Live Events 1
Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Keystone Kick Off
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $225,000
Players 500

Level Info

Level 37
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 12,500

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 148

Highlights

Highlights

Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Keystone Kick Off
Day 2 Completed

Mark “ratrivers” Herm Wins First-Ever WSOP Gold Bracelet Awarded in Pennsylvania ($48,420)

BrandonTemple • Level 37: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante
Mark Herm
Mark Herm

On Monday, the first-ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet was awarded in the state of Pennsylvania with the conclusion of Event #1: $500 NLH Keystone Kickoff. Over the course of three starting flights, 425 players rebought 75 times to create a 500-entry field and a $225,000 prize pool.

Day 2 saw 148 players return to action, and when the dust settled start-of-the-day chip leader and Philly native Mark "ratrivers" Herm emerged victorious to claim a $48,420 top prize and the first-ever WSOP Gold Bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania. Herm, an accomplished pro with over $1.7 million in live tournament earnings as reported by Hendon Mob, had come tantalizingly close to WSOP gold on three separate occasions, including a runner-up performance in the 2020 GGPoker.com WSOP Online Bracelet Series Event #66: $800 Pot Limit Omaha. Herm made his fourth WSOP final table appearance count, and now has his first gold bracelet to show for it.

Event #1: $500 NLH Keystone Kickoff Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Mark "ratrivers" Herm$48,420
2Meredith "NovaRiver" Minger$29,993
3Doni "AceOnaJetski" Ocena$20,655
4Brad "SBbarnz" Barna$14,468
5Dan "LavaCake" Ott$10,305
6Jeremy "NawtyShawty" Sissman$7,470
7Taylor “dripbaeless” Williams$5,513
8Bundhit "MonkeyBLuffy" Intachai$4,140
9Andrew "Slap_Nuts" Kappes$3,173

Among those to cash were Day 1c chip leader Anthony "McEye" Mcie (12th - $2,475), Travis “UnitedWeZag” Herzing (14th - $1,958), Day 1a chip leader Benjamin "ItMyTime4421" Kaupp (19th - $1,328), Angela "TheCanManCan" Yanosky (22nd - $1,328), Richard "EatMushrooms" Ali (25th - $1,328), and Michael "SQU0ZE" Duffy (27th - $1,328).

Final Table Action

It didn’t take long for the first final table casualty as Andrew “Slap_Nuts” Kappes lost a race with two black sixes to the Big Slick of former WSOP Main Event runner-up Dan “LavaCake” Ott. Not long after, Bundhit “MonkeyBLuffy” Intachai three-bet jammed holding ace-jack but failed to hold against the ace-four of Doni “AceOnaJetski” Ocena, who had raised from the button.

Taylor “dripbaeless” Williams then got unlucky when her pocket queens were cracked by the ace-seven of Brad “SBbarnz” Barna when an ace spiked on the turn. Barna then woke up with pocket aces to bust Jeremy “NawtyShawty” Sissman, who got it all in preflop with ace-king.

Ott then proceeded to run ace-jack smack dab into the ace-king of Mark “ratrivers” Herm to fall in fifth place, and Barna followed him out the door in fourth by losing ace-six to Herm's ace-jack.

Meredith "NovaRiver" Minger used an ace-king of her own to dispatch Ocena, who failed to get lucky with jack-ten suited. Minger began heads-up play down 2:1 to Herm, and it didn’t take long for the final hand to take place.

On a jack-high board, Minger called off with second pair and was looking to hold against both straight and flush draws of Herm. The former draw came in on the river and Minger had to settle for second place, while Herm claimed the first-ever WSOP gold bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania.

PokerNews will be on hand for the remainder of the WSOP Pennsylvania providing chip counts, payout information, and live coverage as bracelets are awarded this week in the Keystone State!

Tags: Andrew KappesAnthony McIeBrad BarnaBundhit IntachaiDan OttDoni OCenaJeremy SissmanMark HermMeredith MingerRichard AliTaylor Williams

"NovaRiver" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($29,993)

BrandonTemple • Level 37: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante
NovaRiver eliminated in 2nd
NovaRiver eliminated in 2nd

"NovaRiver" raised to 250,000 on the button, and "ratrivers" called.

