Event 1 Day 1A: More Friends

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 8:  400/800 with a 800 ante
Day 1A Entries:  257

Solange Lucas (left) and Richard Rice (right)

Players continue to push the entry count higher with the 257 we have so far putting more than $85,000 towards the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

A few more familiar faces were found in the field including Solange Lucas, Richard Rice, and Matthew Yorra. Unfortunately a few were sent to the rail including Loni Hui, Scott Baumstein, and Michael Tait.

They will play out Level 8 then go on a 40-minute dinner break.

Matthew Yorra

Event 1 Day 1A: Anto Slisko Leads; Sebastian Sacca Chasing

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 7:  300/600 with a 600 ante
Day 1A Entries:  244

Nancy Birnbaum and Buddy

The second break came to an end very much like the first one; Anto Slisko leading the field with his big stack. He moved further out front with 226,000 after six levels with Argentinian Sebastian Sacca the closest to catching him with 156,000.

Counts from around the room:

Anto Slisko – 226,000 (377 bb)
Sebastian Sacca – 156,000 (260 bb)
Ory Hen – 106,000 (177 bb)
Michael Newman – 90,200 (150 bb)
David Vurgait – 50,000 (83 bb)
Richard Rice – 47,000 (78 bb)
Loni Hui – 36,000 (60 bb)
Stuart Greenbaum – 34,800 (58 bb)
David Shmuel – 32,500 (54 bb)
Evan Teitelbaum – 31,000 (52 bb)
Judy Bielan – 30,000 (50 bb)
Solange Lucas – 30,000 (50 bb)
Jorge Gomez – 27,700 (46 bb)
Nancy Birnbaum – 23,500 (39 bb)
Scott Zakheim – 23,000 (38 bb)
Michael Tait – 6,500 (11 bb)

Event 1 Day 1A: Familiar Faces

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 6:  300/500 with a 500 ante
Day 1A Entries:  228

Jennifer David

The Event 1 prize pool climbed over $75,000 over the last two levels and they are trying to chase down that $100,000 guarantee before the weekend even gets here.

We’re seeing a lot of familiar faces in the crowd today including Jennifer David, Fred Dabus, Loni Hui, Stuart Greenbaum, Richard Rice, and Michael Newman.

Fred Dabus

Event 1 Day 1A: Michael Tait Shoves on Thomas Gari

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 5:  200/400 with a 400 ante
Day 1A Entries:  220

Michael Tait

While looking for a few friends in the field, we found two mixing it up. Thomas Gari and Michael Tait were heads up with the board reading AsJd2d and Gari took a look at Tait’s stack. They went to the Ks turn and Tait dropped his last 9,900 in the middle.

Gari counted out chips for a call, saw how much he would have left if he lost, and elected to fold giving Tait some needed chips.

Michael Tait – 23,500
Thomas Gari – 10,800

Thomas Gari

Event 1 Day 1A: First Break

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1A Entries:  196

Level 3 came to an end and tournament staff sent the players on their first break of the day. The field is just shy of 200 entries with more people making a path towards the Poker Room.

They will enjoy the amenities in the casino for 15 minutes before returning to action. Then there will be another three 40-minute levels before the next break.

Event 1 Day 1A: Piderit Family Business

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1A Entries:  189

Eric Piderit

The entry count is nearing 200 in the third level of the day they will make a run for the $100K guarantee before the end of the day. It most likely won’t get there but they’ll give it a run.

We’re seeing a lot of old friends including SHRP regular Eric Piderit. When we caught up with him, he was more interested in talking about the recent accomplishments of his son Caleb. He booked the biggest cash of his career last weekend in the May Big Stack Special. Caleb cashed for $15K after a seven-way deal saw him officially take second place.

Eric and Caleb aren’t the only ones in the family with success; wife/mother Tamra made the final table of the Fun in the Sun opening event this past December for a nice payout of her own.

Event 1 Day 1A: Halfway Home

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2:  100/100 with a 100 ante
Day 1A Entries:  148

Shortly after the start of Level 2, the tournament had enough players to cover more than half of the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. That means we can expect a big number with two more weekend flights on top of today’s action, it will spin pretty high before registration closes at the start of Day 2.