Level 18 (Blinds 3,000/6,000/500)
Total Day 1A Entries: 361
Players Remaining: 53
Chip Average: 170,000
After close to 10 hours of play, 53 players have advanced to Day 2 of the $1,000,000 Guaranteed Event 1 of the Fall Poker Open.
Day 1A only played 17 levels as the tournament staff did not want to risk going below the “10% mark” of the original 361 entrants into this Day 1 session.
Because of that, all remaining Day 1’s will follow the same structure and play 17 levels before bagging and tagging.
The players in this flight were all chasing Gordon Hardy (Pensacola, FL) for most of the day, and he ended the Day 1A session as the chip leader, bagging up an impressive 432,500.
Hardy had an “up and down, up and down” day according to his mother, Lorelei Stallings, who also bagged up chips and will be returning for Day 2.
Alls well that ends well, as Hardy ended the day “up”, behind him are David Dawson, 414,000 and Daniel Buzgon 384,500, who were both leaders at given points in today’s action.
Rounding out the “over 300K” club are Joe Wertz and Michael Marder, with Norm Michalek bagging just under that mark with 297,500.
The current chip average is just over 170,000, and we will need to wait and see how Hardy’s final count holds up after the next few Day 1 sessions.
Players who did not bag up chips during Day 1A are still able to enter into tonight’s Day 1B flight, as late registration is still available.
There are also two more flights tomorrow, starting at 10 AM and 4 PM respectfully, so there are still plenty of opportunities to get a piece of the $1,000,000 GTD prize pool that Event 1 boasts, don’t miss out.
Live updates of Day 1B will continue throughout the night and a full list of players bagging from both flights will be posted once that becomes official.