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April 8 - 17, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Colin Gordon Leads 20 Advancing Day 1a Survivors
Created (4/15/2016 12:05:44 AM by Admin System)

The first of three starting flights in the Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates drew 119 entries to Black Hawk, Colorado on Thursday. After 14 levels of play, just 20 remained with Colin Gordon and his stack of 234,000 leading the way.

Gordon, who has $202,280 in lifetime earnings, is looking to top his career-high score of $41,280, which came back in 2007 when he finished fifth in the Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event. He's also looking to notch his first-ever MSPT cash.

Others who bagged on Day 1a were Kevin Kurtz (181,000), Ian Gregory (148,000), Michael Hassab (114,000), John Vitt (102,500), former champ Kane Lai (58,000), and Dan Howell (222,500).

With only three cashes for $5,716 in lifetime earnings, Howell's résumé isn't overly impressive. However, when you learn that those three cashes – one of which was a win for $2,580 and the other two third and fourth-place finishes -- all came within a five-day period in 2014 during the Colorado Poker Championship right here at Golden Gates Casino, well it's safe to say he's got home field advantage on his side.

Howell chipped up nicely toward the end of the night, which included sending poker pro Bryan Devonshire to the rail. It happened when Devonshire raised ace-queen and Howell just called with pocket kings. The flop came down queen-high, Devonshire bet, and Howell raised it up. Devonshire shoved, Howell called, and that was all she wrote for “Devo” after both the turn and river blanked.

Others who hit the rail were former MSPT Golden Gates Regional champ Bobby Sanoubane, circuit grinder Jesse Capps, two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner David Warga, MSPT pro Matt Alexander, and defending champ Phanora Prom.

Day 1b will take place at Noon local time on Friday, April 15, with Day 1c to follow at the same time on Saturday, April 16. Of course we'll be there every step of the way to capture all the action right here in the live blog, so be sure to check back then.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
Created (4/15/2016 12:03:28 AM by Admin System)

Colin Gordon - Denver, CO 234,000
Dan Howell - Denver, CO 222,500
Kevin Kurtz - Centennial, CO 181,000
Ramiro Perez - Denver, CO 150,000
Ian Gregory - Casper, WY 148,000
Philip Bujorian - Colorado Springs, CO 146,000
Khoa Nguyen - Littleton, CO 133,500
Josh Crain - Denver, CO 131,500
Khoi Le - Denver, CO 129,000
Dan Trush - Avon, CO 120,500
Michael Hassab - Avon, CO 114,000
William Prieto - Arvada, CO 108,500
John Vitt - Boulder, CO 102,500
Josh Pedersen - Aurora, CO 94,500
Anthony Martinez - Fort Lupton, CO 88,500
Greg Geller - Denver, CO 88,000
Brian Leitch - Evergreen, CO 72,000
Kane Lai - Highland Ranch, CO 58,000
Jason Tischer - Lakewood, CO 41,500
Milad Hajihabib - Denver, CO 34,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Four More Hands
Created (4/14/2016 11:34:30 PM by Admin System)

The final two tables will play four more hands each before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of chip counts and a full recap of the Day 1a action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Waldo a Late Night Casualty
Created (4/14/2016 11:33:25 PM by Admin System)

Steve Waldo

Steve Waldo got his last 20,000 or so all in preflop and found himself in a bad spot against Brian Leitch.

Waldo:  jd js

Leicht:  qs qc

Waldo was looking for a jack, but he failed to find one as the board ran out  ac 8c 9d 8d 6c.

Brian Leitch - 60,000

Steve Waldo - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 4000
Tischer Can't Flush Pedersen
Created (4/14/2016 11:19:55 PM by Admin System)

Three players each put in 6,000 preflop and saw a flop of  6s 9s 5h. At that point, Josh Pedersen managed to get his stack of 34,700 all in, Paul Tischer had him at risk, and the other player in the hand got out of the way.

Tischer:  js 10s

Pedersen:  5c 5s

Pedersen had flopped bottom set, but he needed to dodge the spade draw of Tischer. The  ah turn was a safe card, and so was the  jd.

Josh Pedersen - 90,000

Paul Tischer - 23,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Roy Runs Big Slick Into Pocket Rockets
Created (4/14/2016 10:55:26 PM by Admin System)

Patrick Roy got his last 19,200 all in preflop and was at risk against Brian Leitch.

