After 15 levels of play, just 38 players remain in the second and final first-day flight for the 2017 Western New York Poker Challenge Main Event at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino with Canada's Matt Brunskole grabbing the lead.
After a snow day Friday limited first-flight entries to just 84, the Main Event drew a whopping 183 entries Saturday. That made for a grand total of 267 entries, outdoing last year's 244 and creating a massive guarantee-smashing $235,681 prize pool.
WNYPC will pay a total of 27 players and first place is a juicy $57,738.
The 17 survivors from Friday will bring the total to 55 when the play down to a final table begins Sunday.
Flight 1b was a seesaw affair that saw the chip lead change hands dozens of time throughout the day. In the end, legendary local rounder Andy Spears faltered a bit, relinquishing the lead to Brunskole in the last level of the night.
Play will resume at 11 a.m. local time Sunday with the money bubble in sight and plans to play down to the final nine and possibly beyond.
PokerNews' coverage of the 2017 WNYPC will continue at that time on this page.
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