The 2015 Western New York Poker Challenge began with 275 total entries across two Day 1 starting flights. Only 74 returned for Day 2 on Sunday, and after 12 hours the field was trimmed down to the final table of nine.
Guy Klass (pictured) will lead the way when the final nine return at noon on Monday to play for the $59,000 top prize. Klass took the chip lead with a set of fives early in the evening and never looked back, bagging 2,869,000 — nearly triple the amount of his next closest competitor.
Final Table Chip Counts
|2||Charles Johnson, Jr.||976,000|
Klass was a one-man wrecking ball on Sunday. He first made his presence known against the chip leader at the time, Adam Foster, who doubled Klass up to more than 1.1 million when Klass flopped a set against Foster's top pair top kicker.
With 11 players remaining, Klass took out Day 1a chip leader Damian Baird when his clipped Baird's in brutal fashion on a board. Then, at the unofficial final table, Kladd eliminated Day 1b chip leader Scott Hosbach — and once again it happened on the river.
Hosbach three-bet shoved for 331,000 from middle position with the and Klass called with his . The changed nothing, but the turn made it interesting as Hosbach paired his queen and Klass picked up a flush draw. The river — the — completed the flush for Klass.
Among those joining Klass on Monday at noon ET will be Seneca Poker regulars Blake Napierala and Alex Rivera, as well as 2014 Seneca Summer Slam champion Buck Ramsey, who will attempt to win his second Main Event title in Niagara Falls.
The WNY Poker Challenge Main Event continues Monday at noon. We’ll have complete coverage of the tournament until a champion is crowned so keep your browsers locked to PokerNews.com until the conclusion!