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2017 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean's 11 San Diego Classic: Recap of Flights 1C and 1D

517 Entries Have Been Made Through The First Four Starting Flights

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The second day of the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic has wrapped up and if today was any indication, this event is going to be massive! A total of 517 entries have now been made through the first four starting flights of this exciting tournament, meaning that the prize pool has already grown to $103,400 with two $250 buy-in starting flights and Quantum Reload day 2 direct buy-in still available.

The Quantum Reload option is for those who do not want to fight their way through day 1 qualifiers in this massive CPPT event. Players can enter on day 2 for $1,500 and receive an average chip stack of 120,000 with blinds starting at 1,000 – 2,000 that day.

Friday, July 21 saw flights 1C and 1D take place, with the former drawing 121 entries and the later attracting 140. The two flights added $52,200 to the prize pool, bringing the total into the six-figure range with a huge turnout anticipated for Saturday’s 1E and 1F flights.

Gavin GriffinFrom the 261 entries made on Friday, only 39 players made it through to day 2, with none other than Card Player columnist and poker triple crown winner Gavin Griffin bagging up the largest stack from either of Friday’s flights. Griffin, who has main event titles on the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour in addition to a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, ended the day with 263,000. Griffin finished 11th in this event back in April and is in good shape to improve on that performance with another deep run this time around.

Another big stack who has prior success on the Card Player Poker Tour is Maxx Dansky, who ended the day with 180,500. Dansky topped a field of 800 entries to win the 2012 CPPT Choctaw main event for $152,008.

In the four flights so far only one player has qualified for day 2 more than once: Reza Emtiaz. Players that qualify multiple times will take their largest stack forward and be paid $1,200 in lieu of any additional entry into day 2. In this case, Emtiaz will end up coming back to the 47,000 that he bagged up at the conclusion of flight 1A, given that he doesn’t qualify again with a bigger stack.

Here is a look at the complete chip counts of the players that have qualified for day 2, combining the survivors from flights 1 A-D:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 John Meekhall 385,000
2 Gavin Griffin 263,000
3 Shaun Davis 248,500
4 Steven Wendroff  247,500
5 Jolen LaPerna 228,500
6 Benjamin Jensen 226,400
7 Barry Seidman 187,000
8 Ryan Smith 185,000
9 Maxx Dansky 180,500
10 Ken Herold 177,000
11 Anders Wright 176,000
12 Sam Muhlmeister 174,500
13 Larry Conklin 155,500
14 Josh Mountain 153,300
15 Severino Cabrera 144,000
16 Christopher Black 132,000
17 Juan Vazquez 130,500
18 Steve Moshiki 123,000
19 Ori Kossonogi 119,500
20 Chris Ashtari 116,500
21 Micah Cade 113,500
22 Gary Fessia 113,500
23 Greg Baron 112,500
24 Bradford Lawn 112,000
25 Jerry Linn Holland 111,500
26 Hien Ly 111,000
27 Daniel Polerecky 110,500
28 Robert Ostler 108,500
29 Kevin Meyers 103,000
30 Jason Semo 102,500
31 Tony Gonzalez 99,100
32 William Berman 98,000
33 Stefan DeLorenzo 97,500
34 Willie Gardner 91,500
35 Russel Davies 91,500
36 Indo Nguyen 91,000
37 Vladimir Medvisnky 89,300
38 Stephen Winters 84,000
39 Charlie Quirmbach 81,500
40 Josh Virnick 80,500
41 John Sherfy 79,500
42 Chadd Cunningham 78,000
43 Daniel Mantini 78,000
44 Jonathan Persekian 75,000
45 Bryan Bui 73,000
46 Jose Cisneros 72,800
47 Rich Hendricks 72,000
48 Sebastian Triscar 71,500
49 Darryl Mann 70,500
50 Juan Marquez 70,000
51 Paul Miller 68,800
52 Jerry Hamilton 68,500
53 Brian Comestro 66,000
54 Rene DelLacova 60,500
55 Michael Velasquez 59,000
56 Manual Hernandez 58,500
57 Thomas Woodard 58,000
58 Kenneth Espinoza 55,700
59 Tin Pham  52,500
60 Alan Ho 52,400
61 Jose Araya  51,000
62 William Leunis 50,500
63 Robert Hoag  50,000
64 Chris Conn 48,500
65 Reza Emtiaz 47,000
66 Joe Stiglich 41,500
67 Everett Roff 40,500
68 Ebony Kenney 39,300
79 Michael Piellucci 39,200
70 Chris Marano 36,600
71 Charles Teplitz 36,500
72 Ed Tamura 33,300
73 Richard Furfaro 32,500
74 Israel Veliz 30,000
75 Josh Jackson 29,500

Ocean’s 11 is the only casino in Southern California located along the Pacific Ocean on the Interstate 5 freeway, less than a mile from some of the area’s most picturesque beaches.

The property also boasts 50 tables of the best poker and table games found anywhere in California with all the favorite poker games, including no-limit and limit hold’em, Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better, pot-limit Omaha, and crazy pineapple.

Previous winners of this event include Shawn Busse, Robert DeAgazio and Barry Knowlton. For more information, please visit the CPPT homepage.