Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 1a HPT Golden Gates: Ryan Van Sanford Bags Massive Lead

Ryan Van Sanford - Day 1a Chip Leader

Ryan Van Sanford bagged a whopping 468,500 to end Day 1a of the Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Main Event. He was more than 200,000 ahead of the next closest player, Bobby Garua who bagged 265,500. Eric Leone (), Chris Horter (), and Faraz Jaka () round out the top five stacks of the 28 players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday.

Torii Beeding

Van Sanford was hovering around the middle of the pack, but ended up being sat Torii Beeding. Beeding was over 400,000 shortly after the dinner break and eventually ended the day with 159,500. Van Sanford did get a little lucky when he spiked an ace to knock out a player with pocket kings. That pot was good for more than 100,000 and put him in the chip lead. He would not look back.

The field was filled with notables and former champions, including Aaron Thomas who made it through with 60,000. He was seated to the right of Matt Stout (106,000), who knocked out both Dan O'Brien and Ben Keeline. On both occasions, Stout had pocket kings and flopped a set.

Below are the end of Day 1a chip counts:

PlayerChip Count
Ryan Van Sanford468,500
Bobby Garua265,500
Eric Leone246,500
Chris Horter196,000
Faraz Jaka191,000
Bruce Russell187,000
Nicholas Pupillo177,500
Sam Phillips175,000
Travis Miller166,500
Wally Printz164,500
Torii Beeding159,500
Daniel Loizzo146,500
Al Hart144,000
John Graham126,000
Robert Goldstein113,000
Matt Stout106,000
Xao Yang100,500
James Mack100,000
Bobby Sanoubane95,500
Jason Vanstrom88,000
Craig Crivello87,000
Ben Ector72,500
Aaron Thomas60,000
Riley Fuller43,000
Svetlana Martie42,000
Chandler Duncan39,000
Nick Blackburn35,500
Andy Smolen21,000

-- Brent Harrington - Hold'em Live Updates

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