RG DOWNSTREAM MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): Chris Staats Surges Late to Take Chip Lead, 20 Advance
Level 12 (1,200/2,400/400)
Day 1B Entrants: 88
Total Entrants: 162
Day 1B Players Remaining: 20
Chip Average: 88,000
Mike Marn almost went wire-to-wire to claim the chip lead but a last-minute push by Chris Staats (pictured) gave him 5,000 more than Marn to wrap up Day 1B. Staats took a pot that potentially could have been much larger against Jeff Tebben to end the night with 223,500.
On a board of Q♦9♦2♦6♥, Staats bet 5,500 in the small blind and Tebben called from under the gun. Staats put out 14,500 on the 8♦ river. Tebben flicked chips in and Staats rolled over A♦Q♠ for the nut flush.
Tebben flashed K♦Q♥ for the second nut flush and has to feel good about not going broke on the hand. He will come back with 76,500 for Day 2.
Marn finished with 218,500 and he will return Sunday looking to improve on his deep run from RunGood Tulsa. Four players cracked the 200,000 mark and have a wide gap between them and the Day 1A players who advanced.
A full list of chip counts from Day 1B will be posted when they are available. Below is a look at the top stacks and notables from the second flight.
Chris Staats - 223,500
Mike Marn - 218,500
Todd Kennedy - 210,500
JD Akins - 210,000
Lauren Bunch - 51,000
Chris Conrad - 45,000
Andre Allen - 29,000