PCA 2016: Late surge puts qualifier Alexander Komarov at Day 1B summit
He did it quietly, but Russian PokerStars qualifier Alexander Komarov did it right on Day 1B. Late on this second flight of Day 1, Komarov just outran the other chip leaders to finish on 168,200. That's good for first place on Day 1B and second over all as all the players reconvene on Day 2 tomorrow.
It could not have been much closer as the night drew to a close. Jonathan Jaffe, who had been leading most of the day, finished in second with 164,000. The affable young pro will go to Day 2 in third place overall.
Not too far behind, is North Carolina's Randy Kritzer on 161,500. He spent the later part of the day sitting on the left of Patrik Antonius who showed up out of the blue today and entered the Main Event. Antonius didn't fare as well, finishing with less than his starting stack.
All of them survived eight levels of play in a room that was much more crowded than yesterday. Day 1B was always going to dwarf Day 1A. It's the nature of poker and poker players: why show up early when you can show up late and get the same stack? So, it was no surprise today when the 1B flight trebled 1A and welcomed more than 600 players to the Main Event.
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Registration doesn't close until the beginning of Day 2 on Sunday, so we could still see the field swell a little more overnight. We'll have final entry numbers and prize pool information sometime tomorrow.
For now we've posted some notable chip counts on this page, and we'll put the full count there as soon as it is made available by the tournament staff. If you'd like a look back at how Day 1B played out, visit our 2016 PCA Day 1B live updates section.
If you need more poker action tonight, check out the up-all-night action of the $50,000 High Roller event where we may very well see someone win a $1 million first prize in less than 24 hours.
If you need some Sunday entertainment, we'll kick off our live updates at noon ET. Join us then for more fun under the sun (and under a big convention center roof).
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging.