David Litt Leads 34 Survivors on Day 1B of HPT Black Hawk
The second of three Day 1 flights for the $1,650 HPT Black Hawk Main Event pushed the Golden Gates to their limits with 221 entrants for the day. A few waves of long alternate lists dominated the early part of the day but after the day settled in players were able to rebuy with ease. Following 15 levels of action, David Litt leads the field after bagging up a touch over 600,000.
In the late levels there were a couple of players flirting with counts in the 400,000s but by night's end Adam Demersseman and Eric Hall were a distant second place each with 358,000.James Carroll rounded out the chase pack with 348,000. Ralph Massey, Jared Ottoson and Angel Howell will all return for Day 2 with a more than average stack.
Top 10 Day 1b Chip Counts
Day 1A drew 81 entrants with 15 survivors and Day 1B drew 221 entrants with 34 survivors - making for 302 total entrants and 49 Day 2 survivors. Several players couldn't get things going the right way today and fell short of bagging, including Aaron Massey, Faraz Jaka, John Beauprez and Allen Kessler.
Jaka got seriously short in the last level of the night and pushed his last 30,000 in preflop and Daniel Wojcik called.
The board ran and Jaka didn't improve to send him to the rail.
Likewise, Clint Tolbert moved in preflop and bracelet winner Ben Keeline called.
The board ran , Keeline paired his ace, and Tolbert will have to try his luck on Saturday's Day 1c flight.
Saturday is the final flight and tournament organizers are expecting a huge field. Players can buy in as early as 10 a.m. and are being told to expect long lines. They'll play the same schedule but have an hour less of turnaround time when Sunday gets going at 11 a.m.
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