2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Harrah's Cherokee

Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Harrah's Cherokee

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a3
Prize
$250,380
Event Info
Prize Pool
$1,284,000
Entries
856
Level Info
Level
33
Blinds
50,000 / 100,000
Ante
10,000

Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Nicholson Leads After Day 1a

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
David Nicholson - Day 1a Leader
David Nicholson - Day 1a Leader

The 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit season continued on Friday with Day 1a of the Cherokee Main Event. A total of 354 players registered, and leading the remaining 83 survivors is David Nicholson. Nicholson, a three-time WSOP-C ring winner, bagged 260,400 chips thanks to a late-night surge.

The day began with a “shuffle up and deal” from North Carolina grinder Ken “Teach” Aldridge. Aldridge, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2009, highlighted the popularity of poker in this region in a short speech. Unfortunately for Aldridge, he was unable to survive the day, busting in Level 6.

Unlike Aldridge, fellow North Carolinian Chris Bell got off to a very hot start, winning a massive three-way all in. Bell was one of the first players to cross the 100,000-chip threshold, but it was all down hill from there. After losing a series of pots and eventually dipping below the starting stack, Bell was eliminated in the last level of the evening.

Other players who were unable to survive Day 1a include Carter Phillips, Nelson Robinson, Kirk Shelmerdine, Yuval Bronshtein and Chris Trotter. Trotter fulfilled a lifelong dream of his when he was mentioned in the PokerNews Live Reporting blog, but he was unable to win a flip for his tournament life. We expect Trotter to return tomorrow to battle it out for his first ever WSOP-C ring.

Bronshtein misclicked against WSOP-C Choctaw Main Event winner Cary Marshall, and found himself all in and at risk with ace-high on a king-high flop. Marshall held a king, and held when the turn and river both bricked.

While some failed, others prospered. David Nicholson, Matthew Hankins, Kyle Cartwright, Claudia Crawford, Greg Jacobson, and Matthew Emmel all bagged sizable stacks. Crawford got off to a bit of a slow start, until she found a fortuitous double through Larry Gurney. After cold-calling a three-bet from Gurney preflop, Crawford moved all in with a club draw on the flop. Gurney called with pocket queens, and rather than make her flush, Crawford went runner-runner to make a straight.

Crawford then went on to win a sizable pot off Alex Moore. Faced with a bet of 23,400 from Moore on a {2-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{k-Spades}{5-Spades} board, Crawford moved all in. Moore folded, and Crawford showed a king for second pair. Crawford bagged 215,300 chips, and is looking to best her 10th-place finish in the WSOP-C Hammond Main Event.

Crawford was on the losing end of the most interesting hand of the day. In Level 11, all nine players on Table 33 saw a flop of {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. The action checked to a player who fired 3,300, Gurney moved all in, and the player who bet tank-called. Gurney showed two tens for a set of tens, his opponent showed two sixes for a set of sixes, and Gurney’s hand held up.

Undoubtedly the biggest name in the field today was 2004 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Raymer. Raymer was plugging along with the starting stack for the majority of the day, until he shipped a massive double up in Level 14. Jerry Barlow moved all in on a ten-high flop over a bet from Raymer, and Fossilman snapped it off with two aces. Barlow sheepishly showed two deuces, and the aces held. Raymer bagged 125,600 chips.

Day 1b of the WSOP-C Cherokee Main Event will begin on Saturday at 12:00 EDT. Be sure to check out all of your exclusive live updates right here on PokerNews.com.

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Official End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

A total of 83 players out of the 354 who started Day 1a survived, with David Nicholson inching ahead of Matthew Hankins during the final hands to claim the chip lead to end the day.

Player Chips Progress
David Nicholson us
David Nicholson
260,400
112,400
112,400
Matthew Hankins
Matthew Hankins
254,200
4,200
4,200
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
221,000
195,000
195,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick us
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick
218,600
218,600
218,600
Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
215,000
57,000
57,000
Jerry Barlow us
Jerry Barlow
201,800
110,800
110,800
Michael Cook
Michael Cook
161,600
11,600
11,600
Matthew Emmel us
Matthew Emmel
160,800
15,800
15,800
Phong Huynh
Phong Huynh
160,500
160,500
160,500
Greg Jacobson
Greg Jacobson
154,900
15,900
15,900
Gregory Motes
Gregory Motes
142,400
142,400
142,400
Gary Thill us
Gary Thill
137,700
137,700
137,700
Norman Mckeldin
Norman Mckeldin
131,200
131,200
131,200
Greg Raymer us
Greg Raymer
125,600
26,000
26,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Ronnie Burr
Ronnie Burr
121,400
121,400
121,400
Alex Moore
Alex Moore
113,600
-34,400
-34,400
Dell Taylor
Dell Taylor
110,700
110,700
110,700
Keith Gowder
Keith Gowder
109,500
97,500
97,500
Stanley Langley
Stanley Langley
109,400
109,400
109,400
Nathan Willis us
Nathan Willis
109,100
109,100
109,100
Dane Cass us
Dane Cass
108,600
108,600
108,600
Michael Stephens
Michael Stephens
107,500
107,500
107,500
Michael Warrington
Michael Warrington
104,500
104,500
104,500
Drennon Rackley
Drennon Rackley
104,300
104,300
104,300
Frank Windsor
Frank Windsor
103,200
103,200
103,200

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Bell Bottoms

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

In one of the final hands of the night, Chris Bell had to commit his short stack one last time and was unable to survive a hand versus Dennis Patterson, and thus he won't be around for the bagging of chips that is about to commence.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Bell us
Chris Bell
Busted

Crawford Keeping Active

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

After winning that hand earlier against Alex Moore, Claudia Crawford continued to add chips and push up around 200,000 until running into a preflop all-in situation against an opponent taking {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} up against her {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}. The board ran out {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, and Crawford loses a few but still has one of the bigger stacks as play winds down for the night.

Player Chips Progress
Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
158,000
-40,000
-40,000

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100 Remain

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

From the Day 1a starting field of 354, just 100 players remain as the evening winds down.

Late Night Swings for Giancotti

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

John Giancotti is having an up-and-down final level of the night.

He just lost one preflop all-in confrontation against a short stack who had {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} versus his {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}, and he was down to just about 14,000.

All in on the next hand with {A-Spades}{K-Hearts} versus the same player's {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}, Giancotti had to walk away and thus missed the {2-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop that missed him, as well as the {K-Spades} turn that hit his hand. He walked back to see the {4-Hearts} river and retook his seat, hoping to keep it for another 20 minutes to last the rest of Day 1a.

Player Chips Progress
John Giancotti
John Giancotti
28,000
-14,000
-14,000

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Crawford Pushes Moore

Level 15 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

Alex Moore of Athens, Georgia had been steadily building his stack upward toward the 200,000-chip mark over the last few hours. But just now after taking several hands in succession at his table, he found himself in a confrontation with Claudia Crawford that halted his momentum for the moment.

The hand began with Crawford raising to 3,500 from middle position and Moore raising to 8,800 behind. It folded back to Crawford who called, and the flop came {2-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{K-Spades}.

Crawford checked, Moore bet 8,500, and Crawford called. The turn then brought the {5-Spades}, putting a third spade on the board. Crawford checked again, and with some deliberation Moore carved out a bet of 23,400. Crawford sat for just a few moments, then declared she was shoving all in, and Moore quickly let his hand go.

Crawford then showed her hand — {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}! — and Moore nodded in response.

Player Chips Progress
Alex Moore
Alex Moore
148,000
-27,000
-27,000
Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
129,000
48,000
48,000

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