Hung Tran Breaks Through Late for Day 1 Chiplead at LAPC

Aaron Massey ended Day 1 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic with the overall chiplead.

Aaron Massey ended Day 1 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic with the overall chiplead.

Day 1 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic in the books, and after eight hours of poker Hung Tran was the only player to crack 200,000.

Tran ended Saturday with 209,000, which was enough to push him past Aaron Massey and his 151,300 for the chiplead after Day 1. Massey cracked 140,000 with more than a level left in the night and coasted into Day 2 from there unscathed, behind only Tran and Adam Volen, who bagged 177,400.

Only a handful of others managed to bag over 100,000, including Peter Neff (143,900), Ryan Fee (120,600) and Jason DeWitt (116,900).

JonathanJaffe (96,900), Ben Yu (92,400), recent Borgata Winter Poker Open champion Aaron Mermelstein (86,200) and David Williams (78,500) are among the many notables among the 337 who advanced to Day 2.

Six of the seven BLUFF.com WPT Ones to Watch turned out on Day 1, and four made it through. Jose Serratos (76,400) leads the bunch, followed by Candace Collins (51,200), Vlad Mezheritsky (19,100) and Justin Zaki (10,900). Garrett Greer and Daniel Strelitz were not quite so fortunate.

With registration open through 1:45 pm PST Sunday, an unusually strong contingent turned out early to play this tournament. There were upwards of 420 players by Level 3, and by the close of play on Day 1 of the LAPC Main Event the clock read 503 registered. Levels go up from 60 minutes to 90 on Day 2, meaning those hoping to get in at the last minute have all morning, plus a full level and a break Sunday to throw their hat in the ring.

Hopes are high that this field will eclipse 534 players, which was the turnout for the 2014 LAPC Main Event – just ask Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. They slightly outpaced Day 1 from a year ago when 501 players turned out, and with one big satellite still to come their odds are further improved.

All of those gathered on Day 1 and everyone yet to enter hope to follow Chris Moorman as LAPC champion. Moorman took home the first major live title of his career in 2014, along with a $1,015,460.

Action resumes at 12 pm PST Sunday, with five 90-minute levels scheduled for Day 2.

2015 WPT LA Poker Classic – End of Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Hung Tran – 209,000
  2. Adam Volen – 177,400
  3. Aaron Massey – 151,300
  4. Peter Neff – 143,900
  5. Max Mashour – 136,100
  6. Ryan Fee – 120,600
  7. Kevin Gimble – 119,600
  8. Jason DeWitt – 116,900
  9. Brent Hart – 114,300
  10. Tim Cramer – 113,600
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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