- Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 11:25 AM
- Level 16 (2500/5000/500)
- Total Entries: 1052
- Players Left: 197
- Average Stack: 220,000
Two players from the 500 Main Event broke the previous record for largest stack bagged in a Day 1 session. John Lichtenstein is one of them with an astounding 925k and O’Connell is right behind him with 872k. O’Connell did most of his damage during the final level of play last night which kept him off the blog’s radar until the bagging process had begun.
O’Connell is off to a quick start as well after being moved to Joe Palma’s table. He held AKs on an Ace-high flop and got bets of 75k and 115k on the turn and river from Palma before revealing he had the best hand with top pair top kicker. After that encounter, O’Connell has taken over the lead early in the session.