Kit Manuel tops Stacked Poker Championship Main Event Day 1A

Almost 12 hours after play got underway, the opening flight of this year’s Stacked Poker Championship has been run and done with 20 of the 68 players who entered bagging a stack ahead of Day 2.

Leading the way is Kit Manuel with 219,500, who soared to the top of the pops late in the evening after a huge clash with Tony Xu. The chips went in on the turn with Xu holding A10 and Manuel AQ on a A1056 board. The 4 landed on the river to send the pot Manuel’s way.

He holds a narrow lead over Dion Mavrangelos and 2020 Stacked Poker Championship winner Michael Haddad, while plenty of big names are still in the running – Jonathan Karamalikis and Billy Argyros among them. Steve “The Big Show” Topakas also progressed after flying in from Melbourne Friday morning.

Saturday will see two flights running back-to-back with the second being a Turbo flight for those who bust out of the other two. Each flight allows for players to re-enter up to three times while a “Best Stack Forward” system allows those carrying a short stack to try and better it before Day 2 on Sunday.

As always, PokerMedia Australia will be on the floor from 12pm Saturday until finish to bring you all the live action.

Flight 1A final chip counts:

Kit Manuel219,500
Dion Mavrangelos190,000
Michael Haddad186,500
Jamie Brown181,000
Christopher Colaneri109,500
Billy Argyros109,500
Jin Li102,500
Max Chea97,000
Obie Blanusa95,500
Samuel K94,500
Adam Lutley90,500
Michael Mariakis83,000
Joe Sanjaev65,500
Elliot Esca64,500
Adam Cusenza62,000
Zhiifan Ye Mata60,500
Daniel S57,000
Stephen Topakas55,500
Jonathan Karamilikis53,500
Gavin Best53,000

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