Another day, another tournament and thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways. Friday began with the second of three $160 satellites to the RGPS Main Event. Ten seats were guaranteed to be given away and 48 players entered to vie for their shot at a seat in the Main Event. The ten players to earn their seats are listed below, including former RGPS ME champion Mark Martin (pictured) and RGPS Deepstack final tablist Steven Hayes:
|1||Larry Trimble||ME Seat|
|1||Raymond Kilpatrick||ME Seat|
|1||Mark Martin||ME Seat|
|1||Kirk Smith||ME Seat|
|1||Duy Lac||ME Seat|
|1||William Scarsdale||ME Seat|
|1||Matthew Cornelius||ME Seat|
|1||Steven Hayes||ME Seat|
|1||Patrick Ethrington||ME Seat|
|1||Karen Fisher||ME Seat|
At 7 p.m., Flight A of the $675 RGPS Tulsa End of Summer $100,000-guaranteed Main Event kicked off. By the time registration closed, 82 players had entered. Each flight will play 30-minute 12 levels during their Day 1, though play will be halted early if only 15% of the starting field remains.
Every Day 1 flight of the RGPS Main Event includes a raffle for door prizes. The prizes include a Samsung Curve 65" 4K television and either a gaming console or a Yeti Cooler package. Flight A's door prizes included the 4K television and a PlayStation 4. The raffle was held at the end of the second break, and Jerry Hunter was the lucky winner!
To win, players must place their tournament entry receipt into the raffle bin and be present at the time of the raffle itself. Saturday's noon flight (Flight B) will give away another Samsung Curve 4K television plus an Xbox One gaming console. The Flight C raffle winner will receive a Samsung Curve 4K television plus a Custom Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler set with colsters.
Sitting atop the leaderboard at the end of Friday's play is RG Pro Ben Reason with 228,500 chips. With two flights to go, his position is by no means secure, especially with Saturday's fields expected to be larger. Other notable players punching tickets to Day 2 include RGPS Deepstack champion Cary Marshall (162,000), former RGPS ME champion Mark Martin (120,000), Brady Bullard (151,000)RG Pro Mina Greco (85,000), RG Pro Huy Nguyen (53,000), and former RGPS ME champion Will Berry (22,500).
Official chip standings at the close of Day 1A:
|Place||Name||Home Town||Chip Count|
|1||Ben Reason||Whitehouse, TX||228,500|
|2||Cary Marshall||Reno, NV||162,000|
|3||Brady Bullard||Denver, CO||151,000|
|4||Joseph Ferguson||Catoosa, OK||132,000|
|5||Mark Martin||Dexter, KS||120,000|
|6||Tammie Jacobs||Tulsa, OK||89,500|
|7||William Cole||Rogers, AR||85,000|
|8||Mina Greco||Katy, TX||85,000|
|9||Jay Hunter||Tulsa, OK||71,500|
|10||Lafaye Janie Rui||Oklahoma City, OK||69,000|
|11||Thomas Crick||Morrilton, AR||69,000|
|12||Jim Ontiveros||Tulsa, OK||67,500|
|13||Michael Klatt||Sioux Falls, SD||62,500|
|14||Andrew Dodson||Bartlesville, OK||58,500|
|15||Huy Nguyen||Las Vegas, NV||53,000|
|16||Rees Scruggs||Denton, TX||45,000|
|17||Phillip W. Jones||Tulsa, OK||33,500|
|18||Stephen McKinney||Tulsa, OK||30,000|
|19||Will Berry||Norman, OK||22,500|
A complete photo album from Flight A is available here.
Flight B is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday. The last of three $160 Main Event satellites will be held at 4 p.m., with the final Day 1 flight kicking off at 7 p.m. PokerNews will be here throughout the Main Event to cover all the action. For chip counts and live reporting from the RGPS Main Event, click here.