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2014 WSOP Circuit National Championship Day 1: Gunnip Leads Star-Studded Field

2014 WSOP Circuit National Championship Day 1: Gunnip Leads Star-Studded Field 0001

While the 2014 World Series of Poker doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, May 27, the first gold bracelet event of the year got underway on Thursday with the start of the 2014 WSOP Circuit National Championship in Atlantic City. On Day 1, 124 players came out to action with Jeff Gunnip topping the pack at the end of the day.

Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jeff Gunnip201,000
2Dominik Nitsche171,000
3Ruslan Dykshteyn145,200
4Bryan Campanello143,300
5Jessie Bryant132,600
6Eric Baldwin129,100
7Matthew Ashton121,200
8Jason Sandling116,700
9Russell Thomas116,200
10Ylon Schwartz114,000

Gunnip hails from Berkley, MI and earned his way into the National Championship by becoming the Palm Beach Kennel Club Casino Champion. He was the only player to finish above 200,000 in chips, and many of those came at the hands of Charles "Woody" Moore.

According to WSOP updates, at the end of Level 8 with the blinds at 400/800/100, Gunnip and Moore got all the money in on a board of {9-}{8-}{6-}{3-}. Gunnip had {K-}{K-} and Moore {9-}{7-}. The river paired the board with an {8-}, and Gunnip doubled up. Shortly thereafter, Gunnip stacked Moore and moved over 160,000 in chips.

Moore's tournament wasn't the only one that ended on Day 1. He was joined on the rail by Ryan Riess, Marvin Rettenmeier, Jake Balsiger, Andy Frankenberger, and Joe Kuether, just to name a few.

On the other side of the coin, Dominik Nitsche, Bryan Campanello, Eric Baldwin, Matthew Ashton, Russell Thomas, and Ylon Schwartz all finished in the top 10. Greg Merson, the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion, finished just shy of 74,000 in chips.

With 50 players left, Day 2 will play out on Friday and registration will remain open until the cards are in the air. Stay tuned to for continued recaps from this event following the completion of play each day.

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