The 2nd of the flights for Western New York Poker Challenge 2016 US$ 1000 Main Event drew hundred and forty one entries to Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino later on Saturday.
It bestowed the grand total of entrances up to two-forty-four and assured the US$ 200000 prize kitty would be more than met. By the time fifteen levels of play were through, only thirty players lasted in the carnage, suggesting a total of fifty are now through to Sunday’s second day.
Jim Burkett took hold of the chip lead quite early and seemed to be running away with the day till his hot run cooled off. Still, he got an honorable 324000, but was progressed by two players. Mike “The Mayor” Rellinger changed gears several times successfully on Day 1b on the path to pocketing 332500, and thanks to a dandy set-over-set pot right near the end of play between Jeff Kandefer and “Jersey” Chris Meyers, it was Kandefer who got hold of both Day 1b and the overall lead, ending with a great 425500 stack.
Several local heroes also got huge, including repeated contestant Joseph Elia and 2015 Seneca Fall Poker Classic champion Kurtis Boutelle. Others who did not fare that well as well as fell apart admitted Kristan Mackiewicz, Cameron Bartolotta, Silvio DeRubeis, Jason Stockfish and Nick Walker.
The fifty survivors from both beginning days combined would play with each other for the very 1st time on Day 2, hitting things off at 11 am local time on Sunday in the hunt for a seat at Western New York Poker Challenge Main Event 2016 final table.