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, 394 entrants were whittled down to 56. Leading the pack of those returning from the Day 1b flight is Clint Fawcett, who will bring a stack of 397,500 into Day 2. Fawcett will be the second largest stack in the room when play resumes as Day 1a's Bryan Campanello will sport the biggest stack of 467,000.
Other top stacks from the second starting flight were Brian Nguyen (305,000), Carl Brewington (302,500), Steve Nussrallah (284,500), and Nathan Bjerno (278,500).
WSOP Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event Day 1b Chip Leaders
Brewington held the top chip position for most 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 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 their chips vanished.
The 56 players who advance from Day 1b will merge with the 36 who survived Day 1a for a total of 93 returning on Day 2. The field pays the top 72, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we travel through the money bubble and beyond!