The second of two Day 1 flights for the 2015 Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 Main Event went off in Niagara Falls, NY, on Saturday.
Day 1b drew a whopping 209 entries, ensuring the event more than met its $200,000 guarantee with a grand total of 291 entries over two days. Full prize pool information will be released on Sunday morning, but it looks like the field will be playing for a slice of the $250,000-plus prize pool that will pay 27 spots with over $60,000 awaiting the winner.
Just 47 made it through the Day 1b flight, adding to the 13 from Day 1a to make for a total of 60 players headed into Sunday's play down to a final table. The final table will play out Monday in the Niagara Falls Poker Room.
With a lot more players and a lot more chips in play, the lead changed hands several times throughout the day, but ended in the grasp of the venerable Pat Tighe, who bagged 392,500 after nursing a relatively short stack all day before exploding in the late levels.
Top 10 Day 1b Chip Counts
Others to bag big included Max Droege, Mike Hallmark, Colin Padgett, Kyle Rzeszutek, and top Seneca Niagara contenders Jason Nablo, Thomas Clayton, and Alex Rivera.
Despite the larger field and more chips in play on Day 1b, the entire group is still chasing multiple Seneca Niagara Poker main event winner Buck Ramsay, as he bagged a massive 461,500-chip stack on Day 1a and will take the overall lead into Day 2.
Play will resume at 11 a.m. local time Sunday morning as the field squares off in a battle for a seat at the 2015 Seneca Niagara Poker Classic Main Event final table. PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action and you are more than welcome to follow along.