David Grandieri ended the evening as the Flight A chip leader, with 243,500. Grandieri was the only player to cross over the 200k chip mark. He held a strong lead on the field for a large part of the day, and then really pushed ahead of the pack in the last level when he flopped a flush to send one of his opponents home. He brushed the 300k chip mark at the end of the last level, but then doubled another player up and lost 60,000 in one of the very last hands of the night. His 243,500 chip stack is still far ahead of the second and third place stacks belonging to Konstantinos Mitsopoulos (171,200), and later registrant Johanssy Joseph (165,000). Joseph bought in just after the second break and consistently ran up his stack through the last six levels of play.
The 30 players listed below all earned a night off, and are able to rest up before the start of Day 2 tomorrow (Friday May 12th) at noon Eastern time. Any player that did not make it through in the first flight has a second chance in Flight B, currently running on the other side of the tournament room. Flight B registration is open until approx. 11:30pm.
|St. Vincent, Brad||131,600|