Ryan McKnight eyes first WSOP Circuit title, assumes overall chip lead into Day 2 of the tournament
Another day of quality poker action wrapped up at Harrah’s Cherokee on Saturday. The North Carolina casino is currently hosting the WSOP Circuit and the series’ highlight tournament – the $1,700 Main Event – completed last night the second of two starting flights.
Flight B of one of the most popular Main Events over the course of the WSOP Circuit season drew a total of 1,127 entrants, of whom 708 registered through Day 1B. Flight A of the tournament attracted 419 on Friday.
The Main Event kicked off with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million but the massive interest totally smashed the guarantee, and a prize pool of $1,707,405. The top 117 finishers will receive a share of the money, with min-cashes being worth $2,800. As for the winner, they will walk out with a hefty first-place payout of $311,616, a shiny gold ring, and the right to contend in the season-ending Global Casino Championship, which will take place next summer at Harrah’s Cherokee.
As mentioned earlier, there were 708 players to enter the Main Event through Flight B. After 17 levels played throughout the day, there were just 94 survivors left. They will combine with the 50 finishers who bagged at the end of Flight A for the first time today when Day 2 is set to take place at the host casino. Action resumes at noon local time, and among other things, the 144 survivors will be trying to secure a payout as the bubble is expected to burst early into the day.
Ryan McKnight Bags Into Overall Chip Lead
Flight B ended with Ryan McKnight bagging the largest stack of the day. The player had accumulated 727,000 in chips by the time organizers called it a day. McKnight has previously cashed in four WSOP Circuit and three WSOP events. Last summer, the player finished fourth in the WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack for his career’s largest cash of $374,515. He is now vying for his first-ever Circuit title. It is also important to note that the player is entering Day 2 of the Main Event as the overall chip lead.
Trailing a single big blind behind on the temporary leaderboard is Scott Anderson with 720,000. Anderson, too, entered the Main Event through its second starting flight. Rounding out top three is Jake Bazeley, who won that same event back in December 2014. Bazeley scooped 670,000 last night. Bobby Moon with 655,000 and Flight A chip leader Todd Osborne with 586,000 were the other two players to make it to top five of the chip counts chart.
Day 2 action is set to kick off today at noon local time. The players will have the important task to burst the money bubble and to further reduce the field. The tournament’s final day will take place tomorrow at the host venue.
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