Todd Fletcher Leads HRCV Poker Championships Day 1a

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Poker Championships

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (HRCV) is excited to be hosting their first poker tournament series and the players are just as excited to be playing the event.

HRCV Poker Championships is a four-event series with buy-ins between $180 and $1,100. Events 1, 2, and 3 are already wrapped up and you can read our recap of the results to get caught up on the action.

Event 4, the $1,100 Main Event, began today with its first Day 1. The poker room is limited to a maximum of 12 tables (120 players), but just 98 entrants took seats today. Tomorrow's Day 1b, a Saturday, will definitely be sold out early so get down early if you intend to play.

The tournament offers a generous 20,000 chips to start and lengthy 45-minute blinds, ensuring players get plenty of play for their money.

The play was halted at the end of Level 12, at which point 30 players were remaining and will return for Day 2 on Sunday, April 6th.

Here are your Day 1a chip leaders:

PositionPlayerChips
1Todd Fletcher166,200
2Dave Mak162,800
3Duy Pham138,300
4Robert Wilson119,900
5Sukhpaal Dhaliwal112,900
6Nicholas Immekus111,800
7Stuart Cox91,200
8Minh Huynh83,300
9Tzu Huang75,000
10Freddrick Parsons66,800

The series is sanctioned by the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) which awards players points for their Player of the Year race using the Global Poker Index player-ranking system. CPT is also putting up a Player of the Series package for the HRCV Poker Championships that will award the player with the most points across Events 2, 3, and 4 a $1,100 Main Event seat for CPT Spring Showdown next week in Calgary, cash for travel, and accommodation.

Here's a look at the top five on the leaderboard so far:

PositionPlayerCPT Player of the Series Points
1Duy Vu Ong130.69
2Todd Fletcher127.32
3Khatoon Parpia125.36
4Jackie Chen107.27
5Steve Lynar105.73

Both Ong and Fletcher final-tabled both Events 2 and 3. If one of them makes it deep in the Main Event they will have a good chance of winning the Player of the Series. And with Fletcher holding the chip lead coming out of Day 1a, he's probably the one to watch.

Check back tomorrow for a recap of Day 1b before players move onto Day 2.

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