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Aaron Klausman Leads Day 1a of 2019 Seminole Hard Rock May Deep Stack

Aaron Klausman

The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock May Deep Stack Poker Series kicked off on Thursday with the first of three starting flights in Event #1: $350 DeepStack NLH. Day 1a attracted 225 entrants, but after 14 levels of play 34 remained with Aaron Klausman and his stack of 480,000 leading the way.

Klausman, a 2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Palace ring winner, is no stranger to success at the Seminole Hard Rock. Earlier this year he finished third in the 2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event #18: $360 NLH for $8,317, and last month finished 34th in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $17,510. A few days later he would win Event #27: $360 NLH for $6,804.

Not far behind is Erik Christensen, who bagged 446,000, and 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Player of the Year Ory Hen with 429,000. They were the only three players to bag in excess of 400k. Others to amass decent stacks were Richard Saunders (369,000), Joe Teixeira (320,000), Bernadette Coustillas (254,000), and Henry Billete (219,000).

Top 10 Day 1a Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCount
1Aaron Klausman480,000
2Erik Christensen446,000
3Ory Hen429,000
4Richard Saunders369,000
5Philip Consolo334,000
6Joe Teixeira320,000
7Bernadette Coustillas254,000
8Josh Rittenberg226,000
9Steve Pollack225,000
10Henry Billete219,000

Among those to fire Day 1a but fail to advance were 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley, 2015 WSOP Ladies Event champ Jackie Scott, Esther Foley, William Crawford, Trent Smith, Devon Marshall, Peggy Wiser, and Henri Azoulay.

Two more opening flights remain. Day 1b will commence at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday while Day 1c will take place at the same time on Sunday.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand for the entire 2019 Seminole Hard Rock May Deep Stack Poker Series, so be sure to join us daily for all the action straight from the tournament floor.

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