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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Card Player Poker Tour $1,100 Main Event Day-1A Update: What #Twitter & #Facebook poker players are up to in the #CPPT Main Event

We're keeping up with what social media is saying about the @CardPlayerMedia Poker Tour $1,100 Main Event!
Josh Hale (WPT Legends Of Poker Champion):

Richard Aluzzi:

Nathan Bjerno:

Brian Gorman:

Jeff Loiacono:

Kevin Taylor:

Drowning my poker sorrows at #bww. 5 parm garlic, 5 honey bbq, And 5 marinated in my own tears.
Matt Salsberg (WPT champions club member):

Card Player Poker Tour Main Event Day-1A "Live Updates" courtesy of CardPlayer.com

Card Player Poker Tour Main Event Day-1A "Live Updates" courtesy of CardPlayer online

CPPT Main Event Begins Saturday
Posted: Sat, Oct 11, 14, 9:42 AM

Thomas Beckstead
After nearly three weeks of tournament action, the Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino main event is set to begin. Likely to award one of the largest first place prize payouts of the Season, the $1,100 no-limit hold’em Quantum Reload main event will begin Oct. 11 and wrap up Oct. 15 with the crowning of a new CPPT champion. Play will begin with three day 1s, where players have the option to buy-in for $1,100. Any player eliminated on a day 1 can buy-in again the following day 1 and, unique to the Bike’s patented structure, players who wish to skip day 1 altogether have the option of buying directly into day 2 for $4,000.
The final two days of the main event will stream on Live at the Bike and the final table will also stream live on Card Player. The winner will be featured on the cover of Card Player magazine.
The Fall stop will be the tour’s second stop at the Bike. In late May to early June of 2013 the casino hosted a 10-tournament series ending with a $1,100 no-limit hold’em $300,000 guarantee main event ultimately won by Thomas Beckstead. Beckstead earned just over $102,000 for his win.
One of the largest poker rooms in the world with 175 poker tables and more than 100,000 square feet of floor space, the Bike is located about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The poker room is surrounded by HD televisions and guests are seated in comfortable chairs within a spacious, elegant, smoke-free atmosphere. Though the casino is without a hotel, there are a wide variety of accommodations available nearby.
For more information about the CPPT, click here.

Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino Schedule
9/21/14 $235 No-Limit Hold’em $50K Guarantee
9/21/14 $65 Satellite for $1,100
9/22/14 $235 No-Limit Hold’em $200K Guarantee*
9/22/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/23/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/24/14 $470 Mega Satellite to $235 Final Day
9/24/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/25/14 $470 Satellite to $235 Final Day
9/25/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/26/14 $160 No-Limit Hold’em $1 Million Guarantee*
9/26/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/27/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/28/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/29/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
9/30/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/1/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/2/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/3/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/4/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/5/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/6/14 $1,100 Satellite to $160 Final Day
10/6/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/7/14 $1,100 Satellite to $160 Final Day
10/7/14 $235 No-Limit Hold’em $20K Guarantee
10/7/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/8/14 $235 No-Limit Hold’em $25K Guarantee
10/8/14 $235 Omaha 8/OB $15K Guarantee
10/8/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/9/14 $235 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty $25K Guarantee
10/9/14 $235 Stud 8/OB / Omaha 8/OB $10K Guarantee
10/9/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/10/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/10/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/10/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/10/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/11/14 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em *
10/11/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/11/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/11/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/11/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/12/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/12/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/12/14 $200 Satellite to $1,100
10/12/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100
10/13/14 $430 Satellite to $1,100 Day 2
10/13/14 $430 Satellite to $1,100 Day 2
10/13/14 $65 Satellite to $1,100 

Shuffle Up And Deal

Cards are in the air here on day 1A of the 2014 Card Player Poker Tour main event at the Bicycle Casino as part of their Big Poker Oktober series.
Players start with 30,000 in chips with blinds of 50 – 100 for level 1. Each level will last 50 minutes.
Out live updates team will be bringing you the action throughout the tournament so make sure to stay tuned!

Familiar Faces Littered Throughout Day 1A

2013 CPPT Venetian Main Event Champion Allyn Shulman
There are still several hours left to register for the CPPT Bicycle Casino Main Event, but there is already a ton of firepower in the field. 2013 CPPT Venetian Main Event champion and WSOP Bracelet winner Allyn Shulman is in the field. Her husband, and two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Barry Shulman is also playing Day 1A. His most recent bracelet came after defeating Daniel Negreanu heads-up at the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event.
Evan McNiff, who has $1.1 million in live tournament earnings, and 2013 World Poker Tour Player of the year Matt Salsberg is also looking to make it through the day. There are currently 45 players registered for the event as the first level nears its midway point.

