Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
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.
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.
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.
Zona was looking to get lucky but the flop didn't do much for him. However, the 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 on the river. Zona made his flush to more than double up in the hand.
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.
Smith needed to get lucky, but that didn't happen as the board ran out to give Greenblatt the pot.
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.
Garles was looking for some luck, but he was left wanting as the board ran out to improve Mitchell to a full house.