2022 888poker XL Winter Series
$1,110 MSPT Main Event

Hickey Leads Remaining 11 Players from Day 1a of the MSPT Sycuan Main Event

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jason Hickey

Jason Hickey of Marina Del Rey, California is the chip leader at the end of Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour(MSPT) $1,110 Main Event, part of the Showtime Series at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino Resort. In total, there were 98 runners for the first of three flights this weekend, and 11 will return on Sunday for the combined finale.

Hickey is in search of his first MSPT win after running his stack up to over 100 big blinds on Day 1a. Other players moving on to Sunday’s Day 2 include Ken Morey, Andrew Ostapchenko, Rich Alsup, and David Leese.

Day 1a Leaderboard

PlacePlayerChipsBig Blinds
1Jason Hickey441,000110
2Ken Morey381,00095
3Luke Nguyen364,00091
4David Leese204,00051
5Charly Peterson195,00049
6Nathan Trimble195,00049
7Andrew Ostapchenko176,00044
8Leonid Vaisburg148,00037
9Woo Suk Oh139,00035
10Rich Alsup106,00026
11Katerina Grishakova101,00025

Day 1a Action

Day 1a saw several highlights from players up and down the leaderboard. Early in the day, Richard Lanes tracked down the PokerNews team to share a royal flush. A short time later, Marcel Sabag sent Matt Morfitt to the rail with ace-queen.

Luke Nguyen is among the chip leaders after running well all day. He picked up nines to crack Tai Purpero’s aces on his way to finishing second in chips. Katerina Grishakova will look for a spot to spin it up after making a run for Day 2 with hands like this one, where she Anthony Pitesa packing with ace-king.

Luke Nguyen
Luke Nguyen

Two of the Day 1a survivors qualified their way to the MSPT Main Event through the ClubGG app. Charly Peterson and Woo Suk Oh will return on Sunday after earning their seat for the event through the subscription poker app.

Other players that took their shot on Day 1a but came up short include Gary Crite, Dantram Huynh, and Matt Morfitt. Players will have additional opportunities to enter on Friday for Day 1b and Saturday for Day 1c. Players advancing from all three flights will meet on Sunday for the Day 2 finale.

Day 1b will kick off tomorrow at 3 p.m. PST. Players will start with 25,000 in chips and play 40-minute levels. Registration is open until the beginning of Level 13 and players have unlimited rebuys until that point.

Be sure to keep it here all weekend long with the PokerNews team for live updates from the MSPT Main Event at Sycuan Casino Resort in San Diego.

Tags: Andrew OstapchenkoAnthony PitesaCharly PetersonDantram HuynhDavid LeeseGary CriteJason HickeyKaterina GrishakovaKen MoreyLeonid VaisburgMarcel SabagMarina Del ReyMatt MorfittNathan TrimbleRich AlsupRichard LanesSan DiegoTai PurperoWoo Suk Oh