Day 1c of the 2015 River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event attracted 484 entries and brought the total field size up to 1,164. This was the third and final starting flight of the tournament, and at the end there were 49 players remaining. Those survivors will now link up with the 27 from Day 1a and 42 from Day 1b for Day 2 action on Monday.
When the dust had settled in the early hours of the morning on Monday, Barry Hutter was the chip leader. He bagged up a whopping 1.066 million thanks to an impressive day on the felt. Hutter's day was so amazing that he nearly doubled Aaron Clark's second-place stack of 672,000. Toby Floyd also finished over 600,000 with 606,000 in his bag.
Hutter built and built all day. Every time we checked in on him, there was a new chunk of chips added to his stack. In Level 17, though, Hutter really skyrocketed to the top when he clashed with Steve Buckner on the flop. The two got all the money in, and it was Hutter's up against Buckner's . The turn was a , and the river was the . Thanks to that river card, Hutter won the enormous pot of over 600,000 in chips and vaulted into the lead.
Others who had successful Day 1c performances were James Mordue (566,000), Alex Keating (466,000), Upeshka De Silva (368,000), and Matt Lapossie (255,000).
Plenty of players had to hit the rail en route to the finish line, though, including Aaron Massey, Dwyte Pilgrim, John Dolan, Allen Kessler, Andy Philachack, Bryan Campanello, and Steve Sung. Unfortunately for them, there will be no more entries allowed, so they're stuck waiting until next year.
All told, the 118 returning players are in the money and will be back at it on Monday at 12 p.m. local time. That's when our coverage will resume right here on PokerNews, so be sure to stay tuned.