The field has been set for Day 2 of the 2019 Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic $1,100 Main Event.
Day 1b saw 219 entries add to the first flight’s 157 runners, bringing the two-day total up to 376 as 14 levels were played to conclusion. When Level 14 ended, 35 players remained with Steven Belland leading the way and bagging a stack of 243,000.
Belland had around half that figure going into the final level of the night before winning a few pots that sent him up the counts. Meanwhile, Cody Jaeschke (226,500) appeared to be a lock for the chip lead before losing a huge pot in the last couple minutes of the night to fall back into second in chips for the flight.
Justin Thurlow (217,500), Kou Vang (211,500), and Jason Seitz (190,500) round out the top five, with all three also experiencing significant gains to their stacks during the final hour of play for the evening. Other players to advance included Yao Yin (173,000), Blake Bohn (118,500), Tyler Kolness (111,000), and past champions Brad Berman (88,500) and Scotter Clark (61,000).
Among those who were not as fortunate in their trials included another trio of former champions in Mike Schneider (2012), Dennis Stevermer (2017), and Nghia Le (2018). Le, better known around the Minnesota poker community as ”3 Putts” will still have a shot at defending his title due to taking a shot at Day 1b after bagging the smallest stack of 39,000 on Day 1a.
The 35 to advance to Day 2 will add their names to the roster of 27 that punched their tickets from the initial flight, meaning that a field of 62 will combine under one roof for the first time to compete for the championship.
Day 2 will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time at the beginning of Level 15 (2,000/4,000/4,000). Levels will remain at 40 minutes in length and the tournament is scheduled to play down to a winner. However, just 45 are set to make it into the money, meaning there is plenty of work to be done for all who return.
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