Day 1a of the Hollywood Poker Open Columbus $1,115 Regional Main Event was in the books on Friday and Jeremy Detamore led the way.
Detamore hovered around the middle of the pack and didn't play many huge hands, but that was only until the last two levels. He started stacking more and more chips and didn't slow down until after he put a huge dent in Eli Stepanovich.
Detamore was heads up with Stepanovich and shoved his last 76,500 in on the river. Stepanovich called with top two pair. Detamore had the best of it with a set of aces and stacked a pot of more than 200,000.
J.J. Ura also won a couple big hands at the end of the day, including the hand that busted Stepanovich. Ura had against the of Stepanovich and hit a queen on the flop. Stepanovich didn't catch up, and Ura jumped into the second spot, where he would finish on the leaderboard going to Day 2.
Andrew Barfield (199,500), Paul Kardules (195,500), and Greg Yeager (177,000) rounded out the top five Day 1a stacks.
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Chris Moneymaker tweeted that his Day 1a was much like a roller coaster, and it rang true to the very last hand of play. Josh Lowing opened and Moneymaker three-bet. The two ended up getting all in preflop, and Moneymaker held against the of Lowing. Lowing's tens held and left Moneymaker sitting 54,500 on the last hand.
The 16 returning players will be back Sunday at 12:15 p.m. local time for Day 2. They will be joined by the survivors of the Day 1b flight, which takes place on Saturday.
The field for Day 1b is expected to be at least twice the size of Day 1a and there should be some familiar faces in the crowd. Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for all the updates when Day 1b starts at 11:15 a.m. local time.