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Sunday, March 19, 2023 1:30 AM Local Time
Day 1b of the Tulsa Main Event drew 310 entries which added to the 166 entries from Day 1a to make for a grand total number of entries of 476 which generated a prizepool of $721,140.
At the end of Day 1b, 34 players remained, which were led by John Lopez of Houston who bagged a massive stack of 1,023,000 which is more than 200,000 more than any other stack. Lopez gained a ton of chips from the middle part of the day when he had as much as 500,000 when the average stack was just around 100,000.
In second place after Day 1b was well known circuit ring winner Richard "Ricky" Gebhart who won his first ring this week in Tulsa. He was able to bag up 780,000. Jacob Haller also bagged over 700,000 with 704,000 which made for three players from Day 1b to bag more than the largest stack from Day 1a.
Rodney Spriggs had a hot end to the night to bag the fourth biggest stack with 528,000 and Harold Kruger rounded out the top five counts with 482,000.
Several notable players advanced to Day 2 including; "Poker Traveler" Cedrric Trevino who finished with 421,000, 11-time ring winner Daniel Lowery put 390,000 into his bag to bring to Day 2 and local crusher Will Berry had 267,000 at the end of play.
Full chip counts from Day 1b can be found in the chip count tab.
The 34 players who advanced will join the 24 from Day 1a to make for 58 total players remaining, all of which converge back on the felt at 12 noon tomorrow for Day 2 action.
WSOP.com will provide full updates for Day 2, including many hands and chip count updates.
Link to -> Day 2 Seat Draw
Sunday, March 19, 2023 12:19 AM Local Time
The players are bagging up their chips. Recap and full chip counts to come within the next hour or two,
Sunday, March 19, 2023 12:05 AM Local Time
The clock has been stopped at 10 minutes and the floor has announced seven more hands to be played before the conclusion of the night.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:43 PM Local Time
The flop read . Rodney Spriggs piled all in. Mark Burgess thought for several moments and said "I can't fold" before he called.
Spriggs had the flopped set with the which crushed the of Burgess.
The turn was the and the river the to end the night for Burgess.
Mark Burgess - Eliminated
Rodney Spriggs - 390,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:34 PM Local Time
Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:22 PM Local Time
The players are now on their last 15-minute break of the night. They will return to play one more level before bagging and tagging chips for Day 2.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:20 PM Local Time
In a stark contrast from last night's Day 1a bubble marathon, the bubble has been burst after only three hands of hand for hand play on Day 1b.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:12 PM Local Time
The field is now down to 48 players, meaning one more elimination is needed until the money is reached. Play has entered hand for hand.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:08 PM Local Time
Lauren Bunch was seen leaving the tournament area with only a few eliminations away from the money. Action of her bust out hand was retold.
Maziar Monfared raised to 11,000 preflop and Bunch called with about 77,000 in her stack at the start of the hand.
The flop came . Monfared continued for 10,000. Bunch jammed all in and Monfared called.
Bunch had the lead with the but would need to fade Monfared's diamond draw. The turn brought in that draw as the slid in and the river came the to eliminate Bunch and end her main event.
Lauren Bunch - Eliminated
Maziar Monfared - 280,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:50 PM Local Time
John Lopez was spotted with a gargantuan stack of well over 700,000 as he raised preflop from middle position to 13,000. The button three-bet him to 31,000 and Lopez called.
The flop came . Lopez led with a bet of 100,000 which had his opponent covered by a little bit who ended up folding after a few moments.
Lopez said he had as he reeled in even more chips to his chip lead.
John Lopez - 820,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:37 PM Local Time
Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:28 PM Local Time
Rodney Spriggs was spotted in action again as he was in a hand where the flop read . He beat 24,000 from middle position, his opponent in the small blind called.
The turn was the . Spriggs slid forward enough to put his opponent all in who called quickly. Spriggs tabled the which was ahead of the of his opponent. The river was the and Spriggs took in all of his busted opponent's stack.
Rodney Spriggs - 290,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:15 PM Local Time
Rodney Spriggs limped preflop and got two callers.
The flop came . Spriggs bet 16,000 an was called by one opponent as the big blind got out of the way. The turn was the . Spriggs fired again, this time for 35,000. His opponent jammed all in and Spriggs called.
Spriggs was ahead with the two pair but would need to fade a plethora of outs as his opponent had the club draw, straight draw and a draw to a better two pair for almost 40% equity with one card to come.
But the river came a completely blank to give Spriggs the double.
Rodney Spriggs - 175,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:57 PM Local Time
Day 1b drew a total of 310 entries. The money will be reached when 47 players remain (68 currently remaining). Play will stop at the conclusion of Level 16 or if the 31 player mark is reached before then.
In total the Tulsa Main Event gathered 476 entries.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:54 PM Local Time
Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:53 PM Local Time
Three players were in a hand on a flop that read . One was already all in for about 55,000. The second player in the hand called from the button. Anthony Smith moved all in for his big stack from the big blind which got a snap-fold from the button.
Smith tabled the which was well ahead of the of the at risk player. The turn was the and the river the to end the night for the player holding kinds and give Smith even more chips as he continues to rise up the counts.
Anthony Smith - 445,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:46 PM Local Time
Will Berry - 165,000
Todd Bartlett - 155,000
Schuyler Thornton - 130,000
Robert Parker - 165,000
Tracey Rudd - 65,000
Daniel Lowery - 45,000
William Lahti - 90,000
Rodney Spriggs - 140,000
Douglas Paxton - 80,000
John Reynolds - 125,000
Rick Gebhart - 540,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:36 PM Local Time
In a hand history that was retold to WSOP.com reporting, Anthony Smith had pocket kings on the button while Mark Toulouse had pocket jacks in the hijack to create for a huge preflop pot.
It was told that a third player in the hand folded queens preflop.
Smith's kings would hold as the board ran out to give him the over 300,000 pot.
Anthony Smith - 320,000
Mark Toulouse - 70,000
Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:22 PM Local Time
Saturday, March 18, 2023 8:52 PM Local Time
The players are now on a 15-minute break at the end of Level 12, at the end of which registration will be over.