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RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): CLOCK STOPPED - NEW CHIP LEADER

Level 12 (1500/2500/2500)
Total Day 1C Entrants: 125
Total Entries: 385
Day 1C Players Remaining: 23

Five minutes are left in Level 12 and the tournament director has stopped the clock. Seven more hands will be dealt to complete Day 1 play.

The chip lead changed since our last update. Shawn McCracken (pictured) now holds 358,000 chips, surpassing Flight A chip leader Greg Jennings.

McCracken tells us he came by his new found chips by being on the right side of a set-over-set cooler against Chris "Hortski" Horter.

Only time will tell if McCracken can hold onto his chips to maintain the overall chip lead going into Day 2.

RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): PLAY SLOWS AS THE CLOCK WINDS DOWN

Level 12 (1500/2500/2500)
Total Day 1C Entrants: 125
Total Entries: 385
Day 1C Players Remaining: 27

The pace of play has slowed as we near the end of the final Day 1 flight. Average and above average stacks are playing small ball while the short stacks have tightened up, knowing that any pot they play could be their last.

To illustrate, here's one of the few hands from Level 11 that actually made it to the river, if not a showdown.

Christopher "Pug" Juul raises to 4,500 from late position, and gets one caller in Phillip Teel in the big blind. The dealer spreads a flop of T♣9♠9♦. Teel checks and Juul continues for 5,000. Teel calls.

The Q♠ hits the felt on the turn, and both players check.  On the river, the 9♥ completes the board. Teel hesitates for a few seconds and then checks.

Juul bets 6,000 and Teel quickly folds.

Christopher Juul - 82,000
Phillip Teel - 77,000

We'll continue to watch for big pots as the last level plays out, but this close to a Day 2 seat assignment, jabs have replaced haymakers.

RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): WE'RE IN THE HOME STRETCH

Level 11 (1000/2000/2000)
Total Day 1C Entrants: 125
Total Entries: 385
Day 1C Players Remaining: 35

Level 11 is underway and we've surveyed the stacks to bring you an updated leaderboard. Rich Dixon (pictured) had 240,000 at his peak but still leads Flight C with 195,000.

Here are the current leaders heading into the last hour of Day 1 play:

Rich Dixon - 195,000
Shawn McCracken - 168,000
Lonny Weitzel - 151,000
Jerry Moore - 143,500
Louie Huynh - 126,000
Will Berry - 117,500
Phillip Teel - 116,000
Kiran Suram - 103,000
Jamie Strickland - 103,000

RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): RECORD FIELD FOR THE HARD ROCK

Level 9 (600/1200/1200)
Total Day 1C Entrants: 125
Total Entries: 385
Day 1C Players Remaining: 47

The official totals are in and we have a new record for entries into RGPS Main Event at the Tulsa Hard Rock. A total of 385 players have entered, beating the old record of 381 from February 2017.

The official prize pool comes to $231,000, and 45 places will be paid. We'll publish the complete payout schedule as soon as it becomes available.

RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): CONTINUING THE STREAK

Level 8 (500/1000/1000)
Total Entrants: 122

Texarkana, TX resident, Lonny Weitzel (pictured), has had an impressive run in October of this year. In six tournament events, Lonny placed in the top ten in all of them, scoring second place finishes in the $125 + 20 No Limit Hold'em-Bounty at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Reoccurring Tournament and in the $125 + $15 No Limit Hold'em-Daily at the 2018 Wynn Casino Reoccurring Tournament. 

Hopefully, November will be a memorable one for Lonny, as he tries his hand at the RGPS in Tulsa.

RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): MIDPOINT LEADERS

Level 7 (400/800/800)
Total Entrants: 117

We've reached the halfway point of the final flight, with just over half an hour left in late registration. Time to look at the current leaders!

Jerry Moore (pictured) leads with 135,000, but his lead is by no means secure.

Jerry Moore - 135,000
Lonny Weitzel - 127,500
Rich Dixon - 90,500
John Heckencamp - 76,000
Jamie Strickland - 71,000

RG TULSA Main Event (Day 1C): MONKEY ISLAND RANCHER

Level 6 (300/600/600)
Total Entrants: 110

If you had your pick of legendary poker players to gamble with, who would it be? Doyle Brunson? Amarillo Slim? Puggy Pearson? And if you could choose to go back to 1950's Texas for just such a game?

James Jennings (pictured) doesn't have to answer those questions as a hypothetical--he was there. As a 19-year-old poker player, Jennings played with the legends themselves in Ft. Worth, Texas.

"I've been playing poker all my life," Jennings says. "You know, back in the 1950's in rural America, there was no radio or television. Poker was a family pastime."

Asked about getting to sit down with Doyle Brunson and the old-guard Texas gamblers, he says, "When I was old enough, and had a good job, I saved up my money and I bought into those games. You'd need anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 just to get a seat."

The game of choice at the time was mostly five-card stud. Sometimes 5-card draw, often with hi-lo split.

Over the years, Jennings has worked in and owned businesses dealing in real estate, construction, and ranching. The Monkey Island resident still maintains 120 cows and calves on 200 acres on Grand Lake.

Between fishing (why else would you live on an island?) and poker, Jennings enjoys time with family, including nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

But (forgive us) we were more interested in the Ft. Worth games. "Oh, they had bigger games going, too. $40,000-$50,000 buy-ins. But I never got to sit in those games." He gives us a sly smile and adds, "I sure watched a lot of them, though."

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