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Coleman Goes into Hyperdrive on Bubble to Bag Huge Day 1a Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Maxx Coleman
Maxx Coleman

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.

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End of Day 1a Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Maxx Coleman us
Maxx Coleman
us 835,500 275,500
Andy Philachack us
Andy Philachack
us 510,000 170,000
Cory Smith us
Cory Smith
us 484,000 194,000
Steve Booth US
Steve Booth
US 397,500 397,500
George Bronstein us
George Bronstein
us 318,000 178,000
Paul Lackey US
Paul Lackey
US 300,000 20,000
Orlando Romero us
Orlando Romero
us 246,500 -18,500
Larry Ogilbee us
Larry Ogilbee
us 246,000 246,000
Jianmin Xu us
Jianmin Xu
us 240,500 10,500
Chris Beavers US
Chris Beavers
US 186,500 186,500
Rex Clinkscales us
Rex Clinkscales
us 179,500 36,500
Frank Berry us
Frank Berry
us 164,000 164,000
Tien Phan au
Tien Phan
au 159,000 159,000
Randy Clements US
Randy Clements
US 156,000 156,000
James Ohlweiler US
James Ohlweiler
US 152,500 152,500
Chris Hooper US
Chris Hooper
US 130,000 -10,000
Marco Shoals us
Marco Shoals
us 129,500 129,500
Tony Paydar US
Tony Paydar
US 121,000 121,000
Greg Jennings us
Greg Jennings
us 104,000 -13,300
Vance Minter US
Vance Minter
US 83,500 21,500
Aaron Massey us
Aaron Massey
us 78,500 -21,500
David Coker us
David Coker
us 76,500 -1,500
Robert Wolf US
Robert Wolf
US 69,000 18,500
Max Sanchez US
Max Sanchez
US 58,000 58,000
Wei Zhang us
Wei Zhang
us 38,000 38,000

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Lapossie Bubbles

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Matthew Lapossie
Matthew Lapossie

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.

Coleman: {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Lapossie: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The flip was on, and Lapossie flopped more outs as {10-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} hit the felt. Coleman held through the {8-Clubs} turn, and the {2-Diamonds} river was a brick to finish Day 1a with Lapossie out on the bubble.

Stay tuned for full chip counts and a recap.

Matthew Lapossie ca
Matthew Lapossie
ca Busted

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Romero Doubles Through Coleman

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

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.

Romero: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
Coleman: {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

The {7-Spades}{9-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop gave Romero a sweat, but the {10-Clubs} and {j-Diamonds} were safe for him to double. Coleman sent 128,000 over.

Maxx Coleman us
Maxx Coleman
us 560,000 60,000
Orlando Romero us
Orlando Romero
us 265,000 123,500

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Lackey Moves it to Stone Bubble

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Paul Lackey was in the big blind and called an all-in shove of an under-the-gun player who had about 60,000.

Lackey: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Under the gun: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, 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.

Paul Lackey US
Paul Lackey
US 280,000

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Wolf Pays Lapossie

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Matthew Lapossie opened for 12,000 and got action in two spots, seeing a {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts} flop. Lapossie continued for 24,000 and only big blind Robert Wolf wanted to keep playing. They both checked the {k-Diamonds} and Wolf checked the {3-Spades} river after seeming to consider betting. Lapossie slid 30,000 in and got immediately called, but Wolf couldn't beat {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Matthew Lapossie ca
Matthew Lapossie
ca 137,000 -5,800
Robert Wolf US
Robert Wolf
US 50,500 -37,500

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Smith Over Cantu in Three-Bet Pot

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

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 {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, and Cantu bet 30,000. Smith called. On the {2-Diamonds} river, they checked again, and Cantu opened {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}. He was outkicked by {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}.

Cory Smith us
Cory Smith
us 290,000
Jesus Cantu us
Jesus Cantu
us 85,000 -89,000

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Romero Doubles Through Wolf

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

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.

Romero: {a-}{q-}
Wolf: {a-}{k-}

The {q-}{8-}{10-} 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.

Orlando Romero us
Orlando Romero
us 141,500 88,500
Robert Wolf US
Robert Wolf
US 88,000 -81,000

Tags: Orlando RomeroRobert Wolf