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2018 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel: Recap of Day 1A of the Main Event

The First Starting Day Attracted 115 Entries With 29 Players Advancing To Day 2


The first day of the 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event is now in the books! The tournament features a $200,000 guarantee, and with 115 total entries after the first starting day, the event is on pace to surpass the promised prize pool.

Friday, Jan. 12 saw the first of two starting days in this CPPT main event kick off at 12:15 PM ET. The second and final starting day will begin at the same time on Saturday, Jan. 13.

For players still interested in winning their way into this exciting event, the Live! Poker Room will be offering two turbo satellites, starting at 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM.

From the 115 entries made on day 1A only 29 players made it through to day 2, with Ben Foster bagging up the chip lead with 334,200. Other top stacks include James Cornblatt (317,300) and Jeffery Chang (294,400).

CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel Event #8 champion Aaron PinsonAaron Pinson sits in the middle of the pack with 109,700. Pinson took down a title earlier on in this CPPT series, winning the $240 Omaha eight-or-better/seven card stud eight-or-better split event for $2,348. Pinson has captured three live tournament titles, all of which he won right here at the Live! Casino & Hotel. The Baltimore, MD resident now has more than $159,000 in lifetime live tournament earnings.

The 29 who made it through the day will combine with the survivors of day 1B when play resumes at 12:15 PM on Sunday, Jan. 14. Play is set to continue until a champion is decided that evening.

Here is a look at the chip counts for the survivors of day 1A:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Ben Foster 334,200
2 James Cornblatt 317,300
3 Jeffery Chang 294,400
4 Jerry McPhee 291,700
5 Larry Riggs 210,600
6 Jane Hitchcock 193,900
7 William Zgorski 188,800
8 Matt Miller 182,400
9 Brett Apter 151,700
10 Jon Cantor 130,800
11 Peter Beshay 129,000
12 Eric Landy 127,500
13 Scott Heiser 122,100
14 Marc Kline 115,300
15 Adam Hendrix 113,800
16 Aaron Pinson 109,700
17 Paul Min 102,100
18 Phong Nguyen 101,200
19 Rob Cochran Jr. 99,500
20 Gary Comi 96,300
21 Lily Yeh 95,000
22 Duane Hunton 74,200
23 Chaitanya Vallabhaneni 73,500
24 Ravi Repole 67,700
25 Adam White 59,700
26 Orlando Andujar Jr. 58,300
27 Ken Davis 55,100
28 Scott Andes 50,600
29 Scott Blumenfeld 44,000

This main event is part of the first ever CPPT series held at the Live! Casino & Hotel, which was voted Maryland’s Best Casino five years running by Casino Player Magazine.

There are a few events on offer after the main event. Check out the full schedule here.

Players participating in any of the tournaments can book rooms at Live! Lofts, conveniently located five minutes from Live! Casino & Hotel with complimentary shuttle service. Rates include 20 percent off the Best Available Rate by using code CPT0118 and are valid Jan. 3–14.

But it’s not just the tournament that will be offered at Live! The bustling 15,000-square foot, 52-table poker room spreads some of the best cash games in the country. Maryland’s poker revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year in September 2017, making it the hottest poker cash game market in the nation.

Opening just three years ago, the Live! Poker Room is the largest in the state of Maryland, one of the biggest in the country, and is part of one of the fastest growing gaming complexes in the United States.

Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington D.C., Live! Casino & Hotel is open 24/7/365, features more than 200 live action table games, approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines, and two High Limit rooms. With the new addition of the luxury Live! Hotel and Event Center, opening Spring 2018, the casino’s strong gaming product will be paired with first-class accommodations, entertainment, dining, and its signature customer service – strengthening Live! as the preferred destination in this region. The 310-room hotel tower will feature thousands of square feet of versatile meeting space, as well as a spa, fitness center, concert venue and new shopping and dining options. About 2,000 additional parking spaces are also to be added to the property.

The property currently offers world-class dining and entertainment, including the Zagat-rated no. 1 steakhouse The Prime Rib; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; Morty’s Delicatessen, a traditional New York-style deli; Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine; The Cheesecake Factory; Phillips Seafood Express. Two new eateries include 8 at Luk Fu, featuring sushi and sashimi; and En Vivo, with classic varieties of soft tacos and burritos. A sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the Live! experience.

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