The first of two Day 1 starting flights for the 2015 Seneca Niagara Summer Slam Main Event drew 195 entries to the Niagara Falls Poker Room at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel on Friday.
It's a number that put the $600 buy-in event well on it's way to exceeding the $150,000 guarantee with a second flight set for Saturday at 11 a.m. That second flight is expected to be even bigger, so if you're in the area there's still time to get in on the action.
Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
By the time the first 15 levels of play were done, just 33 remained in the hunt for the title. Paul McLean built a massive chip lead through 14 levels of play, but could not sustain it, ending up on the wrong end of a huge straight-over-straight cooler against Rochester, NY's Adam Foster.
However, Foster couldn't hold the lead either, losing a few pots late and allowing Jeffery Hobrecker to bag the biggest stack. Hobrecker finished on 321,500 following a late flurry.
Last year, the 2014 Seneca Niagara Summer Slam Main Event drew 339 entries across two starting flights, with top local rounder Buck Ramsay earning the title and $41,000 in prize money. Ramsay turned up in defense of his title today and flirted with a big stack for a while, bagging 104,000 by the time play was through.
After all was said and done, 33 survived from today's flight. Those players will return Sunday to play down to a winner after they join up with Day 1b's remaining competitors. In the meantime, the second Day 1 starting flight will kick off at 11 a.m. local time on Saturday with plans to play the same 15 levels they did on Day 1a.
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