Day 1b is in the books here at Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces Harness Park, and Tyler Caspers bagged 259,800 to lead the 74 survivors. He'll enter Day 2 as the overall leader, 5,000 ahead of Day 1a chart-topper Dustin Dirksen. Rounding out today's top 10 stacks: Derek Lesniak (166,700), Yevgeniy Minakrin (135,100), Peixin Liu (124,100), Adam Dahlin (121,300), Rick Rothausen (118,700), Mark Powers (116,400), Blaise Poupone (108,200), Ken Cary (107,900), and John Wurden (106,700).
The day got off to a mirthful start through the table banter and unorthodox play of Shane Nelson, but things got serious a little later. Accomplished players like Matt Alexander, Nesbitt Coburn, Jeff Bryan, Sam de Silva, Chad Holloway, Mark Fink, Steve Lillehaug, Brian Soja and Jason Seitz didn't make it through the day.
A few notables who did survive include Lance Harris (71,700), John Hayes (64,500), Jeff Fielder (59,900), Mike Schneider (51,700), David Gonia (35,600), Jason Sell (29,700), and Larry Ormson (13,100).
A total of 226 runners tried their hands today, boosting the prize pool well past the $200,000 guarantee without even factoring in yesterday's buy ins. Today's lucky 74 will combine with the 36 players who bagged up last night to create the Day 2 field, which convenes tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time to play down to a winner. Be sure to tune in to PokerNews as we document the exciting final day.