On Day 1A of the Card Player Poker tour bestbet Jacksonville main event, Jonathan Jaffe was eliminated as he ran his A-K into Jeremy Joseph’s pocket aces.
The hand gave Joseph the chip lead to conclude the day’s action, but Jaffe came back on Saturday for Day 1B, accumulated a monster stack of his own and bagged the biggest stack of the 38 players that survived the second and final starting flight.
The World Poker Tour champion with more than $4.2 million in career tournament earnings finished the day’s 14, 40-minute levels with 428,000 in chips. While it’s not enough to overtake Joseph’s 583,000 for the overall lead, he’s the only player Jaffe will be looking up at on the leaderboard. As opposed to playing one significant pot, Jaffe was among the top stacks for most of the day and steadily accumulated chips throughout it.
Other top stacks from Day 1B include Raymond Leone (398,000), Donovan Dean (297,000), eight-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Kyle Cartwright (287,000) and Jessica Cai (232,000).
Cartwright, who also won a WSOP bracelet in 2014, vaulted to the top of the 1B chip counts after flopping a straight flush draw against Sterling Savill and backing into trip eights late in the day. He was able to hold steady after that and finish with a top stack.
Only Jaffe, Leone and Dean will fit into the top five overall stacks when Day 2 starts as Joseph holds the top spot and Dustin Holladay, who bagged 386,000 on Friday, will start Sunday third in chips. Cards will get in the air at noon on Sunday and play down to a final table before bagging up and crowning a winner on Monday.
Other notable stacks coming back for Day 2 include Ryan McAllister (264,000), TK Miles (252,000), Raminder Singh (243,000), Hal Rotholz (206,000), Sterling Savill (183,000), BJ McBrayer (109,000), Steve Karp (101,000), Ricardo Eyzaguirre (79,000) and 2019 WSOP main event runner-up Tony Miles (60,000).
Saturday drew another 206 entries for the event, bringing the total field size to 339 when combined with the 133 entries that came out for Friday’s Day 1A. There were 24 survivors from Friday and another 38 on Saturday.
The 339 entries generated a total prize pool of $759,360 with the top 43 spots finishing in the money for at least $3,929. The eventual winner will walk away with $158,915 and the top two spots will earn six-figure paydays.
Other notable stacks coming back for Day 2 include Ryan McAllister (264,000), TK Miles (252,000), Raminder Singh (243,000), Hal Rotholz (206,000), Sterling Savill (183,000), BJ McBrayer (109,000), Steve Karp (101,000), Ricardo Eyzaguirre (79,000) and 2019 WSOP main event runner-up Tony Miles (60,000),
There were several talented poker players that put up the $2,500 buy-in but were unable to make it through either starting flight. World Poker Tour champion Ryan Van Sanford, WSOP bracelet winner John Gorsuch and 2010 WSOP main event November Niner John Dolan.
When players return on Sunday, bursting the money bubble will be one of the first thoughts on everyone’s mind. With just 62 players remaining, only 18 need to hit the rail before the final 43 players will be in the money. With blinds starting at 2,000-4,000 with a 4,000 big blind ante, there are 10 players starting the day with less than 20 big blinds and the money bubble should break within the day’s first few levels.
Here is a look at the complete Day 2 chip counts:
|19||Hai duy Nguyen||193,000||16||2|
|61||Barbra ann Rogers||45,000||69||7|