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Golden Gates Casino

November 5 - 11, 2018

 
  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Bobby Opila Leads as 10 Advance from Day 1A of the 2018 MSPT Denver Poker Open at Golden Gates Casino
Created (11/9/2018 12:09:49 AM by Chad Holloway)

The first of three starting flights in the 2018 MSPT Denver Poker Open $1,100 Main Event drew 78 runners, but after 15 levels of play just 10 remained with Bobby Opila and his stack of 330,500 leading the way.

Opila is seeking his second MSPT cash after having finished 63rd in the MSPT Season 7 Golden Gates $360 Regional Event for a modest $857. He’s headed into Day 2 with enough chips to potentially make a deep run.

Others to bag included James Kitchen (199,500), Daniel Holland (176,000), Shawn Kjetland (168,000), Max Chrisp (164,500), Aaron Frei (140,000), Carlos Lopez (118,500), Brian Leitch (109,000), Richard Trenholme (108,000) and Rob Baker (46,500).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to try and fall were MSPT Season 9 Golden Gates Regional champ Bobby Faecher, Nebraska’s Phil Mader, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Chris Tryba, and the ever-aggressive Greg Geller.

The Day 1B flight will get underway at Noon local time on Friday, with 1C to follow at the same time on Saturday. The surviving players from each flight will then return on Sunday to play down to a winner.

The entirety of the Main Event will be live reported here in the blog, while the final table action will also be live streamed worldwide on a 15-minute delay with hole cards. Bryan Mileski and Ben Valder will be providing commentary for the final table action.

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Nasty River Sends Andreas Ramadanis to the Rail
Created (11/9/2018 12:05:04 AM by Chad Holloway)
Andreas Ramadanis

Shawn Kjetland opened for 7,100 from the cutoff only to have Andreas Ramadanis move all in for 26,300 from the small blind. Kjetland didn’t seem excited about it but made the call nonetheless.

Ramadanis:
Kjetland:

Ramadanis had the better ace and was primed for the double after both the flop and turn.

However, you can tell from the title of this post what happened next. The dealer burned one last time and put out the to give Kjetland two pair and the knockout.

Shawn Kjetland - 175,000 (58 bb)
Andreas Ramadanis - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
James Kitchens Is Cooking With River Water
Created (11/8/2018 11:59:52 PM by Brandon Temple)
James Kitchens

James Kitchens limped from the cutoff, Aaron Frei limped in the small blind, and Andreas Ramadanis checked his option in the big blind.

Action checked to Kitchens on a flop, and he bet 6,000. Frei called and Ramadanis folded.

The turn was checked by Frei, and Kitchens bet 10,000. Frei called.

Frei led out for 16,000 on the river, and Kitchens quickly raised to 30,000 which was ruled a raise to 32,000. Frei went into the tank for a minute before tossing out a reluctant call, and mucking after Kitchens revealed for a runner-runner flush.

James Kitchens - 150,000 (50 bb)
Aaron Frei - 90,000 (30 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Daniel Holland Takes From Brian Leitch
Created (11/8/2018 11:44:04 PM by Brandon Temple)

Daniel Holland raised to 7,000 from the button, then called a three-bet to 20,000 from Brian Leitch in the small blind.

Leitch fired another 20,000 on the flop, and Holland raised to 53,000 after some thought. Leitch went into a mini tank of his own for a minute, then elected to toss his hand in the muck.

Daniel Holland - 185,000 (62 bb)
Brian Leitch - 100,000 (33 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
David Ramig Done and Dusted
Created (11/8/2018 11:30:49 PM by Chad Holloway)
David Ramig

Collin Sharpe opened for 5,500 from the lojack and David Ramig called from the hijack. James Kitchens then three-bet to 17,000 from the cutoff and action folded back to Sharpe, who folded.

Ramig then jammed for 65,700 and Kitchens thought long and hard before making the call.

Kitchens:
Ramig:

Ramig was dominated and failed to get lucky as the board ran out .

James Kitchens - 165,000 (69 bb)
David Ramig - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
The Resurgence Of Max Chrisp
Created (11/8/2018 11:28:40 PM by Brandon Temple)
Max Chrisp

Max Chrisp limped from UTG, as did Brian Leitch in the hijack. Caleb Pence jammed for 50,000 from the small blind, Chrisp called, and Leitch folded face-up.

Chrisp:
Pence:

Chrisp’s trap had worked to perfection, and the flop kept him in command, while Leitch smirked upon seeing he would’ve flopped trip aces. The turn left Pence dead to the river, and Chrisp took down the pot and the knockout.

Max Chrisp - 190,000 (79 bb)
Caleb Pence - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Brian Leitch Doubles Through Chip Leader Robert Opila
Created (11/8/2018 11:16:40 PM by Brandon Temple)
Brian Leitch

Max Chrisp limped from UTG, and Brian Leitch raised to 9,000 from the hijack. Robert Opila called in the big blind, and Chrisp folded.

