Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates Casinos starting flight drew in two-hundred-twenty-three entrants to Black Hawk in Colorado.
With Day 1A’s 126 as well as 1B’s 161, that contributed the total field up to five-hundred-ten entries a brand new record for the stop and produced a US$ 494700 prize pool that absolutely blotted out the US$ 200000 guarantee.
After sixteen levels of play, only forty players bagged chips with Bobby Sanoubane, Colorado guiding the way with 466000, ahead of both Day 1B chip leader Derek McMaster with 450000 and Day 1A’s leader Ross Reichert with 357500.
Back in week, Golden Gates Casino arranged a $360 buy-in US$ 100000 guaranteed MSPT Regional event that drew in 770 players. Sanoubane, who fired 4 bullets in Main Event, took down that event for US$ 33000 after a 6-way chop. If there is such a thing as home field vantage in poker, Sanoubane owns it this time.
Others who pocketed big stacks were James Wilson (392000), Steve Baca (362500) and Nader Wahdan (422500). Other players who advanced to the Day 2 were 2 time World Series of Poker bracelet champ David Warga, defending WSOP Millionaire Maker winner Adrian Buckley, Jose Serratos and Jeff Fielder.
Not all, of course, was very fortunate. Among those to fall on Day 1C were Allen Kessler, Rex Clinkscales, Tyler Corbett, Travis Nothrope, Aaron & Ralph Massey, ex MSPT Golden Gates champion Reza Yazdi, MSPT Team Pro Matt Kirby, as well as present MSPT Player of the Year leader Mark Hodge.