Bay 101 Breaks Records, Ari Engel Snatches Day 1b Chip Lead

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Ari Engel is hungry for more.

Poker is alive and well in the Bay Area.

The 2016 WPT Bay 101 is officially the biggest in history with 753 entries and a massive $1.3 million first-place prize.

Day 1b attracted 422 runners to go along with the 331 entries on Day 1a.

Recent Aussie Millions winner Ari Engel amassed a tournament-leading chip stack of 294,100 on Day 1b.

Matusow, O’Brien Survive

Mike Matusow
Mike Matusow

Noted pros Danny Wong (217,100), Mike Matusow (187,400), Dan O’Brien (169,200) and Mike Leah (148,200) also find themselves amongst the top 20 stacks on Day 1b of Bay 101.

The field was trimmed from 422 to 159 by the end of play. The 159 remaining players will combine with the 121 from Day 1a to start Day 2 with 292 players.

Joe McKeehen, Sorel Mizzi, Erik Seidel, Darren Elias and David Paredes were among the players who hit the rail on Day 1b.

The money starts with 72 players remaining. The final 72 will all get a chunk of an enormous prize pool worth more than $5.3 million.

The prize everyone is going to be concentrating on, however, is that $1.3 million for first-place. It’s one of the biggest first-place prizes that the WPT has awarded in recent years.

Day 2 begins at 11 a.m. PT today. You can follow along live via the WPT live updates team.

You can also follow via the Bay 101 Twitch stream below:

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