Day 1a and 1b of the World Series of Poker Circuit Biloxi Main Event kicked off on Saturday. Players in each flight played nine, forty-minute levels in order to progress to the second day of play. The first flight saw 218 runners, with 110 surviving to move on to Day 2. The second flight brought in a total of 111 players, of which 63 will be moving on to the second day. Charley Leroi emerged as the chip leader with 128,000 in chips.
Close behind Leroi are Rex Clinkscales (109,000), Brian Senie (105,500), Greg Whitworth (85,500), A.J. Jejelow (85,500), and James Henson (84,000).
The first flight saw a slew of notables hit the rail, including Kathy Liebert, Dwyte Pilgrim, Chris Tryba, Kyle Cartwright, 2010 November Niner John Dolan, and 2011 WSOP Main Event 16th Place finisher Ryan Lenaghan. However, still in the hunt for the WSOPC Main Event ring is Allen “The Chainsaw” Kessler, who began Day 2 with 29,100.
The second flight saw the return of some notables from Day 1a vying for a second chance. Among those to return for a second time only to come up short were Chris Tryba and Dwyte Pilgrim. Tryba’s second bust came after he led out on a board reading and was called by his opponent. The turn brought the and Tryba continuation bet, only to find his opponent push out a raise. Tryba moved all-in but was snap-called by his opponent who quickly tabled for quad threes. Tryba’s were drawing dead and he hit the rail for a second time.
Dwyte Pilgrim saw his second demise on a board reading . Frank Wiese moved all of his chips in the middle, but had Pilgrim covered, forcing Pilgrim to make a decision for his tournament life. Ultimately Pilgrim decided to make the call, tabling for trip aces. Unfortunately for Pilgrim, he was behind Wiese’s full house with .
Several notables moving on from the second flight include Beverly Cheney (40,200), John Evans (12,300), and Jennifer Parrish (10,800). Also interesting to note is that all three of these players are close atop the WSOP Circuit National Leaderboard. Cheney currently sits in fifth, Parrish in 12th, and Evans in 14th. That brings added weight to this tournament for these players, who are not only competing for a WSOPC ring, but also to increase their points on the national leaderboard.
Play will resume Sunday for Day 2 at 1200 CST (1800 GMT), when the remaining 173 players will return to play 14 more forty-minute levels or to a final table, whichever comes first. Stay tuned for all of the most recent updates here on Pokernews
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