The Strangers in the Night event is one step closer to merging into a single field. Day 1B just concluded, and 20 players were added to the qualifiers list. For some of these players, it was a long grind. For others, like Johannes Verhoeven, it seemed like a walk in the park. Verhoeven started accelerating on level 9, and after that, his stack just kept growing. He was seen limping in and taking many pots down, without putting himself in danger.
Maurice Simard had a different path. He kept himself slightly above average for a while, until he won a 4-way all-in pot with aces, some 35 minutes before the end. He bagged 231,500 chips, a top 5 stack. What a nice way to get into Day 2!
Richard Shamshoum had an amazing last lap, taking many pots down, including the very last one. He raised with , and Martin Nadeau went all-in with a sizeable stack. Richard called, and realized he was facing a six-deuce! Martin did flop 10 outs – live cards and a gutshot – but the ace prevailed. This last pot got Richard just enough to steal the top place from Johannes Verhoeven, who had been in the driver’s seat for about 4 levels. Dramatic finish!
Day 1B’s biggest bags: