William Wendling leads Ante Up NorCal Classic Main Event after Day 1

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William Wendling leads the field as the Ante Up NorCal Classic Main Event heads into the final day today at noon at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif.

Wendling of San Jose, Calif., has 571,000 in chips in the final Main Event of the 2015 Ante Up Poker Tour schedule, with Jose Cervantes, also of San Jose, second with 524,000.

Forty-two players remain, with the top 27 cashing. First place gets $54,356, which includes a seat in the Ante Up World Championship Main Event in August, and will appear on the cover of the January issue of Ante Up Magazine and get a personalized Tour champion jacket.

Also of interest heading into Day 2 is the Ante Up Poker Tour Player of the Year race. While many of the 42 remaining players can move up in the rankings, only two – Michael Postle and Hieu Le – still have a shot of overtaking Christian Francia of Bayonne, N.J., for Player of the Year. If Le doesn’t cash, Postle, second in the rankings, will need to finish at least 26th to overtake Francia. If Postle doesn’t cash, Le, sixth in the rankings, will need to finish at least third to overtake Francia. And both players will also need to fade players who are playing the last two events of the year at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. today who could overtake them with a deep run or two – or hope the Main Event ends in time for them to enter the 7 p.m. event so they have a chance of adding to their points total.

The Ante Up Player of the Year will get five nights in a suite at Thunder Valley Casino Resort for next year’s Ante Up World Championship plus a $250 food credit.

CHIP COUNTS
William Wendling San Jose 571,000
Jose Cervantes San Jose 524,000
Petru Tantos Fairfield 495,000
Kristofferson Nunez Lincoln 273,000
Barry Birdwwell Marysville 271,000
Justo Avalos Elk Grove 263,000
Francisco Santana San Jose 261,000
Joe Fernandez Turlock 235,000
Mike Harvey SF 222,000
Anton Dimagiba Sacramento 205,000
Greg Pincombe Redwood City 196,000
Tony Le Modesto 194,000
Mike Postle R. Cordova 194,000
Andrew Barber Santa Cruz 187,000
Paul Kossluk Ashland 161,000
Lance Donnell Reno 158,000
Dinh Le Suisun City 157,000
Andy Pham Elk Grove 156,000
Surinder Singh Hercules 144,000
Steven Tada Santa Clara 136,000
Asa Martinez Sacramento 135,000
Joshua Shaw Sacramento 127,000
Phaly Noy San Jose 125,000
Dee Timmons Manteca 125,000
Jon des Pois Auburn 121,000
Alan Skriel Roseville 103,000
M. Dhanushkumar Livermore 101,000
Michael Larrick Fairfield 92,000
Mario Sequeira Hanford 91,000
Hieu Le Elk Grove 88,000
C. Magaaoay Vallejo 84,000
Steve Kujubu Sacramento 77,000
David Lucchesi Walnut Creek 77,000
Barry Kay Incline Village 75,000
Dan Stir Sacramento 75,000
Dean Freedlander SF 71,000
Cy Williams Davis 68,000
Noel Laxamana Hercules 62,000
Anthony Winters Livermore 59,000
Jimmy Zeladon San Jose 59,000
Ben Choi San Jose 42,000
Francis Witek Nevada City 28,000

SEAT ASSIGNMENTS
Table 1
Seat Name City Chipcount

1 Steve Kujubu Sacramento, CA 77,000
2 Dan Stir Sacramento, CA 75,000
3 Anthony Winters Livermore, CA 59,000
4 Murugiah Dhanushkumar Livermore, CA 101,000
5 Open x x
6 Joshua Shaw Sacramento, CA 127,000
7 Dee Timmons Manteca, CA 125,000
8 Petru Tantos Fairfield, CA 495,000
9 Mike Harvey SF, CA 222,000

Table 2
Seat Name City Chipcount

1 William Wendling San Jose, CA 571,000
2 Andy Pham Elk Grove, CA 156,000
3 Paul Kossluk Ashland, OR 161,000
4 Mario Sequeira Hanford, CA 91,000
5 Kristofferson Nunez Lincoln, CA 273,000
6 Alan Skriel Roseville, CA 103,000
7 Gregory Pincombe Redwood City, CA 196,000
8 Noel Laxamana Hercules, CA 62,000
9 Dean Freedlander SF, CA 71,000

Table 3
Seat Name City Chipcount

1 C. Magaaoay Vallejo, CA 84,000
2 Cy Williams Davis, CA 68,000
3 David Lucchesi Walnut Creek, CA 77,000
4 Hieu Le Elk Grove, CA 88,000
5 Joe Fernandez Turlock, CA 235,000
6 Surinder Singh Hercules, CA 144,000
7 Francis Witek Nevada City, CA 28,000
8 Francisco Santana San Jose, CA 261,000
9 Barry Birdwwell Marysville, CA 271,000

Table 4
Seat Name City Chipcount

1 Barry Kay Incline Village, NV 75,000
2 Open x x
3 Steven Tada Santa Clara, CA 136,000
4 Dinh Le Suisun City, CA 157,000
5 Jimmy Zeladon San Jose, CA 59,000
6 Andrew Barber Santa Cruz, CA 187,000
7 Michael Larrick Fairfield, CA 92,000
8 Mike Postle Rancho Cordova, CA 194,000
9 Tony Le Modesto, CA 194,000

Table 5
Seat Name City Chipcount

1 Ben Choi San Jose, CA 42,000
2 Jose Cervantes San Jose, CA 524,000
3 Asa Martinez Sacramento, CA 135,000
4 Lance Donnell Reno, NV 158,000
5 Phaly Noy San Jose, CA 125,000
6 Open x x
7 Jon des Pois Auburn, CA 121,000
8 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA 263,000
9 Anton Dimagiba Sacramento, CA 205,000

PAYOUT SCHEDULE
1 $54,356
2 $38,138
3 $24,532
4 $18,157
5 $13,629
6 $10,903
7 $9,055
8 $7,253
9 $5,429
10-12 $3,973
13-15 $3,257
16-18 $2,772
19-21 $2,426
22-24 $2,171
25-27 $1,917