The first of five starting flights of the inaugural PLO GIANT kicked off Sunday evening at the 2018 World Series of Poker and drew a total of 423 entries, but just 19 players were left standing at the conclusion of Day 1a play. After 21 levels, Pete Arroyos is leading the way with a stack of 1,757,000.
Arroyos is already certain to have some tough competition on Day 2 since Dzmitry Urbanovich (1,246,000) and bracelet winner Leif Force (1,082,000) both bagged sizeable stacks. Jason Mayer also scored a spot in the million-plus club after ending the day with 1,163,000, and behind him, Daniel Turklay (721,000) bagged the next largest stack. Alongside the chip leaders, Aleksey Filatov (624,000) and former November Niner Jeremy Ausmus (181,000) also advanced to Day 2.
Quite a few of the more well-known players who took to the felt in this flight left empty-handed, including Scott Davies, Steve Zolotow, Joey Ingram, Rep Porter, and Barry Greenstein. But since there are still four more starting flights to be played, each featuring unlimited re-entry, plenty more opportunities to amass a stack are on the way.
The money bubble broke without hand-for-hand play since multiple players busted during the hand it was reached. A full list of the Day 1a payouts can be found here.
Here's a look at the remainder of the schedule for this event:
|Day 1b||June 10||7 p.m.|
|Day 1c||June 17||7 p.m.|
|Day 1d||June 24||7 p.m.|
|Day 1e||July 1||7 p.m.|
|Day 2||July 2||2 p.m.|
|Day 3||July 3||2 p.m.|
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