It was an exciting, action-packed Saturday for Day 1b of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Rincon Main Event as 175 players piled into the poker room today to take their shot. Of those 175 players, only 25 remained at the end of play, and they are led by Lynda Tran. She bagged up 331,000 chips to end the night, which amazingly, is just two antes more than the 330,000 David Randall bagged as the Day 1a chip leader. She is followed by former November Niner Soi Nguyen, who ended the night with 298,000.
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Tran got that big stack by winning a huge hand in Level 16 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400/400. Action started with the player under the gun moving all in for 32,000. Arthur Hahn was next to act, and he quickly moved all in for over 225,000. Action folded to Tran, and she peaked down at her cards. She didn't fold them immediately, and it was very clear she had a hand she was interested in playing.
"You got aces?" Tran asked Hahn.
"I can't tell you," he replied.
Tran wanted to know how much Hahn had, to which Hahn replied "I got you covered honey, I got the whole room covered!" After about three minutes of tanking, Hahn said "I never called the clock on anyone ever," as if to hint for another player at the table to do so.
After about five minutes of tanking, Tran tossed in some chips, and said "Call!" The rest of the table folded, and the three players tabled their cards.
Tran made the right call with the kings, and she stayed out in front as the board ran down . Tran eliminated the all-in player and collected the double up to run her stack all the way up to a whopping 405,000.
Several big names came and went in Day 1b’s action. There will be a new champion in Rincon, as Joseph Kuether bowed out in Level 16 when his ran into another players aces. In addition to Kuether, we also lost Matt Affleck, Alex Masek, Dwyte Pilgrim, Kathy Liebert and Matt Slasburg.
Despite losing all those pros, we still have a few who will be coming back with us tomorrow. Former bracelet winner David Singontiko is still alive with 46,500, as well as Chad Brown (59,000), Shawn Daniels (78,000) and Tripp Kirk (171,000).
The field is down to 43 players, as the 25 from today will meet up with the 18 survivors from yesterday for Day 2. Those players will come back Sunday at 12:00 p.m. PT to play down to a final table, you can find all of the action in the PokerNews Live Reporting pages.