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Kolman Bags Chip Lead, MSPT Stars Shine on Day 1b of Sycuan Main Event

MikePatrick • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Sebastin Kolman

Sebastin Kolman of Los Angeles, California will lead 21 more survivors into Sunday’s final day of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Sycuan Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event with a massive 584,000 chips.

He’ll be joined by a who’s who of the MSPT as Rob Wazwaz (310,000), DJ Buckley (188,000), and Rich Alsup (136,000) all bagged to join the nine survivors from Day 1a.

A large part of Kolman’s stack came courtesy of a huge miscue by Jeffrey Jordan who ran his pair of nines preflop into Kolman’s kings after moving all-in for over 70 big blinds effective. Kolman never looked back and continued to grow his stack right until the end of the night.

Alsup looked to be cruising into Day 2 until the second to last level when his pocket aces were cracked by David Avina’s pocket queens, leaving him with just 10 big blinds. The MSPT Hall of Famer battled back to bag a healthy 136,000, while Avina did not survive the day.

Alsup’s may not have been the best comeback story of the day though, as Thuy (TK) Kawano fought back from just over 10,000 chips midway through the day to find herself a bag with 109,000 chips at the end of the night.

Other big stacks heading to Day 2 included Ulisese Liaina (492,000), Stephen S. O’Dwyer (344,000), and Andres Moran (328,000).

Sycuan Showdown Series Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Sebastin KolmanUnited States584,000
2Ulisese LiainaAmerican Samoa492,000
3Stephen S. O’DwyerUnited States344,000
4Andres MoranMexico328,000
5Rob WazwazUnited States310,000
6David MannUnited States278,000
7Rich LanesUnited States254,000
8Abdulkadir BulleCanada198,000
9DJ BuckleyUnited States188,000
10Genefredo LegaspiUnited States186,000

The second of three opening flights drew a field of 182 players, adding to the 79 who fired on Day 1a. With 261 entries already, and Day 1c Saturday expected to draw a huge field, the $300,000 guarantee is now guaranteed to be shattered.

Among those that will need that final chance on Day 1c after busting this flight are WSOP bracelet winners Adam Friedman, Jim Collopy, and Justin Lapka, along with MSPT Sycuan January Main Event champion Gianluca Pace.

They’ll have their shot Saturday at 3 pm and PokerNews will be there for all the action, so be sure to join us then.

MSPT Showdown Series Remaining Schedule

DateTime (PDT)TournamentLate RegGTD Prize PoolStarting StackBlind Levels 
Saturday, April 3010:00 am$265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main2:00 pm5 seats15,00020 
 3:00 pmEvent #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1c11:40 pm$300,00025,00040 
 8:00 pm$135 Nightly NLH10:10 pm$4,00012,00020 
Sunday, May 111:00 am$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2-    
 NoonEvent #10: $250 Last Chance NLH3:00 pm$10,00015,00020 
 3:00 pm$135 Last Dance NLH5:10 pm$2,00012,00020 

Tags: Adam FriedmanAndres MoranDavid AvinaDJ BuckleyGianluca PaceJeffrey JordanJim CollopyJustin LapkaRich AlsupRob WazwazSebastin KolmanStephen O’Dwyer