Eight days after opening its doors for the 2016 Chicago Poker Classic at the Horseshoe Hammond, the $2,000 CPC Main Event kicked off at noon. The flight drew 311 entrants, only 43 players advanced to Day 2 and Steven Hensley bagged up a monster stack of 659,500.
Hensley has a 150,000 chip-lead over second place Jorge Postigo and Stanislav Barshak sits in third, nearly 250,000 chips back. Mike Younan, Aaron Steury and Ty Reiman all bagged up in the top ten.
Shiva Dudani, Josh Lowing, Jordan Smith and Matt Shepsky all bagged above average stacks for Day 2. George Dietz, Andrew Rubinberg and Yoon Kim will have a harder time on Sunday holding some of the shorter advancing stacks.
Some of Chicago’s finest came to play, but didn’t survive the day like Aaron Massey, Kevin Saul and Zal Irani. Greg Raymer, Jason Gooch, John Holley, Mike Puccio, Ben Keeline, Ryan Tepen, David Gutfreund and Matt Lushin all took a shot on Friday but didn’t advance. It’s quite likely they’ll be back for Saturday’s Day 1B flight.
Saturday’s Flight 1B kicks off at noon and plays a mirror-image schedule to Flight 1A. Tournament organizer are expecting a huge turnout for the final flight.
Additionally, Event 11: $250 No Limit Hold’em, aka The Mustang Event, runs its first two flights at 3 pm and 6 pm respectively. Of course, that’s just the first two flights, with three more running on Sunday at noon, 3 pm and 6 pm.
Top Ten Chip Counts
Steven Hensley – 659,500
Jorge Postigo – 506,000
Stanislav Barshak – 410,500
Michael Younan – 358,500
Casey Yontz – 340,000
He Ming Huang – 292,000
Matt Hauge – 286,000
Pavlin Karakikov – 247,500
Aaron Steury – 246,000
Ty Reiman – 245,500