Eric Hershler Joins The Field

Eric Hershler
 In 2007 Eric Hershler topped a field of 791 players in a World Poker Tour main event here in Los Angeles, winning more than $2.4 million.
He is now in the field here at the Bicycle Casino, look to add to his list of prestigious win by taking down this Card Player Poker Tour main event.

Shulman Trips Up Klein

Bill Klein
After an early position limp, Allyn Shulman limped in from middle position and Bill Klein raised to 350 from the cutoff. Shulman was the only called and they saw a flop of JDiamond SuitJHeart Suit2Diamond Suit. Shulman check-called and the 4Spade Suit fell on the turn. Shulman checked and Klein bet 800. Shulman check-raised to 1,800 and Klein quickly called. The river was the KDiamond Suit and Shulman tossed 2,000 into the middle. Klein took a few moments before he called. Shulman tabled JClub Suit8Club Suit, giving her trip jacks and Klein mucked his hand.
Shulman is up to 36,400 in chips while Klein slid to 26,600.

Level 2 Underway

The blinds have been increased to 75/150. There are 85 players currently in the field.

Melanie Weisner In The House

Melanie Weisner
Melanie Weisner joined the field during level 1. Weisner has over $650,000 in live tournament earnings which she will be looking to add to in this event.

McNiff Forces a Fold

Evan McNiff
Evan McNiff bet 8,500, which was roughly a pot sized bet, on the river with the board reading QDiamond SuitTClub Suit3Spade SuitAHeart SuitASpade Suit. His opponent went into the tank for a few moments before folding and showing the AClub Suit. McNiff mucked his hand face down and took the pot as he is just over his original starting stack of 30,000.

Shulman Takes One on the Turn

Barry Shulman
After an early position raise to 350 and a call from the button, Barry Shulman re-raised to 1,575 from the small blind. Both players called and the flop came 9Club Suit5Diamond Suit8Club Suit. Shulman bet 4,200 and the initial raiser folded while the button called.
An AClub Suit came on the turn and Shulman moved all-in for about 22,000. The button thought for a second and then folded. Shulman is now back up to about 35,000.

Weisner Chops One Up

Melanie Weisner bet 1,200 on the button with the board reading AClub SuitJClub Suit3Diamond Suit8Heart Suit and she was check-called by the player in the big blind. The river was the 8Diamond Suit and the big blind checked again. Weisner bet 3,5000 and the big blind tanked for a few moments before tossing in a single chip indicating a call.
Weisner tabled ASpade Suit9Heart Suit and split the pot with her opponent’s ADiamond Suit2Spade Suit. They chopped the pot and Weisner sits with 29,200 as the field is a few minutes away from their first break of the day.

Danny Geyser in the House!

Danny Geyser is ready to play!

Break Time

Players are taking their first 15 minute break of the day.

We're Back

Players are back from their first break of the day and on to level 3.
We’ve also broken the triple-digit mark and the remaining 102 players will return to 100/200 blinds.

Matt Salsberg in His Comfort Zone

Matt Salsberg is in his comfort zone!

Shulman Catches a Bad Board

The player in the hijack raised to 500 before Barry Shulman three-bet to 1,500. The hijack called and they checked it to the river as the board ran out AHeart SuitQHeart SuitJClub SuitAClub SuitQClub Suit. The hijack bet 4,000 and Shulman quickly grabbed his cards.
“Nice board for this hand,” said Shulman as she showed 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit. “I play the board now.”
He tosses his hand in the muck and the hijack scoops the pot. Shulman is sitting with roughly 32,000 in chips.

Salsberg Folds and Left Very Short

Matt Salsberg faces a river bet of 3,000, which more than covers his entire stack, with the board reading JClub Suit8Spade Suit2Club SuitKHeart Suit5Club Suit.
“You’re just never bluffing here,” said Salsberg. “I can’t believe this. I’m going to fold king-queen with 1,600 left.”
Salsberg eventually tossed his hand into the muck and his opponent showed the JHeart Suit.
“You flopped a set of jacks?” asked Salsberg.
His opponent didn’t respond and Salsberg is left with just eight big blinds as he watched his chips get pushed across the table.

