Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
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.
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.
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.
The board ran out and that was all she wrote for Lopez.
Gabe Paul got his stack of 40,000 all in preflop and was at-risk against Adrian Lopez.
Paul had the best of it and shipped the double after the board ran out . Meanwhile, Lopez was left with just 20,000.
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 flop.
The player in the small blind opted to pile for around 70,000 and Friedman wasted little time in making the call.
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 turn paired the board and improved Friedman to an unbeatable full house.
The meaningless was run out on the river and Friedman pulled in the pot.
A short-stacked player was all in preflop for their last 46,000 and looking to survive against Brendan Shiller.
Shiller was behind but with two live cards, one of which he paired on the flop. Neither the turn nor river changed a thing and Shiller scored a late-night knockout.
Meanwhile, Laurette Thurber was eliminated from the tournament.
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 flop saw Donuts continue for 7,000 and both his opponents called to see the 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.
Both players had two pair but the aces and tens of donuts was best. The river was no help to Gorenc and he headed for the exit.