Flight B: Bizarre Finish Before Bag & Tag

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Level 14 Complete: Day 2 Blinds 1,500/3,000/300 ante
24 players remaining, 107k avg (37 bb)

Jon Brody
Jon Brody, Flight B Chip Leader

After an action packed final two levels, 24 players survived Flight B and advanced to Saturday’s Day 2 of the kickoff event of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

“It was the most bizarre hour of poker I’ve ever seen,” said WSOP bracelet holder Brian Wilson (Cape Coral), who single-handedly took out chip leader Nigel Murray (Miami Gardens) in the span of three big hands.

Wilson bagged 148k for a top ten stack (7th), but was well behind end of flight chip leader Jon Brody (Davie), who finished with 268k (89 bb). “It’s Day 1, it means nothing,” said Brody, who knows there’s a lot of poker left in this $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool that features a total of five flights.

After the final break of the day, Murray was up to 155k, but sent a 68k double-up to Wilson when Wilson’s K-2 flopped two pairs and rivered a full house against Murray’s A-9.

“It’s poker,” said Murray, who walked away dejected after seeing his A-Q lose to Wilson’s Q-3 for another 44k before finally being knocked out.

The flights second biggest stack belongs to Enrique Roman (Davenport) with 266k, followed by Cynthia Radnovich (Pompono Beach) who is third with 174k.

“This room is awesome,” said Wilson, who’s playing in the Stax Poker Lounge for the first time. “The staff is great and the service is out of this world.”

Wilson, who won his bracelet in a 2005 PLO event, added, “when there’s good value I’ll travel anywhere. That’s why I wanted to check this room out.”

Marsha Wolak (Fort Lauderdale), another WSOP bracelet winner (2011 Ladies Event), bagged a short stack of 39k (13 bb) and is currently 40th out of 42 players who have advanced to Day 2.

The two big stacks from Flight A, Michael Laake (293k) and Jonathan Wolff (279k) are still the overall chip leaders, while Brody is third overall.

The remaining players will wait for the final three flights (7 pm Thurs, 11 am & 7 pm Fri) to see where they stack up heading into Day 2.

Brian Wilson, Chipped up on 1st Trip to Stax
Brian Wilson
1st Trip to Stax Poker Lounge
Cindy Radnovich
Cindy Radnovich
Flight B, 3rd in Chips