The first of two Day 1 flights had a total of 2,246 walk through the doors of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and at the end of the day just 723 made it through to Day 2 of Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK. One of the players to with a big stack at the end of the day was Jon Turner, who compiled a noteworthy 156,500 in chips.
Turner sat around average stack for most of the day and it was not until the last few levels of play that he really started to spin up a stack. The Las Vegas Native has $2,846,998 in career earning and a personal best cash of $536,858. Look for him to continue his end of the day heater as he aims for his first seven-figure payday.
There were several big stacks that made it through and that list includes James Karamanis (163,000), Canada's Colin McHugh (149,400), well-known Marc MacDonnell (148,200), Shyam Srinivasan (146,000), Kazuhiko Yotsushika (135,300), and Francesco Zollo (132,000).
A lot of notable pros made it through and one of them is non-other than Brian Yoon, who is the defending champion and will be going into Day 2 with a stack of 76,900. There were many other notables that made it through including Kenny Hallaert (124,600), Almedin Imsirovic (119,200), Calvin Anderson (116,600), Daniel Strelitz (90,600), Bart Lybaert (77,400), and Annette Obrestad (68,500).
There were many big names that played but failed to make the cut and that list includes the likes of Phil ivey, Phil Laak, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scott Blumstein, Arkadiy Tsinis, Dara O'Kearney, Kenna James, Mike Leah, Parker Talbot, and Antoine Saout.
The players who have not registered yet will have a chance at Day 1B tomorrow, with cards hitting the felt at 10 a.m. local time. There will be ten, 60-minute levels played and a 20-minute break every two levels of play, with a 75-minute dinner break coming after the sixth level.
All of the players who have not joined either flight yet will have up until the start of level nine for late registration. The remaining players from both Day 1's will be coming back to play on June 25th at 11 a.m. local time.
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