Ed Klein Breaks Century Mark

Ed Klein
We missed the action, but we found Ed Klein dragging a massive pot and stacking a bunch of chips. When he finished stacking his chips, we counted just over 112,000 in his stack and is easily the chip leader at this point.

Salsberg Eliminated

Matt Salsberg
Matt Salsberg wasn’t able to rebound. After a player in early position limped, the cutoff raised and Salsberg moved all-in for about 900 from the big blind.
The initial raiser folded but the cutoff called instantly and turned over two black aces. Salsberg showed KHeart Suit7Club Suit and was going to need a lot of help to survive but the 2Heart Suit8Diamond Suit6Club SuitQClub SuitQDiamond Suit board brought him none.
Salsberg hit the rail but still has two more shots at making Day 2.

Allyn Shulman Chops

Allyn Shulman
A player under the gun+1 limped and Allyn Shulman raised to 800 from the cutoff. The blinds released and UTG+1 called. Shulman and her opponent saw a flop of AClub SuitkSpade Suit5Diamond Suit. UTG+1 check-called Shulman’s bet of 1,200. The turn was the 8Diamond Suit and UTG+1 again check-called, this time Shulman’s bet of 2,200. The river was the 6Spade Suit and UTG+1 checked for a third time. Shulman bet 6,000 and UTG+1 called. The hands were tabled and both players revealed ace-queen, Shulman with ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit and UTG+1 ASpade SuitQSpade Suit.

Level 4 Underway

The blinds are still 100/200, but there is now a 25 ante. This is the last level of the tournament before late registration closes at the beginning of level 5.

Tyler Kenney In The Mix

Tyler Kenney
Tyler Kenney has taken a seat to the right of Melanie Weisner here on day 1A of the 2014 Card Player Poker Tour main event at the Bicycle Casino. Kenney has more than $900,000 in live tournament earnings, including a third place finish in the 2014 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event right here at the Bicycle Casino just a few months ago.
Kenney earned $213,600 for that score and is looking to add to that in this event.

Amir Wahab Doubles Up

Amir “Lion” Wahab was in the cutoff and got in a couple bets preflop against a player on the button. The flop was AHeart SuitQClub SuitJHeart Suit and Wahab checked and his opponent bet 5,000.
“You got a set,” said Wahab. “Sorry bro.”
Wahab check-raised all in for 12,550 and his opponent quickly called. The button showed QDiamond SuitQHeart Suit and needed to fill up against Wahab’s KClub SuitTClub Suit. The turn was the 3Club Suit and the river was the 9Spade Suit.
Wahab doubled up to 32,300 and the button was left very short.

Chris DeMaci Arrives Fashionably Late

Chris DeMaci
Chris DeMaci has arrived late here on Day 1A of the 2014 CPPT main event at the Bicycle Casino.
DeMaci has over $1.7 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, including a runner-up finish in the 2010 North American Poker Tour main event that was held here at the Bike.
For that big score DeMaci earned $440,000. He will be looking to add to his already impressive resume with a strong showing

Rough Start for Dana Kellstrom

Dana Kellstrom told us he has had a rough start here on day 1, but he is hoping it turns around before the registration period ends in about 30-minutes.
Kellstrom said he lost a hand after flopping a set of tens, then lost another hand after turning a set of sixes and finally, lost yet another hand with top two pair.
We will keep an eye on Kellstrom to see if his day improves or if he makes his exit and returns tomorrow for another shot.

Braband Flops a Boat

Tom Braband
Tom Braband led out for 1,100 from the big blind with the board reading QSpade Suit10Club Suit10Heart Suit7Heart Suit. He was called by a player under-the-gun and Evan McNiff raised to 4,100 and both Braband and the under-the-gun player called. The river was the AClub Suit and all three players checked. Braband quickly tabled QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit and scooped the pot as the rest of the field mucked their hands.
Braband chipped up to 53,000 while McNiff slipped to 19,000.

Dana Kellstrom Triples Up Just Before Break

After having a less than stellar start to the day, Dana Kellstrom was able to triple-up just before the last break.
Holding ace-king Kellstrom limped in with the blinds at 100-220 and an opponent re-raised to 1,650. The small blind called and Kellstrom shoved for his last 12,500. The other two players called and saw a flop of AxJx6x. The small blind checked, the other player bet 8,000 and the small blind folded.
Kellstrom’s final opponent showed pocket queens and Kellstrom’s aces held as the board completed, giving him a triple-up.

