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 and Cartwright bet and then called a re-raise from Bergeron. The turn was and both players checked. The river fell and Cartwright bet 6,200. Bergeron asked how much he had behind, 33,000, and then announced all in. Cartwright snap-called and tabled 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 PokerNews.com.
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