The last regional stop before the championship event for the second season of the Hollywood Poker Open took place Saturday as 126 entrants tested their poker ability at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio.
Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
After 11 levels of play completed, 29 of the original 126 made it through to Day 2 where they will still have plenty of work in front of them before they make the money as only 13 will get paid. With 126 entrants, it was a record turnout for an HPO Regional Main Event, smashing the previous best of 72 set at the Charlestown, West Virginia stop. The HPO continues to make strides and is proving that it is not just another poker tour.
Of the remaining 29 survivors, Scott Dehm bagged the most chips with an impressive 270,200 next to his name. He was followed closely by John Michalak (215,200) and Nick Guagenti (207,200). Other notable chip stacks included the likes of Ryan Pochedly (148,700), Joseph Couden (134,100), and Trevor Renner (131,500).
2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker attempted to win his second HPO Regional Main Event of 2014, but he would be eliminated and decided not to fire a second bullet. Local poker pro Shawn Cunix battled for position throughout the day, with his family watching for a majority of the time, and ended with 76,200 in chips.
Check back with PokerNews Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. local time as the remaining players look to make the money and the final table. We will crown a winner before the night is over and that sole survivor will take home an impressive first place prize of $60,827.