Opila bet 15,000 on a flop, prompting Leitch to say, “Well, this could suck...I’m all in.” Opila confirmed the 41,400 total bet, then flicked a chip in the pot to call.

Leitch:
Opila:

Leitch’s aces held through the turn and river. “Great hand!” Opila said with a smile as he paid off his debt to Leitch.

Robert Opila - 260,000 (108 bb)
Brian Leitch - 110,000 (46 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Checking It Down with Aaron Frei & Daniel Holland
Created (11/8/2018 11:07:51 PM by Chad Holloway)

Aaron Frei raised to 5,700 on the button and Daniel Holland called from the big blind.

Both players proceeded to check it down as the board ran out .

Holland showed the and then Frei rolled over the to win the small pot.

Aaron Frei - 65,000 (27 bb)
Daniel Holland - 200,000 (83 bb)

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Daniel Holland Makes Big Slick Do The Trick
Created (11/8/2018 10:55:05 PM by Brandon Temple)
Daniel Holland

Daniel Holland raised to 4,500 from the cutoff, and Collin Sharpe made the call from the small blind.

Sharpe checked a flop over to Holland, who bet 5,200. Sharpe check-raised to 13,000, and Holland made the call.

Sharpe fired 14,000 on the turn, and Holland again made the call.

Both players checked the river, and Sharpe said, “You’re good,” before eventually showing . Holland tabled for the winner.

“I didn’t have the courage to fire,” Sharpe told Holland, who responded with, “I was insta-calling that river!”

Daniel Holland - 190,000 (95 bb)
Collin Sharpe - 70,000 (35 bb)

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Brian Leitch Jams The Turn
Created (11/8/2018 10:40:43 PM by Brandon Temple)
Brian Leitch

Caleb Pence raised to 5,000 from the hijack, and was called by Max Chrisp on the button and Brian Leitch in the big blind.

Leitch checked the flop to Pence, who bet 7,000. Chrisp and Leitch both called.

The fell on the turn, and Leitch jammed for 26,400. Pence thought for a half a minute before folding, and Chrisp tabled as he mucked.

“Show the deuce!” Pence said to Leitch, but Leitch elected to simply muck with a big grin on his face.

Caleb Pence - 80,000 (40 bb)
Brian Leitch - 65,000 (33 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Denver 
CO 
 
330,500
330,500 
Parker 
CO 
199,500
199,500 
Arvado 
CO 
 
164,500
164,500 
CO 
 
140,000
140,000 
Lufkin 
TX 
118,500
118,500 
CO 
 
109,000
109,000 
Denver 
CO 
 
108,000
108,000 
Denver 
CO 
 
46,500
46,500 
Denver 
CO 
0
Busted 
Dilon 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
 
0
Busted 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
NV 
$81,735 
1,500 
2
CO 
$50,525 
1,300 
3
CO 
 
$36,779 
1,200 
4
CO 
$27,120 
1,100 
5
Denver 
CO 
 
$20,433 
1,000 
6
Denver 
CO 
 
$15,603 
900 
7
CO 
$12,260 
800 
8
Aurora 
CO 
 
$9,659 
700 
9
CO 
$7,059 
600 
10
Denver 
CO 
 
$5,944 
500 
11
TX 
 
$5,944 
500 
12
NE 
$5,944 
500 
13
CO 
$4,830 
400 
14
Arvado 
CO 
 
$4,830 
400 
15
MN 
$4,830 
400 
16
Denver 
CO 
 
$4,087 
300 
17
Parker 
CO 
$4,087 
300 
18
CO 
$4,087 
300 
19
MI 
 
$3,492 
200 
20
CO 
$3,492 
200 
21
CO 
 
$3,492 
200 
22
CO 
$3,009 
150 
23
Aurora 
CO 
 
$3,009 
150 
24
Aurora 
CO 
 
$3,009 
150 
25
Denver 
CO 
 
$2,601 
100 
26
Parker 
CO 
 
$2,601 
100 
27
NE 
$2,601 
100 
28
CO 
 
$2,229 
75 
29
CO 
$2,229 
75 
30
CO 
$2,229 
75 
31
CO 
 
$2,229 
75 
32
CO 
 
$2,229 
75 
33
CO 
$2,229 
75 
34
Denver 
CO 
$2,229 
75 
35
CO 
$2,229 
75 
36
Denver 
CO 
 
$2,229 
75 
37
Denver 
CO 
$2,043 
50 
38
CO 
 
$2,043 
50 
39
CO 
$2,043 
50 
40
Lufkin 
TX 
$2,043 
50 
41
CO 
$2,043 
50 
42
Denver 
CO 
$2,043 
50 
43
CO 
 
$2,043 
50 
44
Denver 
CO 
$2,043 
50 
45
CO 
 
$2,043 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
15
Blinds
1500 / 3000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
78
Players Remaining
10
Average Chip Stack
156,000
Total Chips
1,560,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
330,500
199,500
176,000
168,000
164,500
140,000
118,500
109,000
108,000
10 
46,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,617
4,400
4,300
3,650
3,100
3,000
2,750
2,500
2,350
10 
2,292