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Matt Brunskole Grabs the Lead on Day 1b of the 2017 WNYPC Main Event

2017 WNYPC
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  • Canada's Matt Brunskole grabbed the lead in the last level of the night at #WNYPC Main Event.

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.

Matt Brunskole
#PlayerChip Counts
1Matt Brunskole401,500
2Jeremy Halaska346,000
3Chris Meyers314,500
4Michael O'Brien295,000
5Hayden Glassman287,000
6Mark Bowersock276,000
7Brian Patterson270,500
8Anne Jones255,000
9Andy Spears242,000
10Frank Tatar200,000

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.

Andy Spears

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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