Cole Sudeck Leads 68 Players on Day 1B of WPT Gardens Poker Championship

Jan 10, 2020

Cole Sudeck

By Ryan Lucchesi

The first stop of 2020 for Season XVIII is the WPT Gardens Poker Championship from The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California, and after the Day 1B flight that attracted a total of 124 players, just 68 players would survive into Day 2 on Saturday.

After eight levels of play, it would be Cole Sudeck (pictured at top) topping the leaderboard as he finished the day with 199,500. Sudeck only recently turned 21, and he is playing in his first $10,000 buy-in event this week.

Sitting on the heels of Sudeck is WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos with 198,400. Rounding out the top five are David Lambard (197,600), Sebastiaan de Jonge (194,300), and Joe Kuether (173,600).

Upeshka De Silva

Another notable player in the top 10 at the end of play was WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka de Silva (pictured above), who bagged up 157,900. We caught up with De Silva at the end of play to chat about his tournament day.

“It’s really cool, especially an event with a $10,000 buy-in. When you have a smaller field, with like two, three, or four starting stacks, you’re actually really deep in the tournament because you’re going to have an average stack when there are like 25 percent [of the field] left. There are probably going to be like 250 people, so I’ll have an average stack with about 60 people left, said De Silva about holding a big stack at the end of play. He continued, “So it’s really cool if you can build a stack early on Day 1 of these. You’re kind of locked in for a deep run.”

Other notables that bagged up six-figure stacks included Andrew Wisdom (146,400), James Anderson (119,600), Markus Gonsalves (108,700), Ankush Mandavia (104,000), and Thu Nguyen (102,400).

Registration is open until the beginning of level 11 on Day 2, Saturday, January 11; approximately 3:30 p.m. (PT), and players are allowed a single re-entry each day. Players that were eliminated on Day 1A or 1B will have the option to re-enter on Day 2 and join the 110 returning players.

To view complete information on the WPT Gardens Poker Championship structure and schedule, click here.

Day 2 of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship begins at 12 p.m. (PT) on Saturday with continuous live updates being provided by the World Poker Tour. Stay tuned right here to WPT.com for the exclusive live coverage of the tournament from start to finish to see who becomes the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, and wins his or her way to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

Photography by Joe Giron / PokerPhotoArchive


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