Main Event
Main Event
Day 1 Completed

Day 1 Wraps in Chester with Aaron Overton Leading

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

Day 1 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Chester Main Event is in the books and 312 players took to the felt, split across two starting flights. The first flight saw 86 players survive the action and 72 are moving on from the late flight. Leading the way is Aaron Overton with 172,400.

Hot on his heels are Cory Mascagni (123,000) Tuan Phan (121,800), Rachel Kranz (94,00) and Kyle Cartwright (89,600). 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) join them.

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 today and is leaving with foul memories of Chester, PA. Also not surviving the action are Ari Engel, Manh Nguyen, Craig Bergeron, Jamie Kerstetter and La Sengphet.

Phan misclicked his way into the early chiplead in Day 1a action. He was up against two players, one short-stacked, and meant to just call a small all in bet. 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.

Cartwright chipped up through Craig Bergeron just after the second break in Day 1a. The flop was {Q-Clubs} {10-Hearts} {9-Hearts} and Cartwright bet and then called a re-raise from Bergeron. The turn was {J-Hearts} and both players checked. The river fell {K-Clubs} and Cartwright bet 6,200. Bergeron asked how much he had behind, 33,000, and then announced all in. Cartwright snap-called and tabled {K-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} for a straight-flush.

The remaining 158 players will resume play promptly at 1 p.m. EST and play down to a final table or 14 levels, whichever should come first. Follow all the WSOPC action live on

Top Ten Chip Counts

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Aaron Overton172,400
2Cory Mascagni123,000
3Tuan Phan121,800
4Rachel Kranz94,000
5Kyle Cartwright89,600
6Ryan Tepen86,500
7Rex Clinkscales81,800
8Antoine White80,000
9Hung Truong67,200
10Craig Bergeron65,000

Cinco de More Manos

Josh_Cahlik • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

Tournament staff has just announced that we're five hands away from bagging and tagging.

Bergeron Busts

Josh_Cahlik • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

With a flop of {5-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, Craig Bergeron checked to Aaron Overton who fired out 1,900. Bergeron opted to throw out a check raise, however, making it 4,200 to go. Overton called and the {8-Diamonds} fell on the turn. Bergeron continued his aggression by stacking 6,900 worth of chips in the center. Overton announced all in and Bergeron called.

Overton tabled {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} for top two pair and Bergeron simply mucked his hand and proceeded to the rail for the second time today.

Tags: Craig BergeronAaron Overton

Musumeci Chops

Josh_Cahlik • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

Amanda Musumeci has been fairly quiet during the second flight today. When we last stumbled upon her, she had her remaining 14,000 in the middle while a player across the table contemplated. Eventually her opponent called and tabled {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Musumeci showed {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and was in need of some help.

The board ran out {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and fortunately for Musumeci, her tournament life was still active as the two players chopped the pot.

Tags: Amanda Musumeci


Quick Break in the Action

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

We have a short break in the action to race off the green T25 chips. The last level will start shortly.

Engel Eliminated

Josh_Cahlik • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

We got to the table in time to see Ari Engel walking toward the exit for the second time today. In his wake was a {4-}{4-} that failed to improve against an opponent's {K-}{k-}

Tags: Ari Engel

Bye-Bye, Brewer

Josh_Cahlik • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

La Sengphet opened to 1,550 from early position and the action folded around to Christine Brewer in the small blind who moved all in for 1,250 total. The big blind folded and the two ladies wished each other luck.

Brewer: {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Sengphet: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Spades} and Brewer was sent to the rail.

Tags: La SengphetChristine Brewer