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Day 1a Completed

Day 1a Concludes with Leah in the Lead

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The chip leader is all smiles
The chip leader is all smiles

Day 1a of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event here at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino is complete, and after 12 hours of grueling poker, Mike Leah is your chip leader with 276,100 chips.

A total of 835 players bought in for $1,675, which is an 8.5% decline from 2011, but we’re still well on pace to smash the four-figure threshold. Among those entrants were notables Isaac Baron, Ryan Julius, Steve Karp, Harrison Gimbel, Amanda Musumeci, Faraz Jaka, Dan Heimiller and our very own Chad Holloway. Unfortunately, none of those players advanced, and we expect to see them back in the theatre on Day 1b.

Nick Jivkov, who won 2012 WSOP Event 5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em and final tabled this event in 2010, was live multi-tabling today. Jivkov was at the final table of a $365 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament, but decided to hop in the Main Event anyway. Jivkov was eliminated when he ran ace-king into Dale Robinson’s pocket kings, and the board ran out {k-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}.

Not to worry though – Jivkov took down the Omaha event, pocketing $16,046 for his efforts.

Another player we lost during play was 86-year old World War II veteran Richard Decowski. Decowski was one of the first players to cross the six-figure mark, but he went on to lose a massive pot with pocket jacks against an opponent’s pocket queens. A few levels later, Decowski was eliminated when he moved all in with {a-}{10-}. Steve Terrile looked him with two kings, and held.

Our chip leader Leah jumped out of the gate fast, running his stack up to 70,000 chips before the first break, and continued to trend upward. The Canadian pro was gifted a big pot in Level 12, when an opponent moved all in for more than a pot-sized bet on a flop of {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. Leah quickly called with {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}, which crushed his opponent’s {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}, and the turn and river came {8-Spades}, {7-Diamonds} respectively.

Mukul Pahuja also had a very nice day. Right off of the bat he was aggressive, and faced with a raise from Owais Ahmed and a call from another opponent he three-bet to 2,600 on the button. Pahuja received one call, and the flop fell {3-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}. Pahuja’s opponent led for 4,000, and Pahuja quickly raised to 10,600. His opponent mucked, and Pahuja raked in the pot.

Pahuja finished the day right behind Leah with 261,400 chips.

Other notable players who survived the day include, Danny Johnson, Aaron Steury, Mark Maletic, Joe Kuether, Kennii Nguyen, Jacob Bazeley, Eric Crain, Nick Grippo, and Jeff Fielder.

Day 1b will begin tomorrow at noon local time, and run for 15 levels just like Day 1a. Both fields will combine on Sunday at noon local time. Make sure you keep it locked to for all of your up-to-the-minute live updates from this and every other Main Event on the World Series of Poker Circuit.

Good night from Hammond!

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Mike Leah ca 276,000 256,000
Kenneth Felten 267,500
Jackson Kimball 266,000
Mukul Pahuja us 261,400 241,400
Ashly Butler 255,800
Anthony Bizzoni 254,000
Cheryl Snedden 246,100
Filip Jabbour 215,000 -15,000
Nick Grippo us 205,800 110,800
Kennii Nguyen us 203,000
Matthew Schwarmann 200,200
Jacob Bazeley us 199,200 171,200
Pedro Rios 193,200
Herb Heidbrick 189,700
Joshua Williams 183,400
Nicholas Andricopulos 168,200
Joshua Zucchet 165,300
Charles Donahue 161,500
Matthew Newcombe 159,200
Timothy Stull 159,000
Lance Howard 157,300
Josh Kay 156,400
Jason Lux 156,300
Joshua Reichard us 152,900
Steven Hensley 152,800

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Leah Takes a Hit, Still Our Leader

Mike Leah
Mike Leah

A player open-shoved for 37,300 holding {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, and Mike Leah looked him up with {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}.

The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{7-Spades}...{k-Clubs}, and Leah's opponent doubled.

Don't fret thought - Leah is very healthy with 274,000 chips.

Mike Leah ca 274,000 66,000

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Seven More Hands

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The players will play seven more hands then bag and tag for the evening.

One for Grippo


After a raise from Kenny Nguyen, Nick Grippo three-bet in position. Action folded back to Nguyen, and he called to see a flop of {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. On the flop, Nguyen checked and Grippo bet 11,500. Nguyen folded, and Grippo scooped the pot.

Nick Grippo us 170,000 25,000
Kenny Nguyen us 81,000 8,000

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Crawford Jams River


From the button, Claudia Crawford raised to 4,000. The big blind called, and the flop came down {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. Both the big blind and Crawford checked.

The turn was the {J-Clubs}, and the big blind fired 4,100. Crawford raised to 10,000, and her opponent called.

The {Q-Clubs} completed the board on the river, and Crawford moved all in for about 65,000 after her opponent checked. The player tanked for a bit, then folded, and Crawford won the pot.

Claudia Crawford 112,000 22,000

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"Kennii Gamble!"


A player in late position opened to 3,200, and three people called including Kennii Nguyen in the small blind. The dealer fanned {10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, Nguyen checked, and the player in the big blind tossed out 6,300. The original raiser moved all in for just ove 40,000 chips, Nguyen re-shoved, and the player in the big blind tank-folded {10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} face up.

Original Raiser: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Nguyen: {7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

The turn was the {9-Clubs}, giving Nguyen a straight, and the {2-Hearts} on the river completed the board.

"Kennii Gamble!!!" Nguyen shouted as he raked in the pot.

Kennii Nguyen us 195,000 80,000

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Nguyen Doubles Opponent

Kennii Nguyen
Kennii Nguyen

When we reached the table, Kennii Nguyen had an opponent all in and at risk with the board reading {5-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. Nguyen's {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} trailed his opponent's {10-Spades}{9-Spades}, and the turn and river came {2-Diamonds}, {3-Hearts} respectively.

Nguyen lost a 50,000-chip pot, but is still well above average with 115,000.

Kennii Nguyen us 115,000 -25,000

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