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$1,110 MSPT Main Event



$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Nguyen Holds Big Lead Among 21 Players Advancing from Day 1b of the MSPT Main Event at Sycuan Casino Report

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Huy Nguyen
Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen of Huntington Beach, California is the chip leader at the end of Day 1b of the Mid-States Poker Tour(MSPT) $1,110 Main Event, part of the Showtime Series at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino Resort. There were a total of 156 runners for the second of three flights this weekend, and 21 players will move on to Sunday’s Day 2 finale to compete for a prize pool that looks to burst through the $300,000 guarantee.

Nguyen bagged 157 big blinds and he will return for Day 2 in search of his first MSPT Main Event title after making a deep run at the Venetian in October of 2021. That 12th place finish was good for $21,421, and Nguyen will look to improve on that Sunday. Other players moving on to Sunday’s Day 2 include Scott Subak, Shane Murphy, Eric Liu, and Igor Keselman.

Day 1b Leaderboard

PlacePlayerChipsBig Blinds
1Huy Nguyen628,000157
2Scott Subak415,000104
3Eric Liu349,00087
4Christopher Skinner320,00080
5Shane Murphy 299,00075
6Igor Keselman201,00050
7Kalvinci Ewing182,00046
8Brett Parise176,00044
9Marlou Heiland162,00041
10Armando Mesina156,00039

Day 1b Action

Nguyen held the chip lead for most of the later stages of the evening, but he put some space between himself and second-place Subak when he took out Tom Hammers in one of the biggest pots of the night.

Liu also dominated the late levels, spiking a flush near the end of the night to move above 300,000. Anthony Pitesa made Day 2 thanks to a late double through Brett Parise, who also qualified for Sunday’s finale.

Christopher Skinner picked up pocket aces late in the day to take out an opponent with big slick. Skinner finished with more than 300,000 on the day after nearing the 400,000 mark just before the last level. Dantram Huynh spiked quad sixes on the river for a big double. Huynh failed to qualify for Day 2, but she will have one more opportunity on Saturday’s Day 1c. Players advancing from all three flights will meet on Sunday for the Day 2 finale.

Dantram Huynh
Dantram Huynh

Day 1c 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. Day 1c will play until there is 10:00 left in Level 14, or until 12% of the field remains, whichever comes first.

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

Tags: Anthony PitesaArmando MesinaBrett PariseChristopher SkinnerDantram HuynhHuy NguyenIgor KeselmanKalvinci EwingScott SubakShane MurphyTom Hammers

End of Day1b Chip Counts (full)

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Huy Nguyen us
Huy Nguyen
us 628,000 68,000
Scott Subak us
Scott Subak
us 415,000 137,000
Eric Liu us
Eric Liu
us 349,000 -95,000
Christopher Skinner US
Christopher Skinner
US 320,000 -71,000
Shane Murphy us
Shane Murphy
us 299,000 -31,000
Igor Keselman us
Igor Keselman
us 201,000 23,000
Kalvinci Ewing us
Kalvinci Ewing
us 182,000 182,000
Brett Parise us
Brett Parise
us 176,000 71,000
Marlou Heiland US
Marlou Heiland
US 162,000 74,000
Armando Mesina us
Armando Mesina
us 156,000 131,000
Anthony Pitesa us
Anthony Pitesa
us 140,000 -28,000
Jose Araya us
Jose Araya
us 130,000 130,000
Coach Furfaro US
Coach Furfaro
US 130,000 130,000
Kendra Dieter us
Kendra Dieter
us 118,000 118,000
Matt Morfitt us
Matt Morfitt
us 117,000 -150,000
Ryan Adams us
Ryan Adams
us 99,000 45,000
Daniel Buckley us
Daniel Buckley
us 87,000 87,000
Steve Westberg US
Steve Westberg
US 82,000 4,000
Robert Paris us
Robert Paris
us 72,000 72,000
Brad Gafford US
Brad Gafford
US 40,000 -1,500

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End of Day 1b

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

Play has concluded in Day 1b and 21 players will return for Sunday's Day 2 finale.

Stay tuned for a full recap and chip counts.

Last Five Hands

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

Players are playing five more hands at the end of Day 1b.

Nguyen Ousts Hammers for Big Pot

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Huy Nguyen
Huy Nguyen

Tom Hammers limped from early position and Huy Nguyen raised to 10,000. Hammers shoved for nearly 200,000 and Nguyen called quickly.

Tom Hammers: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Huy Nguyen: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}

The board ran out {a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Nguyen made a set of aces to send Hammers to the rail in the last level of the evening.

Huy Nguyen us
Huy Nguyen
us 560,000 196,000
Tom Hammers us
Tom Hammers
us Busted

Tags: Huy NguyenTom Hammers

Liu Spikes Flush for Another Elimination

MattHansen • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Eric Liu
Eric Liu

A player in early position shoved his last 46,000 and Liu called.

Opponent: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Eric Liu: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and the runner-runner flush came through for Liu to score another knockout as Day 1b draws near a close.

Eric Liu us
Eric Liu
us 444,000 444,000

Tags: Eric Liu


Pitesa Doubles Through Parise

MattHansen • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Anthony Pitesa
Anthony Pitesa

Anthony Pitesa raised to 7,000 from under the gun from early position and Brett Parise raised to 22,000. Action folded back around to Pitesa who shoved for a total of 80,000. Parise called quickly.

Anthony Pitesa: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Brett Parise: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{3-Spades}{5-Clubs} and Pitesa's jacks held to score a double and a big pot as the tournament nears its last level of the night.

Anthony Pitesa us
Anthony Pitesa
us 168,000 101,000
Brett Parise us
Brett Parise
us 105,000 -9,000

Tags: Anthony PitesaBrett Parise