19 March 2017 (Atlantic City, N.J.) -- Flight B has come to a close, and the two starting flights of the $1,675 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event are in the books. Ryan Tamanini finished atop Flight B, ending the night with 312,000. Tamanini's climb was good enough to dethrone Edward Duncan, chip leader from Flight A.
Between the two starting flights a total of 341 entries were registered, creating a prizepool of $511,500.
Friday’s Flight A drew a total of 144 entrants, with 27 advancing. Edward Duncan bagged the chip lead in Flight A, ending with 260,100. Flight B drew an additional 197 entrants. At the conclusion of play tonight there were 34 survivors. That means a total of 61 players from the combined flights will merge for Day 2 on Sunday, which begins at noon.
Other notables advancing from today’s flight include: Dennis Phillips (184,500), Alex Bolotin (182,500), Matt Affleck (150,000), Roland Israelashvili (67,000), and 2015 World Champion Joe McKeehen (59,500).
Not everyone was fortunate enough to survive Flight B, and many notables will not be making an appearance tomorrow. The decorated, Pahuja brother, Vinny and Mukul were two of the players eliminated during the second leg of the Main Event. Others who fell included WSOP regular, Nick Palma, gold ring winners Matt Stout and Greg Himmelbrand, and gold bracelet winner Robert Cheung.
Here is a look at the top five from the combined flights:
1st: Ryan Tamanini - 312,000
2nd: Michael Woll - 301,000
3rd: Edward Duncan - 260,100
4th: Abraham Korotki - 240,900
5th: Shannon Shorr - 224,600
Here is a full list of chip counts.
The remaining 61 players will return Sunday at noon for Day 2 of the Main Event. Stay tuned, here at WSOP.com for continued coverage as we play down to the Main Event Champion.