2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit River Rock Day 1c: Lillian Chan On Top

Lillian Chan

With 100 players bagging up chips at the end of Day 1c, the starting flights for the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit River Rock Main Event are officially over. At the end of Sunday's Day1c, Lillian Chan was the one holding the most chips with an impressive stack of 228,600. Her stellar performance on Day 1c will put her in fourth overall place going into Day 2 behind only Jingjing Liu (266,000), Norman Overdijk (242,000), John Cracic (231,000).

Three hundred and eighty-six players sat at the tables on Sunday, bringing the official registration for the event to a whopping 1,032 total entries. This outstanding turnout gave the event a prize pool of $1,548,000 with the top 108 players cashing and the winner receiving a payday of $286,382.

Chan was spotted by our PokerNews Live Reporting team holding onto a big stack early on Day 1c, and she continued to succeed as play continued. In one key pot, Chan opened with a raise before the flop only to be three-bet by an opponent on the button. Chan came over the top with a four-bet and found herself facing a five-bet shove from what she described as a "tight player." Ultimately, Chan decided to make the call and rolled over {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}, which was ahead of her opponent's {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}. The board came down {3-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and she was able to clinch the knockout and pick up roughly 45,000 in tournament chips.

Also making a return to the felt on Day 2 will be Sean Giesbrecht. We caught him sporting a large stack early on in Day 1a, and after firing another bullet on Day 1b and seeing no success, Giesbrecht faced his last chance for glory. Fortunately, he was able to amass a solid number of chips and finished the day with 204,600, good for one of the top chip positions going into the second day of play.

Other notables moving on to Day 2 were Roberto D'Amato (210,000) Ki Nam (201,500), Calvin Anderson (165,200), Eric Truong (159,400), and Justin Leeson (122,000).

Day 1c saw several players from previous flights return to attempt their last chances to move on. Players like Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, Matt Affleck, Robert Cheung, Shawn Buchanan, Jeff Blenkarn, Flemming Lund, Doug Lee, and Gavin Smith were all eliminated from play once more without getting the chance to see Day 2.

At 12 p.m. PST on Monday in the River Rock Theatre, 246 players will hit the felt in their quests for WSOP Circuit glory. The fields from the three starting days will combine to see the players battle for ten 60-minute levels and a spot among the 108 players to make money.

Here's a look at the top 10 stacks heading into Day 2:

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Jingjing Liu266,000
2Norman Overdijk242,000
3John Cracic231,700
4Lillian Chan228,600
5Cameron Winship212,000
6Roberto D’Amato210,000
7Sean Hwang207,700
8Sean Giesbrecht204,600
9Cary Marshall204,000
10Kim Nam201,500

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