A massive field of 3,913 players jam-packed into the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas for Day 1b of Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No-Limit Hold-em. By day's end, there were only 164 players who found a bag to advance to Day 2.
Gianluca Pace (4,085,000) from Encinitas, California finished with the biggest stack in the room after 22 levels of play. Pace won an MSPT title at Sycuan Casino in San Diego back in January for $74,562.
Others who bagged big tonight include New York poker pro Will Failla (3,700,000) with a late-night surge, Yavine Brewer (3,700,000), Justin Lapka (3,000,000), Spencer Champlin (2,910,000), Joao Simao (1,385,000) and Ashley Frank (2,300,000).
Event #5: $500 The Housewarming NLHE Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Gianluca Pace||United States||4,085,000|
|2||Yavine Brewer||United States||3,705,000|
|3||Will Failla||United States||3,700,000|
|4||Justin Lapka||United States||3,000,000|
|5||Riley Stahley||United States||2,995,000|
|6||Spencer Champlin||United States||2,916,000|
|7||Kyle Shigano||United States||2,900,030|
|8||Lisa Taylor||United States||2,505,000|
|9||Chad Yurkin||United States||2,500,000|
|10||Daniel Weinman||United States||2,315,000|
Today's field generated a massive prize pool of $1,643,460. That pushes the overall prize pool from days 1a and 1b to $3,060,120. If this pace of entries continues over the weekend, as expected, the tournament will smash the $5,000,000 guarantee.
Some of the notables to fall throughout the day included Jamie Kerstetter, Men Nguyen, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Shaun Deeb, Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, and Angelina Rich.
The 164 players who made it through the day and will join the 147 players who advanced from Day 1a. Players who did not find a bag tonight will have two more opportunities on Day 1c and 1d. Surviving players from all flights will return for Day 2 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6.
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