Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
On Saturday, the final starting flight of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event took place in the Harrah's Tunica Event Center. After 17 levels of play, the 394 players to register were whittled down to a mere 56. Leading the pack of those returning from the Day 1b flight is Clint Fawcett who will be bringing a stack of 397,500 into Day 2. Fawcett will ultimately be the second largest stack in the room when play resumes as Bryan Campanello from Day 1a will sport the biggest stack with 467,000.
Other top stacks from the second starting flight include Brian Nguyen (305,000), Carl Brewington (302,500), Steve Nussrallah (284,500), and Nathan Bjerno (278,500).
Brewington held the top chip spot for a majority of the day and only seemed to falter toward the end of the night. Brewington earned a majority of his stack in a hand that took place during the 1,000/2,000/300 level. Action folded around to the player on the button who made it 4,300 to go. Brewington flat called from the big blind and the dealer spread out a flop that read . Brewington checked his option and his opponent continued for 5,200. Brewington shocked his opponent by snap-announcing "All in" over the top. His opponent called and the hands were tabled.
Brewington was ahead with two pair but needed to dodge an ace, jack, or heart on the subsequent streets. He did exactly that as the and the fell, awarding him the pot. This pot boosted him to 310,000 at the time and he continued to crush as play wore on.
Other notable names to return to play on Day 2 include Chun Law (212,000), Nancy Todd (200,000), Josh Pender (170,000), Pedro Rios (126,000), and Ari Engel (114,000).
While those players were able to survive the day, others were not so fortunate. For many of the notable players this was their second and final chance to make the second day of play. Players like Bernard Lee, John Dolan, La Sengphet, AP Phahurat, Tripp Kirk, Seneca Easley, Chris Moneymaker, Mark "Pegasus" Smith, and last year's champion Kurt Jewell saw their shot at WSOP-C glory disappear when all of their chips vanished.
The 56 players to advance from Day 1b will mere with the 36 who survived Day 1a for a grand total of 93 returning Day 2 players. The field pays the top 72, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we travel through the money bubble and beyond!
Tournament staff has announced three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
After a series of raises before the flop, Eli Lowenthal got his entire stack in holding and was racing against an opponent's .
The board came down and Lowenthal was sent to the rail close to the end of the night here on Day 1b.
The flop read and Clint Fawcett was heads up with an opponent. Fawcett check-called a bet of 9,000 to see a the drop down on the turn and pair the board.
Fawcett tapped the table once more his opponent shot out 13,000. Once again Fawcett opted to stick around. Fifth street brought the and Fawcett checked for a third time. He called the 25,000 chip bet from his opponent and tabled . His queens and kings were the winning hand and he scooped up a pot that boosted his stack to around 355,000.
We missed the hand, but Carl Brewington was kind enough to recap the action for us. He opened with a raise holding and was three-bet by the player in the small blind. Brewington four-bet all in and his opponent snapped him off with .
Brewington flopped three diamonds, giving him flush outs, but he did not need them as the turn and river brought the two remaining kings to give him quads.
The next hand he called the all in of a short stacked player holding . The short stack was ahead with queens and stayed that way through the board and Brewington shipped 40,000 to his opponent. Still, after this series of hands, he's still sitting on about 440,000 in chips.
Tournament staff is racing off and coloring up the black t100 chips. After this we will play one more level before bagging and tagging.
The player in the cutoff popped it up to 5,600 and Steven Gurney-Goldman called from the next seat over on the button. The blinds got out of the way and the flop came . The cutoff continued with 6,500 and Gurney-Goldman flat called.
Fourth street was the and the cutoff slowed down with a check. Gurney-Goldman moved 9,100 into the center. His opponent heaved a sigh.
"Can you beat jacks?" he asked Gurney-Goldman.
Gurney-Goldman sat motionless and did not reply to the question. Roughly a minute passed before his opponent let go of his hand, awarding Gurney-Goldman the pot.