The first of three starting flights in the $1,100 no-limit hold’em Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Hotel & Casino $500,000 guaranteed main event is in the books and Daniel Mijac finished the night leading the 27 players that secured a spot in the Day 2 field.

Day 1A kicked off on Thursday morning and drew 107 entries. With the field scheduled to play down to the final 25 percent, the 27 players that survived the more than 13 levels will return on Sunday at noon to play down to a final table.

Mijac finished the day with 219,000 in chips and is only one of two players with more than 200,000 in chips. Xiao Ruan is the other, who finished Day 1A second in chips with 201,000. Nathan Bjerno (191,000), Li Ping Zhong (187,000) and Ira Friedman (183,000) round out the top five Day 1A chip stacks.

WPT Champion Matt SalsbergOther notables to make it through the day include William Wolf (158,000), Matt Salsberg (148,500), Jason Bral (131,500), Peter Neff (127,000), Danny Illingworth (120,000), Joe Serock (116,000), Pete Hengsakul (76,500), Jared Griener (75,500) and Sohale Khalili (65,000).

Not everybody was lucky enough to make it through the day with plenty of talented poker players busting before the final hand of the day. Bill Klein, Adam Weinraub, Sean Yu, Adam Volen and Bruce Kramer were among the day’s casualties.

The 107 entries generated $107,000 towards the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool with two more starting flights yet to get underway. Players who didn’t survive Thursday’s flight have another chance to put chips in a bag on Friday’s Day 1B or Saturday’s Day 1C.

The final two starting flights will follow the same structure as Day 1A. The field will play 40-minute levels for the entirety of the day, registration will close at the start of level 10 and play will stop when 25 percent of the field remains.

Players also have the option to take advantage of the Quantum structure and buy directly into Day 2 for $4,300 and receive 120,000 in chips. Levels on Day 2 will be increased to 50 minutes and blinds will start at 1,000-2,000 with a 2,000 big blind ante.

Here are the chip counts for the Day 1A survivors:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Daniel Mijac 219,000
2 Xiao Ruan 201,000
3 Nathan Bjerno 191,000
4 Li Ping Zhong 187,000
5 Ira Friedman 183,000
6 Adam Demersseman 180,000
7 Arthur Bekkerman 170,000
8 William Wolf 158,000
9 Matt Salsberg 148,500
10 Tigran Abgaryan 139,000
11 Jason Bral 131,500
12 Peter Neff 127,000
13 Ryan Howe 124,000
14 Daniel Illingworth 120,000
15 Anne Bui 119,000
16 Joe Serock 116,000
17 Ron West 112,000
18 Michael Gil 100,500
19 Timothy Telliard 86,500
20 Pete Hengsakul 76,500
21 Jared Griener 75,500
22 Sohale Khalili 65,000
23 Vyacheslav Stoyanov 52,000
24 Sevak Dasadarian 50,500
25 Jeff Yarchever 47,000
26 Joseph Max Cosentino 29,500
27 Chad Delanzo 28,000




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