$1,200 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,200
Prize Pool $300,000
Players 103
Players Left 15
Average Chip Stack 206,000
Total Chips 3,090,000

Level Info

Level 14
Blinds 2,000 / 4,000
Ante 4,000

Players Info - Day 1a

Players Left 15
Entries 103
$1,200 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Josh Wang Holds Massive Chip Lead in Day 1a

Kirk.brown • Level 14: Blinds 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Josh Wang
Josh Wang

After over 10 hours of play, Josh Wang is the undisputed chip leader after a wild opening flight of the RunGood Poker Series Jacksonville Main Event saw 28 survivors advance to Day 2 here at bestbet Jacksonville.

Wang's stack of 689,000 places him well above the pack average of 206,867 with Matthew Johnson coming in second with 471,000.

Day 1a Chip Counts

RankPlayerHometownStateChip Count
1Josh WangOrlandoFL689,000
2Matthew JohnsonSmyrnaTN471,000
3Geoffrey BlumJacksonvilleFL353,000
4Ronald SluckerPonte VedraFL294,000
5Nghia LeJacksonvilleFL240,000
6Alan Wentz OH158,000
7Kelly AndrewsFlorenceSC156,000
8Jeremy GaubertSt. JohnsFL114,000
9Nicholas ChongSt. AugustineFL114,000
10Tarun GulatiTampaFL102,000
11Raminder SinghDelray BeachFL98,000
12Alan FrancoJacksonvilleFL97,000
13Steve ZhangJacksonvilleFL94,000
14Christopher LongJacksonvilleFL65,000
15Hunter WrotenSt. AugustineFL58,000
Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson

A field of 103 entries took their shot at advancing to Sunday’s Day 2, starting the tournament well on its way to eclipsing the $300,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Play wrapped up at the end of level 14 as scheduled, with just under 15% of the field remaining.
Some of the other notables to survive the day include Raminder Singh (98,000), Tarun Gulati (102,000), and Kelly Joe Andrews (156,000).

Among those not fortunate enough to find a bag were RGPS Jacksonville ambassador Chris Burchfield and 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Summer Heater Series runner-up James Leonard.

Kris Burchfield
Kris Burchfield

The second of three opening flights will take place Friday, with a starting time at noon. Players who failed to advance Thursday will have another shot at making it to Sunday’s final day of play, and even those who did make it through Day 1a can hop in again in hopes of accumulating a bigger stack to take into Sunday instead of their total from this flight.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for our continuing coverage of the event until a champion is crowned on Sunday at the action-packed bestbet Jacksonville!

Tags: Chris BurchfieldJames LeonardJosh WangKelly Joe AndrewsKris BurchfieldMatthew JohnsonRaminder SinghTarun Gulati

End of Day; Players Bag

Kirk.brown • Level 14: Blinds 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Flight Day 1a is completed, and the remaining 15 players have begun the bagging process to return on Day 2.

A full recap of the day and chip counts will be released shortly, so stay tuned!

Last Three Hands

Kirk.brown • Level 14: Blinds 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The Tournament Director has announced that three more hands will be dealt, after which players will begin the bagging process.

Aces for Long; Stellar Fold from Miller

Kirk.brown • Level 14: Blinds 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Christopher Long
Christopher Long

Pete Miller opened under-the-gun to 20,000 and action folded around to Christopher Long who then shoves all in for a total of 43,000.

When it got back to Miller, who was sitting on 200,000, the table expected him to make a quick call and the cards would be tabled. But instead, he paused and went into the tank for a good while.

After about a minute, he finally shook his head and threw his cards away, much to the shock of the table, especially Long.

"How the hell do you fold that?!" Long exclaimed in disbelief as he flipped over {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}," it was a min-raise!"

"I had pocket fives man, I mean, come on now," Miller replied.

The table was still shocked at the impressive fold as the next hand was dealt around.

Pete Miller US
Pete Miller
US 195,000
Christopher Long US
Christopher Long
US 70,000 52,000

Tags: Christopher LongPete Miller


Slucker Forces Gulati to Decision

Kirk.brown • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Tarun Gulati
Tarun Gulati

On a heads-up flop of {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}, Ronald Slucker led out for 6,000 but was then raised to 19,000 by his opponent Tarun Gulati.

Slucker then snap-jammed all in for around 200,000, covering Gulati and sending him deep into the tank.

"Only two hands beat me," Gulati finally said after some time, "...I'm never supposed to fold this,"

After another minute or so, Gulati folded {a-Spades}{j-Spades} face-up, "This is the nuts, but nice hand".

The table had mixed feelings about the hand, but their opinion didn't matter as the pot was shipped to Slucker to boost his stack to 240,000.

Ronald Slucker us
Ronald Slucker
us 240,000 50,000
Tarun Gulati us
Tarun Gulati
us 110,000 35,000

Tags: Ronald SluckerTarun Gulati

Flop Sends Foley Home

Kirk.brown • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

Adam Foley and Stefano Calenzani got all their chips into the middle before the flop, with Foley at risk of elimination.

Adam Foley: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Stefano Calenzani: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}

Calenzani was ahead going into this flip, and the flop of {8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} put him light years ahead as Foley could now only hit running diamonds. The turn {3-Spades} sealed his fate as he was left drawing dead and the meaningless {10-Hearts} came on the river to award Calenzani the pot and sent Foley to the rail.

Stefano Calenzani us
Stefano Calenzani
us 118,000
Adam Foley
Adam Foley

Tags: Adam FoleyStefano Calenzani


Final Break & Color-Up

Kirk.brown • Level 12: Blinds 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

The remaining 23 players are now on their final 15-minute break of the night and will return to battle shortly. The purple 500-denomination chips will also be colored up at this time.