The first break is coming at the end of Level 17 and the blog will begin to track the new Top 5 stacks in the field. Here’s one last look at one of the big stacks that was missed during Day 1 action.
Giannattasio bagged the largest stack on Friday’s Day 1B and comes into Day 2 in 3rd place with 721k. He has been moved from his starting table and finds himself in a good seat with Day 2 chip-leader John Lichtenstein on his immediate right. Giannattasio will have to do some damage quickly because that table will be breaking towards the end of Level 17 and before the money is reached.
Giannattasio has ~$31k in career earnings with most of his cashes coming right here at Parx. So far this year, he has cashed the 300 Main Event twice with his deepest run being in February when he took 57th for $1,449. He will now look to bank his first 500 Main Event cash and potentially a much deeper run as he has some chips to work with early in the session.
Table 46 is turning into a real tough spot after the arrival of Ed O’Connell and Chris Csik, who both started the day in the Top 5 and are now seated next to each other.
Saludez is also in that rotation and started in the Top 25 with 437k. Saludez is a Parx tournament regular who recently had the best score of his career at Borgata. In what could be considered a bitter-sweet finish, Saludez exited in 9th in the Kickoff Event for $24,277 bringing his career earnings to ~$32k. He followed that up with a cash in the 300 Main Event for $1,542 and is certainly in excellent form heading into today’s session.
Palma, also at Table 46, has seen some early swings in this session. After losing about two thirds of his stack to Ed O’Connell, he has recuperated his arsenal with a triple up holding JxJx against AxQx/AxQx.
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.
Day 2 is underway and registration will remain open for the entire first level. Head to the Big Stax XXIII 500 Hub for links to the schedule, structure, and Day 2 chip-counts. Here’s a look at the leader-board: