2021 MSPT Showdown Series

MSPT Sycuan $1,110 Main Event
Days: 1a
Event Info

2021 MSPT Showdown Series

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000
Players Info - Day 1a
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MSPT Sycuan $1,110 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Adam Friedman Leads After Day 1a of the MSPT Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event

Level 15 : 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman

Day 1a of the MSPT Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino attracted 131 runners, but after a little over 14 levels of play the field was whittled down to the final 15 with three-time WSOP bracelet winner and MSPT JACK Cleveland champ Adam Friedman leading the way.

His monster stack of 816,000 is more than double that of Nic Getzen (322,000), his next-closest competitor. Others to bag were Jimmy Donuts (305,000), 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer (271,000), Adam Demersseman (188,000), and Minnesota’s Tony Hartmann (106,000).

Among those to fire and fall on Day 1a were Nick Yunis, Alex Winter, Andrew Moreno, Hannah and Happy Spaulding, Brad Sailor, WSOP bracelet winner Ben Moon, MSPT champs Chad Bjorkman, Ken Baime, and Rich Alsup.

There are still two more starting flights to be had with Day 1b and 1c taking place at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday respectively. PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

The day was scheduled to play either 15 levels or down to 12 percent of the field, whichever hit first. As it turned out, the latter did with 30 minutes remaining in Level 15.

Player Chips Progress
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
816,000 116,000
Badge Title
Nic Getzen US
Nic Getzen
322,000 322,000
Jimmy Donuts US
Jimmy Donuts
305,000 25,000
Haiau Han US
Haiau Han
Greg Raymer us
Greg Raymer
271,000 16,000
Badge Title
Adam Demersseman us
Adam Demersseman
188,000 -22,000
Brendan Shiller us
Brendan Shiller
181,000 -69,000
Andrew Jenkins us
Andrew Jenkins
159,000 59,000
Cobi Vu US
Cobi Vu
156,000 156,000
Jason Fitzpatrick us
Jason Fitzpatrick
152,000 152,000
Michael Salazar US
Michael Salazar
116,000 41,000
Tony Hartmann us
Tony Hartmann
106,000 106,000
Gabe Paul us
Gabe Paul
88,000 5,000
David Icke us
David Icke
50,000 50,000
Kevin Lee us
Kevin Lee
42,000 42,000

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Han Finishes Off Lopez

Level 15 : 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Greg Raymer opened for 10,000 from the cutoff and Adrian Lopez three-bet all in for 20,000 from the small blind. Haiau Han then jammed over the top from the big and Raymer got out of the way.

Haiau Han: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Adrian Lopez: {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

The board ran out {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} and that was all she wrote for Lopez.

Player Chips Progress
Haiau Han us
Haiau Han
200,000 80,000
Adrian Lopez us
Adrian Lopez

Tags: Adrian LopezHaiau Han

Level: 15

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000

Christmas Comes Early for Friedman

Level 14 : 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Adam Friedman raised the button to 9,000 and the player in the small blind called. The big got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the {9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop.

The player in the small blind opted to pile for around 70,000 and Friedman wasted little time in making the call.

Adam Friedman: {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}
Small Blind: {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

Friedman had flopped top set and that left the player in the small blind calling for a five to make a wheel. That was rendered a moot point when the {2-Hearts} turn paired the board and improved Friedman to an unbeatable full house.

The meaningless {a-Hearts} was run out on the river and Friedman pulled in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
700,000 200,000
Badge Title

Tags: Adam Friedman

Shiller Scores KO; Thurber Falls

Level 14 : 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

A short-stacked player was all in preflop for their last 46,000 and looking to survive against Brendan Shiller.

Brendan Shiller: {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Opponent: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

Shiller was behind but with two live cards, one of which he paired on the {8-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop. Neither the {a-Hearts} turn nor {3-Clubs} river changed a thing and Shiller scored a late-night knockout.

Meanwhile, Laurette Thurber was eliminated from the tournament.

Player Chips Progress
Brendan Shiller us
Brendan Shiller
250,000 250,000
Laurette Thurber us
Laurette Thurber

Tags: Brendan ShillerLaurette Thurber

Level: 14

Blinds: 2,000/4,000

Ante: 4,000

Two Pair Over Two Pair Sends Gorenc to the Rail

Level 13 : 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Marty Gorenc
Marty Gorenc

Jimmy Donuts raised the button to 8,000 and both Greg Raymer and Marty Gorenc called from the small and big blinds respectively.

Two checks on the {7-Clubs}{a-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop saw Donuts continue for 7,000 and both his opponents called to see the {9-Hearts} turn.

Two more checks saw Donuts toss out another bet, Raymer folded, and Gorenc check-jammed all in for approximately 60,000. Donuts snap-called and Gorenc discovered the bad news.

Jimmy Donuts: {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Marty Gorenc: {9-Spades}{7-Spades}

Both players had two pair but the aces and tens of donuts was best. The {k-Diamonds} river was no help to Gorenc and he headed for the exit.

Player Chips Progress
Jimmy Donuts US
Jimmy Donuts
280,000 80,000
Marty Gorenc us
Marty Gorenc

Tags: Jimmy DonutsMarty Gorenc