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Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Ho, Busquet, and Baker Among the 27 Players to Advance from Day 1a

donpeters • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Day 1a of the 2015 River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event from the beautiful WinStar World Casino came to a close in the early hours of Saturday morning. For us in the poker community, that's still Friday night, but whatever you want to make of it, the surviving 27 players from a 262-entry starting field have advanced to Monday's Day 2. Topping the pack was Maury Solano with 511,500 in chips, and he's trailed closely by Keith Carter and his stack of 500,000.

Solano was active all day, and especially when he got hold of a big stack. He was constantly putting the pressure on his opponents and used his chips to his advantage. In one hand that he played, Solano three-bet to 8,100 after an opponent opened to 4,500 during Level 13 with the blinds at 1,000/2,000/300. The original raiser then reraised all in for just under 26,000, and Solano called with the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. He was dominating his opponent's {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and held from there.

Along with Solano and Carter, other notables who advanced to Day 2 were WinStar poker ambassador Maria Ho, Olivier Busquet, Zo Karim, Joe Kuether, Clint Tolbert, David "ODB" Baker, and Allen Carter.

On the other side of the fence were many eliminated players, including Dwyte Pilgrim, Kevin Eyster, Wade Townsend, John Dolan, Ari Engel, Matt Stout, Shawn Rice, Allen Kessler, and Aaron Massy, just to name a handful. But, as this event features a reentry format, they'll all be able to return for another chance at glory and a big payday here in Thackerville.

Saturday will see Day 1b kick off at 12 p.m. local time, and you can find continued coverage right here on

Tags: Allen KesslerAri EngelClint TolbertDavid "ODB" BakerDavid BakerDwyte PilgrimJoe KuetherJohn DolanKevin EysterMaria HoMatthew StoutMaury SolanoOlivier BusquetWade TownsendZo Karim

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

donpeters • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Maury Solano us
Maury Solano
us 511,500 141,500
Keith Carter us
Keith Carter
us 500,000 80,000
Maxx Coleman us
Maxx Coleman
us 463,500 163,500
Bronson Tucker us
Bronson Tucker
us 443,000 -59,000
Reuben Nixon us
Reuben Nixon
us 438,000
Zo Karim US
Zo Karim
US 327,500 12,500
Joseph Skinner us
Joseph Skinner
us 275,000 -15,000
Jeff Gibraltar US
Jeff Gibraltar
US 270,000 25,000
Douglas Claybrook us
Douglas Claybrook
us 258,000
Olivier Busquet us
Olivier Busquet
us 246,000 101,000
John Whilden US
John Whilden
US 245,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 234,500 -9,500
Justin Oliver ca
Justin Oliver
ca 225,500
Clint Tolbert us
Clint Tolbert
us 220,500 25,500
Allen Carter US
Allen Carter
US 215,000
Kevin Lam Nguyen US
Kevin Lam Nguyen
US 214,000
Andrew Watson us
Andrew Watson
us 204,000
Paul Kim us
Paul Kim
us 199,500
Venkatara Ganne US
Venkatara Ganne
US 145,500 -84,500
Riley Fuller us
Riley Fuller
us 145,000 71,000
David Baker us
David Baker
us 144,500 -125,500
Raymond Moss US
Raymond Moss
US 142,000
Maria Ho us
Maria Ho
us 125,000 -165,000
M.D. Wyde US
M.D. Wyde
US 116,000
Nathan Bjerno us
Nathan Bjerno
us 96,000 -27,000

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Smith Out and Field Is Done for the Day

donpeters • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Jordan Smith was the last player eliminated before the remaining 27 players on Day 1a of the 2015 River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event bagged up their chips.

Smith was all in and at risk with {A-}{3-} against the {A-}{K-} for Maxx Coleman. Coleman's hand held, and Smith was busted.

Jordan Smith us
Jordan Smith
us Busted

Tags: Jordan SmithMaxx Coleman

Yaw Rocked by Gibraltar

Brentharrington • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Mike Yaw was just eliminated in a big pot that was won by Jeff Gibraltar.

Gibraltar raised to 12,000, Clint Tolbert reraised to 26,500, and Yaw four-bet shoved for 71,000. Gibraltar took a few moments to decide his next move, then called. Tolbert folded, and Gibraltar showed aces with the {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}.

"Oh, really?" said Yaw with pocket jacks. "Can I use my one time now?"

The flop gave him his one time, as he hit a jack, but unfortunately it also gave Gibraltar an ace for a set of aces. Gibraltar continued to hold through the turn and river, and Yaw was eliminated.

Jeff Gibraltar US
Jeff Gibraltar
US 245,000 25,000
Mike "Cappy" Yaw US
Mike "Cappy" Yaw
US Busted

Tags: Clint TolbertJeff GibraltarMike Yaw


Skinner Flushes Fuller

donpeters • Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Joseph Skinner and Keith Carter checked the {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop before Riley Fuller bet 19,000. Skinner made the call, and Carter folded.

The {6-Hearts} landed on the turn, and both players checked to see the {Q-Diamonds} land on the river. Skinner bet 31,000, and Riley tank-called.

Skinner tabled the {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, and Fuller mucked.

Joseph Skinner us
Joseph Skinner
us 290,000 90,000
Keith Carter us
Keith Carter
us 280,000 94,000
Riley Fuller us
Riley Fuller
us 140,000 -60,000

Tags: Joseph SkinnerRiley Fuller

Happy Cappy

Brentharrington • Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Mike "Cappy" Yaw waited and waited for the right moment to shove his last 16,000. In this hand he got it in with {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} against two players. His two opponents held, {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and {j-Hearts}{k-Spades} respectively. Yaw tripled up when the board ran out {8-Spades}{a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}. One player was eliminated during the hand because Jeff Gibraltar was also in the hand and had both players covered.

Mike "Cappy" Yaw US
Mike "Cappy" Yaw
US 60,000 60,000

Tags: Jeff GibraltarMike Yaw