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Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Main Event Draws 163 For Day 1A

Day 1B Begins Saturday at Noon, Registration Open Until 7:30 Local Time


The Card Player Poker Tour has rolled into bestbet Jacksonville for an $1,100 main event, and by all indications, it looks like it will be a success.

The day 1A flight drew 163 entrants, which puts the tournament well ahead of pace for its $200,000 guarantee, and is nearly a full table more than what the event drew last year for the same flight, which was 155. Tournament officials expect an even larger turnout for Saturday’s starting flight and an overall prize pool that may wind up doubling the guarantee.

Each player in the field started with a stack of 25,000, or 250 big blinds. You can check out the tournament structure here.

Peter LeLeading the field at the end of the night was Nghia “Peter” Le, who bagged up a whopping 359,500. That’s currently worth nearly three times the average stack. Other players who bagged up monster stacks included William O’Neal, Mike Tran, and Enos Smith.

Defending champion Jared Reinstein, who has three total cashes in this event in his career, managed to hang on at the end of the day with 49,000.

By the end of the night, only 33 remained. Those players will get the day off on Saturday and will combine with the day 1B field on Sunday to play down to a final table.

Day 1B begins Saturday at noon, with registration open until the start of level 10, around 7:30 p.m.

Here is a look at the day 1A overnight chip counts.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Peter Le 359,500
2 William O’Neal 330,000
3 Mike Tran 298,500
4 Enos Smith 275,500
5 Phil Pompper 235,000
6 Brian Arbaugh 205,500
7 Ben Diebold 150,000
8 Nick Raio 147,000
9 Dustin Stewart 144,000
10 Eddy Mroczkowski 132,000
11 John Dollinger 127,500
12 Rory McLoid 114,000
13 Dustin Nelson 112,500
14 James McKinnon 109,000
15 Brandon Caputo 101,500
16 Kelley Slay 96,000
17 Dennis Bergeron 95,000
18 Carlos Guerrero 83,000
19 Tony Miles 82,000
20 Toan Truong 79,000
21 Trace Henderson 79,000
22 Danny Schechter 77,000
23 Jimmy Roberston 73,000
24 Carlos Loving 73,000
25 Richard Grant 66,500
26 Mike Kruger 63,000
27 Wendy Lu 63,000
28 Mike Samonsky 61,000
29 John Dubard 60,500
30 Ryan McAllister 52,000
31 Jared Reinstein 49,000
32 Will Galloway 47,000

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For more information about the ongoing CPPT stop at bestbet Jacksonville, visit the tour homepage. ♠