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

A Total of 303 Entries Have Been Made With Registration Open Until The Start of Day 2

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The second and final starting day of the 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event has come to a close, and with 303 entries already made and registration still open until the start of day 2 (at 12:15 PM ET), the $200,000 guarantee has already been comfortably surpassed by over $100,000.

Saturday, Jan. 13 saw 188 entries made on day 1B, with only 50 players bagging up chips at the end of the night. The overall chip leader heading into day 2 is day 1B’s Chase Bianchi with 334,700. The next highest stack is day 1A chip leader Ben Foster, who ended with 334,200. Other top stacks include James Cornblatt (317,300), Vital Benbenishty (300,600), Nitis Udornpim (300,300) and Jeffery Chang (294,400).

Christian HarderThere are a number of highly accomplished poker pros still in with a shot at the title. Maryland’s own Christian Harder bagged up 85,300. The Annapolis, MD resident has $4,315,685 in career cashes, including having won the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas main event last January. Another successful tournament player still in with a shot is Roland Israelashvili, who has $2,998,150 in lifetime live earnings. Israelashvili heads into day 2 with 220,200.

Action will resume at 12:15 PM on Sunday, Jan. 14 for day 2. As mentioned earlier, late registration will remain open until the resumption of play. Day 2 will continue until the next CPPT main event champion is decided.

Here is a look at the chip counts for all players heading into day 2:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Chase Bianchi 334,700
2 Ben Foster 334,200
3 James Cornblatt 317,300
4 Vital Benbenishty 300,600
5 Nitis Udornpim 300,300
6 Jeffery Chang 294,400
7 Jerry McPhee 291,700
8 Aris Winger 286,700
9 Divakar Marella 232,700
10 Dong Kim 231,600
11 Mukharji Uppalapati 227,700
12 Dennis Yoder 221,600
13 Jason Bullock 221,100
14 Roland Israelishvili 220,200
15 Larry Riggs 210,600
16 Tim Little 194,500
17 Jane Hitchcock 193,900
18 Yaser Al-Keliddar 192,300
19 William Zgorski 188,800
20 Alberto Sabogali 185,800
21 Matt Miller 182,400
22 An-Ming Hwang 176,200
23 Jimmy Miller 163,100
24 Barry Fleishman 162,700
25 Tim Bonnette 153,600
26 Brett Apter 151,700
27 Sean Gomez 151,600
28 Ron Slagle 150,400
29 Chris Csik 141,500
30 Jon Cantor 130,800
31 Carlton Tartar 130,500
32 Randy White 130,100
33 Peter Beshay 129,000
34 Eric Landy 127,500
35 Michael Rosa 124,000
36 Scott Heiser 122,100
37 Steven Markowitz 119,700
38 Nicholas Persian 119,200
39 Peter Alvey 115,800
40 Marc Kline 115,300
41 Adam Hendrix 113,800
42 Aaron Pinson 109,700
43 Robert Kosydar 109,000
44 Paul Min 102,100
45 Phong Nguyen 101,200
46 Rob Cochran Jr. 99,500
47 Lance Carter 97,300
48 Tim Weslow 96,700
49 Gary Comi 96,300
50 Lily Yeh 95,000
51 Brett Lambert 94,400
52 Michael Anderson 92,000
53 Adam Glasgow 91,300
54 Feng Li 87,200
55 Christian Harder 85,300
56 Jeremy Stein 83,100
57 Duane Hunton 74,200
58 Chaitanya Vallabhaneni 73,500
59 John Copper 67,900
60 Ravi Repole 67,700
61 Jitendra Surwade 64,200
62 Adam White 59,700
63 Orlando Andujar Jr. 59,200
64 Jimmy Nunez 58,700
65 Brett Hollingsworth 58,400
66 James Hickman 57,700
67 Ken Davis 55,100
68 Richard Ray 52,700
69 Tim Fasco 51,100
70 Scott Andes 50,600
71 Tim Donaldson 50,100
72 Harry Korotki 46,000
73 Scott Blumenfeld 44,000
74 Dan Newman 43,400
75 Lara Eisenberg 38,400
76 Jay Zeman 37,200
77 Gintautas Putinas 37,100
78 Travis Hunat 36,900
79 Brian Frasca 27,200

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.

Come to Live! Casino & Hotel where the poker action is great and anything can happen.
For reservations, call 443-445-2929 or 855-5MD-LIVE (855-563-5483); or click here