The 2014 Seneca Niagara Summer Slam continued Tuesday with the third and fourth starting flights of Event #5, a $125 buy-in no-limit hold’em event with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. The special event features six separate starting flights across three days with the survivors advancing to Day 2 on Thursday to play down to a champion.
Flight C began at 11 a.m. ET and attracted a total of 79 entries before registration closed at the end of Level 8. Leading the way after 12 full levels was Jack Vaccarello with 204,200 in chips. Vacarello took a huge lead late in the afternoon when he flopped two pair and got paid off against a pair with a straight draw.
Finishing second in chips was Blake Napierala, who won a big pot with jacks against threes to take the chip lead and cross the 100K mark. He went on to finish the day with 140,900, barely ahead of Jason Lizardo (139,600).
Several Seneca Poker regulars were able to advance in Flight C, including Jason Nablo, Aaron Olshan and Sam Guercio. They will all return for Day 2 on Thursday at noon ET.
Flight D began shortly after the conclusion of Flight C and attracted 109 entrants. Leading the way after 12 levels was Randy Swackhamer with 147,300. Swackhamer won a massive pot late in the night when his held up against Matt Parry's after all the chip went in on a flop. That vaulted Swackhamer into the chip lead with 154,000 and he coasted the rest of the evening.
Joining Swackhamer atop the Flight D leaderboard were Chris Lang (145,800), Todd Saffron (133,400), Tony Rozario (126,000), and Doug Zimmerman (113,200).
The final two flights of Event #5 will take place on Wednesday and we'll have complete coverage of the tournament until a champion is crowned on Thursday. Stay tuned for all the action here at PokerNews.com.