Mike Comisso lapped the field on Day 1b of Poker Night in America $1,675 Main Event at Golden Nugget, putting nearly 20 starting stacks in the bag as eight players survived the day to join the six survivors from Day 1a.
Vinicius Lima (218,500), two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brandon Cantu (179,500), Paul Balzano (128,000), Justin Kindred (92,000), Nacho Barbero (84,500), Frank Bonacci (75,000), and Todd Tooley (64,000) were the other players finding bags after more than 14 levels of play — the tournament had a hard stop with 24:40 left in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500) because that's when Day 1a players bagged.
A total of 47 players turned out, with some notable runners going home empty-handed. Jack Schanbacher, Nick Yunis, Scott Ball, and Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon were some of the players hitting the exits during the course of play. Kroon ran up a huge stack but was unable to maintain it and ultimately sent the last of his stack to Cantu after the dinner break.
As for Comisso, he registered late but worked his way up to a sizable count over 200,000 when he played the pot of the tournament thus far at Level 14 (1,200/2,400/400). It began with Comisso opening early to 5,200 and getting called in two spots. He checked the flop and Tooley bet 10,300. Comisso was the only taker, and they both checked the to see an river. Comisso bet 28,000 and snap-called when Tooley shoved for 257,900 effective.
Tooley held the but his trips were crushed by the of Comisso, who raked in an enormous pot and left Tooley shell-shocked. It wasn't long after that when the flight came to an end.
Sunday will see one final Day 1 flight play out, starting at 11 a.m. PT, and look for coverage of that right here on PokerNews.