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WSOP Circuit, Atlantic City - Day 1 – Williamson Near The Top

WSOP Circuit, Atlantic City - Day 1 – Williamson Near The Top 0001

With big names like Cyndy Violette, Andy Black and Robert Williamson III in the field, the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in Atlantic City kicked off with plenty of star power. WSOP-C Indiana winner Carlos Uz, WSOP-C New Orleans champ Louie Esposito, defending Atlantic City champion Rick Rosetti and internet superstar Alan 'BodogAri' Engel were also spotted in the field. In total, 244 players descended upon Harrah's Atlantic City for their shot at the WSOP Circuit championship ring, the $10,000 WSOP Main Event entry and the $379,392 first place prize money.

Talk show host Montel Williams joined the Atlantic City field as well. Williams made a strong showing in the 2007 WSOP Main Event, and played solid poker through Day 1 to finish in the middle of the pack. Late in Day 1, Williams limped in from middle position with {k-Spades}{3-Clubs} and found himself facing a bet from the big blind on the flop of {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades} Williams made the call, then led out when the turn brought the {k-Hearts}. His opponent moved over the top for just a few more chips, and Williams called with top pair. His opponent showed {8-Hearts}{7-Spades}, and when the river brought the {6-Spades} Williams had accumulated enough chips to make it through the night.

Among the players that didn't make it through Day 1 were Cyndy Violette, Doug 'Rico' Carli, Chris Reslock and Alan 'BodogAri' Engel. Approximately 110 players made it through, with the top ten chip stacks looking like this as play ended for the day –

Ben Fineman – 135,000

Rick Rosetti – 117,000

Robert Williamson III – 91,000

Louie Esposito – 86,000

John Racener – 80,000

Mike Sica – 80,000

Patrick Fee – 80,000

Matt Brady – 70,000

Matt 'Allinat420' Stout – 65,500

Charlie Minter – 52,000

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