The third and final running of the Card Player Poker Tour Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic in 2019 got underway on Thursday, July 18. This is the tenth CPPT event held at Oceans Eleven Casino in Oceanside, California. The first two starting flights of six total in this $250 buy-in main event attracted 257 total entries, adding $39,400 to the prize pool.

April Champion Adam WeinraubThe tournament will once again feature an estimated prize pool of $150,000. That number has routinely been blown out of the water in the past, with the event previously drawing as many as 949 entries to create a prize pool worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The April 2019 running of the San Diego Classic drew 728 total entries, with Adam Weinraub earning $32,212 as the eventual champion.

Flight 1A saw a total of 137 entries made, while flight 1B added another 120. With 257 total entries so far the prize pool has already grown to $39,400 with four starting flights still available to play. Players can also take advantage of the Quantum July 21. Players that elect to take advantage of this option will receive 170,000 in tournament chips, and can also pay a $30 optional staff add-on to receive another 30,000. Blinds will begin at 1,500-3,000 on day 2. Players can re-enter once before the end of the second level on day 2.

From the 257 entries in flights 1A and 1B, only 30 players made it through to day 2, with Mohammad Sotoudeh bagging up the largest stack of 561,000. Barry Seidman won this very event in 2017 for $38,873. He bagged up a top-three stack of 410,500.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the 30 players who have already qualified for day 2:

Player Chip Count
Mohammad Sotoudeh 561,000
Rafi Azam 482,000
Barry Seidman 410,500
Logan Bennett 402,000
Robert Vasquez 355,500
Brigitte Spiteri 346,000
Raymond Gonzales 329,500
William Wolf 319,000
Gary Crite 288,500
Steve Firestone 278,500
Josh Vlahos 234,500
Robert Lefkowitz 216,500
David Schraer 196,000
Bob Campbell 194,000
MD Shifat Uddin 188,500
Narege Kamakian 186,000
Mike Kornblum 176,000
Michael Piellucci 172,500
Jess Steinberg 169,000
Ken Pollack 168,000
Afzal Atta 146,500
Tyler Moore 133,500
David Icke 104,000
Nicholas Schmit 96,500
Dwayne Buth 83,000
Jon Gunter 61,000
Ron Novini 55,500
Sam Michmali 53,000
Joseph Anthony 13,000
Tom Czyszczon 10,500

Ocean’s 11 is the only casino in Southern California located along the Pacific Ocean on the Interstate 5 freeway, less than a mile from some of the area’s most picturesque beaches.

The property also boasts 50 tables of the best poker and table games found anywhere in California with all the favorite poker games, including no-limit and limit hold’em, Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better, pot-limit Omaha, and crazy pineapple.

For more information on the Card Player Poker Tour, click here.




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