While Barry Hutter cruised through Day 1A of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown with a big stack, more than a few players took turns with the chip lead throughout the final few levels of Day 1B with Ryan Rivers ending on top – but not by much.
Rivers bagged up 226,900 after a last level surge to edge out Brian Green, who finished with 226,000. Brian Hastings finished in the top five after ending with 213,200. Three WPT Champions Club members also finished within shouting distance of the chip lead; Kevin Eyster (199,600), Jared Jaffee (191,000) and Chris Moorman (189,300).
While bagging up nearly 200,000, Jaffee had a scare over the dinner break. David Tuthill posted on Twitter that he had to take Jaffee to urgent care over the dinner break but didn’t elaborate on the reason why. While he was late getting back to his stack, Jaffee did make it back and let everybody know he was doing fine.
want to thank the selfless @davidtuthill for being my rock and my ride in my time of need.to all those who were concerned.. I’m back&❤️u all
— Jared Jaffee (@jaredjaffee21) April 18, 2015
Three former WSOP Main Event champions were in the field on Friday with Ryan Riess and Jonathan Duhamel firing again after busting Day 1A while Jamie Gold made his first entry. Duhamel and Gold, the only two of the three to survive, spent the last three levels playing at the same table.
— Jonathan Duhamel (@JonathanDuhamel) April 18, 2015
Over 225 players were eliminated on Day 1B including Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Vanessa Selbst, Aaron Massey and reigning WPT World Champion Keven Stammen.
The 404 Day 1B players put the total field at 906 players with the final starting yet to come on Saturday. In order to reach the $5 million guarantee, the Day 1C field will need to be at least 657 players deep. Last year the final starting flight attracted 774 players.
Day 1C action gets underway Saturday at Noon ET.
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