2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
$1,110 USPC Main Event
$1,110 USPC Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Chris Smith Bags Big on Day 1b of the MSPT Sycuan Casino $1,110 Main Event

GeoffFisk • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Two starting flights are now complete, with one more still left to play at the MSPT Sycuan Casino Main Event. The $1,110 buy-in tournament continued with Day 1b on Friday, as 153 entries came through the Sycuan Casino Event Center in San Diego, CA.

The pinnacle event of the MSPT United States Poker Championship saw the Day 1b field trimmed from 153 to 19 players by night's end.

At the end of play, Chris Smith (450,000) emerged with the biggest Day 1b stack. Smith already won the $360 Regional NLHE earlier in this series, and looks to follow that up with a deep run in the Main Event.

Other players bagging large after Friday's flight included Aaron Knapp (440,000), Adam Lamphere (313,000), and Huy Nguyen (270,000)

More notable names still in contention for a championship include Shaun Davis (226,000), Mike Rosado (263,000), and Matt Kirby (168,000)

The 19 players that survived Day 1b will join the 12 players that emerged from Day 1a, along with all players making it through Saturday's Day 1c flight. The Day 1 contenders will reconvene as a combined field for Day 2 on Sunday, and play down to a champion.

Some of the players not making it through Day 1b included Andrew Moreno, Johnnie Moreno, Joe Serock, Nick Pupillo, and former MSPT Main Event champion Nicholas Smith. All of those players can enter Day 1c on Saturday, however.

With $300,000 in guaranteed prize money on the line, the eventual winner of the Main Event stands to go home with a sizeable payday.

Saturday's Day 1c flight will likely draw the biggest attendance of any opening-day flight in the Main Event, so stay tuned to the PokerNews live blog. Day 1c begins Saturday at 3 p.m.

Tags: Andrew MorenoJoe SerockJohnnie MorenoNicholas SmithNick PupilloSycuan Casino

End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

GeoffFisk • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Chris Smith us
Chris Smith
us 450,000 195,000
Aaron Knapp us
Aaron Knapp
us 440,000 388,000
Adam Lamphere us
Adam Lamphere
us 313,000 313,000
Huy Nguyen us
Huy Nguyen
us 270,000 270,000
Mike Rosado
Mike Rosado
263,000 63,000
Shaun Davis us
Shaun Davis
us 226,000 36,000
Rip Fritzer us
Rip Fritzer
us 223,000 46,000
Michael Sneideman us
Michael Sneideman
us 215,000 -85,000
Alexander Hill us
Alexander Hill
us 194,000 194,000
Chris McCaman
Chris McCaman
192,000 15,000
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 168,000 6,000
Rod Danger
Rod Danger
143,000 143,000
Brian Montanez us
Brian Montanez
us 135,000 98,000
Brad Sailor us
Brad Sailor
us 125,000 125,000
Eric Magallan
Eric Magallan
112,000 -98,000
Chris Gitre
Chris Gitre
107,000 47,000
Brian Nordin us
Brian Nordin
us 100,000 100,000
John McDevitt
John McDevitt
89,000 89,000
Anthony Carlton
Anthony Carlton
60,000 -73,000

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Five More Hands

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

Day 1b will play through five more hands before the night's action concludes.

Last Level of Day 1b

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

Day 1a wrapped up when the field dipped below 12 percent of its original size. That mark was hit with 17 minutes remaining on Level 14.

Both Day 1b and Day 1c will also end on Level 14 with 17 minutes left, matching Day 1a.


Gitre Gets a Double

GeoffFisk • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

Chris Gitre pushed his last 30,000 preflop, and got a call from the big blind.

Chris Gitre: {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Big Blind: {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}

Board: {3-Spades}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}

The jack in the window was just what Gitre was looking for, and he survived to play on as Level 13 winds down.

Chris Gitre
Chris Gitre

Davis Flops Trips, Gets Paid

GeoffFisk • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

With {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}{k-Spades} on the board, Shaun Davis checked, and the hijack bet 6,000. Davis raised to 16,000, the hijack went all-in, and Davis called.

Shaun Davis: {k-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Hijack: {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The turn {2-Diamonds} and river {9-Diamonds} kept Davis ahead, and he moved up to just under 200k in the aftermath.

Shaun Davis us
Shaun Davis
us 190,000 27,000

Rosado Calls Tran's Bluff

GeoffFisk • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

With {8-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{8-Spades}{q-Spades} on the board, Mike Rosado bet 16,000 from the cutoff. Hong Minh Tran thought things over for a bit, then decided on a shove.

Rosado mulled it over for a few moments before calling off his last 81,000.

Mike Rosado: {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}
Hong Minh Tran: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Tran needed a three-outer to hit his gutshot draw to become a straight, but the {2-Clubs} hit on the river instead.

Mike Rosado
Mike Rosado
200,000 50,000
Hong Minh Tran
Hong Minh Tran

Late Registration Over

GeoffFisk • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

The late registration period for Day 1b has come to an end.

A total of 153 entries registered for Friday's flight. Of that total, 32 players remain.

Day 1 will end when 17 minutes remain on Level 14.