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2019 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic: Alex Visbisky Leads After Day 1A

15 Players Survived The First Starting Flight From A Field of 77 Entries


A total of 77 entries were made in the first starting flight of the 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 no-limit hold’em main event, with day 1B still available for those looking to get in on the action in this $200,000 guaranteed event. The eventual champion of this event will not only walk away with the CPPT trophy and the first-place payout, but they will also make the cover of an upcoming issue of Card Player magazine.

From the 77 entries made on day 1A, only 15 players survived to day 2. The chip leader at the end of the night was Alex Visbisky with 428,500. Visbisky finished sixth in this event in 2018, cashing for $10,110. He’ll be looking to add to his $195,611 in career earnings with another deep run in this tournament. Other big stacks to make it through day 1A included Jeffrey Scott (284,500), Tom Babiarz (254,500) and Steve Calvaneso (211,000).

2018 CPPT Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event Champion Victor AdamsDefending champion of this event Victor Adams bagged up 47,000. He will be heading to day 2 with a shot at winning this event in back-to-back years. In 2018 Adams outlasted a field of 249 entries to secure the title, the $53,583 top prize and his place on the cover of Card Player.

The second and final starting flight of this event will begin on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Players will start with 30,000 in chips, with 40-minute blind levels. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 11. The schedule calls for each starting flight to play 15 levels or until the field is narrowed to the final 12 percent. Players may enter all of the flights, but only their largest stack will carry forward for Day 2.

Players looking to win their main event seat at a discount can take part in the last-chance morning qualifier beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the 15 players that survived day 1A:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Alex Visbisky 428,500
2 Jeffrey Scott 284,500
3 Tom Babiarz 254,500
4 Steve Calvaneso 211,000
5 Frank Parisi 196,500
6 Joe O’Keefe 151,500
7 Ken Wasik 138,000
8 Pablo Delgado 137,500
9 Illian Kandiah 104,500
10 Chris Meyers 99,500
11 Jeremy Hoeltke 70,600
12 Matt Marcinkiewicz 70,000
13 Kevin Siler 68,500
14 Craig Schafer 48,000
15 Victor Adams 47,000

The Seneca Gaming and Entertainment poker room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the first floor of the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel. The 23-table room features 13 big screen televisions, free WiFi, free drinks, free parking, player rewards and spreads a large selection of hold’em, stud and Omaha games. The gaming floor offers roughly 4,000 slot machines, table games and keno.

The world-class gaming facility opened in 2002 as the result of an $80 million remodel of the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center into a full-service casino. The property also features fine dining, star-studded entertainment, a health & wellness spa and many other premium guest amenities. For more information, or to book a room, call 1-877-873-6322 or visit the casino homepage.

To learn more about the CPPT and see other upcoming tour stops, visit the tour’s homepage.

Photo and information provided by Seneca’s Legends of the Fall Poker Blog.