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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Eriquezzo Ends Day 1 With A Big Double

Event 1 (Day 1)
Level 17 (2,000/4,000/500)
Total Entries: 332
Players Remaining: 38
Chip Average: 175,000
Ryan Eriquezzo (New Haven, CT)
We thought we would play through the money before the end of Day 1 of the $100,000 GTD Event 1, but we wouldn't as the tournament clock was stopped with 5 minutes remaining in Level 17 and only four more hands would be played even though we were two spots from the money.

While some players were already checked out for the night, Ryan Eriquezzo (New Haven, CT) was doing something about his somewhat dire situation, as he was set to return to Day 2 with less than 15 big blinds.

That was until the final two hands of the night which saw him chip up to end the day with just shy of 170,000.

The first hand saw Eriquezzo move all-in and get called by a bigger stacked player, with Eriquezzo holding a major advantage [Ad][Kh] to [Ac][Js].

But, that advantage would go away on the [Jh][8d][4c] flop and suddenly, Eriquezzo was at risk of not coming back for Day 2 at all.

The [Kd] would spike on the turn though and that would be good enough for the double up, keeping himself from "bubbling another event" after he had the unlucky fate of coming close to numerous cashes over the last few events he played at the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

In the very next hand, Eriquezzo would be at it again, raising and taking down the blinds and antes to again increase his stack, flashing the table a big smile and a pair of Aces.

Those two hands would see Eriquezzo bag up just under the chip average and while some players may be uncomfortable playing that sized stack, he certainly isn't, as the WSOP Bracelet winner with just over $1,300,000 in career lifetime earnings, quietly hovered near the chip average all day and will now enter tomorrow's Day 2 session peaking with the biggest stack he's had all day, looking to run it up to start this series off with another deep Foxwoods run.

The remaining players are now bagging and tagging their chips and we will post a list of the big and notable stacks that ended this Day 1 session.