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2019 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean's 11: Recap of Flights 1A and 1B

247 Entries Have Already Been Made With Four Starting Flights and Day 2 Direct Entry Still Available


The first day of the January running of the 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic has come to a close. This is the eighth time that the CPPT has made it’s way to beautiful Oceanside, California to for this $250 buy-in main event. The tournament will once again feature six starting flights spread out over three days (Jan. 24-26). The event again features a $150,000 estimated prize pool this year but has previously drawn as many as 949 entries to create a prize pool worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

Most recently this tournament drew 938 entries in July of 2018, with Seth Brown outlasting a field of 938 entries to win $46,870.

Action for the first of three 2019 San Diego Classic tournaments got underway on Thursday, Jan. 24. Flight 1A drew 121 total entries while flight 1B attracted 126. With 247 total entries so far the prize pool has already grown to $49,400 with four starting flights still available to play.

Mike Shariati made it to day 2 with 128,500Players can also take advantage of the Quantum Tournament structure of this event and buy-in directly into day 2 for $1,500 on Sunday, Jan. 27. Players that elect to take advantage of this option will receive 100,000 in tournament chips, and can also pay a $30 optional staff add-on to receive another 20,000. Blinds will begin at 1,000-2,000 on day 2. Players can re-enter once before the end of the second level on day 2.

From the 247 entries in flights 1A and 1B, only 36 players made it through to day 2, with Matthew Welch in the lead with 523,700. 2015 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event winner Mike Shariati bagged up a stack in both flights, with his largest of 128,500 moving forward to day 2. Two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Erick Lindgren moved on with 33,700.

Here is a look at the complete chip counts of those who survived flights 1A and 1B:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Matthew Welch 523,700
2 Christoph Milosh 315,000
3 Mike Piellucci 148,700
4 William Santos 148,000
5 William Berman 147,600
6 Oscard Vasquez 142,400
7 Michael Shariati 128,500
8 Cameron Sinclair 126,000
9 Roberto Sanchez 125,500
10 Gary Crite 123,000
11 Jacob Beck 114,000
12 Adrianne Hall 108,500
13 Joseph Ochoa 103,600
14 Fedi Yakou 102,000
15 Chang Han 99,500
16 Shawn Daniels 98,000
17 Rex Mendoza 92,700
18 Pete Dong 89,500
19 Rafi Azam 78,400
20 Bryan Ho 73,000
21 Dana Katzenmeier 69,400
22 Keyu Qu 69,000
23 Raymond Hilbert 68,000
24 Thomas Woodard 68,000
25 Chad DeLanzo 66,000
26 Behzad Javadzadeh 55,500
27 Michael Harkins 54,900
28 David Glendenning 49,000
29 Ethan Grinder 40,600
30 Kyle Miholich 36,500
31 Bill Cenan 35,500
32 Erick Lindgren 33,700
33 Sue Fortuno 24,600
34 Marcia Stone 24,300
35 Erik Perez 24,100
36 Christy Van Waas 16,500

Ocean’s 11 is the only casino in Southern California located along the Pacific Ocean on the Interstate 5 freeway, less than a mile from some of the area’s most picturesque beaches.

The property also boasts 50 tables of the best poker and table games found anywhere in California with all the favorite poker games, including no-limit and limit hold’em, Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better, pot-limit Omaha, and crazy pineapple.

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