Awarded to date

Sycuan Casino Resort: April 27 - May 7, 2023

Cervantes Bags The Chip Lead of The Final Ten Of Day 1A

Created (5/5/2023 3:28:01 AM by Liam Gannon)


After nearly 14 levels of full play, the 87 entrants of Day 1A came down to its final 10 players and bagged up for Sunday. With two more flights to follow today, the players who did not find bags will have ample opportunity to play the following two days and find a bag to carve out their place in MSPT history at Sycuan Resort and Casino.

Leading the way is MSPT regular Rudy Cervantes, who ended his day with 491,000. Cervantes went on a late night surge after clashing multiple times with the most of day chip leader Ken Deberry, who went out just short of ending the day. Cervantes is no stranger to deep runs in tournaments. He holds over $500,000 in lifetime earnings from tournaments over the past decade, but a deep run in an MSPT has eluded him so far despite one cash in this January’s Sycuan stop. He will be looking to use his years of experience to navigate to a title to add to his illustrious resume.

Day 1A Chip Counts

Rank Player Chips
1 Rudy Cervantes (CA) 491,000
2 Ediberto Pilotin 420,000
3 Richard Spirra 223,000
4 Anthony Bland 210,000
5 Steve Westberg 170,000
6 Derek Molnar 166,000
7 Anastasia Knapp 165,000
8 Noam Fliegelman 138,000
9 Bradley Miller 106,000
10 Barbod Salimi 95,000

Others who found bags at the end of the day included; Ediberto Pilotin (420,000), Richard Spirra (223,000), Anthony Bland (210,000), Anastasia Knapp (165,000), and Barbod Salimi (95,000). They will join the other two flights on Sunday at 11 am to play out for the title.

Play ended with 8:20 left in Level 14 at the end of the night. Players will return on Sunday to this level unless another flight ends earlier than this. Players who didn’t bag today can return tomorrow at 3 pm for the beginning of the next flight. Stay tuned to MSPT.com for all updates regarding the Sycuan Main Event.