2021 MSPT Showdown Series

MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2021 MSPT Showdown Series

Final Results Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 150,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event

Day 1a Completed

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

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), [Removed:249] (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.

Tags: Happy Spaulding

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

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Happy Spaulding us
Happy Spaulding
786,000 36,000
Nathan Trimble us
Nathan Trimble
370,000 370,000
Andrew Gay us
Andrew Gay
364,000 364,000
[Removed:249] us
359,000 94,000
Timothy Daly us
Timothy Daly
344,000 344,000
Dong Luo us
Dong Luo
333,000 333,000
George Rogers us
George Rogers
296,000 296,000
Anthony Bland us
Anthony Bland
252,000 252,000
Ewart Boyd us
Ewart Boyd
247,000 247,000
Adrianne Hall us
Adrianne Hall
228,000 -12,000
Stephen DePew us
Stephen DePew
223,000 223,000
Tai Purpero us
Tai Purpero
216,000 216,000
Gabriel Habbaba us
Gabriel Habbaba
200,000 200,000
Clinton Leitheiser us
Clinton Leitheiser
200,000 200,000
Jason Leurquin us
Jason Leurquin
195,000 -30,000
Dantram Huynh us
Dantram Huynh
192,000 192,000
Briceton Oles us
Briceton Oles
182,000 182,000
Alex Phomphakdy us
Alex Phomphakdy
166,000 166,000
Don Burr us
Don Burr
158,000 3,000
Michael Shields us
Michael Shields
157,000 157,000
Robert Waterman us
Robert Waterman
150,000 150,000
Audri Mansour us
Audri Mansour
137,000 137,000
Keith Soria us
Keith Soria
135,000 135,000
Michael Peterson us
Michael Peterson
134,000 134,000
Glenn Poole us
Glenn Poole
131,000 131,000

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Three More Hands

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

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.

Player Chips Progress
Happy Spaulding us
Happy Spaulding

Tags: Happy Spaulding

Level: 15

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000

Rip Fritzer Rips It In

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.

Player Chips Progress
Rip Fritzer us
Rip Fritzer

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Cowboys Hold for Jason Leurquin

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.

Player Chips Progress
Jason Leurquin us
Jason Leurquin

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Level: 14

Blinds: 2,000/4,000

Ante: 4,000