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Ken Baime Leads the Pack After Day 1a of the MSPT Sycuan Casino $1,110 Main Event

GeoffFisk • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Ken Baime

The first of three starting flights is done at the MSPT United States Poker Championship Sycuan Casino $1,110 Main Event. The Sycuan Casino Event Center hosted Day 1a action on Thursday, with Day 1b set for Friday and Day 1c scheduled for Saturday.

The survivors from the trio of Day 1 phases will come back as a combined field on Sunday and play down to a champion. The first 12 of those names made it through Day 1 on Thursday.

Ken Baime (478,000) topped the chip leaderboard at night's end. Other big stacks included all-time MSPT money leader Rich Alsup (469,000), and Lucille Hargett (399,000)

A total of 102 entries came through the San Diego, CA casino to play on Day 1a. Other notable names making it through the night included Jose Araya (201,000), Patsy Cortez Karimi (161,000) and Ben Boston (149,000).

All Day 1 flights play through 15 40-minute levels, or down to 12 percent of the field. The latter happened on Day 1a, with play ending on Level 14 with 12 players surviving.

The $300,000 guaranteed tournament continues Friday, with Day 1b scheduled to start at 3 p.m. local time.

Stay tuned to the PokerNews live blog throughout the weekend as the Main Event continues!

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