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2019 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland: Richie Smith Leads After Day 1A

20 Players Moved On From The 66 Entries Made On The First Of Two Starting Flights


The 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland $200,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event kicked off at 12:15 p.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 1. A total of 66 entries were made throughout day 1A, with late-registration and re-entry still available through the start of day 2 at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. After 12 levels of action, the 66-entry turnout was narrowed down to just 20 players that moved on to day 2.

Richie Smith bagged up the largest stack of the day with his 349,000 representing just shy of nine starting stacks. The Edgewater, MD resident is no stranger to success at Live! Hotel & Casino Maryland. He won a $225,000 guaranteed $550 buy-in event back in 2014, topping a field of 499 entries to win $60,466.

Other big stacks from day 1A include Sonny Lee (233,000), Chris Caruso (199,000), Undrakh Dovdontseren (196,000), and Rajasekar Govindan (176,000).

Joe McKeehenThe most accomplished player in the field today was inarguably two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Joe McKeehen. The Wales, PA native won the 2015 WSOP main event for $7,683,346. He will be looking to add to his career live earnings of just shy of $16.4 million with a deep run in this event. He bagged up 75,000 heading into day 2.

Timothy Little has been on quite the run so far at the 2019 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland series. He has made three final tables already, including earning a win in the $20,000 guaranteed $300 buy-in seniors event.

Day 1B will start at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Players will begin with 40,000 in chips with initial blinds of 100-100. Blind levels will last 40 minutes throughout the day, with 12 levels on the schedule and 15-minute breaks planned after every third level.

Here is a look at the chip counts for the remaining 20 players:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Richie Smith 349,000
2 Sonny Lee 233,000
3 Chris Caruso 199,000
4 Undrakh Dovdontseren 196,000
5 Rajasekar Govindan 176,000
6 Tam Nguyen 176,000
7 Lara Eisenberg 171,000
8 Paul Min 161,500
9 Chris Grove 158,000
10 Jonathan Gilligan 146,000
11 Nicholas Verderamo 99,000
12 Timothy Little 90,000
13 James Anderson 86,000
14 Jared Antevil 76,500
15 Michael Richer 76,000
16 Joseph McKeehen 75,000
17 Jeff Kostolny 61,000
18 Alan Lee 55,000
19 Phong Nguyen 31,000
20 Lisa Karl 22,000

The Poker Room at Live! Casino & Hotel is one of the largest on the East Coast, with 15,000 square feet of room and 50 tables available for 24/7, around-the-clock action. The luxurious and comfortable room will play host to 13 days of exciting tournament play, with a variety of games and formats on the schedule.

“We are excited to be teaming up with the Card Player Poker Tour for the second time,” said The Poker Room at Live! Casino & Hotel Tournament Director Jason Heidenthal. “The room opened in 2013 and since then our goal has been to make it the premier tournament destination in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.”

The Live! Casino & Hotel first teamed up with the Card Player Poker Tour in January of 2018. The inaugural series featured 16 events, with the marquee tournament being the $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em main event. The tournament attracted a total of 307 total entries, blowing away the $200,000 guarantee to build a final prize pool of $307,000. The lion’s share of that was awarded to eventual champion Eric Ladny, who took home $54,022 and became the first-ever CPPT champion decided in Maryland.

Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington D.C., Live! Casino & Hotel is open 24/7/365, features more than 200 live-action table games, approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines, and two High Limit rooms. Those driving to the property can take advantage of the six-story parking garage with space for 5,000 vehicles. The property is home to 11 excellent dining establishments, including Bobby’s Burger Palace, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, and The Cheesecake Factory.

Players can book rooms at the Hotel, which features 310 luxurious rooms and 52 suites. The Hotel Tower is the tallest building in the county at 17 stories high! Those looking for another lodging option can check out Live! Lofts, conveniently located five minutes from Live! Casino & Hotel, which offer 250 guest rooms and suites.

For reservations check out the casino website. For more information about the CPPT, visit the tour’s homepage.