The second of two starting flights for the $1,000 buy-in 2016 Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event drew 179 entries on the hotel balcony at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on Saturday.
That brought the total up to 300 entries and reentries, creating a $264,810 prize pool that will pay the top 27.
The winner will earn a $64,882 top prize, Seneca Niagara poker glory and a spot on the cover of CardPlayer Magazine. A min-cash is worth a few dollars more than double the buy-in at $2,013 and the top six payouts are all five-figure prizes.
They played through 15 total 40-minute levels on this second flight, and when it was all said and done, 33 players pushed through to Sunday's Day 2.
Added to the 24 survivors from the first flight, that makes 57 coming back.
It was another local star bagging the chip lead on Saturday, with Jeffrey Hobrecker contending all day, then winning a massive side pot in a huge hand to take the lead late. In the end, he grabbed the overall lead by just a handful of chips over first flight leader Alex Visbisky.
Entries and reentries poured in throughout a busy day and Michigan's Vinnie Ho seemed to chew through them all, running super hot to take the chip lead and run away with it until the lest level of the night, where he ended up finally missing a draw and losing the aforementioned huge pot to Hobrecker.
Ho hung in there, and remains in contention headed to Day 2. He'll be joined by Toronto Canada's Veerab Zakarian, who finished runner up here two years ago, contended all day as well, and bagged big.
A late rush from defending champion Kurtis Boutelle will also see him return Sunday with a shot at a second Fall Classic crown.
They will get back at it at 11 a.m. Sunday with the money bubble clearly in sight and plans to play down to a 2016 Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event final table.
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