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Chino Rheem Leads Card Player Poker Tour Palm Beach Kennel Club After Day 1A

Brian Hastings, Darryll Fish and Chance Kornuth Also Among 37 Survivors


It was a day of big names, local heroes and fast paced action at Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Day 1A of the Card Player Poker Tour $1,100 no-limit hold’em $250,000 guaranteed main event kicked off at 12pm EST at the South Florida card room and race track.

Cards were quickly in the air as multiple pros filtered in alongside the regulars and familiar faces. Local regulars Gary Bodley, Georgia Felger and Tyler Denson took their seats along side WSOP bracelet winners Chance Kornuth and Brian Hastings, WPT champion and former November Niner Chino Rheem, former Full Tilt Red Pro Stuart Patterson, Seminole Hard Rock $10 million guarantee and WPT Montreal final tablist Mukul Pahuja, 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event winner Harrison Gimbel, Darryll Fish, Eric Blair and Nancy Todd.

Some faces familiar to the Card Player Poker Tour also joined the field including Season II CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event runner-up T.K. Miles, Rem Remington, Maurice Hawkins, Stephen Bokor and Evan Teitelbaum

A grand total of 161 entries were put up on Day 1A, making up a little over 64 percent of the guaranteed prize pool. Only 89 players are needed on Day 1B to make the guarantee, a number that is likely to be met and exceeded.

After 15 40-minute levels chips were bagged for the night with 37 players moving on to Day 2. But it was Rheem who ended the night with the most chips, bagging up a massive stack of 398,100.

Chino RheemRheem steadily chipped up throughout the day but the bulk of his chips came from a single hand involving a pair of threes late in the day. Rheem opened to about 3,200 and a second player three bet to 11,000, a third player called. Rheem four-bet to 150,000 to put both players all in, the player who three-bet released. The final player in the hand went into the tank before calling off his final 110,000. Rheem showed two red threes and his opponent turned over K-10 of spades. A flop of QSpade Suit JDiamond Suit 6Spade Suit gave Rheem’s opponent an astounding 21 outs, the two-time WPT champion managed to stay ahead after the 5Club Suit on the turn and take the pot when the JClub Suit fell on the river. After the hand, Rheem was up to about 350,000 and far ahead of the rest of the 41 players who remained at the time. A few hands later Rheem was up to about 400,000.

Players for Day 1B will take their seats at 12pm EST Saturday. Play will continue on Day 2 at 1pm EST Sunday and the final table will take place Monday, December 16 with a live stream at

Continue to follow all the action through Card Player’s real-time live updates as the tournament continues here.

Here is a look at the chip counts for all remaining 37 players from day 1A:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Chino Rheem 398,100
2 Allan Pecal 275,800
3 Andre Crooks 242,400
4 John McNulty 196,700
5 Bruce Lehrman 181,900
6 Even Tietelbaum 161,400
7 Brian Hastings 159,100
8 Brett Grebow 156,900
9 Michael Landress 152,700
10 Sean Remz 140,100
11 Zachary Kessler 138,700
12 Chris Cristillo 122,300
13 Scott Zakheim 106,300
14 Jeffrey Bohanek 99,300
15 Gary Bodley 98,400
16 Caleb Plunkett 94,100
17 Michael Vo 91,500
18 Bob Poolos 89,500
19 Melvin Pickens 85,200
20 Darryll Fish 84,600
21 Victor Figueroa 83,900
22 Jordan Scott 83,300
23 Marty Hogan 80,200
24 Mitchell Smith 77,300
25 Lee Klosty 77,000
26 Eric Riley 69,000
27 Chance Kornuth 67,300
28 Matt Mendez 61,200
29 Jason Plaxon 57,300
30 Josh Kay 48,700
31 Brian Raik 48,100
32 Rem Remington 45,400
33 Daniel Burns 34,000
34 Romeo Neal 33,800
35 Brett Bader 33,700
36 Garrett Lorman 33,400
37 Michael Laake 31,600