A total of 108 entries were made on day 1A of the $500,000 guaranteed Card player poker round event at The Venetian, which is part of the ongoing DeepStack Extravaganza poker festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
The $1,600 buy-in tournament features three initial flights in total, with 12.5% of the field in the money. This meant that 14 players would go through to day 2, with at least a minimum cash guaranteed to have survived the first day.
Each player started the tournament with 40,000 pilesand the blind levels were set to 40 minutes. Additionally, those who registered before the start of Level 2 received a discount on tournament fees. Players could rebuy, however, until the start of level 13.
Craig Mason, second in partypoker INHABIT The Caribbean main event for $1.2 million, he was the chip leader for most of the day before losing a few chips in later levels. Mason got a huge boost late in the night when his AJ held against Sean Banahan’s QJ on a jack-high flop.
It wasn’t long ago that Thomas Coolidge moved all-in and was in danger of boiling over with 8-7 to Mark Koeln’s A-6. Coolidge found no help and was eliminated just one point short of the money.
Mason finished with the largest stack ever, amassing 590,000. He was followed by WSOP Circuit winner David Richards (575,000), WSOP bracelet winner Ralph Perry (522,000), Koeln (511,000) and bracelet winner and WPT champion Dylan Linde (455,000). Other notables still in contention include poker extraordinaire Venetian and the ex Card player Player of the Year Eric Baldwin e WPT champion Jordan Cristos.
Tournament play continues on Friday at 11:10 with Day 1B. Again, players who log in prior to level 2 will receive a discount on tournament rake.
Here are the day 1A chip counts.
Craig Mason – 590,000
David Richards – 575,000
Ralph Perry – 522,000
Mark Koeln – 511,000
Dylan Linde – 455,000
Adam Walton – 455,000
Jared Strauss – 340,000
Eric Baldwin – 308,000
Simon Taberham – 152,000
Jordan Cristos – 108,000
Hye Park – 98,000
Peter Mugar – 89,000
Ronnie Anderson – 66,000
Jeff Tanouye – 59,000