Lance Howard Bags Overwhelming Chip Lead in Main Event with 99 Left

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The second and final flight of the $2,000 buyin CPC Main Event drew 383 entries, making the total combined entries for the event 651. The total prize pool comes out to $1,156,176 with the top 63 getting paid. The minimum cash will be $5,018, while the winner will receive $231,237. There are also three $10,000 WSOP Main Event seats for the final three finishers. Of the 383 runners today, 59 survived to bag chips for tomorrow’s Day 2 restart at noon, and a total of 99 players remain from both starting flights combined.

Lance Howard (pictured) bagged the chip lead for Flight B and is the overwhelming chip leader for the entire field with 838,000. Howard went on a tear in the late levels of the night to finish with more than twice as much as the second biggest stack, which was 355,500. That stack belongs to Pawel Marowicz, with Joe Huang (334,000), Matt Lushin (315,500), and Daniel Loizzo (300,000) rounding out the top five stacks for Flight B.

Other familiar faces to bag chips in this flight were Ravi Raghavan (236,500), Blake Battaglia (227,500), Aaron Massey (219,000), Mutie Sughayar (215,000), Joe Elpayaa (202,500), Tom Midena (140,000), Matt Shepsky (133,000), Carter Myers (128,500), Shawn Rice (74,500), and Nadya Magnus (60,000).

Flight A chip leader James Moran goes into Day 2 second in chips with 515,500, and WSOP bracelet winner Jean Gaspard is fourth in chips heading into Day 2 with 359,000. Bracelet winners Alex Ziskin (156,500) and Aaron Steury (50,500), who got 11th in this event last year, are also still in the field. Countless other very accomplished tournament players are returning for Day 2 from the first flight, including Niel Mittleman (288,000), Jacob Bazeley (239,500), Keven Stammen (109,500), and Alex Aqel (75,500).

There are also three players still left who have a chance to make back-to-back CPC Main Event final tables. They are tournament poker pros Joe Huang (334,000), Mike Rieck (184,500), and Fadi Hamad (75,000).

Here are your top 10 to start Day 2:

1 Lance Howard 838,000 84 1
2 James Moran 515,500 85 2
3 Derek Hanauer 391,000 82 3
4 Jean Gaspard 359,000 79 6
5 Pawel Markowicz 355,500 88 5
6 Maurice Dankha 340,000 84 2
7 He Huang 334,000 88 2
8 Matt Lushin 315,500 87 5
9 Joshua Marvin 301,500 82 1
10 Daniel Loizzo 300,000 89 5

Complete Event #12B Chip Counts & Seat Assignments

Complete Main Event Day 1 Chip Counts & Seat Assignments

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