The second (of three) Day 1 flight drew a field of 173 players (10 less than Day 1a), and approximately 91 remained after seven 90-minute levels of poker. Ian Wassell finished the day at the top of the chip counts with 229,500.
Daniel "jungleman" Cates bagged up the 168,500 and the second largest stack. Cates might not have been so lucky with pocket kings in the $100,000 Challenge two days ago, but they finally held up against Mustapha Kanit in one of the biggest pots of Day 1B.
Level 6 (blinds at 250/500 with 75 ante)
About 30k was in the pot when the flop 75K hit the table. After a few raises back and forth Cates was all in for 75,275 and at risk against Kanit.
About 180k was in the middle when the dealer burned a card and put out the J turn. A safe card for Cates. The dealer burned another card and put out the final card: the 5. Cates picked up the pot with a full house and said "Finally won one of those" - referring two the two times he lost with KK against AA in the $100k Challenge.
Day 1c is currently underway. Check back tomorrow morning for a brief recap of how things played out.