The poker room at Harveys Lake Tahoe is currently serving as arena for WSOP Circuit Main Event action and as many as 71 hopefuls from the $1,700 buy-in tournament’s two starting flights are set to return to the gambling venue at noon Northern Nevada time to continue their run for the title and a coveted WSOP Circuit gold ring.
Day 1B of the tournament ended late Saturday night. The second of two starting flights drew 251 entries, but only 45 of them made it through all the levels played. It was Israel’s Alon Eldar who bagged the largest chip stack at the end of the night with 374,000. Hot on his heels were Joe Burke with 357,000 and William Chao with 319,000.
Notables who made it through the end of the tournament’s second starting flight included Lee Markhold, Dann Turner, Sam Cosby, and David Diiorio. However, there were many popular players who could not secure their seats into Day 2 of the Main Event. Some of those who failed on Day 1B were defending champion Scott Sanders, Vanessa Kade, JC Tran, and Dan O’Brien.
The WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event kicked off on Friday, November 1, with the first of two starting flights. The remaining survivors from Days 1A and 1B will return to the host venue to continue to narrow down the field. The name of the champion is set to become known on Day 3 of the event, which is set to be played this coming Monday.
The Overall Chip Leader
While Eldar scooped the largest chip stack at the end of Day 1B, the player will not enter Day 2 of the Main Event as the overall chip leader. That role is occupied by Day 1A chip leader Bryant Miller who bagged and tagged 424,000 at the end of the first starting flight.
Day 1A saw a total of 157 entries enter the race for the title, the first-place cash prize, and the accompanying gold ring. However, only 26 of them bagged and tagged at the end of that first day of Main Event action at the host venue.
Overall, the tournament attracted a field of 424 entrants who generated a prize pool of $642,360. The champion will take home $133,285 in addition to the gold piece of jewelry that goes to the winners of WSOP Circuit events.
It should also be noted that the top 64 finishers will make it to the money and earn a min-cash of $2,553.
Day 2 of the tournament is set to kick off today at noon local time. Action will resume at the beginning of Level 16 with blinds at 2000/4000/4000. With 45 survivors from Day 1B and 26 players from Day 1A, there will be a combined 71-strong field at the start of the event’s second day of play. This means that the money bubble is likely to burst early into the day.
As mentioned earlier, the name of the champion will become known on Monday when the final day of the Main Event is set to be played.
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