Break Time

Players are on a 15-minute break.

Level 5

Players have returned from break to increased blinds of 150 – 300 with a 25 ante for level 5.

Unoffical Day 1A Numbers: 133 Players

Registration closed at the beginning of level 5. Official numbers will be posted once they are available, but the tournament clock currently lists the unofficial number of entrants today as 133.
From that 110 players remain.

Shulman Doubles, Busts Shortly After

Barry Shulman
We missed the exact action, but we found Barry Shulman all in and collecting the pot with QHeart SuitJClub Suit on a board of QClub Suit10Diamond Suit7Heart Suit5Heart Suit5Club Suit. His opponent showed K-10 and Shulman doubled up to 15,900. Just a few hands later, Shulman found himself all in with top pair.
“I had a chance to get back into it if I doubled up again,” said Shulman. “I had top pair and he had a flush. The flush draw got there. It happens. I’ll be back tomorrow.”

Weisner Dips, Landegger Rises

Gladys Landegger raised to 750 from under-the-gun and action folded around to Melanie Weisner in the big blind.
Weisner called and then checked when the flop came 4Club Suit10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit. Landegger bet 1,300, Weisner called and a 3Heart Suit came on the turn.
Weisner checked again and Landegger upped the bet to 3,000. Weisner called and an 8Spade Suit completed the board.
This time both players checked and Landegger took down the pot with 7Club Suit7Diamond Suit after Weisner showed QDiamond Suit4Diamond Suit.
Weisner dipped to about 14,000 while Landegger rose to about average.

14 Levels Or 27 Players

It was just announced that day 1A of the CPPT main event here at the Bike will come to close at either the conclusion of level 14 or when only 27 players (20 percent of the starting field today) remain.

Allyn Shulman Drops One

Allyn Jaffrey
Allyn Shulman check-called 1,700 from the big blind on a flop of KClub SuitJClub Suit2Heart Suit and was heads-up to the 10Diamond Suit turn card. Shulman checked again and her opponent checked back. The river was the 10Spade Suit and Shulman immediately fired 6,000 into the middle. Her opponent quickly grabbed chips and then moved all in for 3,050 more. Shulman called and her opponent tabled KHeart Suit10Club Suit.
“You run good against me,” said Shulman as she flashed KDiamond SuitQClub Suit. Shulman hovered around the 20,000 mark after the hand.

Level 6

Play continues without a break with increased blinds of 200 – 400 with an ante of 50 for level 6.

Chris DeM-Ace-i

Chris DeMaci
With a board of 10Heart Suit10Heart Suit2Spade Suit Chris DeMaci bet 2,500 and got called by the player in the hijack and the player on the button. The turn brought the 9Club Suit and it was checked around.
The river brought the 8Heart Suit and DeMaci slid out a bet of 5,500. The player in the hijack made the call and the button folded.
DeMaci rolled over the AHeart SuitAClub Suit which was enough to earn him the pot.

Josh Hale

Josh Hale
It’s been a few years since Josh Hale tasted victory here at the Bicycle Casino, but he’s off to a good start. Hale, who won the 2012 Legends of Poker Main Event for $500,000, is up to about 60,000. Part of that stack came from a pair of black aces Hales used to eliminate an opponent.
While all of Hale’s cashes come from Southern California, he’s yet to score one on the Card Player Poker Tour. Hale will be looking to change that in the upcoming days.

Klein Uses Aggression

Action folds to the cutoff, who raised to 900 and was called by Ed Klein out of the small blind. The flop was QDiamond Suit10Spade Suit4Spade Suit and Klein led out for 1,200. His opponent quickly called and the turn is the JClub Suit and Klein led out again, this time for 3,000.
The cutoff quickly folded and Klein scooped the pot. He extended his chip lead over the rest of the field as the small pot vaulted him to over 170,000 in chips.

To the Winner!

The winner of the Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino will add a nice mantle-piece to their collection when the tournament wraps up Oct. 15.

Weisner Doubles

Melanie Weisner
Melanie Weisner doubled up but is still below starting stack. Weisner checked a JSpade Suit7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit flop from the small blind and Glady Lendegger did the same from the big blind. A player in early position bet 3,000 and Weisner raised all-in for 8,075. Lendegger folded but the other player called.
The player in early position showed KHeart SuitKDiamond Suit but Weisner had him beat with AHeart SuitAClub Suit.
A 7Spade Suit came on the turn and a 6s completed the board.
Weisner took the pot and doubled up to about 20,000.

