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Winstar River Poker Series: Mike Wang Tops Day 1B Field $2.5 Million Guaranteed Main Event

Winstar River Poker Series: Mike Wang Tops Day 1B Field $2.5 Million Guaranteed Main Event 0001

The second of three starting flights for the Winstar World Casino River Poker Series Main Event kicked off at noon and drew a large field of 388 entrants. Coupled with a professional bull riding event, Winstar was stretched to capacity. Saturday's flight finished in the 18th level with Mike Wang leading the field with 660,000. That translates to 82 big blinds as the first level of play on Day 2 will be 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000-ante.

Sitting in second and third respectively are BCP members Jake Bazeley and Zo Karim; the former edged out the latter by 8,000. The top ten was loaded with notables Chris Staats, Hugo Perez and Grant Hinkle all making Day 2. Brandon Steven, Andy Hwang and Daniel Fuhs also advance to Monday but with more moderate stacks.

Ryan Tepen, Jordan Smith and Larry Wright all played deep into the flight but were unable to bag up chips. Tepen bubbled the event day in a three-way all in where he had the best hand preflop but lost to a player that made Broadway.

Maria Ho, Ray Henson, Aaron Massey, Chino Rheem, Kevin Eyster, David Paredes, David ODB Baker, Jason Gooch and Nick Palma all fired at least one bullet on Saturday but ultimately found the rail.

Sunday is the last chance for players to advance to Day 2 and organizers expect it to be the largest of all three. Cards are in the air promptly at noon and they'll finish when they reach 10 percent of the field. Day 2 is set to begin Monday at 1 p.m. and play down to a final table. Follow all the action right here on PokerNews as we bring you coverage from the first flop till the last river each and every day.

PlayerChip Count
Mike Wang660,000
Jake Bazeley567,000
Zo Karim559,000
Chris Staats514,000
Hugo Perez503,000
Brian Gordon411,000
Richard Perry391,000
Ryan Rogers365,000
Grant Hinkle348,000
Randi Lister328,000
Zelong Dong318,000
Brandon Steven290,000
Peter Nguyen285,000
Jon Jaworski284,000
Cameron Rezaie261,000
James Ohlwier259,000
Ben Zamini258,000
Nancy Nguyen252,000
Jeff Sowell245,000
Kristopher Tong231,000
Jared Ingles224,000
Gabriel Davis215,000
Todd Weers200,000
Collin Grubaugh178,000
Andy Hwang178,000
Zachary Donovan150,000
Kenneth Bowie142,000
Geoffrey Klein139,000
Norm Pettlon128,000
Frank Berry120,000
Gary Knowles119,000
Rees Scruggs118,000
Vaughn Brozek117,000
Daniel Fuhs109,000
Corey Dreser108,000
Vinh Hunyh106,000
Matt Wilson105,000
Justin Jones103,000
Stephen Taskett73,000

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