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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Opening Flight is in The Money!

It only took one hand of hand-for-hand play for the bubble to burst in the opening starting session of the day. That means that the 23 remaining players have all locked up $300, but they are all hoping they reach the top 11 tonight to lock up their Day 2 seat.

Among the crowd still alive in this opening flight are Elmo Imperial, Joel Kop, and Doug Smith.

By the Numbers: Final Flight of the Evening

The third flight of the day, and the last of the opening weekend of Mega Millions XVII, drew a total of 172 players. That means that the top 17 players will be making the money tonight, with the top nine moving on to the Day 2 finals.

Your next chance to qualify for this Day 2 finals will be tomorrow at 11:30 AM!

1-9th. $1,000 + Advance to Day 2
10-13th. $400
14-17th. $300

What's on Tap: Monday, August 14th

The 17th Mega Millions keeps on rolling with two more starting flights at 11:30 AM and 4 PM tomorrow. The buy-in for each of these flights will be $160, with all players also having an optional $100 add-on.

Registration will be available for three hours in each of these flights. This schedule will repeat itself every day this week until Friday, when the $550 sessions will start coming back at 2 PM.

Good luck everyone!

By the Numbers: Sunday Afternoon $550 Session

The afternoon $550 starting session is now closed, with 118 total entries. That means that the final 12 players from that flight will all be taking home $1,000 and a Day 2 finals ticket.

This is the last $550 session for a few days. The next time you can play one of these flights will be on Friday at 2 PM!

1-12th. $1,000 + Advance to Day 2

Halfway Through Registration in the Latest Flight

The third and final starting session on this first Sunday of the Mega Millions is just now returning from it's first break of the day. So far, 127 players have entered, and that number will only be rising over the next 90 minutes.

If you can't make it out before 7 PM, we have a full week of $160 sessions coming up this week, starting up at 11:30 AM and 4 PM every day!

Final Starting Session of the Day Underway

The final starting session of the opening weekend of Mega Millions XVII has just kicked off here in the tournament room of the Bicycle Casino. All players in this flight will have an option $100 add-on to give them 8,000 extra chips on top of the 5,000 starting stack.

The top 10% will be cashing, but only the final 5% will be moving on to the Day 2 finals next week. Good luck everyone!

Some Snapshots From the $550 Session

Below you will see some of the players who are here for the afternoon $550 session. Included on this list are a pair of former winners of this event: Sarkis Keshishian and Mike Shariati, who also won the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event two years ago. We also spotted three players fresh off of Day 3 runs in the $500,000 Guaranteed Event: Benjamin Nguyen, Massoud Eskandari, and Ben Chung.

Mike Shariati

Massoud Eskandari

Benjamin Nguyen

Ben Chung

Sarkis Keshishian

First Break of the $550 Session

We are halfway through the registration period here in this afternoon's $550 session. Right now, 79 players have entered in, with registration still open until 5 PM tonight. Remember that in these higher buy-in flights, the top 10% will be cashing for $1,000 and moving on to the Day 2 finals.

By the Numbers: Opening $160 Starting Session

We had another great turnout in our morning $160 session, with 229 players coming out to play. As a matter of fact, that is the exact same number of entries that came out in yesterday's early flight as well. Just like that flight, the top 23 players will be cashing, with the final 11 moving on to the Day 2 finals.

The $550 session is in full swing right now, and the final session of the day is starting up at 4 PM!

1-11th. $1,000 + Advance to Day 2
12-17th. $400
18-23rd. $300

Player Pictures in the Morning $160 Flight

It's time for the first round of player photos for the day. Included on this list are a few former big winners here at the Bike, including Jared Kawalsky, Joel Kop, and a couple other familiar faces.

Darren Healy

Jared Kawalsky

Doug Smith

Joel Kop

Today's $550 Starting Session is Underway

It's time to kick off the final $550 session of the opening weekend of the Mega Millions. In these flights, the top 10% of players will be cashing and moving on to the Day 2 finals next Tuesday. For doing so, they will also receive $1,000.

If you would like to play one of these higher buy-in flights, but you can't come out today, your next chance to play one will be on Friday at 2 PM.

Cards in the Air: Opening Sunday Session

It's time to kick off the third day of qualifying here in Mega Millions XVII. We start things off this morning with a $160 buy-in session, where all players will have an optional $100 add-on. Registration for this flight will be open until 2:30 PM, and while the top 10% will be cashing, only the final 5% will be collecting the $1,000 prize, as well as a pivotal Day 2 ticket.