Day 2.
Matt Bond (321,500) also ended the day above 300,000, finishing not only second in the counts, but also second overall in chips among the 226 combined players who earned their way to Day 2 among the first two flights. The pair of players were the only two to finish larger stacks than Day 1a chip leader Salim Admon (293,000). Other players among the top stacks when chips went into bags included Dale Eberle (279,500) and Nahid Toma (268,000).
The above players were far from the only notables to advance, with others including Tim Reilly (229,000), Viet Vo (186,000), Phil Mader (139,500), and MSPT Hall of Famer Blake Bohn (71,000). The Massey brothers, Aaron (148,500) and Ralph (93,500) also made it through after spending a significant portion of the day at the same table as one another.
Bob Whalen, Lee Markholt, Todd Sladek, Cody Espeseth, and Ryan Dodson were among those who failed to advance, and most, if not all will be expected to try their hand at advancing on Saturday's Day 1c, the final of three starting flights.
Just like last weekend's $1,100 Main Event, Saturday is sure to bring an overflowing influx of players looking to add their names to Sunday's Day 2 roster. Play begins at 11:10 a.m. for the final flight, though all who wish to play are recommended to arrive significantly earlier to ensure they get a seat before the list of alternates takes effect.
PokerNews will be providing you all of the action that is sure to ensue, so be sure to come back and follow along.
All tables have finished play and 158 players have unofficially added their names to the Day 2 roster on Sunday. An assortment of chip counts has been provided below, including Jora Beit, who finished the day with the top stack of 345,000.
An end-of-day recap will be posted shortly as well, so check back in a little. A complete list of chip counts will also be posted in the morning once it is official.
Michael Berk opened the action with a raise to 2,800 in the hijack and action folded to the big blind, who defended. The flop came and the big blind checked to Berk, who made a continuation-bet of 2,700.
The big blind check-raised to 6,300 and Berk thought for a few moments before coming over the top, three-bet jamming to put the big blind to a sizeable decision. The big blind wasted no time folding and Berk took down the pot to add to his stack during the last few hands of the evening.
The tournament clock has been paused with 12 minutes left and six hands will be played to their completion on all remaining tables before ending play for the night.
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There was an under-the-gun raise to 2,800 and action folded around to Michael Berk, who called in the cutoff. Dennis Brady was in the big blind and announced he was all in, sliding forward a tall stack of chips in the process. The under-the-gun player postured for about 15 seconds and then made the call, with Berk promptly folding thereafter.
Under the Gun:
"King of hearts!" screamed Brady. Despite the flop bringing no such card, Brady now his number of outs tripled.
"Nine of hearts!" screamed Brady once more going to the turn, which instead came . He was down to his final shot. "C'mon!" continued Brady. His wish was finally granted on the river , giving him a straight to earn him the double. His stack was counted to be 77,900 and his opponent paid it before getting ready for the next hand to commence.
Landon Tice was in middle position and called an under-the-gun open to 2,400. Action folded around to the players in the blinds, who both called to take postflop action four ways.
The flop came and both blinds checked. The player under the gun made a continuation-bet of 6,500 and Tice called. Both players in the blinds folded and heads-up action checked through the turn .
The river fell and the under-the-gun player bet another 6,500. Tice shoved for 38,000 and his opponent made the call.
Upon being called, Tice showed and his opponent mucked. The player's hand was not retrieved despite the all-in situation, and Tice was paid for the double to take his stack over 100,000.