Day 1cd Completed
Day 1cd Completed
After Day 1a/b drew a turnout of 420, Day 1c/d of iNinja World Championship got 720 more to push the two-day total to 1,140, smashing the guarantee of $250,000 with a prize pool that should approach $400,000 when official numbers are released.
At the end of a grueling day that saw 139 players book seats to Wednesday's Day 2, it was Jeff Sluzinski coming out with the best stack, bagging 346,000. Praveen Lokam (315,000), Jewook Oh (300,000), Bob Dixon (284,500), and Gary Bertram (262,000) also bagged hefty stacks.
Others making it through included Matt Reed (161,000), Aaron Johnson (137,000), Vlad Revniaga (132,000), Chris Tryba (78,500), Kou Vang (72,000), Leif Force (66,500), and DJ Mackinnon (60,500).
Reed, who made a deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2013, finishing 11th for $573,204, won a big pot late when he opened to 7,000 at 1,500/3,000/500. The small blind shoved for about 47,000 with and Reed snapped it off with . A board of looked bad for Reed on the fourth street as his opponent made a straight, but a river gave him a boat.
Some players firing and failing to bag stacks included Josh Reichard, Anna Khait, Michael Rocco, Lance Harris, Ralph Massey, and Colossus II winner Ben Keeline.
Day 2 play gets underway at 2 p.m. local time back at Planet Hollywood, and PokerNews will be on hand to watch as the tournament plays down to a winner.
Matt Reed opened to 7,000 in middle position and snap-called when the small blind shipped 47,000 or so.
The flop came , but the turn gave Reed's opponent a straight. Reed now needed to improve and that's exactly what happened when he filled up on the river.
Tim Woodson put in his last 35,000 or so from middle position, and the big blind snap-called after everyone else folded, showing . Woodson turned over . The flop came and Woodson was dead after a turn.
Jesse Capps busted at another table.
Terry Karn got his last 40,000 in on a flop with . His opponent was drawing with and needed help, which the provided on the river to make him a winning flush after the turn bricked off.
Ben Keeline shoved all in for 22,900 in middle position, and the small blind called.
The board ran out , and Keeline didn't improve while his opponent rivered a set.
The 396 players for Day 1d has pushed the four-flight total to 1,140. Payout information will be provided when we receive it.