The second stop of the year on the World Series of Poker Circuit continued at the Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana with Day 2 of the $1,600 Main Event. A starting field of 289 players had been whittled down to just 64 players, all looking to be one of the 30 players who would be paid. Among those still in contention were Day 1 chip leader Jorge Solorzano, WSOP Circuit National Championship point leader Shiva Dudani, WSOP bracelet winner Robert Cheung, and gold-championship ring winners Drazen Ilich, Tuan Bui Le and Kyle Knecht. At day's end, however, Charles “Woody” Moore ended as chip leader with just over 1.2 million.
Moore, who you might recall, took third in the World Poker Tour 2008 L.A. Poker Classic (which was ultimately won by Phil Ivey), began the day with a healthy stack of $253,200 and never looked back as he progressively added to his stack. In one hand, Adam Friedman raised under the gun to 25,000. Moore was in the small blind and reraised 105,000, only to have Friedman move all-in for 279,000. After he called, Moore discovered that he held the dominated to Friedman's ; lucky for him the board ran out and he was vaulted into the chip lead with 600,000.
A short time later, Ilich raised to 29,000 only to have Moore reraise all-in. Ilich had a decent stack and opted to call with . It turned out that he was in a race against Moore’s . Ilich remained in the lead as the flop came down , but that all changed when the hit the turn. The on the river sent Ilich home in 16th place while Moore’s stack grew to over one million. Although Moore was able to maintain his chip lead all the way to the final table, a number of other players were able to close the gap.
Solorzano, the Day 1 chip leader, navigated the field and will enter the final table with 506,000. Meanwhile, Mike Foster (850,000), John Holder (825,000), and Brian McKain (677,000) find themselves a little higher up in the chip counts. While the stiff competition at the final table makes for an interesting story, another plot line has come to an end.
At the start of the day, all eyes were on Dudani, who entered the Main Event atop the WSOP-C National Points Leaderboard. Dudani had amassed 120 points after finishing second to Blair Hinkle at the WSOP-C Council Bluffs and taking down one of the preliminary events leading up to the Main Event. Dudani made an exciting run deep into the tournament but was ultimately eliminated in 17th place, adding 20 points to his total. With 145 points and his nearest competition sitting with just 90 points, Dudani may have punched his ticket to the National Championship in May. Likewise, the eliminations of Dudani and Le ensured that Kevin Manley (87.5 points) would finish as the biggest point earner at the Southern Indiana Circuit, earning himself a spot in the coveted Championship Freeroll where he will compete for a share of $1 million and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Here is how the final table looks heading into the third and final day:
Seat 1: John Holder - 825,000
Seat 2: Kevin Calenzo - 288,000
Seat 3: John Alfera - 636,000
Seat 4: Joel Merwick - 516,000
Seat 5: Charles "Woody" Moore - 1,233,000
Seat 6: Jorge Solorzano - 506,000
Seat 7: Kris Bradshaw - 251,000
Seat 8: Mike Foster - 850,000
Seat 9: Brian McKain - 677,000
Action is set to commence at 1:00 p.m. local time, so be sure to check back right here at PokerNews for all the coverage straight from the floor!