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

491 Entries Have Already Been Made With Two Starting Flights and Day 2 Direct Entry Still Available


Flights 1C and 1D of the 2020 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic are now in the books. A total of 491 entries have now been made through the first four starting flights of this tournament, which means the prize pool has grown to $98,200. There are now just two $250 buy-in starting flights remaining, with day 2 direct buy-in also available.

This event once again features a $150,000 estimated prize pool but has previously drawn as many as 949 entries to create a prize pool worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

2019 CPPT Ocean's 11 San Diego Classic Champion Matteus LessaThe 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.

Friday’s flight 1C saw a total of 134 entries made, while flight 1D added another 128. With 229 entries from the first two starting flights, the total number has now grown to 491. A total of 31 players moved on from flights 1C and 1D, with the largest stack belonging to Adam Demerssmen (747,000). The top 12 percent of players from each starting flight have qualified for day 2, locking up at least a $400 payday in this event in the process.

There are still two starting flights remaining in this tournament. 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.

Here is a look at the complete chip counts of all the players to have moved onto day 2 from the first four flights:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Adam Demerssmen 747,000
2 Chris Thomas 711,000
3 Tai Reyes-Purpero 526,000
4 John Taylor 408,000
5 Robert Mierzejewski 400,000
6 Frank Benchanan 398,000
7 Tim Steeves 373,000
8 Shawn Daniels 360,000
9 Ashley Johnathan 355,000
10 Brandon Strickland 342,000
11 David Lesse 333,000
12 David lcke 319,000
13 Britton Scheibe 315,000
14 Roberto Sanchez 303,000
15 Bryan Harris 294,000
16 Shooter Stracuzzi 289,000
17 Steve Potashnick 253,000
18 Timothy Mahoney 253,000
19 Lauren Coker 246,000
20 Roberto Sanchez 240,000
21 Rich Spirra 238,000
22 Henry Strandberg 220,000
23 Jim Dages 200,000
24 Robert Heims 195,000
25 Alan Ho 177,000
26 Nick Kosakosk 177,000
27 Yary Hing 175,000
28 Reza Yazdanshenas 172,000
29 John Taussig 160,000
30 Allison Bush 155,000
31 Afzal Atta 153,000
32 Richaed Segovia 150,000
33 Jonathan Magal 149,000
34 Eduardo Costa 147,000
35 Steve Sharp 146,000
36 Daniel Diez 144,000
37 Ernesto Mayoral 143,000
38 John Pedicini 137,000
39 Jason Ferguson 132,000
40 Jeff Chapman 124,000
41 Terry Favish 120,000
42 David Lebhar 119,000
43 Chase Besuden 118,000
44 Joy Jennings 108,000
45 Josh Virnick 103,000
46 Jerry Hamilton 95,000
47 Corey Zorb 88,000
48 M’lis Edwards 83,000
49 Jonathan Magal 82,000
50 Anthony Bland 82,000
51 William Glasser 81,000
52 Erhart Edquist 81,000
53 Adrianne Hall 78,000
54 Mikella Pedretti 72,000
55 David Lesse 72,000
56 Patrick Mitchell 68,000
57 Rich Spirra 45,000
58 Eric Brannon 41,000
59 Bush Allison 10,000

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