"ratrivers" checked the {j-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop to "NovaRiver", who bet 346,500. "ratrivers" check-raised to 693,000, and "NovaRiver" called.

"ratrivers" jammed on the {2-Clubs} turn, and "NovaRiver" called off for 1,076,508.

"NovaRiver": {7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}
"ratrivers": {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

"NovaRiver" was ahead with a pair, but "ratrivers" was drawing live to ten outs to win. A fitting {9-Diamonds} on the river gave "ratrivers" the stone cold nuts with a straight, and the first WSOP Bracelet to be awarded in the state of Pennsylvania goes to "ratrivers"!

ratrivers US
ratrivers
US 7,500,000 2,514,098
NovaRiver US
NovaRiver
US Busted

"NovaRiver" Claws Back With a Dub

BrandonTemple • Level 37: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

"NovaRiver" raised to 300,000 on the button, then called off their last 1,218,212 total when "ratrivers" three-bet shoved.

"NovaRiver": {k-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
"ratrivers": {a-Spades}{2-Spades}

"NovaRiver" paired up on the {7-Spades}{4-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop to take the lead, and held on the {4-Diamonds} turn and {6-Diamonds} river to double up.

ratrivers US
ratrivers
US 5,038,576 -467,566
NovaRiver US
NovaRiver
US 2,461,424 467,886
Level:
37
Blinds:
50,000/100,000
Ante:
12,500

"AceOnaJetski" Eliminated in 3rd Place ($20,655)

BrandonTemple • Level 36: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
AceOnaJetski eliminated in 3rd
AceOnaJetski eliminated in 3rd

"ratrivers" raised to 160,000 from the button, and "AceOnaJetski" called in the small blind. "NovaRiver" three-bet shoved for 1,041,929 from the big blind, and only "AceOnaJetski" called.

"NovaRiver": {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
"AceOnaJetski": {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

"AceOnaJetski" paired up on the {q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop, but "NovaRiver" was plenty live with two overs, a gutshot and a flush draw. The {3-Hearts} turn was a brick, but the {6-Diamonds} river gave "NovaRiver" a flush and the double.

Left with ten big blinds, "AceOnaJetski" got them in with {4-Clubs}{2-Clubs} in the big blind a few hands later, but couldn't best the {j-}{3-} of "ratrivers" to bust in third.

ratrivers US
ratrivers
US 5,506,142 2,313,921
NovaRiver US
NovaRiver
US 1,993,538 491,609
AceOnaJetski US
AceOnaJetski
US Busted

"SBbarnz" Eliminated in 4th Place ($14,468)

BrandonTemple • Level 36: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
SBbarnz eliminated in 4th
SBbarnz eliminated in 4th

"ratriver" raised to 160,000 on the button, then snapped off a three-bet shove for 1,213,000 from "SBbarnz" in the small blind.

"SBbarnz": {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}
"ratriver": {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

"ratriver" ended the Cinderella story of "SBbarnz", who had just four big blinds left with eleven players remaining, when a {2-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{5-Clubs} board failed to bring a six for "SBbarnz".

ratrivers US
ratrivers
US 3,192,221 1,994,970
AceOnaJetski US
AceOnaJetski
US 2,805,300 12,500
NovaRiver US
NovaRiver
US 1,501,929 -517,500
SBbarnz US
SBbarnz
US Busted
Level:
36
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
10,000

Stacks Evening Out

BrandonTemple • Level 35: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante

"ratrivers" raised to 150,000 from the button, and "AceOnaJetski" called in the big blind.

On the {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop, "AceOnaJetski" check-called a bet of 118,800 from "ratrivers".

The {2-Spades} fell on the turn, and "AceOnaJetski" checked. "ratrivers" bet 224,904, then folded when "AceOnaJetski" check-raised to over 700,000.

AceOnaJetski US
AceOnaJetski
US 2,792,800 1,154,369
NovaRiver US
NovaRiver
US 2,019,429 130,794
SBbarnz US
SBbarnz
US 1,490,520 -36,332
ratrivers US
ratrivers
US 1,197,251 -970,519