Roger LaCharite of Fernandina Beach, Florida leads 29 surviving runners from Day 1b of Event #1: $560 NLH at the 2022 Winter Open. A field of 226 turned out to bestbet Jacksonville for the second of three flights in the opening event of the popular tournament series. Two flights have generated a prize pool of $173,760 with Saturday expected to be a huge turnout.
LaCharite vaulted into the lead late in the evening with a series of big pots, including the last hand of the night when his queens held up against ace-king to win a pot that gave him the top stack of 467,000. Not far behind LaCharite is Mark Berrigan of Tallahassee with 323,000 and Dan Williams of St. Johns, Florida with 278,000.
Day 1b and Day 1c players will return on Sunday for the finale where Day 1a ended with eight minutes left in Level 13.
Event #1: $560 NLH Day 1b Top Ten Chip Counts
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Day 1b Action
Thomas Elder built a big stack early after leaving Nikhil Sunku with crumbs after flopping a full house, but he did not qualify for Day 2. Local poker player Kelly Slay also failed to qualify for Day 2, but she still provided plenty of highlights, including a clash with Lisa Buck that saw Slay take a big pot with three sixes.
Cory Waaland will return for Day 2 with 211,000 in chips after a run that got started when he eliminated another player with a better kicker on a pair of tens. Ken Pedersen will also move on to Day 2 after making a flush to bust Guy Caudill.
Elsewhere, Alex Ortiz found trouble near the end of the night when he surrendered a double to eventual chip leader LaCharite. Moments later he was right back to health after catching two pair to double right back up and survive to see Day 2. LaCharite found a big double late when his king-jack outdrew a pair of jacks, just prior to ending the evening with his pocket queens.
Day 1c players will kick off Saturday at 12 p.m. EST with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels. The field will once again play down to 12.5%, with all three flights returning for Sunday’s Day 2 finale with eight minutes left in Level 13. Registration is unlimited and will remain open until the beginning of Level 10.
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