Main Event Flight A Chip Counts, Defending Champion Eddie Ochana Just Outside Top 10, Flight B Begins at Noon

Event #8 $2,000 Main Event with $1,000,000 guarantee (one $10,000 WSOP seat added)

Defending Chicago Poker Classic Main Event champion Eddie Ochana sits just outside the top 10 as 44 players bag in Flight A.

Defending Chicago Poker Classic Main Event champion Eddie Ochana sits just outside the top 10 as 44 players bag in Flight A.

The first of two starting flights in the $2,000 Chicago Poker Classic Main Event began yesterday at noon with 314 players. The opener drew a talented field that included World Series of Poker Player of the Year runner up Brandon Shack-Harris, 2012 CPC $5,000 heads up champion Aaron Massey and others. Following 16 levels, the tournament played to just 44 remaining with George Pappas leading the way with 507,700 chips. Pappas is trailed by a tough crew of players that includes none other than defending champion Eddie Ochana (pictured).

With 240,700, Ochana claims less than half the chips of the leader but sits just outside the top 10. Last year, the Chicago pro maneuvered his way through a field of 745 players to earn more than $217,000 on his home turf. His run at follow-up title is still alive in 2015 as he holds nearly 50 big blinds heading to Day 2.

While Shack-Harris and Massey hit the rail along with Chris Tryba, Nick Jivkov, John Dolan, Matt Kirby, Josh Williams, Zal Irani and Kevin Saul, there’s no shortage of notables still alive from Flight A. Last year’s CPC Event 1 champion Chris Karambinis sits third in the counts with 344,100 and is trailed by gold bracelet winner Aaron Steury (127,800), Ralph Massey (95,200), Michael Hahn (90,300), Jose Serratos (67,100), Ryan Tepen (50,100) and shortstack Orlando Romero (43,800). The tournament permits unlimited re-entry, so we suspect this isn’t the last we’ve seen of some of the notables pros who failed to make Day 2.

Flight B begins today at noon CT and is expected to surpass the 314-player field of yesterday’s opener. Those who advance join the names mentioned above and others for Day 2 Sunday at noon.

Flight A chip counts with seat assignments:

Day 2 blinds begin at 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante

Rank Name Chip Count T S
1 George Pappas 507,700 89 3
2 Andy Rogowski 355,300 80 7
3 Chris Karambinis 344,100 87 8
4 David Short 340,800 86 7
5 Kevin Cronin 301,600 81 1
6 Sam Abueid 291,800 88 5
7 Christopher Kaltenbach 282,700 80 5
8 Jon Krzesinski 280,800 88 2
9 Stephen Nussrallah 271,100 83 9
10 Todd Breyfogle 257,300 83 6
11 William Miner 243,000 79 8
12 Edward Ochana 240,700 82 9
13 Brian Kleinhenz 237,400 79 1
14 Brad Jansen 236,000 79 3
15 Derek Hanauer 235,800 86 5
16 Jesse McVicker 234,300 81 2
17 Kristopher Bradshaw 222,800 83 4
18 Alexander Doroshko 218,500 87 9
19 Patrick Ray 206,100 86 8
20 Shon Makatov 183,800 86 6
21 Dr. Gary Lambert 147,500 87 4
22 Geremi Wicinski 138,600 88 7
23 John reading 133,100 78 1
24 Rajaee Wazwaz 132,900 88 3
25 Aaron Steury 128,500 86 2
26 marius Toderici 127,800 80 2
27 Michael Vanderwoude 124,200 78 2
28 Adam Glassman 123,800 88 8
29 Joseph Barnard 108,400 86 4
30 Daniel Buckley 104,800 89 9
31 Keith Uchima 96,400 79 7
32 Alex Maturi 95,900 83 2
33 Ralph Massey 95,200 78 5
34 Kenneth Daciolas 93,300 83 8
35 Igor Elkin 91,600 81 3
36 Michael Hahn 90,300 81 9
37 William Lux 82,900 88 9
38 Andrew Rosskamm 73,700 86 3
39 Dan Perper 71,800 79 6
40 Arturas Astrauskas 68,200 89 1
41 Zachary Cooke 67,600 87 1
42 Jose Serratos 67,100 79 5
43 Ryan Tepen 50,100 78 4
44 Orlando Romero 43,800 89 7
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