The opening day of Colossus III is in the books and Hunter Frey bagged 400,000 to lead the Day 1b field. Frey leads 64 players into Day 2 Monday.
Frey just beat out Ryan Buckholtz (386,000) and Scott Bohlman (346,000), both of whom came on late to overtake some of the bigger stacks throughout the day. Jesse Vilchez (331,000) and Yang Zhang (283,000) round out the unofficial top five stacks from Day 1b.
Frey also came on late in the evening, with Mike Dentale (217,000) hitting some bumps in the final level. Dentale was cruising through the middle parts of the tournament working his stack up to 400,000 with relative ease. He told us during the final level he lost at least two hands where his opponent hit a two-outer to win the pot. Dentale still managed to bag over 200,000 and is sitting comfortably for the Day 2 restart.
Mike Sexton (225,000) and Michael Rocco (133,000) have also made it through to Day 2. Meanwhile, Barry Greenstein, Dan O'Brien, Jesse Sylvia, and both former Colossus Champions Cord Garcia and Ben Keeline failed to find a bag in Day 1b.
There are still four more starting flights for Colossus III and four more chances for Ben Keeline, last year's winner, to defend his title. Follow all the updates right here on PokerNews, as the 2017 World Series of Poker continues through July.