It was a long day at the Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado for Day 1a and 1b of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event, but play is in the books after 15 hours of play. Leading the way is Ross Lecavalier, who bagged up a whopping 211,700 from Day 1b's flight. From there, we look to Day 1a to get our next big stacks, Ki Nam with 150,300 and Derrick Yamada with 149,600.
A handful of notable faces come through the doors of the Lodge Casino, but many of them walked away empty-handed. Amongst the busted notables who fired two bullets today were Jeff Fielder, Chris Tryba, Nathan Bjerno and Kevin Boudreau.
On Tryba's second elimination of Friday, his went down to an opponent's during Level 7 with the blinds at 200/400/50. After an early-position limp, Tryba moved all in for his last 6,800 from behind. Play folded back to the limper, and he made the call with a dominating hand. Things were quick and easy with the board running out to bust Tryba.
We lost a few other notables today, but the following only fired one bullet and therefore can come back Saturday for Day 1c or Sunday morning before the start of Day 2 to re-enter. That list includes David “ODB” Baker, Carter Phillips, Seneca Easley, Ryan Lenaghan and current WSOP National Championship Leader Board frontrunner Rex Clinkscales.
It wasn’t all bust outs for the notables, however. From the Day 1a flight, the following players advanced: Andy Hwang (78,000), Justin Gardenhire (68,400), Ting Ho (56,000) and Ray Henson (23,700). We also had a family affair, as brothers Ralph Massey (128,500) and Aaron Massey (37,300) both advanced to Day 2.
From the Day 1b flight, Raymond Dandrea (113,600), Chris Karambinis (96,700), Ryan Riess (42,300), Jared Ingles (37,100) and Allen Kessler (34,800) advanced.
All of the surviving players will enjoy a much needed day off in the mountains tomorrow, while Day 1c takes place at the Lodge Casino. The cards will be in the air at 11 a.m. local time, and play should end around 7:30 p.m. that night. Once the day is completed, the survivor will join those from Friday on Sunday when they will all be in the same room.
Be sure to tune in to Pokernews all tournament long, as we will be bringing you the action from Day 1c and on.