The second of three starting flights in the 2018 MSPT Denver Poker Open $1,100 Main Event drew 109 runners, which along with 1A’s 78 brought the current field up to 186 entries with Saturday’s Day 1C still to go.
After nearly 15 levels of play, just 18 players remained with Tye Rogers of Boulder, Colorado and his stack of 350,500 leading the pack. That is a bit ahead of 1A chip leader Bobby Opila, who made it through on Thursday with 330,500.
Others to bag included Richard Monroe (214,000), WSOP bracelet winner John “KasinoKrime” Beauprez (170,000), Minnesota’s Matt Weller (164,500), Danny Gonzalez (46,500), and Matt Nelson (50,000), who freerolled his way into the Main Event via a local Denver poker bar league.
Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to try and fall were MSPT Season 9 Golden Gates Regional champ Bobby Faecher, MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang, World Series of Poker bracelet winners Adrian Buckley, Mitch Schock Ben Keeline, and Chris Tryba.
Day 1C, the third and final flight, will get underway at Noon local time on Saturday. The surviving players from each flight will then return on Sunday to play down to a winner.
The entirety of the Main Event will be live reported here in the blog, while the final table action will also be live streamed worldwide on a 15-minute delay with hole cards. Bryan Mileski and Ben Valder will be providing commentary for the final table action.