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World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Atlantic City Day 2: Higgins Leads

Ryan Higgins

When Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Atlantic City Main Event ended, only 22 players remained of the more than 300 who began the day. Ryan Higgins will enter Day 3 as the chip leader with 1.477 million.

Chasing the only seven-figure stack are Aaron Overton (955,000) and Justin Liberto (893,000). Also moving on to Day 3 are Roland Israel (675,000) and John Andress (548,000). Israel won this event in 2010, and both he and Andress made the final table in this event last year, with Andress turning in an eighth-place finish.

Also returning for Day 3 are Garry Gates (805,000), Josh Brikis (354,000), Edward Pham (578,000) and Tyler Kenney (446,000).

The beginning of the day saw swift action with players busting at a quick rate, and the field was only a handful of players away from the money bubble when the dinner break hit.

It was a day of attrition with a slew of notables hitting the rail, including Dwyte Pilgrim, Jacob Bazeley, Christian Harder, Andy Frankenberger, Lee Childs, Sirous Jamshidi, Matt Glantz, Kurt Jewell, Wendeen Eolis, Anthony Gregg and Ari Engel.

Midway through the day, the WSOP decided to boot up the live stream at the feature table because of the number of accomplished players seated at the table. Josh Brikis, David Fox, Garry Gates, Manh Nguyen and Edward Pham were all deep-stacked. This was the first instance this season a nonfinal table was streamed. But the poker gods would not have it. Five minutes after going live, the spotlight on the table burned out and couldn’t be fixed easily. The table broke with a collective sigh of relief.

For almost the evening, no one was able to pull away from the field. The chip lead changed multiple times, and as many as a dozen different players held the lead at one time or another after the dinner break.

Day 3 action will get underway at 1200 EST (1600 GMT) and will continue until a Main Event champion is crowned. Watch the live streaming final table on and follow all the action on PokerNews.

WSOPC Atlantic City Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Ryan Higgins1.477 million
2Aaron Overton955,000
3Troy Erickson917,000
4Justin Liberto893,00
5Greg Brletich807,000
6Garry Gates805,000
7Roland Israel675,000
8David Zeitlin650,000
9Alex Rivera626,000
10Eugene Fouksman610,000

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