Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
By now, it's a well-known truism that players with big stacks should increase their aggression on the bubble of a tournament.
That's certainly a philosophy that Maxx Coleman appears to abide by. Coleman turned his aggression dial to the max on the bubble of Day 1a of WinStar River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event, raising and shoving relentless to pound his opponents into submission until he was winning nearly every pot.
That strategy proved fruitful despite one major hiccup, as Coleman lapped the field and bagged 835,500 when the day wrapped up around 2 a.m. local time. Coleman has been on a rampage in this event the past two years, winning in 2015 for $750,000 as part of a three-way chop and then coming in 32nd in 2016 as an encore.
Day 1a, the first of three starting days that all feature unlimited reentry, drew 219 entries. Overall, 27 of them survived as the competitors played down to 12 percent of the field.
WinStar Ambassador Maria Ho, two-time WPT champs Aaron Mermelstein and Sam Panzica, and notable runners like Bryan Campanello, Dan Lowery, Will Berry, Brandon Steven, Keith Lehr and Chris Moneymaker were among the players taking at least one shot and bricking Day 1a.
Already stacking piles in the latter stages as the bubble approached, Coleman found himself with pocket kings on a seven-high flop against an opponent who wouldn't fold jacks. That boosted the former champ past the 100 big blind mark, and he kept climbing despite running into Orlando Romero's aces for a decent chunk at one point.
Coleman didn't let that slow him down, and he gambled it up in a big pot with pocket fives on the stone bubble against Matthew Lapossie, who spent the early stages as the chip leader. Lapossie turned over ace-king and found no help on the board despite flopping a Broadway draw, leaving himself busto on the bubble and Coleman with a mountain of chips that far surpassed second-place Andy Philachack's 510,000.
Others making it through included Romero (246,500), Rex Clinkscales (179,500), Greg Jennings (104,000) and Aaron Massey (78,500). Massey is another former champ, having taken this event down in 2012 for about $650,000.
The players who made it through will have two days off as more starting days remain. Day 1b gets rolling Saturday at noon, so come back to PokerNews for more live updates.
Matthew Lapossie opened on the button, Maxx Coleman three-bet in the big blind, and Lapossie shoved all his chips in. Coleman put him at risk for about 200,000.
The flip was on, and Lapossie flopped more outs as hit the felt. Coleman held through the turn, and the river was a brick to finish Day 1a with Lapossie out on the bubble.
Stay tuned for full chip counts and a recap.
Maxx Coleman has been shoving all in without regard at his table, with opponents continuing to fold after opening to preserve their stacks. Finally, he stepped into it when Orlando Romero opened to 14,000 and snap-called when Coleman jammed in the small blind.
The flop gave Romero a sweat, but the and were safe for him to double. Coleman sent 128,000 over.
Paul Lackey was in the big blind and called an all-in shove of an under-the-gun player who had about 60,000.
Under the gun:
The board ran out , and that leaves the tournament with 28 players on the stone bubble for Day 1a. The tournament is hand-for-hand with two minutes coming off the clock each hand.
Matthew Lapossie opened for 12,000 and got action in two spots, seeing a flop. Lapossie continued for 24,000 and only big blind Robert Wolf wanted to keep playing. They both checked the and Wolf checked the river after seeming to consider betting. Lapossie slid 30,000 in and got immediately called, but Wolf couldn't beat .
We found Jesus Cantu sliding in what looked to be a three-bet to 40,000 from the small blind, and Cory Smith called from under the gun. Both players checked the flop for a board of , and Cantu bet 30,000. Smith called. On the river, they checked again, and Cantu opened . He was outkicked by .
Orlando Romero shoved all in for 65,000 over an open from Robert Wolf, who made it 13,000 and then asked for a count before calling.
The flop brought Romero to the front and left Wolf calling for a jack but none emerged from the deck.
"How does he ask for a count with that hand?" Romero wondered as he collected his double.