MSPT Showdown Series
Event 16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
Event 16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
Day 1 Completed

Nick Maimone Leads Field After Day 1

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After 11 long levels of play, Day 1 of Event 16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed is history. The massive field kept climbing throughout the first four levels and eventually landed on a total of 1,604 entrants, which generated a handsome $2,165,400 prize pool. Nick Maimone would end the day as chip leader with 175,900. World Series of Poker bracelet-winner Mark Radoja is nipping at his heels, however, with 172,500.

The entrants fell just as fast as they rose – with over a third of the field eliminated by the end of the beginning of the fifth level. In fact, eliminations came so swiftly that we were even able to burst the money bubble on the final level of the day. Only 137 survived to see Day 2 – a mere 8.5% of the original field.

This event was popular with the pros, to be sure. Some who made an appearance, but were unable to survive into Day 2, include Daniel Negreanu, Shannon Shorr, Shaun Deeb, Dwyte Pilgrim, Faraz Jaka, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Vanessa Selbst, Jerry Yang and Phil Ivey.

Another notable elimination was that of online cash-game sensation Viktor Blom, who earned his first WSOP cash for finishing in 151st place ($2,706).

Even so, plenty of big names were able to bag up chips for the night, including Mike “The Mouth” Matusow (15,700), Todd Terry (84,600), Tristan Wade (84,200), Tony Dunst (21,000), Adam Junglen (43,500), Sam Grafton (99,400), Matt Matros (118,700) and Frank Kasella (75,000).

Here are our chip leaders going into Day 2:

RankPlayerChip Count 
1Nick Maimone175,900 
2Mark Radoja172,500 
3Thijmen Stocker156,000 
4Joe Cappuccio152,000 
5Matt Matros118,700 
6Matty Levine105,000 
7Sam Grafton99,400 
8Mark Burford91,200 
9Andy Seth86,00 
10Todd Terry84,600 

Day 2 is set to begin at 1:00 PM local time. Please stay tuned to PokerNews as we make our way to the final table. Until then, we wish you a good night!

End of Day Chip Counts

Nick Maimone us 175,900 25,900
Mark Radoja ca 172,500 17,500
Thijmen Stocker 156,000
Joe Cappuccio us 152,000 -8,000
Matthew Matros us 118,700 16,700
Matty Levine 105,000
Sam Grafton gb 99,400 46,400
Mark Burford us 91,200
Andy Seth us 86,000 -12,000
Todd Terry us 84,600 19,600
Tristan Wade us 84,200 14,200
Steve Brecher us 81,100 23,100
Chino Rheem us 52,200 22,200
Erik Cajelas 49,400
Adam Junglen us 43,500 -10,500
Andy Frankenberger us 40,500 -17,500
Allan Le us 35,200
Robert Williamson III us 28,900 -13,100
Tony Dunst us 21,000 -12,000
Huy Nguyen us 17,000 -3,000
Mike Matusow us 15,700 -9,300

Blom Busto

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We weren't able to catch the hand - but online cash-game sensation Viktor Blom has gone missing from his table. He has recently been eliminated.

Three More Hands

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The tournament director has just announced that each table will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Bubble Bursts

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The tournament director has just announced that the bubble has burst. All of our remaining players will enjoy a minimum $2,706 payday for their efforts.

Dunst Survives a Flip


A player on the cutoff opened and Tony Dunst raised all in on the button for his last 15,000. The blinds folded and the original raiser called to put Dunst at risk.

Dunst: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Opponent: {2-}{2-}

The board ran out {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}.....{8-Diamonds}, giving Dunst a flush on the river for the win.

Dunst let out a big sigh of relief as he scooped the pot.

Dunst is back up to 33,000.

Tony Dunst us 33,000 1,000

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Counts Approaching the Bubble

Joe Cappuccio us 160,000 55,000
Andrew St. Hilaire 118,000
Matthew Matros us 102,000 82,000
Mike Matusow us 102,000 74,000
Trevor Pope us 87,500 40,500
Frank Kasella 75,000 58,500
Tristan Wade us 70,000 5,000
Todd Terry us 65,000 18,000
Steve Brecher us 58,000 32,500
Andy Frankenberger us 58,000 39,000
Adam Junglen us 54,000 26,000
James Akenhead gb 53,000 -22,000
Sam Grafton gb 53,000 26,000
Robert Williamson III us 42,000 28,000
Matt Glantz us 41,000 29,200
Lars Bonding dk 36,000 -39,000
Kenna James us 35,000 14,000
Tony Dunst us 32,000 -1,000
Chino Rheem us 30,000 9,000
Kathy Liebert us 30,000 10,500
Erik Cajelis 30,000
Matt Hawlrilenko 26,000 17,000
Viktor Blom se 21,000 5,000
Huy Nguyen us 20,000 500
Ashton Griffin us 17,500 15,200