The second flight of the $2,000 Chicago Poker Classic Main Event drew 425 entrants, pushing the total number to 736 entrants. Flight 1B advanced 72 players and leading Saturday’s field is Ben McCoy after bagging up 366,000.
The 43 survivors from Flight 1A combine for 115 players resuming for Day 2. The massive field built a $1,307,136 prize pool to pay out the top 72 finishers. Not only do the top three finishers earn six-figures, with the winner earning $254,892, they each win a seat to the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Only three players from Saturday’s flight landed inside the overall top ten, but Steven Hensely has a massive lead over the field heading into Day 2 with 132 big blinds when play resumes at 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante.
Joe Ford, Yossi Azulay, Ralph Massey, Ryan Van Sanford, Jose Serratos, Zal Irani and Matt Hauge all made it through to Day 2.
Aaron Massey, Ben Keeline, Ryan Olisar, Javier Zarco. Wendy Freedman and Matt Lushin took a chance on Saturday but they were eliminated throughout the day.
Overall Top Ten Chip Counts
Steven Hensley – 659,500
Jorge Postigo – 506,000
Stanislav Barshak – 410,500
Ben McCoy – 366,000
Michael Younan – 358,500
Geremi Wicinski – 346,500
Casey Yontz – 340,000
Peter S. Kim – 309,500
Robert Noe – 303,500
Porfino Mendez – 297,000
**Please note that Daylight Savings Time occurs tonight and Day 2 has cards in the air at noon.