2021 MSPT Showdown Series

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

2021 MSPT Showdown Series

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

MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event

Day 1c Completed

Tiffany Nguyen Bags Overall Chip Lead on Day 1c of MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Tiffany Nguyen
Tiffany Nguyen

The MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event proved to be a massive affair. On Friday, 305 runners competed on Day 1a, and on Saturday an additional 275 partook. For Saturday's third and final flight, 467 entrants entered Day 1c to bring the total field up to 1,047 entries.

After 15 levels of play on Day 1c, 59 players remained with Tiffany Nguyen and her stack of 825,000 leading the way. That is ahead of both Day 1a chip leader Happy Spaulding (786,000) and Day 1b chip leader Benjamin Moon (560,000)

Others to make it through Day 1c were Robert Fortuno (548,000), Anthony Nguyen (489,000), Sarah Smart (385,000), and Ben Brown (374,000), who round out the top five stacks.

Of course, not everyone was so fortunate. Among those to fire and fall on Day 1c were popular poker vlogger Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno, CardPlayer Cruises co-owner Mark Napolitano, former Jeopardy! contestant Jeff Grimes, Marty Gorenc, one-time chip leaders Valentin Navarro and Ramon Reyes, and PLON founder Lena Evans, who will now help host tomorrow’s Ladies Event.

Day 2 will begin at 11 a.m. local time on Sunday. 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 1c Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Tiffany Nguyen us
Tiffany Nguyen
826,000 186,000
Robert Fortuno us
Robert Fortuno
Anthony Nguyen us
Anthony Nguyen
489,000 159,000
Sarah Smart us
Sarah Smart
385,000 385,000
Ben Brown us
Ben Brown
374,000 14,000
Aldwin John Mariano us
Aldwin John Mariano
Harvey Negado us
Harvey Negado
Marvin Imutan us
Marvin Imutan
Adrian Lopez us
Adrian Lopez
312,000 62,000
Josh Vlahos us
Josh Vlahos
Michael Rosado us
Michael Rosado
Vernon Waite us
Vernon Waite
Bob Chow us
Bob Chow
266,000 26,000
Tim Murphy us
Tim Murphy
Taylor Bell us
Taylor Bell
Michael DeGroot us
Michael DeGroot
Conrado "Jun" Parker us
Conrado "Jun" Parker
Robert Houg us
Robert Houg
Faris Fetouhi us
Faris Fetouhi
Armando Mesina us
Armando Mesina
Alexander Wood us
Alexander Wood
Kasra Amiraslani us
Kasra Amiraslani
Jason Tang us
Jason Tang
195,000 195,000
David Ross us
David Ross
Anthony Javier us
Anthony Javier

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Four More Hands

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1c. Stay tuned for a list of chip counts, a short recap of the day's action, and the Day 2 seat draw.

"There's No Way You Can Call There"

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Nathan Ghodoushim
Nathan Ghodoushim

A player in middle position raised to 15,000 only to have Nathan Ghodoushim three-bet all in for 107,000 from the hijack. The player in the big blind, perhaps not realizing there was an original raiser, thought long and hard before folding his {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} face up.

The dealer informed him there was another player in the hand still to act, and that player opted to call off for 92,000.

"I have a feeling my hand would've won," the big blind quipped. It turned out to be a premonition.

Nathan Ghodoushim: {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Opponent: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}

The {3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{q-Hearts} flop, which would've given the big blind two pair, kept Ghodoushim in the lead and he stayed there through the {a-Hearts} turn and {4-Hearts} river.

For the big blind, it's a story of what might have been, but as Ghodoushim told him, "There's no way you can call there."

Player Chips Progress
Nathan Ghodoushim us
Nathan Ghodoushim

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MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Breaks 1,000 Runners

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

The MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event proved to be a massive affair. On Friday, 305 runners competed on Day 1a, and on Saturday an additional 275 partook. For Saturday's third and final flight, 467 entrants entered Day 1c to bring the total field up to 1,047 entries.

The tournament staff is still working on the final payout information, which we'll share with you just as soon as we have it.

Level: 15

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000

A Royal Ace

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Joshua Royal
Joshua Royal

A player was all in preflop for their last 35,000 or so and looking to double through Joshua Royal.

Joshua Royal: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Opponent: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}

The at-risk player was ahead, but not for long as the flop came down {j-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{8-Spades} to give Royal the lead with a pair of aces.

Neither the {8-Clubs} turn nor {q-Spades} river helped the at-risk player and he made a beeline for the door will Royal pulled in the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Joshua Royal us
Joshua Royal

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The Current MSPT All-Time Money List

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

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.

To date, the MSPT has awarded $110,657,533 in prize money.

Here's a look at the current MSPT All-Time Money List:

PlacePlayerMSPT Winnings
1Rich Alsup$785,534
2Pavel Plesuv$681,212
3Michael Soyza$592,137
4Blake Bohn$502,720
5David Levine$499,752
6Mike Shin$498,753
7Thomas Boivin$461,505
8Aaron Johnson$448,644
9Mazen Abdallah$445,000
10Felipe Davila$427,942

Nguyen Sets Up Navarro to Double Into the Chip Lead

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Tiffany Nguyen
Tiffany Nguyen

Just before the level went up, Valentin Navarro had been playing an aggressive game, often over-betting pots by moving all in, and for a while it was working like a charm. That all came to a sudden halt however at the hands of Tiffany Nguyen.

There was around 30,000 in the pot and a flop of {9-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Clubs} when Nguyen checked from the big blind. Another player did the same before Navarro bet 25,000. Nguyen called and the other player got out of the way.

Nguyen then checked for the second time on the {3-Clubs} turn. Navarro went for his patented over-bet shove but this time Nguyen snapped him off putting in her remaining 281,000.

Tiffany Nguyen: {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Navarro: {a-}{8-}

Nguyen had flopped bottom set and was guaranteed to double as Navarro was drawing dead with ace high. The {4-Spades} river made it official, and Nguyen pulled in a chip-leading pot worth 645,000.

Navarro was left with 120,000 after the hand but went bust a short time later.

Player Chips Progress
Tiffany Nguyen us
Tiffany Nguyen
640,000 320,000
Valentin Navarro us
Valentin Navarro

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