The second of three starting flights in the $1,100 MSPT Seneca Niagara – the tour’s first visit to Western New York – attracted 77 players, which along with 1A’s 42 brought the total field up to 119 entries with Day 1C still to go.
By the end of the night just 13 remained with Maria Parlatore and her stack of 247,100 leading the way. That is ahead of Day 1A chip leader Illan Kandiah, who bagged 207,000.
Others to advance from the 1B flight were Veerab Zakarian (157,300), Thomas Smolinski (152,100), 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ Brian Soja (151,300), and Andy Spears (149,700), who round out the top five stacks. They were joined by the likes of Henry Zou (83,600) and local Seneca legend Buck Ramsay (30,000).
Among those to fall on Day 1B were Andy Ranaletti, Henry Tran, Michael Latour, Denis Snyder, Paul Bitterman, Silvio Derubeis, Matt Shanahan, Frank Dellaria, Pablo Delgado, Heather Irby, and Scott Hosbach.
Day 1C will get underway at Noon local time on Saturday, which is expected to be the biggest flight yet. Among those we expect to see in action are John “Big Stick” Abraham, Minnesota’s Alex Winter, and MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year Chris Meyers.
Of course, we’ll be there every step of the way to capture the action here in the live blog, so be sure to join us then.