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Peter Wang Leads After 2019 Ante Up Poker Tour Tampa Bay Downs Day 1A

Peter Wang

Day 1A of the 2019 Ante Up Poker Tour Tampa Bay Downs $250 Main Event attracted 89 entrants to the first of five starting flights. After 14 levels of play, each 30-minutes in duration, just 18 remained with Peter Chang and his stack of 296,500 leading the pack.

Top 10 Day 1A Chip Counts

PositionPlayerCount
1Peter Wang296,500
2Troy Bercot209,500
3Anthony Astarita190,500
4Jeff Sheldon161,500
5Steve Rauchat144,000
6Melissa Morvay142,500
7Dustin Bradley128,000
8Blake Burke118,500
9Andra Zachow117,500
10John Clifford107,000

Chang came on strong in the penultimate level of the night. That is when a player moved all in for 33,900 from the cutoff and Wang called from the button. Both blinds folded and the hands were turned up.

Wang: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Cutoff: {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Wang had the best of it and strengthened his position by pairing his queen on the {7-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} flop. The {2-Diamonds} turn left the cutoff drawing dead and Wang was pushed the pot after the {k-Diamonds} was run out on the river.

One level later, Wang vaulted into the chip lead after winning a big pot with pocket queens against kings thanks to a third lady on the flop.

WPTDeepStacks champ Anthony Astarita
WPTDeepStacks champ Anthony Astarita

Another player to bag was Anthony Astarita, who in 2016 topped a 538-entry field to win the WPTDeepStacks Tampa for $131,041. While he has dozens of cashes on HendonMob, his only other one over four figures came in 2016 when he finished fourth in the Fall DeepStack Poker Series Tampa Event #5: $570 NLH Deepstack for $18,090. Astarita bagged 190,500 and is looking to add another first-place finish to his list of accomplishments.

Among those to play and fall on 1A were Allen Wiseman, Bobby Dugan, James Wood, Anthony Dianaty, Shawn Barnett, and Primo Costa. The good news is that they, along with any newcomers, can jump in any of the four remaining flights.

On Friday, two more flights will take place starting with 1B at 1 p.m. local time. The 1C flight will follow at 6 p.m., and then the final two flights will kick off at the same times on Saturday. The surviving players from each flight will then return at 1 p.m. on Sunday to play down to a winner.

Remember, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team be providing live updates straight from the tournament floor of the Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs.

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