Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Day 1b of the MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event, the first event in the inaugural “Showdown Series,” attracted 275 runners, which along with the 305 from Day 1a brings the total field up to 580 entries with Day 1c still to go.
After 15 levels of play, the field was whittled down to 32 players with Benjamin Moon and his stack of 560,000 leading. Hot on his heels was Harold Singleton, with 551,000. Both are a good bit behind that of Day 1a chip leader Happy Spaulding, who bagged 786,000.
Others to bag big stacks were Alex Countser (513,000), Frank Bulinton (448,000), Kobe Brown (369,000), and Will Martschinske (344,000), who round out the top six. They were joined by Martin Tamero (325,000), Channy Yang (265,000), Keith Morgan (118,000), and Nahrain Tamero (71,000), who last summer won a bracelet in the WSOP.com $1,000 Championship Event.
Of course, not everyone was so fortunate. Among those to fire and fall on Day 1b were Grant Geyer, Kevin Meyers, Shane Butts, Aaron Wallace, Carly Gorman, Sarah Smart, and Robert Bowden.
Day 1c will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday. PokerNews will be on-hand bringing you all the updates from start to finish, so be sure to join us then.
The tournament staff just announce the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1b. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts along with a short recap of the day's action.
This Sunday at 4 p.m. local time, the MSPT Showdown Series at Sycuan Casino will play host to a $200 Ladies Event powered by Poker League of Nations (PLON).
PokerNews recently caught up with PLON founder Lena Evans, who will be in attendance to compete in the tournament as well as other MSPT tournaments.
PokerNews: How did the opportunity to host a ladies event at the MSPT Sycuan come about?
Lena Evans: The opportunity to host an MSPT PLON Powered Ladies Event at Sycuan in San Diego was originally suggested by PLON Executive Committee member Allen Kessler. Allen connected me with MSPT President Bryan Mileski. Bryan and I then organized the details of our partnership together, and the first MSPT PLON event was born! This will be PLON's first live event back since March 2020.
PokerNews: What is the female poker community like in San Diego?
Lena Evans: We have nine casinos located within San Diego County, and multiple card rooms, making the poker community in San Diego extremely dynamic. Being the founder of PLON, and living in San Diego, you can imagine our female poker community is very active. Pre-pandemic, we had a San Diego PLON League, which played for seats to the top tours in San Diego and Las Vegas, including $10k events. During the pandemic, we stayed in action online in friendly games.
PokerNews: What can participants expect from the upcoming event?
Lena Evans: Participants in our PLON Powered Ladies Only MSPT event will enjoy a pre-event meet-up at 2 p.m. with PLON hosted beverages and bites so our ladies from around the USA (including Florida, Minnesota, Illinois, and other states) can enjoy socializing and getting re-acquainted with one another. The $200 ladies event begins at 4 p.m., with 20-minute levels, and late registration through the ninth level.
The winner receives the beautiful MSPT trophy, along with the PLON signature Tiffany & Co. sterling bracelet valued at $400. All final tablists receive a PLON backpack with gifts including apparel from Flop the World (FTW) and PLON merchandise, "The Biggest Bluff" book signed by Maria Konnikova, Solar Rain Water, Spades Sunshades sunglasses, Poker Elephant chips, and other goodies!
Level 15 just kicked off with approximately 56 players still in contention. They will play this final 30-minute level before bagging and tagging on Day 1b.
Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 12 years on they have one of the best player databases in the industry.
On their "Leaderboards" page, the MSPT tracks such things as Career Earnings, Main Event Cashes, Main Event Final Tables, Main Event Titles, Total Cashes, Most Cashes/Final Tables in a Season, Most Final Tables All-Time, and much more. Click here for a look at all the leaderboards.Click here for a look at all the leaderboards.
Here's a look at the top ten MSPT Main Event cashers:
|Place||Player||Hometown||Main Event Cashes|
|1||Aaron Johnson||Red Wing, Minnesota||39|
|2||Kou Vang||Maplewood, Minnesota||33|
|3||Richard Alsup||New Hope, Minnesota||31|
|4||DJ Buckley||Eden Prairie, Minnesota||27|
|5||Patrick Steele||Chelsea, Michigan||26|
|6||Jason Seitz||Shakopee, Minnesota||25|
|7||Mark Hodge||Fernandina Beach, Florida||25|
|8||Blake Bohn||Eden Prairie, Minnesota||25|
|9||Phil Mader||Grand Island, Nebraska||24|
|10||Rob WazWaz||Minneapolis, Minnesota||23|
Before the level went up, a big three-way hand went down that resulted in a pair of eliminations.
It began when Aaron Wallace, fresh off winning today's PLO side event, moved all in for 33,000 from early position and Carly Gorman called off for 25,000 from the cutoff. Keith Morgan was in the small blind and called to put both players at risk.
Gorman had the best of it and looked as if she was going to win the pot through the flop and turn. All she needed to do was dodge an ace on the river, but that proved easier said than done as the spiked to give Morgan the winner.