Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Day 1b of Mid-States Poker Tour Riverside saw an already hefty field of 354 boosted with a massive turnout of 508 more entries. That number represents a new state record for the buy-in level, according to a tweet from the tour.
Of those 508, 64 advanced to Day 2, and nobody had a better day than "Farmer" Phil Mader. The Nebraskan had a big stack early on and was pacing the field by the time the stretch run came about.
He claimed it was good luck that propelled him to bagging 559,000, but Mader has an established track record on the MSPT with 23 cashes and five final tables. However, he has never managed to reach the heights of his first cash on tour, a third-place finish, and is consequently still seeking his first trophy.
Kamal Mousavi almost caught him, finishing with 556,000. Others making it through included Kyna England (444,000), Jeremy Brown (272,000), Larry Ormson (235,000), Carter Myers (86,000), Mike Rieck (78,000) and PokerNews' own Chad Holloway (209,000).
The tournament will bring back 112 Day 2 players and should be very close to the money. It will play down to a winner on Sunday, so keep an eye out here to see who emerges as champion.
Each table will deal two more hands before Day 1b play wraps.
David Gonia moved all in for 125,000 in the big blind against a player in middle position who opened to an unknown amount with two T10,000s. That player thought awhile and called.
Gonia flipped in and was racing against . The board ran , no help to Gonia.
On a flop of , big stacks and Nebraska natives Phil Mader and Rajasekhar Kola tangled. Kola had checked from early position, Mader bet 30,000, and Kola clicked it to 60,000. Mader thought long and hard before folding.
Kola showed the .
The greatest preflop hold'em spot just gifted Jared Ditmarson a huge stack.
PokerNews arrived with the board already having been dealt out, but it was basically immaterial as Ditmarson had been all in with and was up against players holding and . He collected 121,000 from each opponent.
Michael Berk shoved for 80,000 in the small blind over a cutoff open to 9,000. The big blind was in the tank and verbalized a call eventually. The opener snap-folded.
The board gave Berk some hope with a straight draw, albeit with some dead outs, but the didn't save him.
Steve Wazwaz was down to his last 18,000 and got it in with against against , either preflop or on the flop. The board finished out with two pair, fives and threes, and Wazwaz wished everyone good luck.