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CPPT Isle Casino Main Event: Matthew Smith Bags Overall Lead Entering Day 2

Registration Remains Open Until The Start of Day 2, Sunday at 2 PM ET

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The third and final starting flight of the inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Isle Casino main event at Pompano Park drew a field of 157 players, which when combined with the 50 from day 1A and the 87 from day 1B ensures that the tournament has met its $250,000 guarantee.

However, the final prize pool figure remains a mystery, with registration remaining open throughout the night and up until the first cards are dealt on Sunday afternoon. Players have until 2 p.m. ET to register and get into the tournament with 30,000 in chips, or 10 big blinds.

Oleg GaidoukLeading the way into day 2 is day 1C overall chip leader Matthew Smith (pictured above). Smith scored a big knockout early in the day when his pocket aces held against pocket kings to get him going. Then, Smith got a little lucky to crack pocket queens with a double-gutter straight draw that got there on the turn.

His final big pot of the night came when he was dealt pocket aces yet again, but this time scored two knockouts against opponents with pocket jacks and pocket sixes to soar up the leaderboard. He’ll take 418,000 into Sunday’s action, which is 95,000 more than his next nearest competitor, day 1B leader Brett Bader.

A double knockout with aces is also what propelled Oleg Gaidouk near the top of the counts. Gaidouk saw two shorter stacked opponents move in with pocket tens and pocket jacks in front of him, only to wake up with pocket aces in the blinds. His hand held, and he finished the night with 300,000, tied for second place in the flight with Kharlin Sued.

Kharlin SuedOther notables to make it through the flight included Manelic Minaya, Erik Christensen, Phillip Hui, Hunter Cichy, Raj Vohra, David Inselberg, and Joey Couden.

The 31 surviving players will now join with the 12 from day 1A and the 14 from day 1C, along with any more late registered players, to form the day 2 field.

Here is a look at the complete overnight chip counts from all three flights.

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count Table Seat
1 Matthew Smith 418,000 5 1
2 Brett Bader 323,000 2 4
3 Oleg Gaidouk 300,000 9 4
4 Kharlin Sued 300,000 10 2
5 Scott Baumstein 293,000 9 1
6 Fernando Halac 280,000 5 6
7 Scott Caracciolo 266,000 6 9
8 AJ Gambino 260,500 2 7
9 Manelic Minaya 257,500 13 7
10 Brian Hastings 229,500 1 4
11 Tom Millward 223,500 6 5
12 Tom Gity 223,000 10 6
13 Carlos Rodriguez 223,000 5 5
14 Uri Kadosh 221,000 5 3
15 Raminder Singh 219,000 9 3
16 Michael Newman 206,000 10 9
17 Aaron Porter 201,000 6 2
18 Albert Destrada 191,000 4 8
19 Ernest Bush 184,000 1 8
20 Noel Atherley 179,500 1 6
21 Edward McNamara 179,000 1 1
22 Michael Merisier 166,500 13 2
23 Luciano Nardi 162,000 10 5
24 Mirco Scharen 160,000 6 1
25 Erik Christensen 139,000 3 3
26 Michael Garavuso 132,000 9 2
27 John Strzemp 131,500 4 4
28 Matt Bretzfield 128,000 9 6
29 Joe Ritzie 124,500 13 4
30 Gautam Lillaney 119,500 9 8
31 Phillip Hui 118,000 2 8
32 Paul Balzano 117,500 3 6
33 Donald Francois 116,000 3 4
34 Jonah Miller 111,000 4 5
35 Russ Jacks 110,500 10 3
36 Donald Delancy 110,000 6 6
37 Hunter Cichy 108,500 13 9
38 Zachary Mullennix 106,500 6 4
39 Scott Zakheim 102,500 2 6
40 Ian O’Hara 102,500 1 7
41 Andrew Blake 98,000 3 9
42 Bernie Lubitz 97,500 5 8
43 Luis Mantilla 95,500 10 7
44 Dolphus Powers 95,500 2 2
45 Jonathan Marcu 88,500 3 7
46 Raj Vohra 84,000 2 5
47 David Inselberg 84,000 4 2
48 Joseph Couden 81,500 3 2
49 Mark Wiser 79,500 5 9
50 Edgar Varas 65,000 13 5
51 Willie Wiggins 63,500 4 7
52 David Baker 63,500 13 3
53 Steve Karp 62,500 9 5
54 Tony Utnage 61,500 2 1
55 Ken Bruno 60,000 1 2
56 Stephen Ibrahim 33,500 5 4
57 Marc Duquette 32,500 13 8

There is still one more event left on the schedule. 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.