PNIA Main Event (Day 2): Deeb Still Leads; Bonacci, Dempsey & Alfera Highlight The ‘Second Wave’

PNIA Main Event
Level 16 (3,000/6,000/10,00)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 52
Chip Average: 260,000 (43 bb)

Shaun Deeb has increased his overall chip lead to a stack of 720,000. While there aren’t any players currently within reasonable striking distance of immediately catching Deeb, there are a fair amount of players hovering around the 300,000 chip mark who will be looking to make a push toward the top. Among them include a trio of Pittsburgh players who have had prior success running deep in major tournaments across the country and at the Pittsburgh Poker Open.

Frank Bonacci has career earnings of $219,220 with a major chunk of that total coming from a 2011 victory at the 2011 Borgata Poker Open Six-Max event that earned Bonacci $33,000. Additionally, Bonacci finished 3rd at the 2013 PPO which was good for a $17,000 score. Bonacci is looking to bring home his third PPO title and first Main Event victory. 
Derek Dempsey holds a career earnings total of $146,000 with $52,500 coming from a 2007 victory at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Dempsey has had prior success at past PPO events as he finished 5th in the 2014 PPO Main Event for just under $15,000. A Main Event victory for Dempsey would only increase his already well rounded resume. 
John Alfera has seen most of his $132,000 in winnings come on the World Series of Poker Circuit as he has made nearly a half dozen final tables at events across the country. Like Bonacci and Dempsey, Alfera himself has experienced past PPO success including a 5th place finish in the PPO ‘Summer Series’ Main Event in 2014 which was good for a $7,000 score. 

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