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CPPT Isle Casino Main Event: Brett Bader Tops Day 1B Field; Brian Hastings In Top Five

Final Starting Flight Begins Saturday at 2 p.m. ET


Brett BaderThe Card Player Poker Tour Isle Casino main event continued Friday at Pompano Park with day 1B action. This time around, 87 players entered the $1,100 buy-in tournament, bringing the total field size to 137.

With just one starting flight remaining, and a $250,000 guarantee, the tournament will need a strong turnout on Saturday to avoid an overlay. Of course, registration is open until the start of day 2 on Sunday for any latecomers looking for a big payday.

Tom Gity bagged up the lead with 223,000 after day 1A, but he wouldn’t have even made the top five in the day 1B flight. While the first starting day saw just two players crack the 200,000 mark, six players managed the feat on Friday.

Brian HastingsLeading the way is Brett Bader, who rode a surge up the leaderboard to bag up a whopping 323,000. He’s followed by WPT Deepstacks champion Scott Baumstein with 293,000, Fernando Halac with 280,000, and AJ Gambino with 260,500.

Sitting in fifth place entering day 2 is four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and high-stakes cash game crusher Brian Hastings. Hastings got off to a fast start in the tournament when his pocket aces held against two players, holding pocket kings and pocket jacks. The South Florida transplant will take 229,500 into Sunday’s day 2.

The tournament resumes Saturday, at 2 p.m. ET with day 1C. Here is a look at the complete overnight chip counts from day 1B.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Brett Bader 323,000
2 Scott Baumstein 293,000
3 Fernando Halac 280,000
4 AJ Gambino 260,500
5 Brian Hastings 229,500
6 Carlos Rodriguez 223,000
7 Ted McNamara 179,000
8 Luciano Nardi 162,000
9 John Strzemp 131,500
10 Matt Bretzfield 128,000
11 Donald Francois 116,000
12 Jonah Miller 111,000
13 Zack Mullennix 106,500
14 Jonathan Marcu 88,500

On Saturday, and Sunday, the Isle Casino will host $250 buy-in main event qualifiers at 10 a.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.