2015 WPT Rolling Thunder Day 1b: Ari Engel Leads Day 2 Field

WPT Rolling Thunder

The second of two entry flights for World Poker Tour (WPT) Rolling Thunder in Sacramento, California is now closed. Sunday saw 198 players pay the $3,500 buy-in, putting the total entries for the event at 379, which is a drop of 17% from last year's 456.

With the final numbers in, the prizepool has been calculated at $1,212,800 and the eventual champion will be taking home $266,857.

A couple of notable Canadians joined the action in the form of Mike Leah and Matt Salsberg, but neither of them survived the day. Only Erik Cajelais will be unbagging chips on Monday to represent our nation after he qualified on Day 1a.

By the end of play, just 83 players still had chips in front of them to carry on to Day 2. They will join the 69 from Saturday to resume play on Monday. Ari Engel had the most chips with 240,900, also surpassing Day 1a chipleader Daniel Strelitz.

Other well-known players to have a successful Day 1b include Aaron Mermelstein, Mukul Pahuja, Joe Kuether, Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Ryan Riess, Faraz Jaka, Marvin Rettenmaier, James Calderaro, Randy Lew, and Allen Kessler. The cards didn't fall as favourably for Mohsin Charania, Keven Stammen, Paul Volpe, Zo Karim, Dan Heimiller, Chino Rheem, Anthony Zinno, Jared Jaffee, and JC Tran.

The dealers will be shuffling up in preparation of resuming play at noon PT on Monday. Check back with PokerNews Canada for another end-of-day recap as we highlight the best of the day.

Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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