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