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CPPT Derby Lane: Mike Collins Takes The Overall Lead

A Total of 183 Entries Have Been Made So Far With Flight 1D Still To Go

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Three out of the four starting flights for the 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Derby Lane $200,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em main event have now been completed. Day 1A drew 53 entries on Thursday, Oct. 4, while Friday, Oct. 5 saw two starting flights take place, with Day 1B drawing 69 entries and Day 1C adding another 61. All told there have been a total of 183 entries made so far in this event, with day 1C still to take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 starting at noon. Late registration and re-entry will be available in that flight up until the start of level 9.

From the 183 entries made so far, only 25 players have made it through to day 2. The overall chip leader after the first three flights is day 1B’s Mike Collins (pictured above), who won the $250 buy-in Senior’s event earlier this series. The resident of nearby Largo, Florida finished the night with 1,168,500.

Jose DelacruzThe next largest stack belongs to Jose Delacruz, the chip leader from flight 1C, who bagged up 731,000 heading into day 2. The largest stack from day 1A was Nashaat Antonious, who finished with 577,000. The survivors of all the starting flights will combine at noon on Sunday, Oct. 7 to play down to a champion.

Those who play day 1D will start with 30,000 in chips. With just a $30 add-on players can receive an additional 20,000 for a total of 50,000 to start with. Blind levels will be 30 minutes in length for day 1. Those players who make it through will combine with the survivors of flights 1A, 1B and 1C on Sunday, Oct. 7 for day 2, with levels increasing to 40 minutes in length for the remainder of the event. Play will continue until the next CPPT champion is decided.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the all the players who have moved on to day 2 so far:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Mike Collins 1,168,500
2 Jose Delacruz 731,000
3 Kristopher Villanueva 628,000
4 Joel Brink 587,500
5 Ian Casey 587,000
6 Nashaat Antonious 557,000
7 Jordan Joeckel 503,000
8 Nicholas Owens 462,000
9 Anthony Dianaty 424,000
10 David Dibernardi  400,000
11 Paul Dlugozima 326,000
12 Filipp Khavin 256,500
13 Tommy Nguyen 249,000
14 Brandon Figueroa 243,000
15 Joe Hodge 238,000
16 Donald Brown 225,000
17 Alan Ramkhalawon 222,000
18 Doyle Elliott 212,000
19 Thomas Tataris 205,000
20 Heinz Schuter 202,000
21 Roberto Gabino 194,000
22 Derek Csanadi 189,000
23 Richard Thompson 141,000
24 Jonathan Hilton 114,500
25 John Weikert 64,000

About Derby Lane

Derby Lane is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, the second largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. The poker room is part of the St. Petersburg Kennel Club, which is the oldest continuously operating greyhound track in the world, having run their inaugural race back in January of 1925.

Throughout its history, Derby Lane was a hotspot for star athletes, and played host to players such as Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth. The track even served as a filming location in the movies Coupe de Ville in 1990, in Ocean’s Eleven in 2001, and again in The Infiltrator in 2015.

Derby Lane offers live racing and replays, with evening performances Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances Monday and Wednesday through Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. Bettors can enjoy simulcast wagering on tracks from South Florida to New York, and even California with 50 large flat-screen TVs to watch all of the action. There are also plenty of table games available, including Three Card Poker, Fortune Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, the recently added Crazy 4 Poker, and High Card Flush.

Gamblers who work up an appetite won’t be disappointed with what Derby Lane has to offer. Circa 1925 is a six-tiered restaurant with panoramic views of the racetrack and was the winner of the Diners’ Choice award in 2016. It’s located next to The Prohibition, a bar that serves extraordinary cocktails and drinks. For more casual fare, check out the Gallery Lounge or Derby Club Four.

The Derby Lane Poker Room

The track added poker in 1997 for the first time, and in 2009, Derby Lane finished a $2.5 million renovation on the poker room, instantly making it one of the premier poker destinations in the state. The Derby Lane poker room spreads a variety of games and limits, including the popular $2-$5 no-limit hold’em game with table stakes buy-in.

More than $200,000 is given back to players each month with jackpots and other various high hand promotions, and the players stay busy with plenty of daily tournaments including deep stacks, ultra stacks, mega deep stacks, and the popular Nickel tournament, a $500 buy-in event that features a big blind ante format.

After getting player feedback, poker room staff responded with new and improved tournament offerings, a new tournament area, new high-limit rooms, an improved Wi-Fi signal, and even a full lunch and dinner menu with extended hours for those that enjoy table-side dining.

“The room was updated with our players in mind to create an engaging gaming environment for all playing levels,” says Derby Lane Card Room Manager Pam Buzzetto.

The Derby Lane poker room is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., and is open 24 hours-a-day during the weekend. For more information about the poker room, visit the casino webpage or call (727)812-3339 ext. 214 to get the poker room directly.

For more information about the CPPT, visit the tour homepage.