Day 1c Completed
Day 1c Completed
The opening day flights are complete in the $360 Regional at the 2021 MSPT United States Poker Championship. The Sycuan Casino events center in San Diego, CA hosted 250 entries on Day 1c, with 30 players advancing to Day 2.
Those 30 players will join the 13 survivors from Day 1a and 23 players that emerged from Day 1c. The combined field of 66 players will return for Day 2 Sunday at 11 a.m.
The tournament will play to a champion tomorrow, with a $33,149 first-place prize on the line. A total of 54 players will make it into the payout structure, all vying for a piece of the $155,700 prize pool.
Alex Madriaga (694,000) ended Day 1c as the chip leader from Saturday's flight, and he'll enter Day 2 as the overall tournament chip leader.
Other big stacks emerging from Day 1c included Matt Bradford (510,000), Tim Daly (468,000), Dana Katzenmeier (441,000) and Tim Tang (424,000).
Some of the big names not making it through any of the Day 1 flights included Ben Moon and Nick Pupillo. MSPT all-time money leader Richard Alsup (130,000) is in the mix after making through Day 1c, along with players like Chris Carney (344,000) and Fredrick Schneider (207,000).
Play resumes at Level 16 Sunday, with the blinds at 3,000/6,000/6,000. Day 2 will play through 30-minute levels until a champion is crowned.
Keep it right here with the PokerNews live reporting team Sunday to see who goes home with the MSPT $360 Regional championship!
The final Day 1 flight is over at the MSPT Sycuan Casino $360 Regional. Stay tuned for end-of-day chip counts and a full recap of today's action.
Day 1c action will play through three more hands before the flight ends.
An interesting situation developed between Dana Katzenmeier and an opponent. Katzenmeier, on the small blind, bet 23,000 on the river with the board showing .
His opponent, in the big blind, put out a number of chips that was more than a call, but less than a raise. The dealer declared it a raise, by rule, to 46,000.
Katzenmeier then three-bet to 73,000, and the opponent made a reluctant call. The 100k-plus pot went Katnzemeier's way, and he has one of the top stacks in the room as Day 1c approaches the end of play.
Brent Hoover, in the cutoff, and Matt Bradford, on the button, got all of the chips in preflop, with Hoover's tournament life at risk.
Bradford is sitting on one of the biggest stacks in the room after eliminating Hoover.