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Event 30 (Day 1B): Last Level Of The Night

PPO Event 30
Level 15 (2,500/5,000/500)
Total Entries: 115
Total Day 1B Entries: 67
Players Remaining: 11

This Day 1A flight has just moved into Level 15 and as it stands, eleven players are still alive. The Event 30 tournament structure calls to play fifteen levels or until 12% of the field is reached, which means we are either going to play 40 more minutes or when eight players remain.

Judging by the recent pace of play, we don’t think we’ll get down to that number before the end of Level 15 but over the last few ‘Deep Stack’ starting flights, we’ve seen some huge hands and eliminations end play with time left on the clock. Regardless of when this Day 1B session does end and how many advance to Friday’s Day 2 session, the PPO blog will be here to follow all the action.

When the bags do come out, we’ll be here to bring you official chip counts from those advanced players and post the Day 2 seating assignments so players know where they’re starting tomorrow’s restart.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): ‘Tenenbaum’ Busts Bonacci

PPO Event 30
Level 14 (2,000/4,000/500)
Total Entries: 115
Total Day 1B Entries: 67
Players Remaining: 11

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‘Richie Tenenaum’ just scored a cruel elimination with jack-high and he’s now looking like one of the top stacks heading towards the Day 1B ‘final table’.

We just mentioned how Franco Bonacci was trending up the leaderboard but he just ran into our anonymously named ‘Richie Tenenbaum’. As you may or may not remember, a player wanted to keep his name off the PPO blog during the opening event of this series and that player has kept that stance into this ‘Deep Stack’ event.

Tenenbaum and Bonacci had been battling over the last few orbits and that dynamic finally boiled over in a massive all-in confrontation. Action was picked up with Tenenbaum opening the button to 8,000 and after Bonacci three-bet to 20,000, Tenenbaum peered around the dealer to inspect his opponent’s stack.

“About a hundred thousand buddy.” Bonacci said and after Tenenbaum retook his seat, he four-bet shoved. Bonacci snap called and Tenebaum shook his head as he turned over J♣10. Bonacci held AK♣ and needed to hold to score the double.

He faded the 9♣86♠ flop but Tenenbaum picked up additional outs with an open ended straight draw. The draw didn’t come in on the turn but the J did, pairing up the big stack while leaving Bonacci drawing to just six outs.

None of those came on the river, as the 2 completed the board and sent Bonacci to the rail. He’d bow out in 12th place and we are now just one elimination away from the final table heading into Level 15. As it stands, Tenenbaum might be near the top of the leaderboard heading into that redraw, as he’s just under a half-million.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): Two Tables, Queens Holds For Qiao

PPO Event 30
Level 14 (2,000/4,000/500)
Total Entries: 115
Total Day 1B Entries: 67
Players Remaining: 16

This Day 1B field is now down to it’s final two tables and in the first hand after Table 3 broke, George Qiao scored a double knockout to move himself near the 200,000 chip mark. After a short stack moved all-in, Qiao called for 12,500 and he had to call another 20,000 after another player moved all-in from the blinds.

Qiao held Q♣Q♠ and needed to hold against the short stack’s K8 and the re-shover’s A♣K♣. He did, as the board ran out nine-high and once the river hit, Qiao gave himself a slight fist pump, as he reached his peak for this Day 1B session.

He’s now working the better part of 50 big blinds heading into Level 14 and while he’s still trailing some of the bigger stacked players, that’s a good position to be in with just under an hour and a half remaining in the night.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): Fear The Beard

PPO Event 30
Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total Entries: 115
Total Day 1B Entries: 67

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Franco Bonacci has been relatively quiet on the Day 1B leaderboard but he’s leading some of the more hilarious and interesting conversations taking place at and around Table 1.

We won’t lie, the action over the last half hour has been pretty underwhelming from the felt but on Table 1, there is plenty of quality conversation to keep us and that lineup interested. Some of it might not be PPO blog approved but Franco Bonnaci seems to be leading the hilarity while also building his stack to over 100,000 for the first time today.

Bonacci has been in the middle of some of the tougher lineups we’ve seen today and he’s now competing with Jack Schanbacher, chip leader Travis Hartshorn and a few other big stacks. That’s a formidable group but Bonacci isn’t a push over compared to his fellow Table 1 counterparts.

The Pittsburgh native has just over $215,000 in career tournament earnings and while his best finishes have come in Borgata-based events, he’s two-time Pittsburgh Poker Open champion. Bigger buy-in events seem to be where he does most of his damage, meaning he’ll certainly be a player to watch heading into this weekend’s Poker Night in America Main Event, which starts tomorrow with Day 1A.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): Field Frozen At 115

PPO Event 30
Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total Entries: 115
Total Day 1B Entries: 67

Twelve levels of Day 1B have come and gone and that means that this Event 30 ‘Deep Stack’ field has been frozen at 115 players. 67 of those players came from this second starting flight and, as it stands, 23 of them are still alive heading into Level 13.

After six players bagged up yesterday, we imagine a slightly larger group will advance tonight, one that still puts us close to a final table come tomorrow’s 1 PM restart. Players that return tomorrow will battle it out for a Pittsburgh Poker Open title and a piece of a nearly $60,000 prize pool.

Those payouts will be posted when they become official but until then, the PPO blog will continue to bring you updates from the final few levels of this Day 1B session.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): Hartshorn Moves Over Half Million

PPO Event 30
Level 12 (1,200/2,400/400)
Total Entries: 113
Total Day 1B Entries: 65

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It took Travis Hartshorn a few minutes into break to stack up his recently won chips but the shortened break was worth it, as he’s now playing over 500,000.

