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Jim Morrison Rides the Storm, Lights a Fire to Bag Chip Lead at Golden Gates

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Thus far at Mid-States Poker Tour Denver Poker Open $1,110 Main Event, one thing is for sure: players at Golden Gate Casino aren't worried about trying to eke their way into Day 2.

Jim Morrison was tops among the 15 players who bagged, as he finished with 413,000, just barely ahead of the 411,500 bagged by Caleb Meyer. Nick Boll reached 393,500 for third place, and all three rank above Day 1a leader Phil Kiphardt.

Morrison had an unremarkable stack after the final break, but he caught fire in the aftermath. He made two sets to win huge pots, and then he busted Khoa Nguyen in a large flip with ace-king over jacks.

Meyer put a nasty cooler on Edo Zucker to end the night, with a flopped ace-high flush prevailing over a king-high flush.

Another 132 runners arrived at Golden Gates for 1b meaning 205 total, enabling the tournament to already pass the $200,000 guarantee.

Some MSPT regs who advanced alongside the big stacks were "Farmer" Phil Mader, Cooper Wanty and WSOP bracelet winner Ben Keeline.

Among the notables still seeking a bag are Aaron Frei, Derek McMaster, Jason Vanstrom and Todd Melander.

They'll have their chance on Saturday with Day 1c, the third and final flight. The biggest turnout yet is expected, so come back to PokerNews at noon local time to follow the action.

Day 1b Chip Counts:

Name Count
Jim Morrison 413,000
Caleb Meyer 411,500
Nicholas Boll 393,500
Steve Wilkie 351,500
Phil Mader 217,500
Joshua Kieval 129,000
Nathaniel Zoller 120,500
Vincent Griboski 110,000
Tom Heine 108,500
Jeremy Standiford 101,000
Cooper Wanty 82,000
Don Marquis 73,500
Daniel Blum 67,000
Jared Ingles 49,500
Benjamin Keeline 47,000