Break Time

Players are taking a 10 minute break.

Level 7 Begins

The remaining 90 players are back from break and the blinds have been increased to 250/500 with a 50 ante.

Rocco Runs a Bluff

On the river, there was just over 18,000 in the middle with the board reading JSpade SuitTDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit2Spade Suit and Michael Rocco bet 26,000 from early position, which sent his opponent into the tank. After a few moments, Rocco’s opponent tossed his hand into the muck and Rocco tabled AsKs and chipped up to 58,500 in chips.

Kim Takes a Chunk Out of Rocco

On a flop of QSpade Suit7Spade Suit3Spade Suit, both Michael Rocco and Dmitry Kim check and a player in late position bet 3,700. Rocco check-raised to 8,200 and Kim went into the tank. The late position player folded out of turn and Kim remained in the tank for a few minutes before putting his entire stack in the middle. Rocco threw in a green, 25 denomination chip to indicate a call and the cards were turned on their back.
Rocco was behind with his ASpade SuitADiamond Suit against Kim’s 7Heart Suit7Club Suit, but found the KSpade Suit on the turn to put himself in the lead. The river, however, was the KClub Suit to improve Kim to a full house and send him the pot.
Rocco dropped to 29,850 and Kim more than doubled up to 49,600.

DeMaci Dips

Chris DeMaci dropped a bit after firing a few barrels into the nuts.
DeMaci raised to 1,200 from middle position and got called by the button.
The flop came 9Spade SuitJSpade SuitQSpade Suit and DeMaci bet 1,500. The button thought for a bit and then called, bringing a 6Club Suit on the turn. DeMaci bet 3,300 and and the button called.
A 3Heart Suit completed the board and DeMaci put out another bet, this time worth 7,700. The button quickly threw out five blue chips for a raise to 25,000.
DeMaci thought for a bit and then folded.
“Flopped the nuts,” the button said and turned over ASpade Suit4Spade Suit for an ace-high flush.
The hand left DeMaci with about 41,000.

Klein Scores an Elimination

Four players saw a flop of KDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit3Heart Suit. After a check from the small blind, the player in the hijack bet 3,400. Ed Klein raised to 8,000 from the cutoff and Allyn Shulman folded on the button and the small blind quickly got out of the way.
The hijack went into the tank for a few moments before moving all in for just under 30,000.
“I don’t like it, but I got to call,” said Klein as he pushed in a call.
Klein tabled 10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit and needed to improve against his opponent’s 5Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit. The turn was the AHeart Suit and the river was the QDiamond Suit to send the pot to Klein and move him just shy of 200,000 in chips.

Andrew Miramontes Shoves River

Melanie Weisner raised to 1,300 from middle position and was called by Andrew Miramontes from the cutoff, a player on the button, the small blind and Dana Kellstrom closed out the action by calling from the big blind.
The flop was QSpade Suit10Diamond Suit2Heart Suit and action checked around. The dealer burned and turned the 10Club Suit on the turn and Dana Kellstrom bet 5,000 after the small blind checked. Weisner folded, Miramontes called and they were heads-up to the 10Spade Suit river.
Kellstrom checked and Miramontes moved all in for 10,400. Kellstrom counted out a call and looked at what he would have left if he called and lost. Eventually Kellstrom pushed his hand into the muck and Miramontes scooped the pot.
Miramontes chipped up to 27,500 as he stacked his newly acquired chips.

Top Chip Stacks

Here are a look at the biggest stacks in the room as the tournament is just a few minutes away from going on dinner break.
Ed Klein – 177,000
Amir “Lion” Wahab – 160,000
Ross Villanueva – 120,000
John Hulett – 117,000
Ken Tipton – 108,000
Josh Hale – 97,000

Hale Continues to Rise

Josh Hale won a large pot without a showdown and crossed the six-figure chip mark.
A player from middle position raised to 1,650 and both the cutoff and Hale called.
Hale checked from the big blind when the flop came 3Club SuitKDiamond Suit3Club Suit and the initial raiser bet 2,700. The cutoff and Hale called and a QDiamond Suit fell on the turn.
Hale checked again and the player in middle position bet 8,500. The cutoff folded and Hale raised to 15,000.
A 9Diamond Suit completed the board after the call and Hale bet a pile of blue chips. The player in middle position folded and Hale chipped up to about 105,000.

