$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante Flight E Entries: 209 (Total Entries: 634)
Registration closed on the fifth of six Event 1 starting flights with 209 entries. That pushes the combined total up to 634 and a $317,000 prize pool. But it won’t stay there with a full flight to come later this evening at 6pm.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 7: 300/600 with a 75 ante Flight E Entries: 197 (Total Entries: 622)
We found Table 3 in a big hand with the chips already in the middle. It was a three-way pot with three all-ins and Joseph Acquavella holding the biggest stack. But he needed to catch up to win the hand.
Acquavella held and was up against and . Not quite a race but he moved out front on the flop. The players with the pairs called for a set but neither materialized on the turn or river to send Acquavella up to 60,000.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 ante Flight E Entries: 188 (Total Entries: 613)
The entry count zoomed right on past 175 and that means they are now playing for more than $300,000 in the prize pool. The next milestone is 313 entries away to match Event 1’s numbers from last year. It won’t happen in this flight but we should get their easily this evening.
We have a lot of locals showing up for the weekend grind including Andra Zachow. She’s back in town looking to build on her success last month. Zachow was in Vegas in May and won the Venetian Nightly for a nice $3,500 payout. And that was one day after she final tabled and finished fourth in the Aria Nightly. A nice little heater heading into the summer.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 5: 150/300 with a 25 ante Flight E Entries: 168 (Total Entries: 593)
We had no problem finding the big stack in the room today. Unlike yesterday when they were slow to build an early castle, Andrew Pacifico ran his up in a big way over the first four levels. His 84,500 was the biggest first break lead we’ve had so far and no one was close this afternoon.
But there’s still a long way to go and he’ll have to keep moving forward if he wants to stay ahead.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 100/200 Flight E Entries: 153 (Total Entries: 577)
Four levels are gone in Flight E and the big crowd is taking their first 15-minute break away from the action. With 23 more entries, the Event 1 prize pool with reach the $300,000 mark on its way higher.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 3: 75/150 Flight E Entries: 141 (Total Entries: 565)
The last level turned out to be a good one for the entry count. It averaged one new entry (or re-entry) every minute over that level to put another 30 in the game. The pace is not sustainable but we are in the middle of a nice rush.
David Tuthill is one of our new players this afternoon, opting to enter the tournament on the biggest day. He can add to an already impressive list of accomplishments with a deep run. Tuthill made his first WSOP final table in 2010, won a WSOP Circuit Main Event in 2013, and added two more WSOP final tables in 2015 only ten days apart.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 3: 75/150 Flight E Entries: 111 (Total Entries: 535)
They keep coming in. There’s a steady parade of players to buy-in but no line with the streamlined registration process. Flight E crossed over 100 entries before the clock hit noon and we’ll book the biggest flight of the tournament before too long.
Tampa poker legend Michael Laake made his return to the poker room after an unsuccessful shot in last evening’s flight. He has a few milestones in his near future and can cross one off sometime tomorrow. Laake has nine reported career tournament wins and he can hit double digits if he hoists the Event 1 trophy. He can also get a little closer to hitting the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings with less than $80,000 left to go.
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 2: 50/100 Flight E Entries: 83 (Total Entries: 507)
We had another large group of players jump into the tournament after the start to push the combined total of entries past 500. That puts the prize pool over $250,000 and it will grow much larger as the day moves along.