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Art Demmerley Bags Chip Lead as 19 Players Advance From Day 1a of the 2020 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open


Day 1a of the 2020 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open at JACK Cleveland Casino has come to an end.

The action was paused with 6:00 left in level 14 due to the field reaching a size of 12%. Today saw a total of 159 entries and 19 of those players bagged chips for Day 2. This tournament is on pace to break last year's record as Day 1a in 2019 drew in 157 entries.

Art Demmerley bagged the largest stack of the day with 454,000. Ronald Payne (432,000), John Macdonald (421,000), Jeff Mirelli (246,000) and Robert Nolen (231,000) make up the rest of the top five.

Other notables that were able to bag today include Thomas Chambers (175,000) and Michael Trivisonno (131,000).

Some familiar faces that were in action today but will have to try again tomorrow include James Anderson, Nick Guagenti, Alex Barill and Christopher Moon.

Players who failed to qualify for Day 2 today will have another chance tomorrow at 12:00p.m. on Day 1b or Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on Day 1c. This will be the last chance players have to bag a stack for Day 2 on Sunday.


Name City, State Chips
Art Demmerley Derby, NY 454,000
Ronald Payne Garrettsville, OH 432,000
John Macdonald Cleveland, OH 421,000
Jeff Mirelli Akron, OH 246,000
Robert Nolen Pittsburgh, PA 231,000
Michael Stebnicki Cleveland, OH 216,000
Jim Pifer Union City, PA 200,000
Mario Brescilli Barberton, OH 186,000
James Stewart Streetsboro, OH 185,000
Thomas Chambers Mentor, OH 175,000
Ozell Dobbins 171,000
Jeff Brown Poowell, OH 163,000
Tom Eidmann Cleveland, OH 156,000
Gary Fury 149,000
Bill Lorring Cleveland, OH 139,000
Ray Joll Pittsburgh, PA 138,000
Mike Trivisonno Lyndhorst, OH 131,000
Greg Lytle Cleveland, OH 107,000
Frank Vanadia Parma, OH 75,000