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2017 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Hotel and Casino: Day 2 Direct Buy-In Available!

Players Can Buy-in For $1,750 and Receive 150,000 In Chips

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A total of 1,660 entries were made in the starting flights of the $400,000 guaranteed 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Hotel and Casino main event. If you want to join in on this exciting tournament you still can. Players can take advantage of the Quantum Reload format and direct buy-in on day 2 for $1,750. Players who exercise this option will receive 150,000 in chips, which will be an average stack, and will be able to re-enter once during the first two levels of play.

Day 2 action resumes at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, July 13. You will have a chance to not only win a tournament title and a lot of money, but also to win your way onto an upcoming cover of Card Player Magazine.

Flight 1I chip leader Ed AbediniThe final two starting flights of this event were held on Wednesday, July 12. Flight 1I began at 11:30 a.m. and drew 179 players. From that field only 18 players advanced, with Ed Abedini leading the way with 374,000. Other big stacks from that session included Tim Tang (286,200), Mike Jung (271,300), Alex Lee (230,400) and Parsa Seifouri (214,400).

Flight 1J got underway at 4:00 p.m. and attracted 241 entries, the most of any of the ten starting flights in this event. As a result of the strong turnout 24 players from this flight qualified for day 2. The chip leader was Jose Felix Ramirez with 387,000 in chips. Other big stacks from the flight include Benito Carrera (319,300), Runqing Luan (229,400) and Andrew Pham, who ended the night with 322,200.

Pham won a massive pot when he got all-in on a six-high flop holding pocket aces. His opponent had flopped top set and called, making a boat when the board paired on the turn. Pham found an ace on the river to give him a higher full house and the massive pot worth over 300,000.

All told a total of 168 ‘players’ qualified for day 2, although some players qualified multiple times so the actual number of unique players could decrease as multi-qualifiers are determined by the tournament staff. The 1,660 turnout so far has blown away the 2016 running of this event, which saw Koveh Waysei defeat a field of 1,333 to earn the top prize of $45,000.

The final prize pool and payout information is not yet available this year, as it will depend on the number of Quantum Reload direct buy-ins made on day 2.

This is the first of two Card Player Poker Tour stops at the Bike in 2017. The second is scheduled for October. Always known as one of the leaders in the industry when it comes to poker tournaments, the Bike prides itself on being creative and always offering the best-structured events.

Also soon coming, a VIP poker room with a huge bar for the players, just like Bellagio has Bobby’s Room and Aria has Ivey’s Room, the Bicycle Casino is going to have its own room for the biggest games around.

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino recently unveiled a $50 million hotel expansion to the property. The 117,907 square-foot addition boasts 99 rooms, including 29 suites, as well as a multitude of amenities including the all-new Bike Brewery, full spa and elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas.

“This is a hotel for everyone,” says Bicycle Hotel & Casino CEO Hashem Minaiy. “Even if you aren’t a card player, there are plenty of reasons to stay here and come back. We have the best, most friendly staff in the industry. They are original thinkers who will bend over backwards to serve our customers. I really encourage all people to come and see for themselves what the Bicycle Hotel & Casino is all about. I have no doubt that our staff will prove me right and deliver every time.”

The 29 luxury suites range from the Classic Suite (648 sq. ft.), the signature Bike Suite (904 sq. ft.), the Governor’s Suite (1,359 sq. ft.) and a Presidential Suite (2,007 sq. ft.). The Presidential Suite has two bedrooms, a formal living room and a Jacuzzi tub.

A floor design of overlapping circles, inspired by a bicycle wheel, winds its way to a variety of amenities, including dining, a coffee house, a gift shop, entry to the casino concourse and an Asia-themed VIP gaming area.

The second floor is home to a state-of-the-art fitness center, the outdoor pool deck and the hotel spa and sauna. There is also 8,000 square-feet of multi-purpose event and private meeting space. The 28-screen Bike Brewery has 28 beers on tap, including two private labels exclusive to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in the James Blonde Ale and the Golden Hand Hefeweizen.

For more information on the tournament stop, visit the Card Player Poker Tour homepage. ♠