$600 Grand Poker Series Championship No-Limit Hold'em
$600 Grand Poker Series Championship No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a Completed

Derrick Contreras Bags Day 1A Chip Lead of Event #22: $600 Championship No-Limit Hold-em $500,000 Guarantee

NicholasBaltz • Level 16: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Derrick Contreras
Derrick Contreras

Derrick Contreras from Houston, Texas bagged the chip lead in Day 1A of Event #22: $600 Championship No-Limit Hold-em $500,000 Guarantee, the main event of The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget.

It has been quite a day for Contreras as he did not even plan on playing this event. He returned to the Golden Nugget for Day 2 of Event # 19: $200 Buy-In $100,000 Guarantee No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry), which he ended up chopping for $23,000. He elected to hop in the $500,000 Guarantee with just 3 minutes left in registration. Needless to say, it paid off.

Contreras is an active reg on the various mid-stakes circuits in the United States, with a RunGood Poker Series victory worth $38,539 back in 2019 under his belt. This year alone, he has cashed for nearly $100,000 and a deep run here will see him reach the six-figure milestone.

A total of 206 players showed up for Day 1A, with 26 players moving on to Day 2 in the four-day tournament on Sunday, October 10th at 12 p.m. Pacific Time.

After nearly 12 hours of play, some of the other players to find a bag include Katie Kopp, Nativ Shmueli, Patrick Lacey, and Greg Koutelidakis.

Players who did not find a bag still have an opportunity to play on Day 1B and Day 1C. Players who survived may opt to play additional flights, taking their biggest stack into Day 2. If they manage to accomplish that feat, the smallest stack will be removed from play and receive a minimum Day 2 cash.

Be sure to follow PokerNews tomorrow for Day 1B, starting at 11 a.m. local time.

Tags: Derrick ContrerasGreg KoutelidakisKatie KoppNativ ShmueliPatrick Lacey

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

NicholasBaltz • Level 16: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Derrick Contreras us
Derrick Contreras
us 544,000 544,000
Nativ Shmueli il
Nativ Shmueli
il 472,000 162,500
Greg O'Neil US
Greg O'Neil
US 410,000 97,000
Patrick Lacey us
Patrick Lacey
us 373,000 163,000
Nicholas Kapla us
Nicholas Kapla
us 322,000 322,000
David Avina us
David Avina
us 296,000 296,000
Lucas Tae us
Lucas Tae
us 280,000 280,000
Lonny Weitzel US
Lonny Weitzel
US 265,000 15,000
Eric Hayes us
Eric Hayes
us 257,000 257,000
Steve Firestone us
Steve Firestone
us 228,000 228,000
Ruth Graham us
Ruth Graham
us 213,000 213,000
Greg Koutelidakis us
Greg Koutelidakis
us 203,000 88,000
Stuart Hosen us
Stuart Hosen
us 181,000 181,000
Katie Kopp us
Katie Kopp
us 139,000 -201,000
Daniel Sears
Daniel Sears
120,000 120,000
Dai Ong us
Dai Ong
us 109,000 109,000
David Danheiser us
David Danheiser
us 106,000 106,000
John Gonzalez us
John Gonzalez
us 98,000 98,000
Ilye Rogov
Ilye Rogov
95,000 95,000
Anthony Tomita us
Anthony Tomita
us 88,000 -142,000
Matthew Shafer us
Matthew Shafer
us 87,000 -87,000
Jeffery Arruda
Jeffery Arruda
81,000 81,000
Brian Gorman us
Brian Gorman
us 81,000 81,000
Horacio Collia us
Horacio Collia
us 53,000 53,000
James Saracho
James Saracho
28,000 28,000

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Day 1A Comes to an End

NicholasBaltz • Level 16: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

The remaining 26 players have bagged and tagged and will return for Day 2 on Sunday at 12 p.m. local time.


Break Time

NicholasBaltz • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Despite being hand-for-hand, players will be on a 10-minute break as level 15 comes to a close.


NicholasBaltz • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

With 27 players remaining, the clock has been paused, and play will continue Hand-for-hand.

O'Neil Sends One to the Rail

NicholasBaltz • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Greg O'Neil
Greg O'Neil

A player moved all-in and Greg O'Neil snap-called to put his opponent at risk.

Opponent: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Greg O'Neil: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The board ran {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} and the chips were sent in the direction of O'Neil.

Greg O'Neil US
Greg O'Neil
US 313,000 313,000