Sherman Sprints to Flight D Chip Lead

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

Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/300 ante
37 players remaining, 109k avg (36 bb)

Ryan Sherman, Flight D Chip Leader
Ryan Sherman, Flight D Chip Leader

Like a scene from the film The Firm, Ryan Sherman (No. Miami Beach) raced through the Seminole Coconut Creek parking garage and casino, and to register for Flight D of Event 1 of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.  After catching his breath, Sherman sprinted pasted the field to take the flight chip lead with 255k.

“I barely made Level 5,” said Sherman, who like Tom Cruise in the movie, is a lawyer. “I cut it a little too close,” and said he only had five minutes to spare.

Sherman finished ahead of  WSOP bracelet holder Norman Ketchum (Loves Park, IL) who bagged 218k. Both players are here because of the $300,000 Guaranteed prize pool, and this week is the first time they’ve been to the Stax Poker Lounge.

“It’s a nice room,” says Ketchum who won his bracelet in 2004.

Sherman almost didn’t make it through the day and said, “I had one foot out the door,” when he hit an Ace on the river with A-Q to crack pocket Queens for a 30k double-up just a few levels after his late arrival.

162 entries were in the fourth of the five flights and 37 advanced to Saturday’s Day 2. That puts the four flight title at 474 entries and 102 players advancing with the 7 pm flight still in progress.

Wendy Freedman (Las Vegas, NV) bagged 63k and was one of the recognizable names who advanced, but WSOP bracelet holder David Diaz (Bartlett, TN) and Mike Beasley (Davie), both with more than $1.3 million in career tournament earnings failed to bag and tag.

Sherman is currently 6th overall  and trails Michael Laake’s 293k who was the Flight A big stacks and overall chip leader.