Dinner Break

Players are now on a 30-minute dinner break.
Play will resume at 7:50 so take a break, grab a bite to eat and join us for more live updates from the Card Player Poker Tour.

Level 9

Players have returned from dinner break to increased betting limits of 400 – 800 with an ante of 100 for level 9.
The tournament clock currently shows 69 remaining players.

Allyn Shulman Doubles

Allyn Shulman
Allyn Shulman moved all in from middle position for her last 9,000 and is called by the player in the cutoff. It was off to the races with Shulman tabling 6Club Suit6Heart Suit against her opponent’s KClub SuitQDiamond Suit. The board ran out 9Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit3Club SuitADiamond Suit and Shulman doubled up to 20,100.

Weisner Doubles Again

Melanie Weisner survived another double up but is still struggling to get back to average.
In her most recent double, Weisner was faced with a raise to 2,000 from the cutoff and moved all-in for about 12,000. The cutoff called with AHeart Suit10Spade Suit but Weisner was in the lead with QSpade SuitQClub Suit and stayed there when the board brought all low cards.
Weisner is now up to about 25,000.

Klein Bests Wahab

Ed Klein raised to 2,300 from middle position and was called by Amir Wahab from the cutoff. The flop was 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit7Spade Suit and both players quickly checked. The turn was the 2Club Suit and Klein led out for for 4,000. Wahab called and the river was the 5Club Suit.
Klein bet 12,000 and Wahab double checked his cards and quickly called. Klein tabled 7Heart Suit7Club Suit, giving him a full house and the pot.
“You always win the minimum from me,” said Wahab as he flashed QSpade SuitQClub Suit.
Klein chipped up to 260,000 while Wahab slid to 110,000.

Chris DeMaci Eliminated

Chris DeMaci
Chris DeMaci was left with less than four big blinds after losing a huge pot. He moved the last of his chips in preflop and ended up being all-in with the AClub Suit9Spade Suit against his opponent’s ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit. The board ran out JHeart Suit8Diamond Suit6Diamond SuitJDiamond SuitAHeart Suit and just like that DeMaci was sent to the rail.

Josh Hale's Fours Are No Good

Josh Hale raised to 2,000 from the hijack seat and the cutoff called. The button called and Michael Rocco called from the big blind. The flop was 8Club Suit6Spade Suit3Heart Suit and action checked around to Hale. Hale bet 4,000 and the cutoff called. The button and Rocco folded their hands and the turn was the JClub Suit. Hale bet 9,000, the cutoff called and the hands were tabled. Hale showed two red fours but the cutoff had the better hand with 7Club Suit6Heart Suit.

Level 10 Underway

The blinds have been increased to 500/1,000 with a 100 ante. There are 59 players remaining in the field.

Braband Boats Big

Tom Braband
With a board of KSpade Suit10Heart SuitQDiamond SuitQHeart Suit9Heart Suit Michael Rocco checked and Tom Braband bet out 7,500. Josh Hale made the call and all of the other players in the hand including Rocco folded. Braband flipped over the QSpade Suit10Spade Suit for a turned full house and Hale quickly mucked. Braband raked in the sizable pot and increased his chip count to more than 80,000.

Melanie Weisner Eliminated

Melanie Weisner
Melanie Weisner was all-in preflop with the JDiamond SuitJClub Suit and got called by an opponent who was holding the KHeart Suit10Heart Suit. The flop brought the KDiamond Suit10Spade Suit6Club Suit to give her opponent two pair and leave Weisner in big trouble.
The ASpade Suit on the turn gave her some additional outs but the 2Diamond Suit changed nothing and Weisner was sent to the rail.

Lendegger Flips and Wins

It’s late in the day and players are struggling to stay ahead of the blinds and antes.
All-ins abound, ending with the inevitable double-ups or bust outs as well as the occasional chop.
One of the more recent double ups went to Gladys Landegger after she won a flip.
Landegger had AHeart SuitKHeart Suit and was up against JSpade SuitJClub Suit. The 4Diamond Suit4Spade SuitKSpade SuitADiamond SuitQClub Suit board fell heavily in Lendegger’s favour and she chipped up to about 43,000.


Players are now on break following the completion of level 10.

Level 11

Players have returned from break with increased blinds of 600 – 1,200 and a 200 ante for level eleven.

Nighttime Leaders

Ed Klein
A few stacks are starting to stick out, taller and wider than the others. One belongs to John Hulett, who’s now sitting with a stack of about 250,000. Ed Klein has also amassed a lot of chips and is sitting with about 240,000.

