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PokerStars North American Poker Tour -- Los Angeles Day 1A

A Strong Start Brought 330 Players to the Bike on Day 1A

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Jason MercierDay 1A of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour Los Angeles $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event took place today at the Bicycle Casino in Southern California. The first day-one flight attracted 330 players. It was a strong start for the final stop on the season 1 schedule for the NAPT, and this tournament should surpass 700 players tomorrow.

The chip leader at the end of play tonight is Nick Grippo who holds 235,100. In second place is Tom Middleton, who scored a double up early in the day and never looked back to finish with many times his starting stack. Some very familiar faces round out the leader board, including Scott Fischman, Matt Woodward, John Phan, Ravi Raghavan, William Reynolds, James Mackey, and Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier.

The aggressive blind structure ensured that play moved along quickly today, especially in the later stages of the evening. After nine levels of poker there were just 147 players still in the hunt and they will be joined by the survivors from day 1B on Sunday. Speaking of Day 1B, it will get started at 1 p.m. PDT on Saturday, and you can follow along with all of the action in CardPlayer.com’s live coverage.

Here is a look at the tournament statistics from Day 1A:

Top Chip Counts:

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Nicholas Grippo 235,100
2 Thomas Middleton 229,100
3 Scott Fischman 224,600
4 Clint Coffee 202,900
5 Romulus Segal 190,700
6 Cary Katz 184,000
7 Ryan Welch 183,100
8 Jacob Toole 181,200
9 Richard Munro 179,100
10 Jason Mercier 173,200

Notable Eliminations: Adam Levy, Lauren Kling, Eric Froehlich, Antonio Esfandiari, Mandy Baker, Jeff Madsen, Kyle Bowker, David Baker, Men Nguyen, Justin Young, Scott Seiver, Andrew Lichtenberger, Tim Phan, Greg Raymer, Cornel Cimpan, Joseph Cheong, Annette Obrestad, Liv Boeree, Shaun Deeb, Scott Clements, Sam Stein, Vanessa Selbst, Sorel Mizzi, and Barry Greenstein