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(pokernews.com) – Day 1b of the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) Columbus $1,115 Regional Main Event attracted 142 entries, which nearly matched the impressive Day 1a field of 152. With 294 total entries, the $100,000 guarantee was smashed, and the Season 3 HPO Columbus stop will pay out a massive $294,000, with $70,560 reserved for the winner.
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After 14 levels of play, Doug Holland led the 20 Day 1b survivors, bagging an impressive 283,500. “Doctor” Ross Gottlieb is close behind with 240,000, while other notables to advance were Ryan Austin (222,000), Danny Warchol(204,000) and Nick Pupillo (123,000).
They will join overall chip leader Daniel Swartz (350,000) and the other Day 1a survivors on Monday as 46 players look to make the money at the top 27. Not only are they playing for a big five-figure first-place prize, but also a seat in June’s HPO Championship Main Event at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
Top 10 Day 1b Chip Counts
Both HPO ambassador and 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker and local pro Shawn Cunix opted not to fire additional bullets after busting on Day 1a, but a few notables did in Andrew Jeffrey,Jared Palmer and Vadim Kleydman. Unfortunately for those three, they failed to advance to day 2. Another player to fall was Nidal Elhassan.
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