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MSPT Sycuan $1,110 Main Event
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Highlights

Highlights

MSPT Sycuan $1,110 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Alex Greenblatt Leads After Day 1b of the MSPT Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event

Chad_Holloway • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Alex Greenblatt
Alex Greenblatt

Day 1b of the MSPT Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino attracted 218, which along with the 131 from Day 1a brought the total field up to 349 entries with Saturday’s Day 1c still to go.

After a little over 14 levels of play the field was whittled down to the final 31 with Alex Greenblatt and their stack of 400,000 leading the way. That is still well behind that of Day 1a chip leader Adam Friedman, who bagged a staggering 816,000.

Others to bag on Day 1b were Jason Crews (355,000), Asad Abdullah (343,000), MSPT champ Ken Baime (336,000), and Luke Nguyen (328,000), who round out the top five stacks. Others to advance were WSOP bracelet winner Sandeep Pulusani (308,000), Kyna England (224,000), DJ Buckley (157,000), Alex Winter (141,000), Gary Herstein (110,000), and Dennis Stevermer (90,000).

Among those to fall on Day 1b were three-time MSPT champ Carl Carodenuto, MSPT Hall of Famer Rich Alsup, Michigan’s Jason Kapoor, Blake Whittington, WSOP bracelet winner Ben Moon, Andrew Moreno, Scott Stewart, and Minnesota’s Dan “DQ” Hendrickson, the only man to have cashed every season of the MSPT since 2009.

There is still one more starting flight to be had with Day 1c taking place at 3 p.m. on Saturday. PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

Tags: Alex Greenblatt

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

Chad_Holloway • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Alex Greenblatt us
Alex Greenblatt
us 400,000 -130,000
Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 355,000
Asad Abdullah us
Asad Abdullah
us 343,000 163,000
Ken Baime us
Ken Baime
us 336,000 116,000
Luke Nguyen us
Luke Nguyen
us 328,000
Sandeep Pulusani us
Sandeep Pulusani
us 308,000
Shawn Busse us
Shawn Busse
us 260,000 -10,000
Mark Cincotta us
Mark Cincotta
us 243,000
Kyna England us
Kyna England
us 224,000 -36,000
Duane Anderson us
Duane Anderson
us 203,000
Seth Krasne us
Seth Krasne
us 190,000
Leo Mitchell us
Leo Mitchell
us 187,000 -3,000
Brian Nordin us
Brian Nordin
us 170,000
Danny Penn US
Danny Penn
US 166,000
DJ Buckley us
DJ Buckley
us 157,000 17,000
Satoshi Tanaka us
Satoshi Tanaka
us 146,000 1,000
Alex Winter us
Alex Winter
us 141,000 -54,000
Robert Bowden us
Robert Bowden
us 130,000
Andre Verardi US
Andre Verardi
US 130,000 -95,000
Gary Herstein us
Gary Herstein
us 110,000 40,000
Noel Eicher us
Noel Eicher
us 97,000
Terence Reid us
Terence Reid
us 94,000
Doug Prindle US
Doug Prindle
US 92,000
Dennis Stevermer us
Dennis Stevermer
us 90,000 20,000
Daniel Parsons us
Daniel Parsons
us 86,000

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Five More Hands

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

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play five more hands in Level 15 before bagging and tagging on Day 1b. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts as well as a short recap of the day's action.

Level:
15
Blinds:
3,000/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Late Night Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Alex Greenblatt us
Alex Greenblatt
us 530,000 -15,000
Shawn Busse us
Shawn Busse
us 270,000 60,000
Kyna England us
Kyna England
us 260,000 -15,000
Andre Verardi US
Andre Verardi
US 225,000 25,000
Ken Baime us
Ken Baime
us 220,000 50,000
Alex Winter us
Alex Winter
us 195,000 155,000
Leo Mitchell us
Leo Mitchell
us 190,000 -30,000
Asad Abdullah us
Asad Abdullah
us 180,000 -120,000
Derek Jensen us
Derek Jensen
us 150,000 10,000
Satoshi Tanaka us
Satoshi Tanaka
us 145,000 15,000
DJ Buckley us
DJ Buckley
us 140,000 75,000
Joe Zona US
Joe Zona
US 130,000 -20,000
Alan Wentz us
Alan Wentz
us 130,000 55,000
Luke Nguyen us
Luke Nguyen
us 95,000 -94,000
James Simon US
James Simon
US 75,000 25,000
Dennis Stevermer us
Dennis Stevermer
us 70,000 -5,000
Gary Herstein us
Gary Herstein
us 70,000 -70,000
Philip Bruning us
Philip Bruning
us Busted
Sean Yu us
Sean Yu
us Busted
Chris Avino US
Chris Avino
US Busted

Joe Zona Goes Runner-Runner to Stay Alive

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Joe Zona
Joe Zona

After Dennis Stevermer raised to 13,000 from the hijack and Leo Mitchell called from the button, the player in the small blind jammed for 79,000. Joe Zona was in the big and quickly called off for 58,000, and that promoted both Stevermer and Mitchell to get out of the way.

Joe Zona: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Small Blind: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

Zona was looking to get lucky but the {3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop didn't do much for him. However, the {q-Diamonds} turn did give him a diamond flush draw.

Well, you can probably guess what happened next given the title of the post... the dealer burned one last time and put out the {8-Diamonds} on the river. Zona made his flush to more than double up in the hand.

Joe Zona US
Joe Zona
US 150,000

Tags: Joe Zona

Level:
14
Blinds:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
4,000

Alex Greenblatt Eliminated "The Real" Chris Smith

Chad_Holloway • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Alex Greenblatt
Alex Greenblatt

Chris Smith got his last 36,000 all in preflop and found himself in dire straits against Alex Greenblatt, who appears to be the chip leader down the stretch here on Day 1b.

Alex Greenblatt: {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Chris Smith: {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

Smith needed to get lucky, but that didn't happen as the board ran out {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{9-Spades} to give Greenblatt the pot.

Alex Greenblatt us
Alex Greenblatt
us 545,000
Chris Smith us
Chris Smith
us Busted

Tags: Chris SmithAlex Greenblatt

Tim Garles Coolered By Leo Mitchell Blind on Blind

Chad_Holloway • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Leo Mitchell
Leo Mitchell

Tim Garles got his last 45,000 or so all in preflop from the small blind only to discover he was on the bad end of a blind-versus-blind cooler against Leo Mitchell in the big.

Leo Mitchell: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Tim Garles: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Garles was looking for some luck, but he was left wanting as the board ran out {3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades}{q-Diamonds} to improve Mitchell to a full house.

Leo Mitchell us
Leo Mitchell
us 220,000
Tim Garles us
Tim Garles
us Busted

Tags: Leo MitchellTim Garles