Hollywood Poker Open Columbus $1,115 Regional Main Event is into Day 1a and 152 entries materialized out of the two starting flights, resulting into swelling of the guarantee money well over $100,000. The event has just crossed level one.
The event of the last stop can already be termed as a great success what with a full other starting flight remaining. There is just another stop, the HPO Championship left for Season 3, scheduled to be hosted in Vegas.
14 levels of play had concluded and in the end with 350,000 massive chip counts, Daniel Swartz took the lead. Ken Moore was the one who came closest to him on Day 1a with 266,500 chips. Other poker players on the hunt include Gary Tsui with 48,500, Brandon Wetzel 214,000 and Nick Guagenti 119,000. Overall the first day saw 26 players advancing to the 2nd day’s play on Monday.
Highlight of the first day play included Swartz managing to collect some of the chips from the 2003 World Series champion, HPO Ambassador and the most famous poker celebrity Chris Moneymaker. In a duel between them Swartz made the famous poker face fold when he placed a three-bet to 50,000. After a couple of hands they were at it again which Swartz again managed to win it for himself as Moneymaker mucked incredulously. Tsui was third in the chip counts at the closing of the day.
Some of the noteworthy players who could not make the grade for second-day play included Moneymaker, Doug Holland, Shawn Cuniz and Andrew Jeffrey. But they still have a chance on Sunday if they choose so. Moneymaker ousted on the first day has already confirmed that he won’t be taking a second shot. Other players remaining for second day play may miss the chance to lock horns with him though. Now let us see what the Day 2 has in store for players.