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The Big Event -- Day 1B at the Bike

The Total Field Size Stands at 417 Players with a $1.9 Million Prize Pool

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Daniel Negreanu is among the Day 1B Chip LeadersThere was a smaller turnout on day 1B of The Big Event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California on Sunday but there were many big-name professionals among the 154 players who participated. Players like Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Tilly, Jason Alexander and Dwyte Pilgrim came straight to L.A. from the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in Las Vegas, and other professionals like Men Nguyen, Kathy Liebert, Scott Clements, and former world champions Joseph Cada and Jerry Yang were in action on Day 1B as well.

The total field size stands at 417 entries, and the top 56 will make the money. The total prize pool for the event is $1,921,327. Here is a look at the total payout structure for The Big Event:

1: $500,000
2: $300,000
3: $190,000
4: $140,000
5: $100,000
6: $75,000
7: $55,000
8: $35,327
9-10: $27,000
11-12: $21,000
13-14: $17,000
15-16: $14,000
17-24: $11,500
25-32: $10,000
33-40: $9,000
41-48: $8,000
49-56; $7,500

It is possible that the money will be reached tomorrow. With 130 players coming back from Day 1A and 93 surviving from Day 1B, there will be 223 players in the hunt tomorrow. A few notables who didn’t survive day 1B included John Hennigan, Men Nguyen, Joe Cada, Carter Phillips, Matt Affleck, Daniel Alaei, Nikolay Evdakov, Micah Raskin, Jason Alexander, and Jennifer Tilly.

There was no runaway chip leader on Day 1B, but there are a number of players who accumulated very healthy stacks during the day. Shawn Hart is the chip leader with just over 150,000. Notables near the top of the leader board include Ali Eslami with 135,200 and Negreanu, who holds 111,500. Negreanu went on a rush during the last level of play tonight despite being seated at a tough table with Hennigan, Pilgrim, and Liebert.

Day 1A Top Chip Counts:

Shawn Hart 151,900
Ali Eslami 135,200
Xuan Nguyen 133,600
Franco Brunetti 132,700
Ismail Erkanov 123,100
Joseph Ressler 113,200
Daniel Negreanu 111,500
Dustin Dorrance-Bowman 95,000
Bruce Antman 70,000
Michael Katz 65,000

Tune back in to Card Player tomorrow at noon PST for more live coverage from The Big Event.