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WSOP-C Rincon Day 1: Esther Taylor in Front

WSOP-C Rincon Day 1: Esther Taylor in Front 0001

In a long Day 1, the 106-player field at the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah's Rincon near San Diego thinned all the way down to 16 survivors. As the dust settled on Day 1, Esther Taylor emerged as the chip leader, making her way through a field peppered with big-time pros. The Rincon Circuit stop drew a passel of familiar faces, including WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis, Eric Lynch, Mickey "Mouse" Mills and Bryan Devonshire. Hoping to capitalize on earlier Circuit successes were Jason Young, who made a final-table appearance in Atlantic City, and Matt "allinat420" Stout, who final-tabled the recent Tunica event.

It was a rough day for the pros, as many of the big names headed for the door. Bryan Devonshire was an early elimination when he and Fred Lopez tangled in a big pot. Devonshire led out big on a flop of {7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, and Lopez flat-called. The {9-Clubs} brought another bet from Devonshire and another call from Lopez. All Devonshire's chips went into the middle on the {j-Spades} river, and Lopez quickly called. Lopez tabled {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for top two pair, while Devonshire's cards hit the muck and he hit the door.

Jason Young had a rough day, bleeding chips in the early levels and then getting some back in the middle of the day. His tournament ended in the middle levels when he called Pogos Simityan's shove with pocket eights, only to fins Simityan holding {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. No help came for Young on the {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board, and he was left crippled. He got his last few chips in two hands later with pocket aces of his own and found two callers. Evan McNiff moved in on the J-9-10 flop, and when his other live opponent folded, McNiff showed Q-6 for the straight draw. Young was ahead with his aces, but McNiff picked up some outs on when a six hit the turn. The king on the river made a straight for McNiff and sent Young to the rail. Other notable bustouts on Day 1 included Eric "Rizen" Lynch, Michael Binger, Shaun Deeb and Steve Billirakis.

Esther Taylor started her climb to the top of the leader board early and notched several knockouts along the way. One of the first was Matt "allinat420" Stout. Stout moved all in on a {5-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop, and Taylor went into the tank. After a few minutes of thought, including a declaration of, "I don't believe you, Matt. I never do," Taylor called with {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. "Nor should you believe me," said Stout as he showed {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for the gutshot. No seven showed on the turn or river, and Stout was done. Taylor crippled Mickey "Mouse" Mills when she and Mills saw a flop of {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, and everyone checked around. Mills led out on the {9-Diamonds} turn, and Taylor raised. Mills called to see the {7-Clubs} river, and when Taylor bet again, Mills called with {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Taylor's {10-Clubs}{q-Spades} had him outkicked, and Mills was eliminated soon after.

After running through most of the field, it was only fitting that Esther Taylor was involved in the last bustout of the night. This time her victim was Loren Egide, who moved all in from under the gun. Taylor re-raised to isolate, and when the rest of the table folded, she showed {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Egide needed help with {q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, and his hole got even deeper when the flop came down {3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades}. The turn and river were no significant help to Egide, and he was done right before the end of Day 1.

Join PokerNews at noon Pacific time for all the live updates from a short Day 2 as the 16 remaining players play down to a nine-handed final table. The complete standings after Day 1:

Esther Taylor -- 339,500

Charles Williams -- 279,000

Rick Reavis --202,000

Dwyte Pilgrim --149,500

John Farrell --143,500

Thao Thiem -- 142,000

Josh Prager -- 129,500

Pogos Simitiyan -- 124,500

Christopher Tryba -- 121,000

Lance Oliver --114,500

Jonathan McGowan --94,500

Steve Kim --76,000

Anas Sitthivong -- 64,000

Matt Hyman -- 58,000

Taylor Bell -- 43,000

Mike Heintschel -- 37,500

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