When we featured Travis Hartshorn as an early chip leader during this week’s first ‘Deep Stack’ event, he didn’t hold that advantage for long but he’s done that and then some today. Hartshorn just won a massive pot to move himself over the 500,000 chip mark, good a massive advantage over the rest of this Day 1B flight.

Action was picked up with a player leading into Hartshorn on a board of AJ♣2♣ and after Hartshorn raised to what looked to be 35,000, his opponent announced himself “all-in”. The shove was for just over 170,000 and after Hartshorn re-checked his cards, he called.

He tabled A♠2 and needed to hold to score the knockout, as his opponent held Q♣3♣ for a flush draw. The big stack put his hands on his head as the 6 fell on the turn and while he saw black on the river, it was the 2♠ to give him a full house.

Hartshorn breathed a sigh of relief and when the dust settled, which was a few minutes into the post-Level 12 break, he found himself behind 530,000. That’s close to double his nearest competitor and if Hartshorn is able to continue to build, he could be putting himself in a great position heading into tomororw’s Day 2 restart.

This entire Day 1B field is on their final break of the night and Event 30 will be frozen after this break concludes, as late registration closes at the start of Level 13.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): Last Level To Late Reg

PPO Event 30
Level 12 (1,200/2,400/400)
Total Entries: 107
Total Day 1B Entries: 59

This Day 1B field has just moved into Level 12 and that means that we are 40 minutes, plus a short break, from the end of the late registration period for Event 25. Thus far, just under 110 players have taken their seats and nearly 60 of those players have come from this second starting flight.

There was a bit of a rush to the registration cage during dinner but through Level 11, the pace of entrants slowed significantly. That means that we likely won’t see much more of an uptick but regardless of how many this ‘Deep Stack’ event ends with, the PPO blog will be here to bring you all the action.

When this field resumes play in Level 13, a final number of entrants will be posted and a finalized, official prize pool won’t be far behind.

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Event 30 (Day 1B): Galatic Growing, Updated Counts

PPO Event 30
Level 11 (1,000/2,000/300)
Total Entries: 107
Total Day 1B Entries: 59

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John Galatic has seen his stack grow over the last few levels and he’s now right in teh middle of a stacked Table 3 lineup. He’s currently working 140,000, with position on chip leader Travis Hartshorn.

This Day 1B flight is moving through Level 11 and as we head towards the final level of late registration, the leaderboard is starting to take shape. Early leaders Jeff Abbas and Travis Hartshorn have broken the quarter-million chip mark and there are close to a dozen currently playing over the 100,000 chip mark.

John Galatic is one of them and he’s in the middle of perhaps the most stacked line up, starting with Hartshorn, who is to his direct right. Galatic has position on the chip leader and there are a few other players over the century mark on Table 3, including Joey Couden and George Qiao.

Unfortunately, that table is the next to break but we don’t expect that to happen for another level or so, meaning we could see some serious action and sizable pots develop over the next few orbits. The PPO blog will be here to track that action, with an updated list of the Day 1B chip leaders provided below:

Jeff Abbas – 290,000
Travis Hartshorn – 280,000
Rob Quigley – 160,000
Joey Couden – 155,000
Ryan Slanicka – 145,000
John Galatic – 140,000
David Warholak – 115,000
Ricky Ali – 110,000
George Qiao – 105,000

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Event 30 (Day 1B): What Does Rob Quigley Need To Do To Get His Face On The Wall?

PPO Event 30
Level 10 (800/1,600/200)
Total Entries: 102
Total Day 1B Entries: 54

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Rob Quigley might not have his picture on the Rivers Poker Room wall but he’s had his fair share of PPO success. He has four titles from past series and is now near the top of the leaderboard heading into Level 11.

We’re heading towards the end of Level 10 and while Rob Quigley has moved himself near the top of the leaderboard, working close to 135,000, he seems more interested in something that might be out of his control. After a recent hand where Jack Schanbacher doubled with top set, through a player that held pocket kings, Quigley joked, “If I flopped top set as much as you do, I’d have my picture on the wall also.”

He is referencing the Poker Night in America branding throughout the Rivers Poker Room that features Schanbacher. The Pittsburgh native will be headlining the high stakes PNIA cash game action this weekend and as one of the more experienced players we’ll see throughout this PPO series, his inclusion in that branding in his home casino makes a lot of sense.

Quigley is another Pittsburgh native and if he continues to churn out PPO titles like he has, he could have his picture on the wall sooner rather than later. Over the last two years, Quigley has won four PPO titles and amassed over $100,000 in career earnings. For now though, he’ll have to settle for a feature on the PPO blog, while contending with the man on the wall, as Schanbacher is currently playing just over 60,000.

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PPO: ‘Single Table Satellite’ Up And Running

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The first of four ‘Single Table Satellites’ to the Poker Night in America cash game is underway, with late registration open for another hour.

As we mentioned earlier, the first of four ‘Single Table Satellites’ to the Poker Night in America cash game is officially underway. That qualifier will award one player a seat into Saturday’s $25/$50 No Limit Hold’em cash game and there are currently six players battling for a spot in that live streamed line up.

The minimum buy-in for those cash games is $5,000, so even if we don’t hit a full ten-handed table during this first qualifier, the winner will be still head into Saturday’s action with a good stack. It should be noted that these ‘Single Table Satellites’ are not freeze outs and that late registration for this qualifier will remain open for the next hour.

We’ll keep our eye on that action, to see who is going to battle with the pros on Saturday but until then, we return you to your regularly scheduled Event 30 updates.