MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event
MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Grimes Laps the Field on Day 1a

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Jeff Grimes
Jeff Grimes

A lengthy day of 15 levels has wrapped up at Mid-States Poker Tour Riverside with 48 of 354 entries making it through to Day 2. And one chip count far outdistanced the rest.

Jeff Grimes managed to turn his 25,000 starting stack into a staggering 809,000 by night's end. His heater kicked into high gear during the final two hours. He was in a neck-and-neck race with Nick Pupillo for the chip lead with both players pushing toward 500,000.

Then, Grimes picked up aces on the very last hand and busted a player who had kings. That was enough to rocket him well past Pupillo — who finished in second with 495,000 — and the rest of the competition for a stack that's rarely been seen at the end of an MSPT Day 1.

Some other players who made it through included Kevin Berthelsen, Alex Ziskin, Andy Rogowski, Jorden Helstern, Byron Ziebell, Keith Heine, Rob Wazwaz and Kou Vang.

Some who took shots and missed included Eddie Blumenthal, Steve Buell, Jeff Fielder, Mike Lang, Ryan Phan and Phil Mader.

They'll all have chances to run it back and do better on Saturday, when Day 1b will see the prize pool continue to swell, surely well past $500,000 if the excellent turnout thus far is any indication. Come right back to PokerNews for more coverage starting at 3 p.m.

End of Day 1a Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Jeff Grimes us
Jeff Grimes
us 809,000 346,000
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 495,000 50,000
Gilbert Pigg US
Gilbert Pigg
US 422,000
Jaymz Larson US
Jaymz Larson
US 386,000 -4,000
Tucker Stone us
Tucker Stone
us 375,000 -25,000
Justin Lisk US
Justin Lisk
US 334,000
TJ Murphy us
TJ Murphy
us 329,000
Dan McFate US
Dan McFate
US 315,000
David Stubblefield us
David Stubblefield
us 271,000
Chris Korent us
Chris Korent
us 235,000
Renato Spahiu us
Renato Spahiu
us 230,000
James Grimes us
James Grimes
us 220,000
Kevin Berthelsen us
Kevin Berthelsen
us 210,000 -40,000
Jeremy Feguson US
Jeremy Feguson
US 199,000
Brian Cox us
Brian Cox
us 191,000
Steve Federspiel us
Steve Federspiel
us 189,000 139,000
Alex Ziskin us
Alex Ziskin
us 187,000
David Sanderson us
David Sanderson
us 177,000
Matt Schurter us
Matt Schurter
us 176,000
Andy Rogowski us
Andy Rogowski
us 176,000 1,000
Andrew Green US
Andrew Green
US 173,000
Jorden Helstern us
Jorden Helstern
us 173,000 -72,000
Terence Reid us
Terence Reid
us 168,000 30,000
Rob Wazwaz us
Rob Wazwaz
us 157,000 52,000
Shannon Shillinger US
Shannon Shillinger
US 148,000

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Larson Gets Dream River

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

With 150,000 or so in the pot, Jaymz Larson moved all in from the small blind for 118,000. The board read {10-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and Larson's opponent in the hijack called.

Larson turned over {a-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for a flush. His opponent mucked what the dealer revealed to be {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

Jaymz Larson US
Jaymz Larson
US 390,000 120,000

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Vang Loses With Bullets

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Kou Vang
Kou Vang

After an open to 10,000 by Keith Heine and a shove worth 60,000 from Terence Reid in the hijack in one of the last hands at the previous level, Kou Vang cold-called in the small blind. Heine shook his head and folded.

Reid: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Vang: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}

Reid nailed the {k-Clubs} in the window and it was followed by {3-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{6-Clubs} to keep his set a winner.

Terence Reid us
Terence Reid
us 138,000 138,000
Kou Vang us
Kou Vang
us 93,000 -137,000

Tags: Keith HeineKou Vang


Stone Joins the Race for Lead

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

Two players were all in for about 60,000 each holding {a-}{j-} and {8-}{8-} but in need of help against the {9-}{9-} of Tucker Stone. The community didn't improve anyone's hand, leaving the nines best, and Stone collected two stacks to force a table break and join Nick Pupillo and Jeff Grimes near the top of the counts.

Tucker Stone us
Tucker Stone
us 400,000 124,000

Tags: Tucker Stone

Stefan Fades it All

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

Sarah Stefan got the last 43,000 in from the hijack and was called by the button.

"Ace-king one time?" she asked, turning over {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}.

She was pleased to see {a-Spades}{q-Spades} but not so pleased to see a {9-}{10-}{j-} flop that made her a small underdog. The {j-} on the turn kept things very close but Stefan managed to find a brick on the {2-} river to survive.

Sarah Stefan us
Sarah Stefan
us 96,000

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Pupillo and Grimes Racing to the Top

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

Nick Pupillo and Jeff Grimes both have surpassed 400,000 in chips and are sitting at around triple the average stack. They appear to be in a two-horse race for the chip lead at this juncture.

Jeff Grimes us
Jeff Grimes
us 463,000 238,000
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 445,000 213,000