The Texas Poker Open kicked off at Champions Club in Houston, Texas with the $3,300 Main Event, featuring a $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

After nearly 15 hours of play, Bob Shao leads six surviving players with 1,304,000 in chips out of a field of 53 entrants on Day 1A. Jeremy Ausmus (514,000), Casey Brown (379,000), Larry Wright (342,000), Christopher Stone (326,000), and David Kim (305,000) round out the players who bagged in the flight.

Kim soared up the leaderboard earlier in the day when an insane four-way all-in transpired, eliminating Arden Cho and Eric Baldwin. Kim held aces and all the chips went in on the flop against middle set, bottom set, and two pair. An ace spiked the river, and Kim scored the huge pot on his way to finding a bag in the first of eight flights.

Shao surged into the lead when he eliminated PGT regular Victoria Livschitz a couple spots short of the money when he picked up aces against Livschitz's ace-king. Brendon Kaufman held the top stack for much of the early part of the day, but he had a short stack near the end of the night and got ace-jack in against Shao's king-queen. Shao improved to a boat and Kaufman was eliminated on the Day 1A money bubble, while the remaining players bagged and tagged.

All Day 1 survivors will combine for Day 2 on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. CT.

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