Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
It's pushing 2 o'clock in the morning in Atlantic City, and with Daylight Savings time happening this evening the clock will soon be leaping forward to 3 o'clock. It was late morning on Saturday that play began here at the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Caesars Atlantic City. And after nearly 15 hours and two Day 1 flights play has finally concluded, with Benedetto Bianco having claimed the overall chip lead to begin tomorrow's Day 2.
Day 1a saw 304 players enter this $1,675 buy-in event, with roughly half of them surviving nine 40-minute levels to survive. Of that group Bianco finished with a whopping 174,600 chips, more than 60,000 more than his nearest competitor, Leo Walker.
Others accumulating six-figure stacks during the day's first session included Patrick Houchins, Gary Bolden, Harry Korotki, and Micah Raskin. Five-time WSOP-C ring winner Mark Smith made it through to tomorrow as well, as did Christopher Leong who has picked up two rings just this week at WSOP-C Caesars Atlantic City.
The evening session then saw a number of players who busted from Day 1a re-entering to see if the second flight might work out better for them. There were a total of 214 entries for Day 1b, with a little over half of them making it to day's end. A total of 270 of the original 517 entries will be returning on Sunday.
Some saw their Saturdays punctuated by bustouts in both flights today, including Chris Reslock, Steve Dannenman, Kyle Bowker, and Roland Israelashvili. Meanwhile, Timothy Finne, Matt Glantz, and Travell Thomas were among the group who fell in Day 1a but made it through Day 1b.
Those accumulating the biggest stacks during the latter session included Gregory Mitchell (118,900), Raymond Morgan (98,000), and John Evans (92,900). Thus will Bianco continue to enjoy a comfortable margin ahead of the pack for the start of play tomorrow.
Play begins at noon local time Sunday, which after setting those clocks forward will be here that much sooner. And we'll be here again, too, to bring you all of the action as the quest to find the next WSOP Circuit Main Event winner continues.
The tourney clock has been stopped and the announcement has been made — three more hands, then play will be halted for the evening.
With about 8,000 in the middle, Matt Glantz faced a bet of 3,000 from his lone opponent, on a board that read . Glantz tagged along to see the river, which was the . Glantz's opponent didn't let the flush draw slow him down, as he threw out two grey T5,000 chips, a bet of 10,000. Glantz didn't take long to kick his cards in, sending the pot to the other player.
Despite losing that hand, Glantz is still up from the last time we reported his stack, as he now has 41,000.
Play has begun to slow down as we're nearing the 10-minute mark of Level 9 at which point the tourney clock will be stopped and the final hands of Day 1b will be dealt.
It looks as though about 120 players are still with us out of the 215 who began the night's second flight. One of those no longer with chips is Steve Dannenmann, who after battling with a below-average stack as the day wound down has been eliminated here during the final level.
We may still see some more entrants added before play resumes tomorrow, but at present it looks as though the total number of entrants is not quite 520.
In the last hand of the previous level, Richard Milo raised to 1,300 from the hijack seat and picked up three callers including Matt Glantz playing from the blinds.
The flop came and it checked around to Milo who continued for 2,100. It folded back around to Glantz who promptly reraised to 7,500, and after hemming and hawing a bit Milo showed one card — — before folding his hand.
Glantz flashed an himself across the table, and Milo complimented him on the hand.
We have just entered Level 9, which is the last level for today. In 40 minutes, the players will be bagging and tagging their chips.
David Inselberg just earned a big bump to his stack while knocking out a player. He and his opponent had reached fourth street with the board showing , at which point betting between them saw the last of Inselberg's opponent's chips go in the middle.
His opponent had for top two pair while Inselberg had both straight and flush draws with . The river then brought the to give Inselberg the pot and the knockout.