Four more crowned; Edler leads SNPC main event

Keith Brandinger
Brandinger brings home the bacon.

While the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV has hit the home stretch after the start of the $5,000 Championship Event on Sunday, four other players were able to take preliminary titles before it began.

On Tuesday of last week, Keith Brandinger was able to outlast the 218-player field to take the championship in the $100 No-Limit Hold'em event. While 28 players took a little piece of the $19,620 prize pool, Brandinger captured the lion's share of it, winning $6,278.

He was followed at the final table by these players:

Place Name Prize
1st Keith Brandinger $6,278
2nd Wuentin Crossley $3,453
3rd Tracy Morgan $1,766
4th Brian Norris $1,373
5th D. Halpain $1,177
6th Jim Payne $981
7th Louis Bacarisse $785
8th John McTigue $589
9th Ronnie Harris $392

Jerry Yang, former World Champions Berry Johnson and the namesake of the SNPC, T.J. Cloutier, Jordan Morgan, Layne Flack, Berry Johnston, Amnon Filippi, Eugene Todd, Mickey "Mouse" Mills, Brandon Cantu, Allen Kessler, Captain Tom Franklin, Dan Schmeich, Gavin Smith, Bill Edler and, of course, Scotty Nguyen.

Bill Edler
Edler takes chip lead after Day 1.

By the end of Day 1, there were only 32 survivors remaining. Bill Edler, who had started the day with Gavin Smith at his table, has jumped out to the early lead but he has a host of strong players following him to try to remove him from the top of the mountain.

The Top 10 looks like this:

  • Bill Edler, $143,900
  • Wayne Philpot, $124,400
  • T.J. Cloutier, $117,300
  • Don Dingman, $111,000
  • Noah Nodeen, $109,200
  • Whitney Blanton, $92,200
  • Ray Henson, $88,300
  • Daniel Robertson, $87,200
  • Adrian Garduno, $85,500
  • Ahmad Saleh, $73,600

There are a host of top professionals still surviving to this point. Mickey Mills, Gavin Smith and Gregg Merkow are all just off the Top 10 and a little deeper in the field are Jordan Morgan, Todd Brunson and Scotty Nguyen himself.

The action should be hectic on Monday as the players work down to the final table of the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge, which plays out on Tuesday.

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