Friday, July 20, 2018


Day 1B has come to a close. Of the 146 entries in today's flight, 28 players made it through the 15 full levels of play and bagged chips.

Several players bagged big but none were able to accumulate as many chips as Derrick Montano. Montano put 422,000 in the bag, nearly 150,000 more than his nearest competitor.

Jamal Sawaqdeh, Danny Gonzales, John Beauprez, and Gary Germann were among the other notables to make it through the day. All of the remaining players will return Sunday at noon for Day 2 action.

Lots of familiar faces came and went throughout Day 1B. Craig Casino amassed chips early but ran cold after dinner and busted several levels before the end of the day. POY hopeful Aaron Johnson fired a bullet and missed for the second day in a row. Matt Livingston hung around for two-thirds of the day before hitting the rail just after dinner.

Add the 90 players from Day 1B and there are currently 236 entries. The two largest flights are yet to come. Flight C starts at noon tomorrow and Flight D is Saturday at noon. The event is on pace to surpass last year's total of 606 entries.

There are still three more qualifiers on the schedule offering players the chance to win a seat for $260 (1 in 5 advance) or $415 (1 in 3). We'll be back with more updates from start to finish for 1C tomorrow. Click the "Flight B Chip Counts" tab to see full counts from today's flight.

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