The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Bicycle Casino has exceeded all expectations after two starting flights combined for over 13 hours of action. A total of 537 entrants put up the $1,600 entrance fee, 303 for Day 1a and 234 for Day 1b, and after all the chips were bagged and tagged Brandon Crawford sits atop the tournament leaderboard with 115,000.
Crawford will be joined on Day 2 with notables Alec Torelli (95,000), Bryan Devonshire (91,000), Kenna James (40,000), Steve Brecher (37,000), Thor Hansen (31,000), David “ODB” Baker (28,000), “Miami” John Cernuto (21,000) and Nick Rampone (17,000).
It wasn’t all good news for notable players, many of them found the rail; including Jerry Yang, Allen Cunningham, Jeff Madsen, Tuan Le, Owais Ahmed, Kelly Kim, Breeze Zuckerman and Amanda Baker.
Devonshire finished strong after a super short morning flight. He busted on the first hand to a higher straight. Devonshire held and the board showed when all the money went in. His opponent held and Devonshire had the afternoon to prepare for his late night run.
Cunningham was eliminated on a board reading . He bet 3,000, about a third of his stack, on the river and was insta-raised to 15,000. He called and his opponent showed him for a straight. Cunningham announced on Twitter that slow played a set and allowed his opponent to catch up.
Phil Hellmuth was on the minds of tournament officials and players alike. He posted on Twitter that he was going to play the event but never showed up. He has until the start of Day 2 to register and if he does he’ll have a 20 big blind stack work with.
All the surviving players will return Wednesday at noon PST for Day 2 and follow all the action live on Pokernews.com.
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