Stacked Table

Evan McNiff
After some consolidation we are down to the final five tables here on day 1A. Arguably he toughest of the five is table 12, which features Tom Braband in seat 1, WSOP bracelet winner and CPPT champ Allyn Shulman in seat 3, WPT Legends of Poker champ Josh Hale in seat 4, Mike Rocco in seat 8 and Evan McNiff in seat 9. Needless to say we will be keeping an eye on this stacked table for the rest of the night.

Allyn Shulman Takes One On The Flop

Allyn Shulman
Allyn Shulman raised to 2,400 preflop and Josh Hale three-bet to 7,000. Shulman made the call and the flop came down KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit10Club Suit. Shulman moved all-in and got a quick fold from Hale.
Shulman increased her stack to just under 50,000 after the hand.

Jeff Loiacono Busts

With about three and a half levels left to play for the night, Jeff Loiacono was eliminated. Loiacono Tweeted that he is not done for good and will return on day 1c.

Edison Shields Sends One Home

Action folds around to the hijack, who raised to 2,500. The player in the cutoff three-bet to 7,000 and Edison Shields cold-called on the button and the small blind cold-called as well. The original raiser folded and they saw the flop three-ways.
Action was checked to the river as the board ran out AHeart SuitJDiamond Suit6Spade SuitJSpade SuitQSpade Suit. The small blind led out for 17,000, the cutoff folded and Shields moved all in. The small blind quickly called and Shields tabled QDiamond SuitQHeart Suit. The small blind double checked the board and then let out as a sigh as he tabled AClub SuitJClub Suit, giving him a smaller full house. He headed to the rail as his last 50,000 was pushed to Shields.
Shields chipped up to 205,000 with his newly acquired chips.

Level 12

Play continues into Level 12 without a break. Blinds are now at 800-1,600 with a 200 ante.

Muir Takes the Lead

Kody Muir
Kody Muir took the chip lead after taking down a massive pot with quads. Muir opened to 3,600 from middle position and got a call from the cutoff. The button re-raised to 11,000 and Ed Klein called from the small blind. Muir called, the cutoff folded and the flop came 4Club Suit9Heart Suit6Heart Suit.
Action checked to the button and he bet 21,000. Klein quickly moved all-in and Muir did the same.
The small blind looked conflicted, both Muir and Klein had him covered but he’d already dedicated so much of his stack to the pot. He also had a good hand, it was the best preflop, aces.
The small blind eventually folded and Klein tabled an over pair with 10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit while Muir showed a set of fours with 4Diamond Suit4Spade Suit.
The turn brought a 5Spade Suit and a 4Heart Suit came on the river to give Muir quads. Muir doubled up to about 390,000 while Klein was left with about 40,000.

Braband Wins One With Aces

Tom Braband
With a flop of JSpade Suit10Spade Suit8Spade Suit the player in the small blind checked and Tom Braband bet 5,700. It folded around and the small blind made the call. The turn brought the 10Diamond Suit and the small blind again check-called, this time for 10,500.
The river brought the 9Spade Suit and for a third time the small blind checked. Braband thought it out for a while before deciding to check behind with the ASpade SuitADiamond Suit.
His ace-high flush was good and he took down the pot. Braband now has over 100,000.

Josh Hale Wins Without Showdown

With a board of 10Diamond Suit8Club Suit5Heart Suit3Heart Suit a player bet 16,000 from out of position and Josh Hale called.
The river brought the 9Diamond Suit and now there was a 12,000 chip bet facing Hale. He thought for a minute before sliding out a raise to 50,000.
His opponent went into the tank for several minutes before folding, sending the pot to Hale without a showdown.

Break Time

The remaining 39 players are on the final 15-minute break of the night.

Self Clocking

Tom Braband won a large pot off John Hulett in a hand that extended well into the break.
It started when Braband raised to 3,300 from the button. Hulett re-raised to 7,500 from the small blind and Braband called.
The flop came 10Heart SuitQClub Suit5Club Suit and Hulett bet 11,000. Braband called and a 7h came on the turn. Hulett upped the bet to 26,000 and Braband called again.
A QHeart Suit completed the board and Hulett slowed to a check. Braband moved all-in for 70,400 and and Hulett thought.
He thought for a few more minutes and then decided to call the clock on himself. The floor started counting but Hulett folded soon after.
Hulett’s still well above average with 220,000 and Braband chipped up to 160,000.

