WSOP Super Circuit Online Series MSPT Showdown Series
MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event
MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event
Day 1a Completed

Happy Spaulding Leads After Days 1a of MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event

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

Day 1a of the MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event, the first event in the inaugural “Showdown Series,” attracted 305 entrants and set the stage for what’s sure to be a busy weekend with two starting flights still to go.

After 15 levels of play, the field was whittled down to 40 players with Happy Spaulding and his stack of 786,000 leading the pack. That was more than double his next closest competitor in Nathan Trimble, who advanced with 370,000.

Others to bag big stacks were Andrew Gay (364,000), Majid Radaei (359,000), and “Tim Daly (344,000), who round out the top five. They were joined by Adrianne Hall (228,000), Don Burr (158,000), Brad Sailor (123,000), and Alan Wentz (110,000).

Of course, not everyone was so fortunate. Among those to fire and fall on Day 1a were Hannah Spaulding, DJ Buckley, Brad Tyler, Bob Chow, Tavish Margers, Spencer Tep, and poker vlogger Cato “PokerBEAST”.

Day 1b will begin at 5 p.m. local time on Friday, while the third and final flight, Day 1c, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday. PokerNews will be on-hand bringing you all the updates from start to finish, so be sure to join us then.

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

Chad_Holloway • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Happy Spaulding us 786,000 36,000
Nathan Trimble us 370,000 370,000
Andrew Gay us 364,000 364,000
Majid Radaei US 359,000 94,000
Timothy Daly US 344,000 344,000
Dong Luo US 333,000 333,000
George Rogers US 296,000 296,000
Anthony Bland US 252,000 252,000
Ewart Boyd US 247,000 247,000
Adrianne Hall us 228,000 -12,000
Stephen DePew US 223,000 223,000
Tai Purpero US 216,000 216,000
Gabriel Habbaba US 200,000 200,000
Clinton Leitheiser us 200,000 200,000
Jason Leurquin US 195,000 -30,000
Dantram Huynh US 192,000 192,000
Briceton Oles US 182,000 182,000
Alex Phomphakdy US 166,000 166,000
Don Burr us 158,000 3,000
Michael Shields US 157,000 157,000
Robert Waterman US 150,000 150,000
Audri Mansour US 137,000 137,000
Keith Soria US 135,000 135,000
Michael Peterson US 134,000 134,000
Glenn Poole us 131,000 131,000

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Three More Hands

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

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts as well as a short recap of the Day 1a action.

Spaulding Increases Chip Lead

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

As Day 1a of the tournament nears its conclusion, one player has emerged as the clear chip leader.

In a recent hand, Happy Spaulding raised to 16,000 from middle position and the player in the big blind defended.

Action went check-check on both the {5-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop and {10-Clubs} turn before the {k-Diamonds} completed the board on the river.

The player in the big blind bet 20,000 and Spalding paused for a few beats before putting in a small raise to 42,000.

His opponent flicked in a chip to make the call only to muck when Spaulding tabled the {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for a flopped set.

Happy Spaulding us 750,000

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Last Level of the Night

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

Level 15 has begun meaning players will play 30 more minutes before bagging and tagging on Day 1a.


Rip Fritzer Rips It In

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Rip Fritzer
Rip Fritzer

Rip Fritzer moved all in for 49,000 from the cutoff and action folded to the player in the big blind, who thought long and hard before making the call.

Rip Fritzer: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Big Blind: {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Fritzer was ahead but his opponent was drawing to two live cards. The {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop wasn't too exciting, but the {a-Spades} turn was as Fritzer paired but his opponent picked up a Broadway straight draw to a queen.

The river was a paint card, but fortunately for Fritzer is was the {k-Diamonds} to give him the double.

Rip Fritzer us 105,000

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Cowboys Hold for Jason Leurquin

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jason Leurquin
Jason Leurquin

A short-stacked player got their last 39,000 all in preflop and found themselves in dire straits against Jason Leurquin.

Jason Leurquin: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {k-Spades}{9-Spades}

The {6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop gave the at-risk player a sweat by pairing their nine, but that was all the help they'd get as the {q-Spades} bricked the turn followed by the {3-Diamonds} on the river.

Jason Leurquin US 225,000

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