Day 1b has been completed in the the Hollywood Poker Open Toledo $1,115 Regional Main Event, and the Day 2 field is set. With 323 total entries in the tournament, a new record was set for largest HPO Regional Main Event. The top 36 places will reach the money, with the winner set to earn $77,514.
Nicholas DePalma ended the day atop the leaderboard with 298,000 in chips. DePalma had a healthy stack most of the day, but as the evening went on he shot to the lead. Not only did DePalma bag the chip lead on Day 1b, but he topped all survivors moving forward. On Day 1a, Lance Howard finished with 288,000 in chips as the biggest stack, so he'll enter Day 2 second on the leaderboard.
Firas Sadou may not have the biggest stack, but he had one exciting roller coaster of a day. He reentered at least three times and the third bullet proved to be the charm as he rode it all the way to Day 2. He was soaring near 200,000 in chips before a series of unfortunate events led him short stacked. But, Sadou battled back and ended the day on 96,500.
Jacob Wojtuniecki (56,500) joined his brother Phillip Wojtuniecki (143,500) in advancing to Day 2, but their other brother Erik Wojtuniecki failed to make it through.
The 33 players who survived Day 1b will join the 14 from Day 1a, which included HPO ambassador and 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker. Day 2 will start on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. local time and play will continue until a winner is crowned.
Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for the thrilling conclusion of this record-setting event.
Don't Miss the Next HPO Stop!
If you're sitting at home kicking yourself because you're missing out on the Hollywood Poker Open stop in Toledo, don't worry because there are still a few more stops in Season 4 that you've got plenty of time to be a part of.
Next up on the HPO Season 4 schedule is St. Louis, with a 33-event schedule starting March 10 and running through March 20. The HPO St. Louis $1,115 Regional Main Event will take place March 18-20 and comes with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Following that event, the HPO will head to Columbus for an 18-event series running April 28 through May 8. The HPO Columbus $1,115 Regional Main Event will take place May 6-8 and boast a $200,000 guarantee on the prize pool.
After that it will be time for the HPO Regionals to come to a close with the stop in Charles Town from May 12-22. The Charles Town schedule hasn't been released yet, but the dates are out and you can bet you'll get plenty of action coming out of West Virginia.
Just like in Toledo, PokerNews will be at each of the HPO's remaining stops, so be sure to come out, say hello, and get your grind on.