On Day 1 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Philadelphia Main Event, 312 players took to the felt, split across two starting flights. In the first flight, 86 players survived the action, and in the second flight, 72 players moved on. Aaron Overton leads the way with 172,400.
Cory Mascagni (123,000) Tuan Phan (121,800), Rachel Kranz (94,00) and Kyle Cartwright (89,600) are hot on his heels. Notables Ryan Tepen (86,500), Peter Ippolito (54,700), Roland Isra (49,000), Bryan Devonshire (49,000), Joe Hebda (48,600), Andy Frankenberger (26,000) and Dennis Phillips (17,800) also made it through to Day 2.
It was a particularly tough day for Tripp Kirk. Fresh off a WSOPC St. Louis Main Event win, Kirk had his eyes set on being the first back-to-back champ. He busted twice on Saturday, and is leaving with foul memories of Chester, Pennsylvania. Ari Engel, Manh Nguyen, Craig Bergeron, Jamie Kerstetter and La Sengphet were also sent to the rail throughout the day.
Tuan Phan misclicked his way into the early chip lead during Day 1a action. He was up against two players, one short-stacked, and meant to just call a small all in bet. Instead, he ended up dropping several grey T5,000 chips on the felt and it was ruled a legal raise. The other player called with a flush draw, but Phan nailed a full house to eliminate two players.
Kyle Cartwright chipped up through Craig Bergeron just after the second break in Day 1a. The flop fell , and Cartwright bet and then called a re-raise from Bergeron. The turn was the and both players checked. The river brought the and Cartwright bet 6,200. Bergeron asked how much he had behind, which was 33,000, and then announced all in. Cartwright snap-called and tabled for a straight-flush.
WSOPC Harrah's Philadelphia Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
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