An impressive 96 entrants took part in Day 1a of the 2014 PPC Aruba World Championship $2,200 Main Event, and by the time play concluded early Sunday morning there were 35 left standing to return for Day 2 action on Monday at 1 p.m.
The 96 entrants has already toppled the 88 that took part in last years' event and it was Steve Karp who ended the day as the chip leader with 152,700 in chips. Karp took a big pot against Eugenio Castaneda with set over set to move into the chip lead and he never looked back after that point.
PPC Pro Joe Serock has had incredible success at this event, winning it in 2012 and taking third in 2013. Serock was steady throughout the day and ended up bagging 76,100 in chips.
Ronnie Bardah came into the tournament area today with a banner congratulating him on the record he set at this year's World Series of Poker Main Event for cashing five consecutive years. Bardah would be eliminated shortly before the last level of the night started and will have to return for Day 1b on Sunday.
Sports radio personality John Auville flopped quad kings to crack aces and ended the day with 54,100 in chips. Other notables to move on to Day 2 included WSOP bracelet winner Joe Ebanks (112,600), PPC North American Championship winner Nick Mann (76,400), Jesse Chinni (75,300), Patrick Murphy (36,700), Catherine Dee (48,300) and Eugenio Castaneda (67,400).
Besides Bardah there were plenty who failed to make it through the day, including Mark Kroon, Parry Shaw, Chris Bolek, John Ott, Marcia Kuntz, and Wally Maddah.
Those players will be able to take another shot at it when Day 1b gets underway at 4 p.m. local time. Tune in to PokerNews for exciting coverage of the 2014 PPC World Championship Main Event.