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World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Palace: Jeff Fielder in Control After Day 1b


Day 1b of the World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Palace $1,600 Main Event saw 354 players take to the felt, creating a field of 662 between the two Day 1 flights. After 15 levels of play, 76 players bagged their chips to return for Day 2 on Sunday, when they will combine with the 58 survivors from Day 1a to play through the money bubble to a final table.

Jeff Fielder is the leader heading into Day 2 after building a stack of 437,500 chips on Saturday. Fielder ascended to the top of the leaderboard when he won a massive pot late in the day against Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon, who at the time was second in chips. With the blinds at 1,200/2,400 and a 400 ante, Kroon opened the pot with a raise to 6,100 and was called by Fielder and both of the players in the blinds. The flop was {4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Kroon continued his aggression with a bet of 11,700. Fielder, the only player in the room able to knock Kroon out, made the call, and the two were heads-up to the {5-Hearts} turn. Kroon fired 22,700 and Fielder called.

The river was the {4-Diamonds}. Kroon stacked out some chips, then put them back in his stack and finally sat back in his chair and thought for a bit. He eventually checked, and Fielder placed 30,000 in chips just over the betting line. Kroon then check-raised to 75,700, and Fielder began muttering to himself that he should have just checked behind. After some more thought, Fielder decided he had to make the call.

"Nice call," Kroon said. Fielder tabled {a-Clubs}{4-Hearts} for trip fours to scoop the nearly 250,000 chip pot. Kroon was left with around 185,000, and Fielder became chip leader with 440,000.

The Main Event was a re-entry tournament, meaning that anyone who busted out in Day 1a could re-enter Saturday if they chose pony up another $1,600 for the buy-in. Several players elected to fire another bullet, including Giorgio Medici, Eric Baldwin, Steve Gross, David Singontiko and David Williams. Unfortunately for all of them, they will not be coming back for Day 2.

Some of the notables that registered only on Day 1b and failed to advance to Day 2 were Jamie Gold, Steve Billirakis, Frank Kassela, Eli Elezra, Gavin Smith and Bryan Devonshire.

There were a few big names that did move on to Day 2. Jeff Madsen made it through with plenty of chips (181,500), as did Kathy Liebert, Scott Clements, Dutch Boyd and Vanessa Peng. They will be joined Sunday by Day 1a survivors William Reynolds, Sean Getzwiller, Gavin Griffin, Dan O’Brien and James Carroll, amongst others. Fielder will be the biggest stack in the room, while the chip leader from Friday, Joe Kuether, will be next in line.

The remaining 134 players will return Sunday at 4 p.m. local time and will play down to either a final table or through 12 hours of play — whichever comes first. Be sure to check back in to the PokerNews Live Reporting page as we will have all the flops, turns, and rivers from here at Caesars Palace.

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