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2014 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Day 1b: Jaime Rubinsteyn Takes Overall Lead

2014 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Day 1b: Jaime Rubinsteyn Takes Overall Lead 0001

The 2014 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open continued on Saturday with the second Day 1 flight at the at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in Florida. After 183 entries were recorded on Day 1a, another 223 were accounted for on Day 1b. The 415 total entries created a prize pool of $1,348,750, with the eventual winner taking home $271,103.

The player best positioned to claim that top prize is Jaime Rubinsteyn (pictured), who bagged 234,600 in chips after Day 1b. Rubinsteyn led the 95 players who survived the day, all of whom will return Sunday to join the 74 players who advanced on Day 1a.

Here's a look at the unofficial top 10 stacks from Day 1b:

1Jaime Rubinsteyn234,600
2Michael Moreno212,000
3Kishor Bhakta180,700
4Dan Heimiller178,900
5Shelby Standley168,500
6Otto Palacios164,500
7Harrison Gimbel163,100
8Joey Weissman158,800
9Jerry Wong148,400
10Steven Levy148,200

After a frustrating Day 1a, thee-time WPT final tablist Dan Heimiller returned with a vengeance on Day 1b. Heimiller bagged 178,900 when the day came to a close, placing him among the leaders. According to the WPT Live Updates, Heimiller crossed the 100,000-chip mark in Level 5. With the blinds at 150/300/50, Heimiller raised to 800 from the hijack and three players called to see a flop of {10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Hearts}. Action checked to Heimiller, who bet 2,200, and only the player in the big blind called. The {7-Hearts} hit the turn and Heimiller bet 4,400. His opponent called, and the {4-Diamonds} peeled off on the river. This time the big blind led out for 6,000, but Heimiller continued his aggression by raising to 28,000. The other payer folded, and Heimiller increased his stack to 112,000.

Several big names will join Heimiller on Day 2, including Chance Kornuth (123,900), Ronnie Bardah (85,000), Byron Kaverman (72,900), Mike Linster (61,800), Keven Stammen (48,200), Jonathan Aguiar (41,200), and David Diaz (16,900).

Among the notables who busted on Day 1b were David Paredes, Alex Venovski, Noah Schwartz, Andy Seth, Will Failla, Aaron Massey, Marsha Wolak, Barry Hutter, Andy Hwang, Ryan Fair, and Zo Karim.

Day 2 will begin at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, and the plan is to play through the money bubble (top 54 places) and down to the final 36. Be sure to catch the day's recap right here on PokerNews following the completion of play.

Photo and data courtesy of the World Poker Tour.

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