Welcome to Day 1c of HPT St. Louis
Day 1c of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Hollywood St. Louis $1,650 Main Event kicks off at Noon local time, the third and final flight for players looking to bag up chips for Day 2. 181 entrants have hit the felt over the first two starting flights, and a big crowd is expected to arrive today in hope of joining the 27 players already advancing to Sunday's Day 2.
In yesterday's Day 1b flight, BJ McBrayer bagged the chip lead with a 473,000 chip stack, making him the overall chip leader after two flights. Mark Koeln (453,000) also managed to find a healthy bag, while Reginald "Shawn" Roberts (320,000), Ian Nelson (262,000), Paul Belken (246,000), and Craig Welko (90,000) also advanced.
Today's Day 1c flight features 40-minute levels, and registration is open through the dinner break after Level 9, or approximately 7:30 local time. A single re-entry option is available for players unfortunate enough to bust. Day 1c will conclude with 9:46 in Level 14 (the stopping point for Day 1a) or when 13% of the field rounded down remains, whichever comes first. All players who manage to bag up chips will return tomorrow at 11 a.m. to play down to the final table of 9, and the televised final table kicks off on Monday, February 24th at Noon. Friends and family are welcome to come watch the final table live, and you can also follow the final table action on the HPT's Twitch channel on a short delay.
Who will manage to navigate their way to a bag to join the 22 survivors for Sunday action here at Hollywood Casino St. Louis? Stay tuned to PokerNews to follow all of today's action straight from the tournament floor.