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Wynn Spring Classic $1M GTD Championship
Wynn Spring Classic $1M GTD Championship
Day 1a Completed

McKeehen Bags Day 1a, Looks to Add to Recent Winnings

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

A slew of well-known pros turned out and the field nearly met the guarantee on the first day, making for a successful Day 1a of the Wynn Spring Classic $3,500 Championship.

When the first 10 levels were a wrap, about 90 of the 268 entries had punched tickets to Sunday's Day 2.

Among the players advancing was former WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen. McKeehen didn't exactly have a banner day as he busted a couple of bullets before turning things around, but he did bag a solid stack with 209,500. Most importantly, McKeehen is on a roll coming into this event, as he had a near miss with a second-place finish at WPT Venetian worth $491K and followed that up with a victory in the $10K High Roller just yesterday here at the Wynn for $224,100.

Combined, that's north of $700K in cashes, and McKeehen has put himself in good position to add to that total if he can author another deep run.

The biggest stacks of the bunch belonged to Paul Balzano (397,000), James Anderson (325,000) and Brian Green (311,500). Balzano has made his presence felt at the Wynn before, chopping the Wynn Summer Classic $1,600 Championship for $180,583 back in 2014.

Some of those running dry on chips at least once included Ali Imsirovic, Nick Pupillo, Darren Elias and Sergi Reixach. All will have plenty more chances on Saturday's Day 1b, which will surely see the prize pool race past the $1 million guarantee early on.

Action resumes with Day 1b at noon local time, so be sure to come back to PokerNews to monitor the final starting day.

End of Day 1a Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Paul Balzano us
Paul Balzano
us 397,000 397,000
Ben Underwood ca
Ben Underwood
ca 390,500 390,500
James Anderson us
James Anderson
us 325,000 35,000
Brian Green us
Brian Green
us 311,500 121,500
Matt Bond us
Matt Bond
us 269,500 269,500
Adam Hendrix us
Adam Hendrix
us 259,500 29,500
Michael Rossitto us
Michael Rossitto
us 257,000 25,000
Mike Dentale us
Mike Dentale
us 250,000 145,000
Thong Tran us
Thong Tran
us 238,000 238,000
Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
us 236,000 66,000
Scott Stewart us
Scott Stewart
us 221,000 -39,000
Antony Grappo US
Antony Grappo
US 213,000 213,000
Kent Washington US
Kent Washington
US 211,500 211,500
Joe McKeehen us
Joe McKeehen
us 209,500 55,500
Florian Gaugusch at
Florian Gaugusch
at 207,000 207,000
Jeff Trudeau us
Jeff Trudeau
us 201,000 134,000
Seungmook Jung kr
Seungmook Jung
kr 198,000 198,000
Steve Chanthabouasy us
Steve Chanthabouasy
us 197,000 197,000
Mitch Garshofsky us
Mitch Garshofsky
us 193,500 62,500
Mike Sowers us
Mike Sowers
us 193,000 193,000
Antonio Mallol US
Antonio Mallol
US 183,000 183,000
Mitchell Halverson us
Mitchell Halverson
us 178,000 178,000
Stefan Nemetz at
Stefan Nemetz
at 177,500 177,500
Aaron Van Blarcum us
Aaron Van Blarcum
us 175,000 -5,000
Tuan Phan us
Tuan Phan
us 172,500 -47,500

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Tice Wins a Flip, Folds Out Winner

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Landon Tice was all in from an early position, and it looked like he'd opened and gotten two callers before the cutoff crammed it in for about 60,000. Tice isolated and one of the callers flashed {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} as he folded.

Tice: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Cutoff: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}

The {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} gave Tice the winning hand with a flush.

Landon Tice us
Landon Tice
us 160,000 25,000

Tags: Landon Tice

Depaulo Dead

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Ryan Depaulo bet 7,000 from under the gun on {10-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and was called by the next player before Aaron Van Blarcum made it 22,000 in the next seat. Depaulo jammed for 46,500 and Van Blarcum called.

Van Blarcum: {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Depaulo: {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Depaulo was stone dead against the flush and headed for the exit.

Aaron Van Blarcum us
Aaron Van Blarcum
us 180,000 136,000
Ryan Depaulo us
Ryan Depaulo
us Busted

Tags: Aaron Van BlarcumRyan Depaulo

Five More Hands

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Each table will deal five more hands, signaling the end of Day 1a.

Kornuth Drops a Flip

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Chance Kornuth had a tower of T5,000 chips in front of him and showed down {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} against a player who held {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. The queens held as the board ran {8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Kornuth sent over 81,000.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 110,000 -8,000

Tags: Chance Kornuth

Imsirovic Felted

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Ali Imsirovic got his last 19,000 in from middle position and was called by Dylan Wilkerson on the button, who held {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}. Imsirovic showed the {3-Hearts} and the dealer revealed the {3-Spades} behind it. The {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop brought a sweat but nothing further materialized to improve Imsirovic's hand and he headed for the exit, doubtless set to take a shot on Day 1b.

Dylan Wilkerson us
Dylan Wilkerson
us 80,000 9,000
Ali Imsirovic ba
Ali Imsirovic
ba Busted

Tags: Ali ImsirovicDylan Wilkerson

Afriat Lucky to Bust Auer

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Matthias Auer checked in middle position on {7-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and Eric Afriat bet 8,500 in the cutoff. Auer moved all in for 32,000 more and Afriat called with {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}.

He was in rough shape against {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for a set, and he asked for the {10-Hearts}. Close, but it was the {j-Hearts} that was just as good, sending Auer to the rail on a bad beat.

Eric Afriat ca
Eric Afriat
ca 130,500 3,500
Matthias Auer at
Matthias Auer
at Busted

Tags: Eric AfriatMatthias Auer