Roy:  as kh

Leitch:  da ac

Roy was in dire straits and in need of some major help, but he didn’t get it as the board ran out a dry  9c 2s 8h 5s 7d.

Brian Leitch - 60,000

Patrick Roy - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Devo & Alexander Among Recent Eliminations
Created (4/14/2016 10:52:33 PM by Admin System)

Bryan Devonshire

We missed the elimination of Bryan Devonshire, but MSPT Pro Matt Alexander, who had been seated with him most of the evening, was kind enough to fill us in on some details.

According to him, Devonshire raised with  Ax Qx and Dan Howell just called with  Kx Kx. The flop came down  Qx 8x 6x, Devonshire bet, and Howell raised it up. Devonshire shoved, Howell called, and that was all she wrote for “Devo” after both the turn and river blanked.

Meanwhile, Robert Paris was also eliminated from the tournament, while Alexander fell a short time later after shoving with an ace and running smack dab into pocket kings.

Dan Howell - 210,000

Bryan Devonshire - Busted

Matt Alexander - Busted

Robert Paris - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Gutfreund Eliminated
Created (4/14/2016 10:37:14 PM by Admin System)

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Updated Chip Counts from Table 13
Created (4/14/2016 10:36:20 PM by Admin System)

Ramiro Perez - 125,000

Dan Trush - 110,000

Dan Howell - 95,000

Josh Crain - 80,000

Raymond Gallegos - 70,000

Bryan Devonshire - 55,000

Matt Alexander - 40,000

Don Berkeley - 30,000

Steve Waldo - 18,700

Rich Monroe - Busted

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Updated Chip Counts from Table 3
Created (4/14/2016 9:58:55 PM by Admin System)

John Vitt - 160,000

Colin Gordon - 115,000

Michael Hassab - 100,000

Milad Hajihabib - 95,000

Phil Bujorian - 85,000

William “Mexican” Prieto - 75,000

Khoa Nguyen - 70,000

Anthony Martinez - 50,000

David Gutfreund - 42,000

Dave Skilling - 36,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Denver 
CO 
234,000  
119,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
222,500  
12,500 
 
CO 
181,000  
145,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
150,000  
20,000 
 
Casper 
WY 
148,000  
68,000 
 
CO 
146,000  
61,000 
 
CO 
133,500  
23,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
131,500  
51,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
129,000  
81,000 
 
Avon 
CO 
120,500  
10,500 
 
Avon 
CO 
114,000  
14,000 
 
Arvada 
CO 
108,500  
33,500 
 
CO 
102,500  
57,500 
 
Aurora 
CO 
94,500  
4,500 
 
CO 
88,500  
11,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
88,000  
7,000 
 
CO 
72,000  
12,000 
 
CO 
58,000  
16,000 
 
CO 
41,500  
18,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
34,000  
66,000 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Frisco 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Arvada 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Arvada 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
NV 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Golden 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
Denver 
CO 
$102,199
1,500
3
CO 
$40,241
1,200
4
IL 
$27,892
1,100
5
TX 
$21,292
1,000
6
Arvada 
CO 
$16,394
900
9
CO 
$9,539
600
10
Denver 
CO 
$7,239
500
12
Denver 
CO 
$7,239
500
13
WY 
$5,536
400
14
Denver 
CO 
$5,536
400
15
Denver 
CO 
$5,536
400
16
CO 
$4,130
300
18
CO 
$4,130
300
19
Denver 
CO 
$3,194
200
20
Denver 
CO 
$3,194
200
21
CO 
$3,194
200
23
Parker 
CO 
$3,194
200
25
CO 
$3,194
200
27
Aurora 
CO 
$3,194
200
28
NE 
$2,555
100
30
Divide 
CO 
$2,555
100
31
Aurora 
CO 
$2,555
100
32
Denver 
CO 
$2,555
100
33
Denver 
CO 
$2,555
100
35
Payton 
CO 
$2,555
100
36
NV 
$2,555
100
37
Omaha 
NE 
$2,129
50
38
CO 
$2,129
50
39
Parker 
CO 
$2,129
50
40
CO 
$2,129
50
43
CO 
$2,129
50
44
Mesa 
AZ 
$2,129
50
45
CO 
$2,129
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
119
Players Remaining
20
Average Chip Stack
108,181
Total Chips
2,380,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
234,000
222,500
181,000
150,000
148,000
146,000
133,500
131,500
129,000
10 
120,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,300
1,200
1,100
1,000
900
10 
700