Day 1b of the World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic concluded on Saturday night, with Henry Lu taking the overall Day 1 chip lead. Lu won his first bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker and will be looking to continue his success here at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. Day 1b attracted 226 players, combining with the 274 players that bought in on Day 1a to give a total player count of 500 and a prize pool of $1,600,000.
There were a great number of top players who entered the tournament on Day 1b, including Andy Frankenberger, Jason Somerville and Olivier Busquet. Another entry on Saturday, who was looking to further rewrite the poker history books, was Marvin Rettenmaier. Last week, Rettenmaier became the first person to win back-to-back WPT titles after he won WPT Cyprus in a very comfortable fashion. Unfortunately for the German pro, it was not meant to be and he was eliminated by a rivered flush, courtesy of Scott Montgomery.
The World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic is a ‘second chance’ tournament, which means that if a player busts out on Day 1a, then they can pony up the $3,500 again on Day 1b and re-buy into the tournament. This worked out well for Matt Glantz, who went broke on Day 1a but, after re-buying on Day 1b, found himself with a healthy chip stack going into Day 2. However, there are some players who did not fare so well, such as Joseph Cheong, Tony Dunst and Montgomery. All three of these players dropped $7,000 over two days and will hit the rail with nothing to show for it.
Here are the top ten chip counts combined from Day 1a and 1b:
Day 2 of World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic will see the remaining 196 players return to the felt and play will continue over seven 90-minute blind levels. Only the top 54 players get paid and all 196 of them are sure to be keeping one eye on that money bubble as Day 2 unfolds.
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