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CPPT Isle Casino Main Event: Tom Gity Leads After Day 1A

50 Players Enter The $1,100 Main Event On Day 1A; Two Starting Flights Remain

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Tom GityThe inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Isle Casino main event kicked off on Thursday, with 50 players putting up the $1,100 buy-in. After 13 levels of play, just 12 of those players remain, and they will return on Sunday to battle down to the final table.

Leading the field is Tom Gity, who rode a late surge in the final few levels of the evening to rise to the top of the counts. Gity made his first big move when his pocket queens took out another player with pocket nines.

Rami SinghThen, Gity took a huge chunk of chips from one of the more experienced players in the field in Ian O’Hara. After a series of preflop raises, Gity talked himself into going with pocket nines and found himself flipping against O’Hara’s A-K. Gity held, and he doubled through, ending the night with 223,000. O’Hara managed to hold on and bag 102,500.

Gity just narrowly edged out Rami Singh, who went from a starting stack to 219,000 in just two levels. Singh even managed to score a double knockout on one of the last hands of the night.

Rounding out the top three is Albert Destrade with 191,000, who is looking for his second CPPT final table appearance. Last May, Destrade finished fourth in the CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event for $22,456.

Albert DestradeThe tournament resumes Friday, at 2 p.m. ET with day 1B. Players can enter and re-enter all day long, and even register before play begins on day 2, which is Sunday.

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

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Tom Gity 223,000
2 Rami Singh 219,000
3 Albert Destrade 191,000
4 Noel Atherley 179,500
5 Paul Balzano 117,500
6 Donald Delancy 110,000
7 Ian O’Hara 102,500
8 Scott Zakheim 102,500
9 Andrew Blake 98,000
10 Steve Karp 62,500
11 Tony Utnage 61,500
12 Stephen Ibrahim 33,500

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Isle Casino will host $250 buy-in main event qualifiers at 10 a.m. with additional qualifiers Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m.

Additionally, there are still two more events left on the schedule. On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Isle Casino poker room will host a $10,000 guaranteed, $150 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. On Sunday, Aug. 26, players can take part in a $360 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, with $100 bounties.

Check out the full schedule, as well as results from the preliminary events, here. For more information about the CPPT, visit the Card Player Poker Tour homepage.