$1,110 Main Event
$1,110 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

James Mendenhall Bags Lead in Day 1a Ohio State Championship No-Limit Hold’em

LiamGannon • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
James Manderhall
James Manderhall

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 Main Event in JACK Casino, Cleveland has come to an end with a hard stop being met with 22 players bagging up for the day. Due to the 186 entrants on the day, the floor declared a hard stop if 12% of the field was reached before the end of level 15 and it did happen.

The chip leader of the final 22 players in this flight is James Manderhall. The chip lead was being jockeyed around by four stacks all towards the top, but a late night surge for Mendenhall shot him up to the top of the counts. He now sits at 292,000, good for the current tournament ceiling.

Nipping at his heels are players William “Bill” Dopico with 389,000, Michael Pempin with 380,000 and Derek Hammonds with 368,000 chips. Each one of these individuals held the chip lead throughout some point of the day, with Hammonds holding it until the last two levels of the night. All are considerably healthy and are all looking to make a deep run on Day 2.

Other players that found their way to bagging included Scott Fitzhugh (261,000), Frank Lagodich (199,000), and Mark Lewandowski (193,000). Players that were not as fortunate included MSPT Riverside Champion Dan Sepiol, Bobby Noel, Michael Berk, and Nicholas Rigby. With unlimited re-entry permitted in this tournament, each one of them will have the opportunity to play again tomorrow the 6th in Day 1b and Saturday the 7th in Day 1c. The $500,000 guarantee on the prize pool still looms and the tournament is on pace to not only meet it, but exceed it.

12 PM on Friday the 6th is when the next day will begin with a 25,000 starting and 40-minute blind levels. Unlike this flight, there will be a 40-minute dinner break following level 9. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all updates on the tournament.

Tags: Bobby NoelDan SepiolDerek HammondsFrank LagodichJames MendenhallMark LewandowskiMichael BerkMichael PempinNicholas RigbyScott Fitzhugh

End Of Day Chip Counts (full)

LiamGannon • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
James Mendenhall us
James Mendenhall
us 392,000 392,000
William Dopico us
William Dopico
us 389,000 141,000
Michael Pempin us
Michael Pempin
us 380,000 -14,000
Derek Hammonds US
Derek Hammonds
US 368,000 -23,000
William Moore US
William Moore
US 339,000 339,000
Scott Fitzhugh us
Scott Fitzhugh
us 261,000 152,000
Terry Piwinski US
Terry Piwinski
US 238,000 83,000
Chad Welka us
Chad Welka
us 221,000 221,000
Dustin Mcelhaney us
Dustin Mcelhaney
us 215,000 76,000
Gary Friedman us
Gary Friedman
us 208,000 -31,000
Frank Lagodich us
Frank Lagodich
us 199,000 141,000
Mark Lewandowski us
Mark Lewandowski
us 193,000 17,000
Michele Iacovone us
Michele Iacovone
us 193,000 193,000
Kate Kopp us
Kate Kopp
us 182,000 182,000
Nick Barile US
Nick Barile
US 166,000 57,000
Brian Walleen US
Brian Walleen
US 160,000 -126,000
Odeh Wahdan US
Odeh Wahdan
US 132,000 29,000
Zachary Hurliman US
Zachary Hurliman
US 117,000 117,000
Christopher Lee Sims US
Christopher Lee Sims
US 95,000 -29,000
Don Brooks US
Don Brooks
US 93,000 93,000
Edward Mogilnicki us
Edward Mogilnicki
us 74,000 74,000
Matthew Park us
Matthew Park
us 46,000 46,000

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Play Has Ended

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

One player has been eliminated and play has stopped for the night. The remaining 22 players are bagging up and will return Sunday at 11 AM.

One More Elimination

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

The clock currently reads 23 players left with 26:55 left on the level. If one more player is eliminated the day is over.

Pempin Eliminates Zepp

LiamGannon • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Michael Pempin
Michael Pempin

Matthew Zepp raised to 8,000 in early position and was called by Derek Hammonds in the hijack and Michael Pempin on the button.

The flop of {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{6-Hearts} saw action check over to Pempin who bet 25,000. After thinking for some time, Matthew Zepp moved all-in for 144,000. Hammonds folded and Pempin quickly called.

Matthew Zepp: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Michael Pempin: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The turn of {6-Diamonds} had Zepp only drawing to a chop and the river {2-Diamonds} did nothing to change the situation and Pempin's stack neared 400,000 chips.

Michael Pempin us
Michael Pempin
us 394,000 176,000
Matthew Zepp us
Matthew Zepp
us Busted

Tags: Derek HammondsMatthew ZeddMichael Pempin

Lewandowski Shoves River

LiamGannon • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Mark Lewandowski
Mark Lewandowski

Alan Wentz raised to 8,000 preflop from first position and was called by Mark Lewandowski from the big blind.

The flop came out {k-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Lewandowski checked to Wentz who continued for 6,000. Lewandowski responded by raising to 21,000 which Wentz quickly called.

The turn of {k-Diamonds} saw Lewandowski check and Wentz bet out 17,000 this time. Lewandowski called this street.

The river {7-Diamonds} saw Lewandowski move all-in for 59,000 chips and Wentz quickly folded, giving Lewandowski a big late night pot.

Mark Lewandowski us
Mark Lewandowski
us 176,000 176,000
Alan Wendtz
Alan Wendtz
89,000 89,000

Tags: Mark LewandowskiAlan Wentz

Zepp Versus Simms

LiamGannon • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Matthew Zepp
Matthew Zepp

Christopher Lee Simms raised in first position to 7,000 and Matthew Zepp from middle position three-bet to 21,000 which folded out every other player besides Simms who called.

The flop came out {q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts} which saw Simms check-call a bet of 18,000.

The turn brought the {k-Clubs} which saw Simms fold this time to the 25,000 bet from Zepp as he flashed {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} before tossing it into the muck.

Matthew Zepp us
Matthew Zepp
us 176,000 108,000
Christopher Lee Sims US
Christopher Lee Sims
US 124,000

Tags: Christopher Lee SimmsMatthew Zepp


Barile Drills The Turn

LiamGannon • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Nick Barile
Nick Barile

Nick Barile raised under-the gun to 9,000 and action folded around to the big blind who moved all-in for 18,000 and Barile snap-called.

Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Nick Barile: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The flop came out {8-Spades}{a-Hearts}{4-Hearts} giving the opponent top pair, but the turn {10-Hearts} left the ace-king drawing dead before the {k-Spades} river.

Nick Barile US
Nick Barile
US 109,000 55,400

Tags: Nick Barile