Following a flop of , the player in the big blind checked to Kevin Struble who bet 500 from under the gun. Two players folded before before Eli Ross, who finished runner up in Event 2, raised to 1,200. The big blind folded and Struble called.
The turn was the and action was checked to Ross who bet 1,500. Struble called.
The river was the and both players checked.
Struble tabled for a set of kings and Ross mucked.
A player opened to 250 in middle position, and Ari Engel made it 800 to go in the cutoff. Daniel Sewnig called on the button, and the opener came along. Everyone checked the flop, and action checked to the button on the turn. Sewnig bet 1,350 and only Engel called. Engel checked the river, and Sewnig bet 3,800. Engel thought a long time before sliding his cards to the muck.
Welcome to PokerNews' Day 1b coverage of the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event.
Yesterday's Day 1a drew 81 players and after 10 levels of play, just 25 players bagged and tagged. Today, a new batch of players will take to the felt and look to navigate their way to Day 2. The Main Event is an $1,100 entry freezeout with one-hour levels and a 25,000 starting stack. Blinds begin at 50/100 and will end after the 600/1,200/200 level. There will be 20-minute breaks after Levels 2, 4, and 8, and an 80-minute dinner break after Level 6.
Among those expected to be in the field today include PokerStars MindSports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade, PokerStars Team Online's Randy Lew, Jaime Staples and Kevin Martin, as well as Ari Engel and Michael Gagliano.
The cards will be in the air at 11 a.m., so keep it here throughout the day for live updates on all of the action.