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2020 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean's Eleven San Diego Classic: Recap of Flights 1A and 1B

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


The January running of the 2020 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic kicked off on Thursday, January 23. This marks the eleventh time that the CPPT has made it’s way to beautiful Oceanside, California to for this $250 buy-in main event, with more than 8,200 entries made and more than $2.1 million in prize money awarded in the prior ten events.

The tournament 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. The most recent running of this tournament drew 926 entries back in July of 2019. Brazilian poker pro Mateus Lessa emerged victorious in the end, earning $43,120 as the champion.

Thursday saw the first two starting flights of the six on offer for this event held, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time. Flight 1A attracted a total of 114 entries, while flight 1B added another 115. With 229 total entries so far the prize pool has already grown to $45,800 with four starting flights still available to play.

Players will also be able to take advantage of the popular Quantum Tournament structure of this event and buy-in on Day 2 for $1,500. Those who exercise this option will receive 210,000 in tournament chips, with the blinds starting at 2,000-3,000 with a 3,000 big blind ante for the beginning of day 2 at 12:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, Jan. 26.

From the 229 entries in flights 1A and 1B, only 28 players made it through to day 2, with Tai Reyes-Purpero bagging up the largest stack of 526,000. Other top stacks include Frank Benchanan (398,000), Tim Steeves (373,000) and Brandon Strickland (342,000). The top 12 percent of players from each starting flight qualified, locking up at least a $400 payday in this event in the process.

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

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Tai Reyes-Purpero 526,000
2 Frank Benchanan 398,000
3 Tim Steeves 373,000
4 Brandon Strickland 342,000
5 David Lesse 333,000
6 David Icke 319,000
7 Britton Scheibe 315,000
8 Roberto Sanchez 303,000
9 Steve Potashnick 253,000
10 Timothy Mahoney 253,000
11 Lauren Coker 246,000
12 Roberto Sanchez 240,000
13 Rich Spirra 238,000
14 Jim Dages 200,000
15 Alan Ho 177,000
16 Reza Yazdanshenas 172,000
17 John Pedicini 137,000
18 Jeff Chapman 124,000
19 Terry Favish 120,000
20 Chase Besuden 118,000
21 M’lis Edwards 83,000
22 Jonathan Magal 82,000
23 Anthony Bland 82,000
24 William Glasser 81,000
25 Adrianne Hall 78,000
26 Mikella Pedretti 72,000
27 Patrick Mitchell 68,000
28 Bush Allison 10,000

Ocean’s Eleven is Southern California’s only casino located along the Pacific Ocean on the Interstate 5 freeway. It sits less than a mile from some of the area’s most picturesque beaches. The casino first opened in 1997, and in the two decades that followed it has become the place to play in the San Diego area.

The property 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 and pot-limit Omaha. Popular table games available include Blackjack, Baccarat & Pai Gow Poker.

Haig Kelegian, the Ocean’s Eleven owner known as “The King of Clubs,” notes that, “It is not enough to be the largest poker room in the region. We have to offer the best action and the best service day in and day out.”

With its exciting array of games, amenities and promotions, Ocean’s Eleven Casino is the place to go for poker in the San Diego area. Check out the casino’s homepage to learn more. For additional information about the Card Player Poker Tour, visit the tour’s homepage.