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Event 15 Flight D: Crushing the $1 Million Guarantee

$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Flight D Entries:  506

Flight D
Flight D

With such a large field for the first break, the tournament staff is once again staggering the break so only half of the field takes its break at a time.

The first half of the field is now on their 15-minute break and will return at 8:00 pm to finish Level 4. That’s when the second half of the field will take their 15-minute break. Everyone will begin Level 5 at the same time.

Flight D is up to 506 entries (2,325 overall), and the prizepool is already worth more than $1.22 million, easily surpassing the $1 million guarantee.

Registration remains open with a single re-entry option until 10:30 pm. There will be two more starting flights tomorrow (10:00 am and 6:00 pm), and Day 2 begins on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Event 15 Flight C: Flight C Ends with 79 Survivors; Steve Veneziano Bags the Flight C Chip Lead

$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Flight C Players Remaining:  79 of 628

Steve Veneziano
Steve Veneziano

With 27:00 remaining in Level 16, with blinds at 3,000-5,000, Flight C came to an end with 79 players bagging up chips for Day 2, which begins Sunday at 1:00 pm.

The full list of official chip counts from Flight C will be posted later this evening, but here’s a look at the top five:

1.  Steve Veneziano, Jr.  –  519,000
2.  Emmanuel Dimaano, Jr.  –  467,000
3.  Scott Blackman  –  413,000
4.  Luckenson Pericles  –  354,000
5.  Glenn Becker  –  345,000

Event 15 Flight C: Richard Smith Knocks Out a Player to Burst the Money Bubble and End Flight C

$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Flight C Players Remaining:  79 of 628

Richard Smith
Richard Smith

In the first hand of hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble, there were three all-in-and-call situations.

The first one was a double-up. (Sorry, no details.)

In the second one, Richard Smith raised under the gun, the player on the button moved all in for 45,000, and Smith called with 6c3c. His opponent turned over KcQh, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The flop came 8s3s3h, giving Smith a huge lead with trip threes. The short stack failed to catch up on the turn and river, and was eliminated from Flight C.

Richard Smith  –  345,000  (69 bb)

In the third and final all-in hand, Robert Capote was all in from UTG+1 with AsKs, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the big blind’s QsQc.

The board came 7d3c2cKc8d, and Capote paired his king on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips.

Robert Capote  –  191,000  (38 bb)

So with one elimination, there are 79 players who have bagged up chips for Day 2, which begins Sunday at 1:00 pm. Everyone who advances will finish in the money, though the prizepool won’t be announced until after registration closes in Flight F tomorrow night.

Event 15 Flight C: Hand-for-Hand Begins on the Money Bubble with 80 Players Left

$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Flight C Players Remaining:  80 of 628

Flight C Money Bubble
Flight C Money Bubble

With 80 players remaining and only 79 advancing to Day 2 (where they will be in the money), the field has begun playing hand-for-hand on the Money Bubble.

As soon as one more player is eliminated, the survivors will bag up their chips for Day 2, which begins Sunday at 1:00 pm. Players must bag chips for Day 2 to finish in the money.

The average chip stack is about 157,000 (31 big blinds).

Event 15 Flight C: Steve Veneziano Leads the Field at the Break with 413,000

$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 15:  2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Flight C Players Remaining:  93 of 628

Steve Veneziano
Chipleader Steve Veneziano

The players return from break to begin Level 15, with increased blinds of 2,000-4,000 and a big blind ante of 4,000.

A scan of the field during the break turned up four players with at least 350K, creating an unofficial leaderboard:

1.  Steve Veneziano  –  413,000  (103 bb)
2.  Emmanuel Dimaano, Jr.  –  384,000  (96 bb)
3.  Scott Blackman  –  363,000  (91 bb)
4.  James Calderaro  –  358,000  (90 bb)

With about 93 players remaining from a Flight C field of 628, the average chip stack is about 135,000 (34 big blinds). Action will continue today until there are 79 players remaining, and the survivors will finish in the money and advance to Day 2, which begins Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Note:  Players must bag chips at the end of their starting flight to finish in the money.