Level 13

Players have returned from break to increased betting limits of 1,000 – 2,000 with an ante of 300 for level 13.

Allyn Shulman Busts

Allyn Shulman
The only former Card Player Poker Tour champion in the field, Allyn Shulman, has been eliminated just after the final break of the night.

Ed Klein Eliminated By Anthony Nguyen

Ed Klein
Anthony Nguyen raised to 5,100 and Ed Klein reraised to 20,000. Nguyen slid out enough to reraise Klein all-in and he made the call with the 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit.
Nguyen held the KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit and was in a race situation.
The board ran out QClub Suit8Diamond Suit2Spade Suit9Diamond Suit6Club Suit and just like that the former chip leader of this event Ed Klein was eliminated.
Nguyen now sits with over 150,000 in chips.

Kramer Wins a Flip to Double Through Wahab

Wolf Kramer limped in from middle position before Amir Wahab raised to 7,000. Action folded back to Kramer who moved all in for 55,400. Wahab quickly called and it was off to the races with Kramer’s tournament life on the line.
Kramer tabled 10Club Suit10Heart Suit and was up against Wahab’s AHeart SuitKHeart Suit. The flop was QSpade Suit10Spade Suit4Diamond Suit to give Kramer a set and Wahab a straight draw. The turn was the 9Heart Suit and the river was the 6Spade Suit to give Kramer a double up.
Kramer doubled up to 115,000 while Wahab slipped to 95,000 in chips.

Evan McNiff Doubles With Aces

Evan McNiff
We arrived at the table to find Evan McNiff all-in on a flop of 9Heart Suit8Heart Suit4Spade Suit with the ADiamond SuitAClub Suit up against the QHeart SuitJSpade Suit of Kody Muir. The turn brought the JHeart Suit giving Muir a pair and a flush draw in addition to his gutshot, but the 9Diamond Suit secured the pot for McNiff, who increased his stack to just under 100,000 after the hand.

Level 14

Play continues into the final level of the night with blinds at 1,200-2,400 and a 400 ante. There are currently 33 players remaining.

Anthony Nguyen Makes the Nuts

Anthony Nguyen led from the small blind on a flop of TSpade Suit8Heart Suit5Club Suit and was called by the player in the cutoff. The turn was the QClub Suit and Nguyen led out again, this time for 11,000. The cutoff raised to 30,000 and Nguyen took a few moments before he called.
The river was the 6Heart Suit and both players checked. The cutoff showed 10Club Suit4Club Suit, but Nguyen tabled JHeart Suit9Heart Suit, good for the nut straight and the pot.

Three More Hands

The clock has been paused and the tournament directors had spectator Melissa Burr pull a card to determine how many hands will be played before the night ends.
She pulled the 3Heart Suit, which means after three more hands day 1A will be in the books.

Ken Tipton Leads Day 1a

Ken Tipton
Day 1a is done and Ken Tipton is leading the remaining 29 players with 319,300. Those 29 survivors are all that remained from a starting field of 133 players.
Barry Shulman, Allyn Shulman, Matthew Salsaberg, Tyler Kenney and Melanie Weisner all took a seat today but hit the rail before play finished.
They still have a shot at the trophy though, since players can re-enter on day 1b and 1c. Day 1b is up next and that’ll start tomorrow at noon.
Join us here at Card Player for more updates from the 2014 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino Main Event.
Here is a look at the chip counts at the end of day 1A:
Rank Player Chip Count
1 Ken Tipton 319,300
2 Josh Hale 261,000
3 Anthony Nguyen 228,000
4 - 219,200
5 Kody Muir 203,500
6 Behzad Eshraghi 184,800
7 Larry Quang 183,400
8 Hassan Mechammil 176,100
9 Yervano Manukian 169,600
10 Tom Braband 169,200
11 John Hulett 166,000
12 Nathan Kapusta 154,200
13 John Simonian 152,600
14 Ross Villanueva 125,800
15 Evan McNiff 124,000
16 Amir Wahab 123,600
17 Danny Geyser 120,300
18 Leonard Kramer 102,300
19 Wolf Kramer 97,800
20 Alan Meyerson 89,600
21 Jose Sosa 88,200
22 Ablahad Salim 87,800
23 Ashot Galladzhyan 83,400
24 Andrew Miramontes 83,200
25 Edison Shields 81,700
26 Richard Aluzy 77,700
27 Kevin Gimble 62,600
28 Sim Mangiamele 43,700
29 Michael Hausler 35,200