MSPT Showdown Series
Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud
Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud
Day 1 Completed

Day 1 In the Books: Bryn Kenney Leads The Way

tayke2 • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

It was a long, action packed night here at the Rio as Day 1 of Event #10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud played out. 145 players entered the event, up from last year’s total of 126, though it should be noted that last year’s version of this tournament was a $10,000 entry. Of the 145 entrants, 91 remain, and Bryn Kenney leads the way with 59,000 chips. The two players who fought heads up for the bracelet last year, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (10,300) and Steve Landfish (31,100) were at the same table most the day, and both will return tomorrow.

The big hand for Kenney occurred when he knocked out two well known stud specialists: Chad Brown and Jen Harman.

Harman: (x-x) / {q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{8-Spades} / (x)
Kenney: (x-x) / {6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} / (x)
Brown: (x-x) / {k-Clubs}{3-Spades}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs} / (x)
Tom McCormick: (x-x) / {10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs} fold

Did you get all that? Ok here we go. When we got to the table, Brown and Harman were all in on third street against Kenney and McCormick. Kenney proceeded to bet the whole way until McCormick folded on sixth street. Kenney showed {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades} in the hole and caught the {a-Diamonds} on the river to make aces up. Brown couldn't catch another king or three on seventh street to fill up, while Harman showed just the {q-Hearts}{k-Spades} for a pair of queens before mucking her hand and heading to the rail.

Not everyone was as lucky as the aforementioned players. Stud expert Chris Tryba was one of the earliest causalities of the day. He was joined on the rail by Dan Kelly, Chris Klodnicki, Justin “Boosted J” Smith, Robert and Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu, amongst others.

There’s still a proverbial who’s who of poker pros that are still in contention for the bracelet. Jason Mercier ended the day with 32,900 chips. He will be double dipping tomorrow, as he has 50,000 in the $1,500 re-entry event. Andy Bloch is still in contention for back-to-back bracelets with 24,800 in chips. Cory Zeidman is in contention for his 2nd bracelet of the young summer with 24,700 in chips, and in addition to Grospellier, two more champs of this event, Freddie Ellis (36,000) and Chris Reslock (23,400), are still alive.

The remaining players will come back tomorrow at 2 p.m. for Day 2 of the event. The goal will be to play down to the final table, but they will stop after 10 levels of play if they haven’t reached the final eight by then. Until then, thanks for staying tuned to Pokernews, and goodnight from Las Vegas!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Bryn Kenney us 59,000 46,000
Michael Sigel US 54,900
Maxwell Troy us 54,200 39,200
Frank Kassela us 53,800 38,800
David Singer us 53,400
Huck Seed us 47,700 32,700
Paul Volpe us 46,900 31,900
Mike Leah ca 45,700
Marco Liesy us 45,200
Matthew Kelly us 43,600
Nacho Barbero ar 41,800 13,800
Roger Smith US 36,200
Anthony Ruberto us 36,000
Freddie Ellis us 36,000
Shaun Deeb us 35,700 20,700
Max Pescatori it 35,600 22,600
Nick Schulman us 34,000 12,000
Rep Porter us 33,700 18,700
Jason Mercier us 32,900 17,900
Brandon Guss US 32,300
Perry Friedman us 32,300 10,300
Bill Chen us 31,200
Steve Landfish us 31,100 13,600
Todd Brunson us 31,000 7,000
David Rosenau US 30,400

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Late Eliminations


There's less than a minute left in the day, and we regret to inform you that Justin Bonomo and Mori Eskandani have both been eliminated just shy of Day 2. We're headed out to the tournament floor to get some chip counts, so stay tuned for those and our end-of-Day-1 recap.

Mori Eskandani Busted
Justin Bonomo us Busted

Ellis Holding Strong


In 2009, Freddie Ellis won this event at the experienced age of 77. Here we are three years later and Ellis, who is somewhere around 80 using simple math, is continuing to show his worth in Stud. While the field is littered with 20-somethings, Ellis seems as energetic as someone half his age.

We caught the action in a recent hand on fifth street when Ellis fired out a bet and received a call from Josh Arieh. Sixth street saw Arieh take the lead with a pair of fours and he bet accordingly. Ellis double checked his hand and opted to lay it down. It wasn't much, but it gave us an excuse to let you know that the former champ is still in contention for his second title in four years.

Ellis: (x-x) / {6-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Arieh: (x-x) / {4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Spades}

Freddie Ellis us 28,000 -1,500
Josh Arieh us 13,000 3,000

Tags: Freddie EllisJosh Arieh

Where in the World is Phil Ivey?

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

It's not easy to overlook Phil Ivey, the man many consider the best poker player in the world. Even so, that's exactly what we did when his table broke. After realizing we hadn't seen him in awhile, we scoured the room in search of the eight-time bracelet winner but to no avail. The only logical conclusion is that Ivey has been eliminated.

Phil Ivey us Busted

Tags: Phil Ivey

Goodbye, Mr. Su


Stephen Su was all in on the first three cards and watched David Oppenheim and David Williams both check the turn. Oppenheim proceeded to bet fifth and sixth, Williams called, and then both men checked seventh.

Su: {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} / {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Oppenheim: {Q-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{6-Spades} / {K-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{J-Spades}
Williams: (x-x) / {7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{J-Clubs} / (x)

Su ended up with two pair, nines and tens, but it was no good against the kings and queens of Oppenheim.

David Oppenheim us 27,000
Stephen Su Busted

Tags: David OppenheimStephen SuDavid Williams

Negreanu Knocked Off


Negreanu: (x-x) / {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} / (x)
Zeidman: (x-x) / {j-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Sigel: (x-x) / {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Spades} / (x)

Daniel Negreanu came in for a raise, and got calls from Cory Zeidman, Mike Sigel, and two other players. Negreanu bet again on fourth, and was only called by Sigel and Zeidman. Negreanu was all in on fifth street after Zeidman led out, and Sigel raised it up. Zeidman called, and called bets from Sigel on sixth and seventh street. Sigel showed {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{9-Hearts} in the hole for a straight, and Zeidman showed {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for trips before mucking. Negreanu showed aces and sixes before he hit the rail, and tweeted the following:

At a different table, we saw that John D'Agostino has also busted.

Mike Sigel 41,000
John D'Agostino us Busted
Daniel Negreanu ca Busted

Tags: AgostinoCory ZeidmanDaniel NegreanuJohn DMike Sigel